On February 26, more than 400 attendees gathered at the Carlson School to share research findings, business breakthroughs, and diverse perspectives on the state of Minnesota tech, including wins, opportunities, and challenges as part of the second-annual Tech Cities conference.

The day kicked off with a presentation by Vidku Founder Phil Soran, who shared wisdom he’s developed from three decades of experience as a tech entrepreneur. For the remainder of the afternoon, participants explored a wide array of topics from sourcing tech talent, to implementing design thinking, to exploring how mid-sized companies are fueling growth in the industry. The conference concluded with a networking reception where attendees shared lessons learned and forged new connections with fellow tech professionals.

Read on for the top takeaways:



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

  • Microsoft
  • Minnesota High Tech Association
  • Clockwork
  • DocuMNtary
  • When I work
  • Creating IT Futures Foundation
  • Greater MSP
  • Optum


Data were provided by the Creating IT Futures Foundation and LinkedIn as part of their presentations at Tech Cities 2016.