12:30 - 1:00 Registration in the Carlson School Atrium
1:00 - 1:45
Keynote Speaker:

CIO Mike McNamara on the Growing Role Technology Plays at Target

CSOM 1-115

1:45 - 2:00 Break & Transition
2:00 - 2:45

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

Room: HH 1-102

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

Room: HH 1-106

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

Room: HH 1-108

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
2:45 - 3:00 Break & Transition
3:00 - 3:45

The Win-Win of Experiential Learning

Room: CSOM 1-147

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

Room: CSOM 1-115

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

Room: CSOM L-110

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
3:45 - 4:00 Break & Transition
4:00 - 4:45

Talent Without Borders

Room: CSOM L-110

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

Room: CSOM 1-115

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

Room: CSOM Lower-level dining room

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

4:45 - 6:00 Networking Reception in the Carlson School Atrium