At the Intersection of Business and Technology in Minnesota

At Tech Cities, industry professionals, policy-makers, educators, and emerging talent connect and share perspectives on the state of Minnesota tech.

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Registration closes at 11:59pm Monday, Febrary 26


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2018 Program Announced

This year's program features speakers from Full Stack Saint Paul, Target, Google, LinkedIn, Optum, C.H. Robinson, Cludo, Carlson School of Management, Kipsu, and more. Click below for the lineup. More details to be released as the event date approaches.



Themes for Tech Cities 2018:

    how Minnesota can foster innovative and talented people

    opportunities, innovations, and solutions based in data science and analytics

    the evolving role technology plays in healthcare and related industries

2018 Keynote

Full Stack Saint Paul: Placemaking for Tech in Capitol City

Full Stack St. Paul logo

For tech and innovation to thrive, Minnesota needs to create environments that support technology entrepreneurs, connect large and small companies, and attract the people needed to grow great companies. Saint Paul has a long history of innovation and currently claims leaders like Ecolab and Securian as key employers as well as well-known software companies Infor and Granicus (formerly GovDelivery). A new collaboration known as Full Stack Saint Paul builds on this legacy and momentum. Motivated in part by software entrepreneur Scott Burns' frustrating search for downtown office space while CEO of GovDelivery, this civic/community/business joint effort unites innovative companies large and small, higher education, state and local government, and community leaders.

Born out of the Innovation Cabinet convened by Council Member Chris Tolbert and former Mayor Chris Coleman, Full Stack Saint Paul launched in the summer of 2016 and has already sparked real change in the form of more jobs, signed leases, community building, and an increase in tech events. In this session, Burns, Tolbert, and Sharon Kennedy Vickers (Blacks in Tech and recently named the City’s Director of Information Technology) will share the Full Stack story, accomplishments to date, questions that remain open, and valuable lessons for the rest of Minnesota.

Scott Burns
Scott Burns, CEO & Co-founder, Structural

Scott Burns
CEO & Co-founder, Structural

Chris Tolbert
Chris Tolbert, Council Member, St. Paul City Council

Chris Tolbert
Council Member, St. Paul City Council

Sharon Kennedy Vickers
Sharon Kennedy Vickers, Co-founder of Blacks in Tech, Director of Information Technology for the City of St. Paul

Sharon Kennedy Vickers
Co-founder of Blacks in Tech, Director of Information Technology for the City of St. Paul


2018 Breakout Sessions

LinkedIn Insight into the MN Tech Region

Presented by: Mike Jennings, Sr. Program Manager, Insights & Analytics Products at LinkedIn


How Target is Propelling More Women into the Ranks of Engineering Leadership

Presented by:

  • Mitali Mathur, Sr. Director, Technology Services, Target
  • Ethan Sommer, Director of Engineering, Target
  • Ashley Monseth, Lead Executive Recruiter, Target
  • Connie Yu, eMIP Sr. Engineering Manager


Big Data Debate: If Health Data is a Private Good, Who Should Have Control?

Hosted by the Carlson Schools’ Medical Industry Leadership Institute Student Association with speakers:

  • Stefan Gildemeister, Health Economist and Director of the Health Economics Program, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Kurt Waltenbaugh, Founder, Carrot Health


At the Intersection of Health and Tech: Insights from Google

Presented by: Addie Braun, Head of Industry, Google Search


End to Almost End: The Last Mile of Insight Delivery

Presented by: Ben Schein, Sr. Director of Enterprise Data, Analytics, and Business Intelligence at Target


Continuous Innovation of Culture: A Workshop

Facilitated by:

  • Tyler Patterson, IT Engineering Craft Manager at C.H. Robinson
  • Lindsay Bennett, IT Manager at C.H. Robinson
  • Jason Stratton, General Manager Application Development at C.H. Robinson


Innovation in Healthcare: Applying Artificial Intelligence and Analytics to Solving Our Most Complex Problems

Presented by: Paymon Farazi, VP, Product Strategy & Operations at Optum


From Copenhagen to Minnesota: Why Cludo Chose the Tech Cities

Presented by: Philip Andersen, CEO, Cludo


How Physical Stores Impact Online Sales

Presented by: Jason Chan, Assistant Professor, Carlson School of Management


Which of These Things is Not Like the Others: the Value of Anomaly Detection

Presented by: Edward McFowland, Assistant Professor, Carlson School of Management


Starting a Career in Tech without a Tech Background

Presented by: 

  • Victoria Schanen, Vice President of Talent at Kipsu
  • Alex Buddington, Customer Success, Onboarding Representative at Kipsu
  • Ty Jesinowski, Customer Success, Engagement Representative at Kipsu
  • Cara Christiansen, Entrepreneurial Leadership Rotation Analyst at Kipsu


Table Talks: Conversations on Multiple Topics

Hosted by: Carlson School students and industry professionals 



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