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.
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:
TALENT & INNOVATION
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
Full Stack Saint Paul: Placemaking for Tech in Capital City
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.
CEO & Co-founder, Structural
Council Member, St. Paul City Council
Sharon Kennedy Vickers
Co-founder of Blacks in Tech, Director of Information Technology for the City of St. Paul
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
- 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
- Tyler Patterson, IT Engineering Craft Manager at C.H. Robinson
- Lindsay Bennett, IT Manager 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
How to Work in Tech without a Tech Background
- 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
About Tech Cities
Minnesota boasts a growing number of tech businesses and professionals. Tech-focused firms occupy half the spots on the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Fast 50 list, offering an array of IT solutions, business analytics, and e-commerce services. Yet despite local resources, some companies have left the Twin Cities in search of tech talent and community.
Started in 2015 at the Carlson School of Management, Tech Cities focuses on conversations around tech talent and innovation in Minnesota. Members of the community share their insights and shape the program content in a setting that promotes mutual learning.