Keynote & Sponsors

Mike McNamara

CIO Mike McNamara on the Growing Role Technology Plays at Target

Target CIO Mike McNamara will kick off the conference by sharing his views on the importance of technology to Target's future and the entire Twin Cities business community, as well as his perspectives on Minnesota's tech landscape.


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Sessions & Speakers

Civic Tech: Why Community-engaged Talent Should Be Your Next Hire

Hackathons, open data, and other "civic tech" initiatives invite citizens to design tech solutions for the community. Learners gain valuable experience and employers meet undiscovered talent, all while making positive social impact. 

Speakers from: Civic Eagle, CreativeCubed, GovDelivery, Open Twin Cities, Software for Good, University of Minnesota Libraries


Diversify the IT Workforce and Fill the Need for Talent

Developing talent from underrepresented communities addresses both the opportunity gap and the talent shortage. Ideas from government, a major MN employer, and neighbors in Chicago.

Speakers from: City of Minneapolis, Creating IT Futures, MN Department of Labor, Rico Enterprises, Target


Setting Up Shop in MN: Why Firms Come Here and Stay Here

Tech-focused and tech-infused companies see advantages to operating in Minnesota. What's driving these decisions to locate and expand here?

Speakers from: Amazon, Branch Messenger, SportsEngine


The Win-Win of Experiential Learning

Real skills that shine on a resume. A pipeline to talented new workers about to enter the job market. Experiential learning is a win-win for learners and employers alike.

Speakers from: Analyze This!, Carlson Analytics Lab, GLITCH, Reve Academy, YMCA Twin Cities


Best Places to Work in Minnesota Tech

Their companies have earned the moniker of Best Places to Work. Tech CEOs share how they built firms that attract—and keep— the best and brightest.

Speakers from: Clockwork, Irish Titan, Kipsu, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Zipnosis


Beyond Silicon Valley: Attracting Talent to MN

Natives boomerang back with surprising regularity, but to people who've never been here, MN is just so cold. Which of the region's attributes and strengths are most compelling when recruiting tech talent?

Speakers from: GreaterMSP, MN Headhunter, When I Work


Talent Without Borders

Great talent comes from all over the world. In addition to strong tech backgrounds and high test scores, international students bring unique perspectives and valuable experience to their future employers.

Speakers from: Digital River, Slalom Consulting


Best Buy's Blend for Successful Tech Teams

Best Buy's CTO, discusses why he believes in a blend of "soft" skills, multiple perspectives, and diverse backgrounds.

Speakers from: Best Buy and the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management


Table Talks

Hosted discussions on multiple topics offer a chance to meet new contacts in small groups.