The third annual Tech Cities conference welcomed more than 400 attendees to the Carlson School of Management on March 3 to discuss changes in the technology industry, share business practices, and engage in conversation about the Minnesota technology landscape. 

The 2017 conference kicked off with keynote speaker Mike McNamara, CIO of Target, detailing the growing role technology plays at the retailing giant. Breakout sessions filled the afternoon, with topics ranging from cultivating diversity in the industry to why Minnesota has become the newest technology hub to the importance of company culture and the great demand for tech talent. Tech Cities concluded with a networking reception, where attendees forged new relationships and shared key insights from the day's topics.

Read on for the four key takeaways learned at this year's Tech Cities conference.

Tech Cities 2017 Infograph Intro


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The Carlson School extends a special thanks to the sponsors that made Tech Cities possible:

  • SPS Commerce
  • Best Buy
  • Minnesota High Tech Association
  • Creating IT Futures Foundation
  • Amazon
  • Clockwork
  • Greater MSP
  • Horizontal Integration
  • Optum
  • Target


Data was provided by Digital River, Target, GreaterMSP, Minnesota Headhunter, and Clockwork as part of their presentations at Tech Cities 2017. Statistics were also sourced from the Forbes article "Culture: Why It's The Hottest Topic in Business Today."