MinneBar 9 Session Schedule

Tap a session title to show/hide its details.
Tap a room name to see a map.

9:40 – 10:30

Theater

Managing Your IT Career v6 - (Why do recruiters suck so bad?)

Paul DeBettignies

Last year the first question was, "Why do recruiters suck so bad?"

My guess is that sentiment is stronger this year.

This is the 6th year of doing this kind of presentation... a few slides and a lot of Q&A and discussion.

Frequent conversations I have had lately include (and bring what is on your mind): - What the local job market is like right now - How to negotiate a raise, salary, rates and compensation packages - What skill sets are most in demand - Networking, I suck at it. What can I do? - How do I get my first IT job? - And the always popular => if/how to work with search/consulting firms

Paul DeBettignies

Paul DeBettignies, better known online as Minnesota Headhunter, is a Minnesota IT Recruiter who builds IT teams with startups and tech companies, creates recruiting strategies for Fortune 500 clients and is the author of the Minnesota Headhunter blog, the longest running regional recruiter blog.

He is a frequent local and national speaker, trainer and subject matter expert on recruiter, HR, career, networking and social media topics. Recent activities include presentations at the University of St Thomas, Capella University, MinneBar and ERE and interviews with WCCO AM (CBS) Radio, FOX 9, MSP Business Journal, St Paul Pioneer Press, Dice.com and TechTarget.

Paul is involved in the Minneapolis and St Paul technology, marketing and social media communities as a sponsor, volunteer and mentor and was the co-founder, coordinator and advisory board member of Minnesota Recruiters, the largest regional recruiter group in the country.

Stay in contact with him by clicking: LinkedIn | Twitter | Blog

Harriet

The FUTURE

Michael Noble
Neal Tovsen

We'll be scouring the landscape of futurists everywhere to present a session geared around the big trends and data points being forecasted around the future of technology, culture, science, health and other things vital to wanting to understand what's coming next.

Michael Noble

CEO of Apruve. Believer that "Airplane" was the pinnacle of cinema.

Neal Tovsen

Technical co-founder and start-up entrepreneur. I've started companies from scratch, worked for Fortune-100 enterprises, consulted, and built a bunch of stuff. Occasional experience with success. Co-Founder of Apruve

Nokomis

Scheduling MinneBar with Simulated Annealing

Paul Cantrell

You’re organizing a conference, assigning sessions to time slots. Should you avoid putting the robots opposite the 3D printer? Is it important to spread out the iOS-related sessions, even if that means the advanced-level programming sessions end up bunched together? Which design-related talks will draw which developers?

Where do you even start?

If you’re MinneBar, you write software to decide for you! We gather feedback from participants on which sessions they are interested in — using the very web interface you are at looking at right now — then feed that data into an algorithm which generates a schedule to please as many people as possible as much as possible. The algorithm we use to do this originally comes from the physics of molten metal as it solidifies. Yes, really.

In this session, using the MinneBar scheduler as an example, we’ll walk through the practice of turning a subjective problem into something quantifiable enough to optimize, learn about the broadly applicable optimization technique called “simulated annealing,” and see how the MinneBar session scheduler is implemented.

This session is aimed at a broad audience. There will be code for programmers to look at, and some tidbits for applied mathematicians already familiar with discrete optimization. However, the fundamental concepts require little or no math and programming knowledge, so I will keep the presentation accessible to any adventurous nontechnical audience members curious to learn about these techniques, and what the heck molten metal has to do with an unconference!

Paul Cantrell

Paul fell in love with programming at first sight on an Apple ][+ in 1982, and never looked back. He is a freelance software developer working primarily with Bust Out Solutions, and moonlights (er…daylights) as a professor of computer science at Macalester College. Living a secret double life as a classically trained composer and pianist, he brings a musician's passion for aesthetics and nuanced detail to the craft of writing software.

Proverb-Edison

Get Emotional: Designing for engagement in native mobile apps

Mike Bollinger

We use mobile apps everyday, in every context, and in every mood. More than ever, the design of mobile interfaces affects our experience and engagement with brands and the services they offer. Mike will discuss strategies for making a human connection through design when building a mobile product.

What will I learn?

  • What is emotional design?
  • What are the benefits of designing for emotion?
  • What are some practical strategies for making an emotional connection through design when building or expanding a mobile product?
Mike Bollinger

Explorer and entrepreneur. Livefront, TECHdotMN, and Smart Factory

Discovery

Program your Contracts with LaTeX

Peter Edstrom

I bet you hate tracking changes in Word, right? So why are you still using it for all of your legal documents? You already know how beautiful and simple text files can be. And text files work great with version control.

Come find out how Software for Good uses classic software development techniques to improve our contracts, increase our legal consistency, and strengthen transparency—all while remaining paperless. We've dropped the chunkiness of Word while embracing version controlled, text-powered PDFs.

In this session we will cover:

  • What is LaTeX?
  • Why use it?
  • Tools for getting started quickly
  • Tips (variables, dates, section references)
  • Version control
  • Digitally signing PDFs

If you're an expert LaTeX developer, come on by and share your experiences!

Peter Edstrom

Peter is the Project Director at Software for Good. He is an all-seasons cyclist, a family guy, and a herder of cats.

Gandhi

Think Live Social Networking, Technology to Get Your Audience Engaged

Jeffry Brown
John Cosgrove

Live events, podcasts, online marketing, each have their own problems of getting audiences engaged and staying engaged. Learn how to use todays web and smart phone technology to build a customized interaction specific for your needs that can replace current elements and lower costs and management of such variables as printing, polling, surveys, reporting and prize drawings.

• Encourage audiences to sign up • Encourage more interaction including submission of questions and comments during a live presentation • Allow presenters to follow up with unanswered questions which will again increase engagement • Facilitate surveys which reduces management, printing costs and reporting time • Facilitate prize drawings way more efficiently and effectively with winners drawn immediately with opportunity for follow up • Collection of individual contact data such as email and/or cell phone for continued communication • Provide social media links such as Facebook, Linked In and Twitter to encourage more digital media engagement • Facilitate panel discussions with more effective Q&A through moderation • Provide sponsorship outlets to increase revenue Overall, it is simple, effective and dynamic.

If you're a company or organization that wants to learn about effective audience engagement sign up for this session.

Jeffry Brown

Jeffry Brown Executive Coach/ Innovation Catalyst/ Professional Speaker
jeff@jeffrybrown.com 612 382-4005 http://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffrybrown http://twitter.com/#!/IdeaWhiz

STANDOUT GROW TRANSFORM THINK DIFFERENTLY Every life is a story. My story includes many adventures, some successful, some great learning experiences, (agile failures have great lesson too), all valuable and part of who I am and what I can do for you to standout, grow, transform, and think differently. Working with Steve Jobs at Apple in the early years, heading the Hal team, I learned the value of starting with WHY and helped envision what has become the iPhone and iPad. I also created the Sun Bums Shopper in Waikiki, co-wrote and launched a Broadway Show, traded fine art, and lived out of a backpack touring the vineyards of Europe. I've started and led businesses, including CEO of a publicly traded company. I focus on the WHY first, then the bottom line.

Today, working out of CoCo Minneapolis, I catalyze, coach, present, and help create customer happiness.

I have a unique ability to make rapid assessment of diverse situational challenges and develop and drive the resulting action plans. I love helping people sleep better at night by providing positive momentum and coaching aided by my experiences, knowledge, successes, and failures in the acceleration of their business objectives.

John Cosgrove

No bio.

Stephen Leacock

Find a co-founder

Jon Wittmayer

This is not as much a session as it is a bulletin board. Trying a very low tech approach using a white board or craft paper posted on a wall somewhere in the venue. Individuals can leave a note indicating what their looking for and contact details. Others could view this and make a connection that very same day.

ie. Business founder looking for tech co-founder, current product written in asp.net and SQLServer. idea is in the relationship management space. If interested contact Jon at jon@insphere.co or txt 651 353 9488.

Jon Wittmayer

No bio.

Tackle

Civic Tech and Open Government Year 1 - Open Twin Cities Showcase

Bill Bushey

Civic Tech Year in Review

Year 1 of Open Twin Cities has been an exciting time of growth, working with governments, getting political, and media coverage! In this session we’ll highlight exciting civic projects from hackathons, meetups, and more since last year’s Minnebar session on civic hacking and open government. A short update on Open Twin Cities 2013 Municipal Candidate questionnaire, OpenMinnesota.org legislative proposal, and the UMN’s CURA: Tech will also be shared.

For a taste of what has happened, checkout this recap video from Capitol Code: An Open Data Jam, a hackathon hosted by Minnesota's Secretary of State in partnership with Open Twin Cities.

Participate! Ideate! Cogitate!

After this year in review, we’ll invite session participants to break into groups based on project interest as a Hack for Minnesota preview (May 31 - June 1). Session participants will have a chance to gather and talk with leaders of existing civic projects and those who have ideas for new projects.

Bill Bushey

Bill is a Civic Nerd, a developer and wonk who works at the intersection of technology and society. As Technology Director at E-Democracy.org, Bill works to maintain and upgrade the online discussion platform that 20,000 Twin Cities residents use to share information and discuss issues in their local communities. Bill is also a Co-Founder and Lead Organizer of Open Twin Cities, a grass-roots non-profit that works to enable citizens, technologists, and government personnel to create and apply technological tools to local community needs.

Calhoun

The Evolving Digital Ecosystem

Nick Roseth

As consumers become more sophisticated and technology continues to proliferate around us, the digital ecosystem is quickly evolving. New technologies include the evolution of sensors, robotics, the "Internet of things", bio-interfaces, wearables and many more.

In this presentation we will walk through the evolving needs of the digital consumer, the technologies coming on-line that are solving these needs and ways to get started on being a part of that community.

Nick Roseth

Nick is a passionate technology leader that works at the intersection of business, creative, and technology. Over the course of a 15 year career in digital, he has touched design, development, management, leadership, and a host of other disciplines. He works with forward thinking companies to reveal strategic business objectives, develop a digital strategy, build the team, and execute.

Driven by lifelong learning, Nick is involved in the community on a variety of fronts. From personal education to educating others through advisory boards, speaking engagements, and mentoring, he continuously seeks to broaden his skills and grow himself and others.

Minnetonka

The Changing Landscape of Retail: Winners, Losers, Game Changers, & Lessons Learned for Tech and Marketing Pros!

Jeremy Swenson

This session will cover key elements of the evolution of retail over the last few years. It will focus on the store in store concept, change management (#$/? ego effect), data breeches (red circle), mobile apps, loyalty marketing, and the threat of on-line sellers. It will mostly focus on Target, JCP, Best Buy, and Amazon because they have made so much press recently.

The session will end with reasoned inferences (with your help) for creative new retail models that may likely arise from the current environment. This session hopes for a lively discussion.

Disclosure: Although Mr. Swenson holds long positions in JCP and Best Buy this presentation cannot be construed as advice to buy or sell a stock. Investors must do their own research and make their own decisions as to if they want to buy or sell a stock considering all applicable disclosures, risks, and info.

Jeremy Swenson

CREATive & PROfessional ™ @jer_swenson

Mr. Swenson has a BA from UWEC in political science-legal studies with a minor in jazz. He also holds a MBA in Project Management and Marketing from Saint Mary’s Univ. of MN. Over the last decade Mr. Swenson has worked and/or consulted for: Intel at Best Buy, Trend Micro, ING, U.S. Bank, State Farm Insurance, van Wagenen Financial Services, Prime Therapeutics, and Wells Fargo. Moreover, he is a published writer, project management and retail focused technologist, and a project management consultant in process improvement and business analysis for the financial services industry. Mr. Swenson is also an in store marketing representative at Best Buy for Intel and related software companies. He is highly creative and very into funk and jazz music, and is a local Prince groupie!

His blogs can be seen on the MN AMA web-site, the Pollen web-site, the Center for Hispanic Leadership web-site, and his publications can be seen at MeetMinneapolis.com and in the Northwestern Financial Review Magazine.

See a few here!!

On Prince: http://mnama.org/blogs/post/1085

On Retail: http://mnama.org/blogs/post/1203

On diversity / culture: http://www.centerforhispanicleadership.com/2013/05/culture-is-like-an-iceberg.html

Short Q&A with Google Founder and Chairman Eric Schmidt: http://mnama.org/blogs/post/1185

Please connect with Mr. Swenson here: @jer.swenson http://www.linkedin.com/in/jeremyswenson00001

Zeke Landres

Getting your Fiber: Fiber-to-the-premise planning with PostGIS and pg_routing

Mark Beckman

What happens when you and a small-town city councilman propose a municipal Gigabit FTTP deployment to each home and business, but the rest of the city council is reluctant to spend money for a feasibility study which would tell how much the deployment will cost until they know how much the deployment will cost? And they don't believe the build-out costs of other deployments reflect the local build-out costs?

This session will show how to go about answering these questions using public government data, PostGIS, pg_routing and Google Earth.

Mark Beckman

Solver of hard problems. Whiteboard aficionado. Modeling & Simulation junkie. Researcher and statistician. Semi-retired UNIX guru. Easily distrac--SQUIRREL!!!!

And always looking 20 minutes into the future.

Challenge

You made $ with code, now save (and keep) more of it

Becca Vargo Daggett

Online DIY financial tools abound. A handful of straightforward, free sites and low-cost services can help you choose what to put into your 401(k), where to invest your IRA, and how to track your spending and savings, all leading to greater likelihood of an MIT education for your child and/or an expedited retirement for you. We will also cover key questions to ask if you decide to delegate responsibility to your father's broker or your college buddy. I make only a small portion of my income from financial advice, and only through transparent, hourly fees. Bring your last-minute questions on what to do with your 2013 retirement contribution before completing, or amending, your taxes for last year.

Becca Vargo Daggett

For a while, I tried to convince communities to build their own broadband networks as alternatives to Comcast. Then I worked for a big Swiss bank with good maternity benefits. Now, I promote sustainability, particularly in the areas of food and energy, and do what I can to help people embrace ideas of mutuality and abundance.

Learn

Rocking the Geek(ette) Career Track

Sara Heitkamp

Success stories of women in tech can somtimes gloss over the true-grit realities. Yet we must share these stories -- with all their bumps -- in order to learn and grow. Sara Heitkamp discusses the challenges, failures, and joys of navigating a male-heavy career track and what she's learned along the way. Come for a real conversation on how to find support, confidence, and success. Men welcome!

Sara Heitkamp

Sara is a manger and engineer of web operations for Best Buy. She is responsible for leading a team of support resources who support the applications that enable the management of content and data on BestBuy.com. She is also the Co-Ambassador for the Twin Cities Geekettes, an organization dedicated to helping aspiring and established female tech innovators, offering a platform for aspiring and current women innovators in technology.

Louis Pasteur

Create a Integrated VISUAL Image across Social Media Platforms

Mike O'Neil

Learn a truly break-thru technique for improving your brand image with integrated Social Media VISUALS. How you LOOK and present yourself has everything to do with whether they reach out to you or move onto someone else.

This high-energy session starts with LinkedIn (profiles, company pages…) and then expands to Twitter, Facebook, Google + and YouTube.

You will learn the formula…

  1. Get an initial inventory of your social media assets
  2. Gather and create “design objects” for layout
  3. Get the blueprints, templates, canvas together
  4. Secure access to all of the properties
  5. Lay them out, mapping around the “dead spots”
  6. Deploy and test, especially on mobile

Learn the What, Why and HOW TO components that you need to know so you can get more business from Social Media (and other web formats). Attendees receive the special blueprints and templates that help make this work a snap.

Mike O’Neil is The LinkedIn Rockstar, a LinkedIn pioneer since 2004 with 30,000 LinkedIn connections. He has trained tens of thousands of B2B professionals to use LinkedIn for sales, marketing and business development. Reach out to Mike at moneil@integratedalliances or 720-897-8254 (in MN) or look him up on LinkedIn!

Mike O'Neil

Mike O’Neil is The LinkedIn Rockstar™, Social Media pioneer, twice a Forbes Top 50 Social Media Power Influencer and an internationally acclaimed LinkedIn authority and futurist.

Mike inspires audiences with his unique blend of classic rock music, LinkedIn and Social Networking taking a page from his hit LinkedIn book entitled “Rock The World with your Online Presence”.

A 20-year B2B technology sales veteran, Mike has trained thousands of IT and sales professionals to use LinkedIn for 7 more years. As President of Integrated Alliances, the world’s first LinkedIn and social media firm, Mike’s time-proven LinkedIn program teaches you to “Fit In, Stand Out and Convert” to attract new business with LinkedIn and unique strategies and techniques.

Integrated Alliances provides LinkedIn & Social Media consulting services, live training, on-demand e-learning and end user support for firms with sales teams. Connect with Mike O’Neil.

Texas

Doppler Value Investing: the next generation of value investing

Jason Hsu

Conventional value investing looks for stocks with the lowest price/earnings ratios or price/book value ratios. Unfortunately, earnings and book value have too many inequities that hinder apples-to-apples comparisons and are sometimes even manipulated through discretionary accounting methods. As a result, many of the bargains in the stock market are mirages.

Doppler Value Investing link uses free cash flow and the net liquid assets on the balance sheet to calculate the estimated intrinsic business value of a stock. Free cash flow and net liquid assets are less dependent on arbitrary accounting methods and are more difficult to manipulate. These yardsticks provide a much more accurate picture of a company's performance and financial soundness than the conventional yardsticks like earnings and equity.

Just as Doppler weather radar reveals tornado vortex signatures and other weather features that conventional weather radar does not, Doppler Value Investing reveals warning signs that conventional value investing does not. Doppler Value Investing helps you to see what Warren Buffett sees and why he's willing to pay higher price/earnings or price/book multiples for certain types of companies but uninterested in buying other types of companies at any multiple.

Doppler Value Investing is made possible by Ruby on Rails. I am not smarter or wiser than the late Benjamin Graham and the legendary Warren Buffett, but I have the combination of technology, Internet access, and software development ability that they lacked.

Jason Hsu

No bio.

10:40 – 11:30

Theater

Pack Your Own Chute - The Personal Decision to Join a Startup

Neal Tovsen
Paul DeBettignies
Liz Tupper
Matt Hardy
Todd H Gardner

So, you've got a cushy job building software at a big company. But you want something more challenging. Maybe you've got an idea for your own company, or maybe you're getting recruited to join an existing early-stage start-up. It sounds exciting! But you've got college loans, or a mortgage, a spouse, two kids, or whatever. So it still just seems a bit risky, expensive, and scary.

What kind of lifestyle should you expect? What happens to your career prospects if you fail? How do you figure out what your worst case scenario is, and avoid it? Or maybe you just have no idea how to answer the basic question, "Is this something I can even consider?"

There are plenty of resources for discussing business models, fundraising, Lean Startup, MVPs, and the like. We'll discuss none of that here. We want to discuss the very personal decision to found or join a start-up, and tactics for how you can arrange your personal life to enable your adventure while managing the risk.

This decision process is different for everyone, and the way to implement the decision varies widely. Not everyone can or should work for a start-up. Our goal is to demystify the whole thing, even if we can't make it less scary.

This is an open, no BS discussion. We've assembled a panel of techies to represent various angles on this question. And we want everyone else in the room to be asking questions and sharing their own experiences.

  • Todd Gardner, who recently co-founded track.js, still has his day job, and is dealing with these questions right now
  • Matt Hardy, Co-Founder of KidBlog which has reached traction, gotten funded, and seeing success
  • Liz Tupper, who Co-Founded SieEnt (as a single mom!) and not only survived its ultimate demise, but thrived
  • Paul DeBettignies, start-up friendly tech recruiter who sees these decisions play out every day
  • (moderator) Neal Tovsen, left a big-enterprise job five years ago to start a company, failed, and is starting again with Apruve

Who knows? Maybe a few people will leave the room with a little more confidence that they should give it a try.

Neal Tovsen

Technical co-founder and start-up entrepreneur. I've started companies from scratch, worked for Fortune-100 enterprises, consulted, and built a bunch of stuff. Occasional experience with success. Co-Founder of Apruve

Paul DeBettignies

Paul DeBettignies, better known online as Minnesota Headhunter, is a Minnesota IT Recruiter who builds IT teams with startups and tech companies, creates recruiting strategies for Fortune 500 clients and is the author of the Minnesota Headhunter blog, the longest running regional recruiter blog.

He is a frequent local and national speaker, trainer and subject matter expert on recruiter, HR, career, networking and social media topics. Recent activities include presentations at the University of St Thomas, Capella University, MinneBar and ERE and interviews with WCCO AM (CBS) Radio, FOX 9, MSP Business Journal, St Paul Pioneer Press, Dice.com and TechTarget.

Paul is involved in the Minneapolis and St Paul technology, marketing and social media communities as a sponsor, volunteer and mentor and was the co-founder, coordinator and advisory board member of Minnesota Recruiters, the largest regional recruiter group in the country.

Stay in contact with him by clicking: LinkedIn | Twitter | Blog

Liz Tupper

Liz’s experience runs the gamut of interactive. She was an early-adopter, building her first website in 1996 using notepad. She’s currently a product manager at SmartThings, sits on the board for Code Savvy, volunteers for CoderDoJo Twin Cites and is a speaker for TechITOut! MN.

Matt Hardy

Co-founder and CEO of Kidblog, the world's largest K-12 student blogging platform. B.A.in computer science and M.Ed. from the University of Minnesota. Synthesizing pedagogy and programming to benefit teachers, students, and families.

Todd H Gardner

Todd H Gardner is an independent software developer and entrepreneur, with over a decade of experience in development, design, and leadership. Todd holds a Masters in Management of Technology from the University of Minnesota.

He is passionate about teams, communication, and quality in software and has led product teams from small businesses and major corporations.

Todd is the Co-Founder of {Track:js}, a JavaScript error tracking and debugging service, and Principle Consultant at Wocketware Software Consulting, a High-End Software Systems Builder. He tweets at @toddhgardner.

Harriet

Data and performance driven UX design

Andrew Korf • User Experience Design Manager at NativeX

I will lead a discussion of around different approaches to metrics driven User Experience Design with at the intersection of mobile games, adverstising, and innovation. If metrics driven user experience design, mobile games, advertising are of interest to you please come the presentation and discussion. Please bring thoughts or questions about how you measure the success of the design decisions and what your framework is for measuring and managing those choices are.

Andrew Korf • User Experience Design Manager at NativeX
Nokomis

Chasing Waterfalls: Exploring the airwaves with RTL-SDR & software-defined radios

Tony Collen

Recently, mass-produced hardware originally intended to receive digital TV in Europe has been discovered to function as an inexpensive general-purpose radio tuner. Hobbyists have written tons of software to let you listen in and decode a variety of signals sent over the airwaves. Plug a device into your USB port, hook up an antenna, and you have a cheap, wide-coverage scanner or shortwave radio at your disposal - the result is fun!

You won't need a degree in Electrical Engineering to get started, and you especially don't need a pile of money or a bunch of gear.

We'll explore some basic radio concepts and a bunch of neat things you can do with a $20 device and an antenna: listening to conventional broadcast radio, tuning in to ham radio operators and shortwave radio stations around the globe, tracking nearby aircraft, decoding various digital transmissions, reading your weather station, and more!

Tony Collen

I'm a local software engineer (mostly Ruby, some Javascript and whatever else), hacker, explorer, and ham radio operator in my free time.

Zeke Landres

Exploring NFC on Android

Sean Weiser

This session will explore the current capabilities of Near Field Communication technologies on Android. We'll cover the basics, look at NFC's limitations, and consider what it's good for. Finally we'll see how developers can use NFC to enhance their apps or just create something fun to play around with.

Sean Weiser

Sean is a software developer at Livefront. He has eight years of web and mobile development experience, covering everything from CSS to Android.

Challenge

Anonymity: a real trend or just hype?

Nick Ciske

Secret, Whisper, Rumr, FireChat, and (local MN venture) StartupsAnonymous.com are all about anonymity in an age where we wonder if anything is really private anymore (i.e. Facebook, Google retargeting, Hotmail email snooping, etc).

Are "anonymous" apps/sites just a fad, or is it a real trend to bring the internet back to its roots (anyone still on usenet)?

We'll talk a bit about why we started StartupsAnonymous and our experiences running the site.

Then we'll open it up to discussion:

What does anonymous, pseudonymous, etc. really mean for the future of the web?

Is anonymity a force for good or for evil (or for awesome)?

Nick Ciske

I'm a WordPress developer at Thought Refinery by day, co-founder at StartupsAnonymous by night... or the other way around depending on the day.

Calhoun

Minnesota's tech startup community: what's next?

Jeff Pesek
Mike Bollinger

Minnesota's tech startup community has evolved considerably over the past five years. A plethora of new formations, traction gains, record funding levels, exits, increasing national attention, etc. With all this positive activity we ask: what's next?

Based on on the axiom that entrepreneurial communities are led by entrepreneurs - in this open forum, we'll combine data + anecdotes to pose some tough questions that will challenge us all to think bigger, act bolder and continue building off the momentum.

Check your Minnesota nice at the door. Bring your first hand perspective and hear from peers who have constructive ideas to share about the future of Minnesota's tech startup community.

Jeff Pesek

Co founder at TECHdotMN

Mike Bollinger

Explorer and entrepreneur. Livefront, TECHdotMN, and Smart Factory

Minnetonka

Landing the First Hundred Customers

Paul Prins

One of the greatest challenges for any young company is keeping the leads coming in. In this session we'll talk about getting to your first 100 paying customers. It's a journey past the low hanging fruit you start with. Testing your imagination, determination, and passion. The session will break into two halves. We'll start sharing about the unique ways we've found our customers. We'll finish off by focusing on how to got those leads to close.

Finding Customers:
The first half of our time will be talking about lead generation. Where do we look when our friend and acquaintances are sick of us. Without leaving it up to the mystery of the internet. Come prepared to share your strategies to strike gold.

Closing Each Deal:
With each lead being so precious, how can we give ourselves the best chance of closing the deal. In the second half of the time we'll collaborate around how to do this well. This is an often over looked aspect of getting your customers signed up.

Presenter & Conversation Leader: Paul Prins
Currently running his second successfully growing start up - Fresh Vine - he wants the startup community in Minnesota to be successful. He started his first internet company at 15 and sold it seven years later. A software engineer at heart, he's learned a lot of hard lessons growing both businesses.
@paulprins +paulprins linkedin

Paul Prins

Founder and CEO of Fresh Vine which we started in 2009 and launched in spring 2011. We're a portfolio company of the MESA Group making strong inroads/growth in our market.

I'm passionate about technology, how it integrates into our lives, the MN startup space, as well as travel, restoration, freestyle skiing, and good books. Previously ran Midwest Skier from 1999-2006.

Get Social: @PaulPrins | LinkedIn | Google +

Proverb-Edison

The Bet: Why we feel your project is worth talking about and why it’s costing us

Toby Cryns
John Pederson

We are betting the farm that we can make money with a proactive approach to web design & development.

We believe in it, and we believe in ourselves.

Are we crazy?

In this session, John and I will share our 8-year voyage from a standard, fix-it-and-forget-it web development team, to one that proactively fixes problems and engages in business conversations with our customers.

Over the years, we have gone from embracing tradition to pulling a 180 and saying, "Oh my gosh! We've been doing this all wrong."

It's been a joyous journey at times, but it has also been wrought with challenges - people and process.

The scariest and most intriguing part of all this is - we don't know if enough customers will see the value in what we are doing in time.

So, we are on a race against the clock to try and sell this new approach to existing and new customers.

Come to this session, and help us to either develop our pitch or tell us that there is no way in hell that we can make a living with this approach.

We need your feedback.

This will be an interactive session, and your ideas and thoughts are critical.

The fate of the web services world hangs in the balance!

Thanks in advance for your participation in this session!

Toby Cryns

Toby Cryns

Toby Cryns has been building WordPress websites since the beginning of recorded human history.

He is the ring-leader of MSP WordPress and loves long walks with his wife and kids.

Toby tries his best at creating awesome user experiences at The Mighty Mo! Design Co., a Minneapolis-based WordPress-only development shop.

MinneBar-day is his favorite day of the year.

John Pederson

Before discovering his righteous passion for open source Web development, John produced programs for NPR’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me! and To the Best of Our Knowledge. He launched Indonesia’s first student-run radio station as a Fulbright Fellow in Sumatra, but you may remember him from local cult classics such as The Dance Shanty, Eat for Equity, and his most recent side project, The Mobile Sauna.

Learn

The Value of Design in the Civic Technology Movement

Laura Andersen

The opportunity in civic technology and hacking is just being realized. By integrating a design mindset in this movement we can ensure that we're uncovering real local challenges and bringing those impacted by those challenges into developing solutions.

Laura Andersen

I'm an independent service design consultant and civic event organizer.

I help businesses and organization realize their opportunities by facilitating the inclusion of Service Design principles and practices into their development processes. Encouraging a broad range of stakeholders to creatively consider, prototype, test and reconsider their and others' roles in a service delivery ecosystem results in ideas and solutions that could not be discovered without their participation.

The engagement and enthusiasm that results from these approaches helps to ensure that the progress made will not disappear once the consultant leaves. It's not about providing an answer or solution. It's about helping organization discover new ways of thinking about their capacity for creative and innovative problem-solving and arming them with the tools to act.

I've organized multiple design and technology events, including Twin Cities Service Jam, Hack for MN and Capitol Code.

Discovery

Gigabit (Speed) SYN, SYN-ACK, ACK (Networking) for Geeks

Justin Porter
Kevin Walker

We all love attending events organized by the minne✱ team, but there is never enough time to meet everyone at the events. Plus, if you are anything like the stereotypical geek, then you might be a little (or a lot) introverted. Well, this is the session for you! We get the crowd to connect with each other in a fun and energetic way through speed networking.

What is "Speed Networking"?
Speed Networking is an efficient, face-to-face professional networking model that enables participants to make new contacts through one-on-one focused conversations lasting between 3-5 minutes.

How speed networking works:
It’s organized chaos – loud, energizing, and fun! Participants are split into two groups and face each other. The person sitting across from you is your first partner. You spend no more than 5 minutes with each partner (1.5 minutes for each person to speak plus 1 minute for questions) before the bell/horn/whistle indicates that time is up and the designated side of the table is told to move one seat over to face the next person. Once the speed part is over, there’s time later for people to reconnect with those they wanted to talk to in more detail.

What should I do to prepare?
Bring business cards and your elevator pitch. 1.5 minutes isn’t long, so forget about listing your complete professional and personal life history. Pick a couple of key things and find an engaging way to describe them.

Justin Porter

Mr. Porter has numerous years of experience in a variety of technology and business roles. His current position is working in an environment where he is responsible for launching high technology-based start-up companies. He previously worked with a variety of consulting clients in a professional services role. He has a balanced mix of consulting, industry, and technical experiences, allowing him to be leveraged in all phases of a company. Mr. Porter has experience across many industry verticals including life sciences, physical and engineering sciences, software and information technology, and agriculture. Mr. Porter holds a BSB in Management Information Systems and Entrepreneurial Studies from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and an MBA from the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management.

Kevin Walker

No bio.

11:40 – 12:30

Theater

Piranha Pool (TM)

Jeffrey C. Robbins

Sponsored by AngelPolleNation, Piranha Pool (TM) is Minnesota's own live take on the TV series "Shark Tank." A panel of experienced, local tech investors will, on the spot, consider investments in FishFood (TM), aka local entrepreneurs. Confirmed Piranhas are well-known local investors Joy Lindsay, Ed Cannon, David Dalvey, Ronald Eibensteiner and Barbara Stinnett. Details on how to apply to participate as FishFood are here: http://www.messerlikramer.com/sites/messerlikramer.com/files/Piranha%20Pool%20Application%20Package.pdf.

Joy Lindsay has been an active member of the Minnesota venture capital community since 1998. She is President and co-founder of StarTec Investments, LLC, a private venture capital firm focused on investing in high-tech companies based in the Midwest.

In addition to her role at StarTec, Ms. Lindsay is a member of the Sofia Angel Fund, a Minnesota-based women’s angel fund focused on making private equity investments in companies founded by or led by women, or whose products and services target women. She is also a member of the Gopher Angels, a group of angel investors who share screening and due diligence and is a founding member of MOJO Minnesota, an innovation co-operative working to fuel entrepreneurship and reignite Minnesota’s culture of innovation.

Ms. Lindsay is a member and past chair of the Minnesota High Tech Association board of directors, is a member of the Advisory Board at the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Minnesota, and has served as Secretary and Vice-President of the Minnesota Venture Capital Association. She is a judge for the Minnesota Cup business plan competition and serves on the Planning Committee for the Annual Minnesota Venture & Finance Conference.

Prior to founding StarTec, Ms. Lindsay was a Senior Vice President in the Westlaw division of West Publishing (now Thomson Reuters). She has a B.A. in mathematics from Carleton College and an M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota.

Ed Cannon is CEO of Zivix, a multi-patented fingertip-sensing technology for use in real musical instruments and peripheral devices. Ed spent the first years of his career with the Westinghouse Power Systems group before leaving and co-founding Cannon Technologies in 1987. As CEO of this start-up, he lead the team to sales in excess of $100 Million and 150 employees. Cannon Technologies was one of the first truly “smart-grid” companies, helping electric utilities better manage demand response, substation automation and smart meters. Cannon Technologies was acquired by Cooper Industries (NYSE: CBE) and is an integral part of their Energy Automation Solutions group today. Ed holds a BSEE from South Dakota State University and was honored by them as Distinguished Engineer – 2007. He is also an Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.

David Dalvey is a Managing Partner of Brightstone Venture Capital since September 2000, and he has 25 years of venture stage investment experience with 15 years as a venture fund manager and 10 years as a technology investment banker. Also, Mr Dalvey has 33 collective years of corporate board director/advisor experience.

Previously, Mr Dalvey has been a general partner at Food Fund Venture Capital II, L.P. from 1992 to 1995 and also held senior investment banking management positions with R.J. Steichen and Company from 1995 to 2000 and Wessels, Arnold & Henderson from 1987 to 1992. During his career, Mr Dalvey completed 40 public common stock offerings and 90 private placements totaling over $1.75 billion in equity growth capital for technology and life science companies. He currently serves as a Director at Mobile Realty Apps, Horizon Oil Field Services, Celcuity and Blue Rock Advisors and has also served Director roles with AppTec Laboratories, Navarre Corp., Definity Health, CHF Solutions, Nature Vision, TestQuest, Agiliti, Digitiliti and ShoreLunch Recipes.

Ronald Eibensteiner has been President of Wyncrest Capital, Inc. since 1993, an investment company for early-stage technology companies in the area of telecommunications, medical devices and software. Currently, Mr. Eibensteiner is co-founder and Chairman of Software Management Services, Inc., a software supplier to the gaming industry. Additionally, Mr. Eibensteiner co-founded ReadyCredit Corporation in 2005 and served as its Chief Executive Officer and Chairman during its formation and currently serves on the Board. His past investment activities included: co-founder of Diametrics Medical, Inc., a manufacturer of blood gas diagnostic systems; a principal investor and Board member of OnHealth Network Company, a web-based publisher of health and wellness information which was later merged with WebMD; principal investor and Board member of BigCharts, Inc., a provider of financial internet content until its sale to Dow Jones/MarketWatch.com in June 1999; Chairman of the Board of Prodea Software Corporation, a data-warehousing software company, until its sale to Platinum Technology, Inc.; and principal investor and Board of Director member of Travanti Pharma Inc, a specialty drug delivery firm, until its sale to Teikoku Pharmaceutical in May of 2009. Mr. Eibensteiner also served as a member of the Board of Stellant Software (Nasdaq: STEL) from 1996 until 2001. In 1983, Mr. Eibensteiner co-founded Arden Medical Systems and served as its Chief Financial Officer until its sale to Johnson & Johnson in 1987. From 1999 to 2005, Mr. Eibensteiner served as Chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota and holds a Bachelor of Science in political science from the University of Minnesota.

Barbara Stinnett is CEO and Managing Partner of the Timmaron Group, a consulting organization that provides guidance, experience and interim executive support to CEOs, boards of directors, private equity investors and venture capital firms. Barb is the Executive Chair of Canopy Co. Among her many business accomplishments, she served for 22 years as a senior executive with Hewlett Packard, most recently as Worldwide Vice President and General Manager for Marketing, Sales and Service.

Jeffrey C. Robbins

Jeff is an attorney and shareholder in the business services practice group at Messerli & Kramer P.A. in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For 30 years, he has represented entrepreneurs who start and grow technology-based enterprises and angel and venture investors who target those companies. He is a serial entrepreneur himself, having founded two companies in the entertainment ticketing industry. Jeff represents high-growth, high-potential private enterprises and publicly traded companies. In 2011, he founded AngelPolleNation, a Twin Cities-based networking organization for investors. He has served as an advisory service member to the Minnesota Angel Network and serves as an advisory board member to Gopher Angels, a Minneapolis-based investor network. Jeff is also a judge for the annual statewide Minnesota Cup business plan competition and a regular adjunct lecturer at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He is a board member of Venture Academy, a new Minneapolis charter school focused on developing entrepreneurial leadership skills for its students. Jeff was named in 2011 as one of “200 Minnesotans You Should Know” by Twin Cities Business magazine.

Harriet

What is Bitcoin?

Scott Jann

An introduction bitcoin.

I'm surprised by how many of my technically minded friends don't know anything about bitcoin. This session will be an attempt to help more people understand it.

I'm an engineer, not an economist, so the discussion will probably begin with an introduction to what bitcoin is and then tend toward the technical side – mining, cryptography, whatever the groups wants to talk about.

Scott Jann

No bio.

Nokomis

Lessons from a failed startup

Reed Robinson

What's the statistic...? Something like 1 in 10 startups are still operating three years after incorporating? This session will be an opportunity to hear what it's like to be one of the other 9 that doesn't make it.

Spoiler - it's tough, but there's a lot to learn from it and we'd do it again in a heartbeat.

Reed Robinson

No bio.

Proverb-Edison

LigerMobile - True Hybrid App Development

Brad Marsh

Presently hybrid apps are at the forefront of the mobile development discussion. When done properly they allow for a shared code base between iOS and Android apps, web developers the opportunity to put their front end skills to use for mobile development and the ability to reuse any number of previously created HTML/CSS/JS components.

The problem is that building them requires a different way of thinking and a new set of tools. During the creation of the new ReachLocal app, both of these things were developed. The standard "single page app" approach was ditched and the Cordova Framework was extended to produce a framework that can truly be called hybrid.

The presentation will walk you through the creation of an app using the LigerMobile framework.

Brad Marsh

No bio.

Calhoun

DevOpsDays Minneapolis

Bridget Kromhout
Tony Notto
Donnie Berkholz
Andy Domeier
Tom Duffield
Jeff Williams

Since a 2009 start in Belgium, DevOpsDays events around the world have become a key venue for developers and operations professionals to meet and exchange ideas about their DevOps practice.

This July 17-18, DevOpsDays is coming to Minneapolis! We'll have two days of single-track talks and Ignite presentations about DevOps tools and culture, as well as Open Space attendee-directed round-tables. Join your local organizers for a panel discussion about their involvement with DevOps and a Q&A about the current plans for this summer’s event. Offer your input on what you'd like to see at the first Minneapolis edition of DevOpsDays!

Bridget Kromhout

Bridget Kromhout does operations at a social commerce startup called 8thBridge, after years as a sysadmin at ISPs and in academia. Software engineering was optional when she studied Computer Science at the University of Minnesota, so she took more math instead; this ensured that she'd end up in software. She likes HBase, Graphite, FreeBSD, bicycle-powered camping, and butchering pumpkins for home canning. In what remains of her free time, she's the lead organizer for DevOpsDays Minneapolis.

Tony Notto

Tony works in IT operations at Target, where he was previously a sysadmin and is currently a member of the infrastructure automation team.

Donnie Berkholz

Donnie Berkholz is RedMonk's "resident Ph.D.", where he quantifies and analyzes the art & science of software creation and its usage by developers, data scientists, sysadmins, and everyone in between. His background is diverse, including stints in biophysics, open-source software development & leadership, IT infrastructure, and journalism.

Andy Domeier

Andy Domeier works in IT operations as the Director of Technical Operations at SPS Commerce. Andy has spent the last 7 years in various technology leadership positions at the rapidly growing SPS. He has specifically taken an interest in leadership within technology and enjoys the challenge of bringing a variety of teams or team members together to deliver on strategic initiatives. Andy is also working with the organization committee for DevOpsDays Minneapolis.

Tom Duffield

Tom is a wearer of many hats including consultant, programmer, systems administrator and nerd. He currently utilizes all his hats at CHEF helping customers automate their infrastructure.

Jeff Williams

No bio.

Minnetonka

Beyond Mobile: How Connected Devices are the Next Evolution of Mobile

Curt Prins

Apps are so 2011, yet too many of us are locked into developing for 1920 x 1080 pixel (and smaller) screens. Recent products like Coin, Google Glass, and Pebble are only the beginning of this trend. Whether they're wearables or Bluetooth-connected hardware, connected devices are changing the way we live, work and play.

Mobile-connected devices have expanded video off smartphones, moved inputs externally and have made smartphone our preferred computers in less than a few years. We look at how they've driven down development costs while driving up innovation. We’ll also review many B2C and B2B examples. And we'll cover tips on where you can start in this rapidly expanding mobile niche market.

Curt Prins

Curt Prins (@curtprins) saw the game-changing potential of mobile back in 2008, and has since applied it as a mobile strategist working agency, nonprofit, and corporate clients including the United Way, Snap-On Tools and Obama for America. He’s taken a special interest in emerging markets, the innovations birthed there and the potential impact of connected devices within these markets. He also produces 3FER, a weekly SMS update on mobile–text 3FER to 75309 to subscribe

Zeke Landres

A Blog is a Book is a Blog

Lily Coyle

Come to this session and learn how bloggers turn themselves into old-school authors. I've mentored authors who've transformed their online work into recipe books, text books, how-to's, memoirs, mysteries, and more.

Reports of the death of print have been greatly exaggerated, to paraphrase a well-known self-published author (cough, MARK TWAIN.) In the same way that music went from vinyl to tape to disk to MP3 and back to vinyl, readers can't quite abandon the sensory pleasures of the printed page, and indie authors have more power than ever before.

Cyberspace writers, take note. Your blogs, tweets, status updates, and emails all tell a story. If you've been only sporadically blogging on any topic for any length of time, you've probably fantasized of printing that stuff out and binding into a book. Heck--you've probably written a trilogy's worth of material by now. Best of all, you've already built the platform that an author needs to sell books, so you're five steps ahead of everybody else.

Indie publishing is changing by the minute. We'll talk about what's new, what's old, and what makes sense for you.

Lily Coyle

Lily Coyle is the Director of Publishing at Beaver's Pond Press, as well as a playwright, Navy vet, and the wife of independent filmmaker Patrick Coyle. There's never a dull moment.

Challenge

Why Scala? Is functional programming on the JVM worth it?

Joseph J. Piché

Functional programming is a topic being discussed a lot lately with the inclusion of lambda functions and default interface methods in the recently released Java 8. Scala, has had these features since the start. Importantly though, it also has many other features Java does not have; to name a few: implicit variables, pattern matching, type variance, macros, lazy immutable variables, existential types, and higher-kinded types. But are these things actually important to day to day programming? Should companies start switching out maven for sbt in mass? And what about Clojure or just ditching the JVM for Haskell?

I don't know the answers to these questions, and I am far from being an expert, but I do have real world experience working with Scala solo and with other developers, some who understand higher-kinded types, and some who think you're speaking Latin. In this talk, I hope to present the basics of what developing applications in Scala means for the individual developer and for project lifecycles, while having a dialog about where Scala might make sense, and where it might not.

And yes, there will be code.

Joseph J. Piché

I currently am an Android and iOS developer at Kinetic Data. Before that I was with :coderow, which was recently acquired by Kinetic. Previously, I was a web developer, then director of software development at Irish Titan, where I worked for over 3 years.

Learn

Physics-based Interfaces with UIKit Dynamics

Sam Kirchmeier
Adam May

Learn the basics of creating realistic physics-based animations in your iOS apps. Discover best-practices and advanced techniques for creating compelling user interfaces and see code walkthroughs and examples from real-world applications using UIKit Dynamics.

Sam Kirchmeier

I'm a speaker, teacher, and software developer at Livefront. I build apps with a variety of technologies (like Rails, ASP.NET, and handcrafted HTML/CSS), and I specialize in making awesome software for iOS devices. When I'm not coding, you might find me dreaming about coding, teaching at Hennepin Technical College, or out on the disc golf course. (Come on spring!)

Adam May

Adam is a software developer at Livefront. He has eight years of mobile software experience developing apps across a wide variety of platforms.

1:40 – 2:30

Theater

Developing For The SmartThings Platform

Steve Vlaminck

The SmartThings open platform allows you to control things in your home by writing your own SmartApps and DeviceTypes. This session will focus on some of the more advanced techniques used by people building the platform; sort of an insider's "tricks of the trade" session. There will be a lot of code in this session so a moderate understanding of SmartApp development is expected. Based on general interest, we will go in-depth on some of the following topics:

  • SmartApp Preferences / UX
    • Variations of the many different elements (inputs and otherwise)
    • Paginated preferences
  • Child SmartApps / DeviceTypes
    • CRUD children
    • Interacting with a parent
  • OAuth / REST
  • Events
  • Scheduling
  • DeviceTypes (but not the parse method)
Steve Vlaminck

I was a Grails developer for Refactr, now I'm an iOS developer for SmartThings. I help out with a handful of 3rd-party integrations at work and in my free time. I post some of my free time projects over here.

Calhoun

The Yogi & The Entrepreneur

Laurel Van Matre
Patrick Riley

Your technology startup company is on track to realize $2.5M in annual revenues, you’re an Inc. 5000 company, and you are 16 hours away from being out of cash and out of business.

In the fast-paced world of startup culture, every entrepreneur needs a few more hours -- or a little more space -- to separate the obstacles and get to the next milestone. What if there was a way to help you focus better, manage stress better, and even SEE better?

Modern Survey CEO and co-founder Patrick Riley and super-yogi and Yoga Garden founder Laurel Van Matre present their experiences building successful startups while remaining committed to their yoga practices. Learn how they’ve tackled intractable startup problems by working through the challenges metaphorically “on their yoga mats.”

Laurel Van Matre

Owner/Founder of YOGA GARDEN

Laurel is a Minneapolis, MN based Yogi, Designer and Entrepreneur.  She has been practicing yoga for over 17 years and teaching for more than a decade. As a yoga teacher Laurel is know for her ability to take her students through their practice and teach how to align each pose and at the same time give it relevance to their daily working lives. She teaches weekly public classes at her studio, corporate and group privates, and coaches individuals.

In addition to YOGA Garden she is the owner/operator of LVMGardens Design. She holds a BFA from the University of Wisconsin, has lived in London and travelled extensively through Europe and Asia.

Visit her blog at www.laurelvanmatre.blogspot.com.

Patrick Riley

Patrick is an accomplished technology entrepreneur and artist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

As the CEO and Co-Founder of Modern Survey [an INC 5000 company and Minnesota Fast 50 Company], he oversees company growth strategy and SaaS product development initiatives. Prior to Modern Survey, Patrick worked for American Express.

Additionally, Patrick is an accomplished filmmaker and musician. In the mid-90's he played bass and shared lead vocals with his brother Dan in the Defender Records band Cooper. Patrick has directed and produced dozens of music videos, documentaries, television series, and short films. In 2008 and 2009, he was Isabella Rossellini's Assistant Director for an original series she created for the Sundance Channel entitled "Green Porno". Patrick worked for three summers (2003, 2004 and 2007) as an Assistant Director for the Sundance Institute Filmmaker's Lab. Two of the six films Patrick assistant-directed at Sundance went on to become feature films: "Paperman" starring Jeff Daniels & Emma Stone, and "Here" starring Ben Foster.

Patrick's specialties include: entrepreneurship, ideation, product development, cloud computing, team innovation, bootstrap growth strategies, brand building, talent management, and public speaking.

Patrick’s thought leadership has been featured by numerous media organizations including Talent Management Magazine and National Public Radio.

Harriet

Idea to Beta: Tips and Tools for making your idea a reality

Brandon Rothe
Phil Mackey

Most of us have an idea for an app or website but don't know how to make it a reality or even where to start.

This session will focus on the tools and tips picked up over the last two years taking an idea to a working beta.

Tips and Tools will be shared for each of these:

  • Ideas
  • Minimum Viable Product (MVP)
  • Finding Co-Founders
  • Technical Co-Founders
  • Managing the process
  • Money
  • Q&A / Feedback



Below is the old agenda before abbreviated to the above

Topics will include:

  • How to know you have a good idea
  • How to test an idea
  • How to adapt an idea based on feedback
  • Tools to build an MVP (both technical and non-technical)
  • How to find co-founders
  • How to find a technical cofounder
  • How to manage the process
  • How much money do you need?

Brandon Rothe

Co-Founder, RoomPoll.com
2nd Employee at Jobs2web
(Acquired in 2011 by SuccessFactors for $110 million)

Phil Mackey

No bio.

Nokomis

Why Emacs?

Selah Ben-Haim

I've used many an editor in my day and I love and hate them all, but there's none that I love and hate more than Emacs.

Why on earth would anyone use an ancient, slow piece of bloatware like Emacs here in the... what century is it?

That very question led me on a journey of discovery through Vim, TextMate, SublimeText, Vim, Emacs, back to Vim, back to Emacs, off to jEdit, Eclipse, IntelliJ, home to Vim, Notepad++, Vim, and back to Emacs again, each step of the way, lugging the best of what I'd discovered with me.

The purpose of this talk is not to proselytize or fan flames, but to present just what it is that makes Emacs interesting as a code editor and interesting as a piece of software.

This talk is for any programmer who is passionate about creating a productive coding environment and willing to ruthlessly steal the best ideas, wherever they can be found, to achieve that end.

Hope to see you there!

Selah Ben-Haim

No bio.

Challenge

minnebar 9 on minnebar

Jamie Thingelstad

This session will provide an update on the continuing development of the minne✱ events and organization and our efforts to insure that great events like MinneBar and MinneDemo continue to catalyze the Twin Cities technical, design and startup communities. Half of this session will provide an update on these goals and the other half will serve as a forum to hear from the community.

Jamie Thingelstad

CTO at SPS Commerce! Board member at CaringBridge and minne✱. more

Tackle

SUPERQUEST: A Social Network for Projects (my first website)

justin moen

I'm building a social network for projects. The prototype is aimed at helping students at project-based high schools find advisors for their projects (up currently here, improved version coming soon to superquest.co). The core idea is to create a huge directory of active projects that can be searched -- which will invite more mentorship and collaboration between like-minded individuals.

I would like to talk about 3 things for 20 minutes:

1) Demo: How I want the site to work.

2) What I learned from building this project -- which was the first website I've made -- that I think other aspiring developers might find useful.

3) Plans for future of this project . . . I would like to find a collaborator or two, especially on the front-end.

justin moen

Math major at the University of Minnesota. I hate school with a passion, so I'm trying to fix it with SUPERQUEST (the prototype). Up, Up, and AWAY!!!

Twitter: @justinmoen Email: justin@superquest.co

Louis Pasteur

RoboSpock -- wake up your Android project with some dynamic language testing

Steve Peterson

Learn how to use RoboSpock, where you write your beautifully expressive tests written in Groovy. Test your Android app quicker and more thoroughly (really). Based on Spock, RoboSpock combines the best features of proven tools like JUnit, jMock, and RSpec, and innovates on top of them.

This session will offer a pragmatic overview, allowing any Android developer to immediately put RoboSpock to work. I will also give guidance on the new world order of Android development: Android Studio and gradle.

Steve Peterson

Steve is a managing partner for AAND Tech, which develops mobile, cloud based and "The Internet of Things" solutions. He is also a practicing Android developer. He is a developer of teams as well as products and has been called a "project psychologist".

His portfolio ranges from designing ICs, medical devices and Wall Street trading algorithms, to Operations Manager for a V/C backed medical device start-up.

Minnetonka

The Next Web of Linked Data

Jay Myers

With hundreds of millions of active web sites on the web and millions of new web pages added every day, the knowledge contained on the internet far surpasses even the largest cache of big data. Today, many web developers still primarily publish web pages solely for human consumption. Researchers of the "semantic web" have spent years exploring options of making structured data available through web pages we publish every day. In 2010, Google, Yahoo!, Bing and Yandex joined forces to form schema.org, a collaborative that promotes common vocabularies and markup techniques that enable web developers to easily publish data for both human and machine consumption.

This talk will examine the history, techniques and technology around schema.org that will enable a smarter web -- not just for search, but also next-gen data tools and applications that will connect entities and facts from across the internet, all enabled by developers publishing data directly to the web.

Jay Myers

No bio.

Proverb-Edison

Lightning Sessions

Casey Helbling
John Pederson
Jason Hsu
Jamey Erickson

Carrying the torch for Luke.

You get five minutes to present whatever you want. Email me with your talk ideas 'casey@softwareforgood.com'.

  • Ethos, Culture and Teams... by Casey Helbling

  • How to build a Mobile Sauna... by John Pederson and Molly Reichert

  • Astrophotography for Beginners ... by Jamey Erickson

  • Bargain Stock Funds ... by Jason Hsu

  • Spike Lee belongs on Kickstarter, too ... by Marty Wetherall

John Pederson

Before discovering his righteous passion for open source Web development, John produced programs for NPR’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me! and To the Best of Our Knowledge. He launched Indonesia’s first student-run radio station as a Fulbright Fellow in Sumatra, but you may remember him from local cult classics such as The Dance Shanty, Eat for Equity, and his most recent side project, The Mobile Sauna.

Jason Hsu

No bio.

Jamey Erickson

No bio.

Zeke Landres

Monitoring at a SaaS Startup: Tradeoffs and Tools

Bridget Kromhout

When I joined a SaaS startup already in progress as their first ops hire, what monitoring existed was a twisty maze of half-measures. The devteam dreaded oncall, and our Mean Time To Lost Sleep was way too low.

Improving visibility into our infrastructure and application performance required trying new tools and changing how we thought about what we were measuring. Join me for a tragicomic journey from the vale of blissful ignorance through the straits of Nagios and into the mountains of Graphite. We'll talk tools and pitfalls, missteps and dead ends, and everything we haven't yet done but should.

Tools covered will include Nagios, StatsD, Graphite, and Sentry, with some digressions into others such as NewRelic and MMS.

Bridget Kromhout

Bridget Kromhout does operations at a social commerce startup called 8thBridge, after years as a sysadmin at ISPs and in academia. Software engineering was optional when she studied Computer Science at the University of Minnesota, so she took more math instead; this ensured that she'd end up in software. She likes HBase, Graphite, FreeBSD, bicycle-powered camping, and butchering pumpkins for home canning. In what remains of her free time, she's the lead organizer for DevOpsDays Minneapolis.

Learn

Making RESTful Android Restful

Colin Lee

A new stack of Android networking libraries can make interacting with a REST API server easy.

Having spoken about many different solutions recently at MN DevFest 2014, I will showcase a particular networking solution using Octo's Robospice and Square's Retrofit and OkHTTP.

Step-by-step, we will build up a simple, open source application using real world data. The session is aimed at both Android and Java developers, both experienced and aspiring.

There will be code.

See the advantages of using libraries to reduce the complexity of REST, SPDY, caching, and threading on an Android device.

Colin Lee

Colin is lead mobile engineer at thisCLICKS, a Saint Paul startup whose web and mobile products When I Work and WageBase provide scheduling and time tracking for hundreds of thousands of shift workers. He specializes in Android development.

Along with Open Twin Cities, Colin organizes the annual Hack for MN, our local National Day of Civic Hacking event. He also runs a mobile app consultancy (ColinTheShots LLC), drives a Nissan LEAF electric vehicle, and has run for Minnesota state office.

Discovery

How to Apply the Solution Selling Framework to Scale Your Startup

Rob Weber

This session is for anyone with a B2B software product that is interesting in improving their success rate in acquiring new customers. I will be using coaching materials from internal sales development workshops I have organized at NativeX. We will cover the basics of the Solution Selling framework, and then apply it to real world software sales examples.

Rob Weber

Rob Weber co-founded NativeX (formerly named W3i) in 2000. Rob has been a successful entrepreneur since the age of 16 when he, along with his brothers, launched their first e-marketing business. By the age of 20 the Weber brothers had turned their basement endeavors into a multi-million dollar business, and Rob became CEO. He saw the enormous potential in advertiser-sponsored content and pivoted the company to capitalize on this trend. The company captured the attention and the ad dollars of companies like Google, Yahoo!, and Symantec.

Today, Rob leads Business Development and works with App Developers to create great apps, build audience, and monetize them. NativeX’s current partner set includes many of the world’s most popular developers, such as Imangi Studios, maker of Temple Run.

In 2006, Rob shared the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award with his twin brother, and business partner, Ryan Weber. Rob was also named to the 2007 Inc. 5,000 CEO’s Under 30 list.

Rob received his B.S. in Entrepreneurship from St. Cloud State University. He is a Board Member of nativeX and is a private angel investor in a number of music, game, and mobile application start-ups. Rob enjoys sharing his passion for the Internet and entrepreneurship with students at St. Cloud State University and other youth-mentoring venues. Rob also serves on the Board of Directors for Minne*, the 4,000+ member community of Minnesota tech enthusiasts.

Gandhi

Building jQuery plugins: Back-end development for a front-end language

Amy Hammond

You've written a bit of jQuery. You understand its power and appreciate the ability to easily navigate the DOM, do some event delegation, and maybe even perform an Ajax request. But you've found yourself in need of a plugin. You've spent plenty of time searching for just the right one, but can't seem to find the perfect match. It either does too much or too little, and modifying these already complete plugins may be far more work than it’s worth.

So you've decided to write your own. You’re ready to apply your back-end developer mindset to a front-end problem. The only trouble is you don't quite know where to start. How do you define your plugin? Which jQuery selectors can you attach? What about a callback or options?

This talk will discuss when it may be appropriate to “reinvent the wheel” and how to tackle the solution with future scenarios in mind. We'll remember our JavaScript best practices as we develop a simple plugin that will add some options and even implement a callback.

Amy Hammond

@amlyhamm

Amy is an extroverted developer with a passion for technology, people, and breaking stereotypes. She writes code at Fisdap -- a Saint Paul software company that builds online applications for EMS education.

Stephen Leacock

*coin, how to make a CopyCatCoin in 50 minutes or less

Troy Benjegerdes

Come answer all your burning technical questions about what the heck are these DogeCoin and CatCoin things, how they work, and what they do by doing a CopyCatCoin hackathon.

We'll select an internet meme, clone the Catcoin/codecoin source repository, and start hacking.

Will it function? Probably.

Will anyone buy it? Who knows, this whole cryptocurrency/altcoin/magik internet money game is based on some really interesting math, and a lot of pump & dump scammers and snakeoil salescritters.

We're going to focus on the code and what you need to know to hack out a cheap ripoff of a cheap ripoff of a cheap ripoff of Bitcoin, and then it's up to you to generate a community that wants to use these digital tokens as money.

Either way, expect lots of cat pictures and bat internet meme jokes.

All levels, from gawkers to alpha-plus C++ wizards, because the code does do anything by itself, it needs some flash and buzz to become a real usable currency.

Troy Benjegerdes

Farmer and general hack of all trades

Linux, embedded systems, and Catcoin developer, open source advocate, and occasional test system engineer.

2:40 – 3:30

Theater

Don’t Quit Your Day Job - Lean Startup in the Enterprise

Peter Pascale

Lean thinking is washing over how we build, first in manufacturing, then in software, and now, how we fundamentally build businesses and new products in the Lean Startup movement. But what if you’re tasked with building new products or business not in a start-up but, gasp, in the enterprise?

In this session, I’ll outline a few principles we’ve used to guide a lean path within Pearson VUE, cover lessons learned (good and bad), and tactics you can employ to bring this approach to ‘the day job’.

We’ll conclude with a group brainstorming exercise intended to add your expertise to the equation, and give participants a chance to grapple with the tactics. Bring your passion for making a difference in any setting!

Peter Pascale

By day I lead product strategy and enterprise architecture for Pearson VUE. By night I've coded mobile for hire, co-led aug.mn for a time, coached youth baseball to both perfect and winless seasons without knowing jack S*** about baseball, ran a failed Mark Trail fan fiction site, and spent WAY too long delivering house projects. I also bike a lot.

Harriet

Fiery Inferno!!! A web consultant roundtable

Toby Cryns
Ian Fitzpatrick

Being a web consultant ain't always peaches and cream. Come to this session prepared to talk about the challenges (and successes) you're having in your business.

Things your fellow business owners might want to hear from you about:

  • How are you getting your clients?
  • Are you doing anything to move beyond hourly billing (weekly? productized offerings?)
  • How are you "scaling past your time"? Subcontractors? Virtual assistants? Cloning facility on Kamino?
  • Have a killer billing or other administrative workflow/tool we should know about?
  • What's frustrating you about your business right now? Maybe others have had the same obstacle and overcome it.

Your contribution will make or break this session, so don't be bashful!

WARNING: A group hug MAY occur near the end of this session. (We're not saying we'll instigate one, but we wouldn't stop one either).

PS - Aspiring freelancers, independent web consultants, and web consultancy owners are totally invited.

Toby Cryns

Toby Cryns has been building WordPress websites since the beginning of recorded human history.

He is the ring-leader of MSP WordPress and loves long walks with his wife and kids.

Toby tries his best at creating awesome user experiences at The Mighty Mo! Design Co., a Minneapolis-based WordPress-only development shop.

MinneBar-day is his favorite day of the year.

Ian Fitzpatrick

According to Wikipedia, Ian Fitzpatrick is a retired English professional footballer who played as a striker for Halifax Town and Shrewsbury Town in the Football League.

Or, I'm a Pacific Northwest transplant fumbling through Minnesotan culture. I love making things and indie people who make things. Have me a web consultancy (http://citrusy.com/), co-founder of another thing (http://www.giftster.com), and enjoy a good side project now and again.

Say hi to me at Minnebar, I'll be the one wearing a flannel shirt and glasses.

@ianfitzpat

Challenge

LiveCode Cross-Development System

Joel Gerdeen

LiveCode has its heritage in the HyperCard hypermedia system released by Apple back in 1987. HyperCard was a inspiration to Tim Berners-Lee's development of the WWW. LiveCode is developed and supported by the RunRev corporation in Edinburgh, Scotland.

It allows developed applications to run on the Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS and Android plus related servers. LiveCode is available in a free open source Community version and a Commercial version for publishing through the Apple AppStore and Google Play stores. The LiveCode IDE development system will be demonstrated on the Mac with simulations on both iPhone and Android devices.

LiveCode was a recent finalist in the Dr. Dobb's Jolt Award for Mobile Development Systems. LiveCode's recent emergence was funded by a successful Kickstarter project in early 2013.

Joel Gerdeen

Many years of experience in all levels of computer technology from punch cards to SSD, microcomputers to mainframes. Career in Enginnering IT technology and management at three Fortune 100 companies. Published social media apps on Apple AppStore and Google Play

Discovery

Rise of the Fiber Project: Transforming a Small Town into a Gigabit City

Bryan Welch

What happens when you try to make your small town into a Gigabit city? Why are some towns creating municipal fiber utilities and ISPs? What is driving this change? Why aren't existing telecom and cable companies providing better services?

This is a tale of the quest to rescue a small town from broadband despair. The journey is fraught with traps and deception by those who would resist this change.

In this session, we'll explore the creation of goals and a vision, researching and choosing engineering options, validating the costs and feasibility, and the process to make it happen.

Bryan Welch

By day, Bryan is a DBA team lead working on automation, high availability, and data analytics. At night, he becomes a real nerd.

Stephen Leacock

Data Center 101

Mike Hemphill

We will review the basic requirements for data centers….. The Critical Infrastructure components of: SPACE, POWER, COOLING, NETWORK and SECURITY. What options do you have and why you might choose one vs. the other? Deploy in your office, a collocation data center or “the cloud”?

Together we will discuss the following questions:

1) What are the benefits of being in a collocation data center vs. in my office?

2) What are the basic types of colocation data centers & why would I choose one vs. another?

3) When should I consider having a DR (Disaster Recovery) site for my data center?

4) When should I consider a “Managed Services Provider” and what options do they offer?

5) When should I consider a Cloud solution vs. or in addition to a collocation data center or my office data center?

Mike Hemphill

Mike Hemphill is General Manager, Cologix Minneapolis. Mike has more than 40 years of sales and marketing experience in the Telecommunications and Information Technology fields. Mike was with FWR/The Minnesota Gateway since 2005 (and helped launch FWR into the colocation/data center initiative) through their recent acquisition by Cologix. Before FWR, Mike spent 5 years with a Twin Cities CLEC, KMC Telecom, where he honed his fiber optic and network services skills. He began his career with AT&T, spending the majority of his 29 year AT&T career in sales and sales management. There he managed major, national and global accounts in the Minnesota, North & South Dakota markets.

Calhoun

Put your API to "REST" or NOT

Shruti Majithia

Q) Why is your API sleeping?
A) Maybe because it needs some "REST".

Q) What would you like your API to do?
200 : OK or 418 : I'm a Teapot (That's a real HTTP status code. No kidding)

In this session we will be covering:
- What is an API?
- What is this "REST" that you talk about?
- What do the best APIs in the industry do for versioning, pagination, response formats, error handling etc.?
- How to follow pragmatic REST and design a usable API that developers will LOVE.

Shruti Majithia

introverted developer for life.

Minnetonka

The future of crowdfunding and fundraising

Patrick Donohue
Jeffrey C. Robbins

This panel discussion will explore the facts and fiction of crowdfunding and fundraising for entrepreneurs. What is likely to attract investors / supporters? What should one consider when having to deal with the rules and laws around fundraising? How much time and money will it cost to run a crowdfunding campaign. This panel will cut right to what you need - actionable information to make decisions around designing and launching a fundraising effort.

Patrick Donohue

LinkedIn Profile

Crazy things I am working on...

INVESTyR

Inspiration Medical Technology

My family comes first. After that, I am working hard to level the playing field in finance and healthcare. I know... I know... big goals. It's all part of a 50 year business plan ;)

What Inspires Me:

Simon Sinek "How great Leaders Inspire Action"

Derek Sivers "How to Start a Movement"

Don Tapscott "Four Principles for the Open World"

Jeffrey C. Robbins

Jeff is an attorney and shareholder in the business services practice group at Messerli & Kramer P.A. in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For 30 years, he has represented entrepreneurs who start and grow technology-based enterprises and angel and venture investors who target those companies. He is a serial entrepreneur himself, having founded two companies in the entertainment ticketing industry. Jeff represents high-growth, high-potential private enterprises and publicly traded companies. In 2011, he founded AngelPolleNation, a Twin Cities-based networking organization for investors. He has served as an advisory service member to the Minnesota Angel Network and serves as an advisory board member to Gopher Angels, a Minneapolis-based investor network. Jeff is also a judge for the annual statewide Minnesota Cup business plan competition and a regular adjunct lecturer at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He is a board member of Venture Academy, a new Minneapolis charter school focused on developing entrepreneurial leadership skills for its students. Jeff was named in 2011 as one of “200 Minnesotans You Should Know” by Twin Cities Business magazine.

Nokomis

Chasing Ninja Rockstars: Searching For Top Talent and Why We're Doing It All Wrong

Jeff Lin

If you are involved with web or mobile technology in any way (or if you just pay attention to the world) you know that the industry is constantly in need of talented programmers and designers. Employers struggle to find, hire, and retain talent. Employees flounder when trying to evolve their skills in order to remain relevant. It's possible that the solutions to these problems are much more subtle than we think.

Drawing from anecdotal evidence as well as research, we'll address the following questions and topics:

  • I hired the best programmers and designers I could find, but my product still sucks.
  • Why is it so hard to find an iOS developer?
  • I can't get a job without experience, but I can't get experience without a job.
  • The best advice anybody ever gave me: "Do better." Why the problem might actually be YOU.
  • Transform yourself into a rockstar and get $paid.
Jeff Lin

Jeff Lin is the founder and CEO of Bust Out Solutions, a team of highly-talented individuals who make web and mobile apps. He is also co-founder of Smart Factory, a software school for smart people.

Proverb-Edison

Transparent VC

Patrick Meenan
Ryan Broshar

There has been a lot of funding momentum in the upper Midwest this past year.

For any entrepreneur considering raising equity capital to fund their business, Patrick Meenan from Arthur Ventures and Ryan Broshar from Confluence Capital will be sharing their first-hand observations on what types of opportunities are/are not resonating with investors (i.e., market, business model, funding history, team structure, traction, etc), valuation trends and successful/unsuccessful fundraising tactics.

Plenty of time will be saved for Q&A.

Patrick Meenan

Patrick Meenan is a Director at Arthur Ventures. Patrick joined Arthur Ventures from Microsoft where he spent time in its Corporate Development group, executing merger and acquisition transactions, and in Operations for Microsoft Advertising, executing strategic partnerships and key operational initiatives. Select transactions and partnerships included Microsoft’s divestiture of Razorfish to Publicis and Microsoft’s investments in AppNexus and Adchemy. Prior to his time at Microsoft, Patrick was an investment banker with Piper Jaffray’s Technology Group and KeyBanc Capital’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group. Patrick holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from Miami University and serves as a board observer with Intelligent InSites.

Ryan Broshar

Ryan serves as Managing Partner for Confluence Capital and is one of the co-founders of Beta.MN. Founding Confluence in 2013, Ryan created a vehicle to support and interact with fellow entrepreneurs by providing early stage venture capital finance. In addition to his work at Confluence, Broshar is Founder and CEO of BoomBoomPrints.com – a social commerce platform for graphic design artists to sell their artwork on products to families. Ryan is a previous MN Cup student division winner with University Guide, LLC – a university-based publication business – that was eventually sold in 2008. Ryan received his BSB from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management and his MBA from University of Colorado-Boulder.

Zeke Landres

The REAL Value of Data - Big or Small

Colin Tuggle

This session will EXCLUDE HYPE. It will talk about the real value of data and give several REAL examples of how big business is using this technology. Presenters Colin Tuggle and Joe Hebl will talk in simple terms about what they've learned in recent years from big and small data experiments that have brought significant value in some cases and other times been a waste.

Colin Tuggle

Senior Manager at Accenture. 10+ years in infrastructure and business consulting experience. Working in a variety of industries including Resources, Products, and Media. Focused on workplace services and analytics. A few patents. PMP. ITIL. MSCE. KSU graduate.

Learn

Can you legally sell, lend, or give away purchased digital content? What happens to digital assets when you die?

Damien Riehl

When you "buy" e-books, movies, and music, what are your legal rights? When you finish an e-book, can you lend it to friends -- like with you can with physical copies? If you don't listen to a digital album any more, can you sell it? And when you die, can you pass along your digital assets? In this fast-paced session, a tech lawyer will discuss these and other cutting-edge legal questions.

Damien Riehl

Damien Riehl is an attorney who practices in business litigation and intellectual property litigation, serving as past Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association's Computer & Technology Law Section. He has clerked for state and federal judges, began coding BASIC at 12 years old, has developed websites since 1995, teaches a course for lawyers who serve on nonprofit boards, and speaks frequently on technology law issues.

Firm Bio

LinkedIn

3:40 – 4:30

Theater

Cassandra and Riak at BestBuy.com

Joel Crabb

Corporate use of NoSQL systems has increased dramatically over the last few years. Best Buy has implemented multiple systems using various NoSQL engines. In this presentation, we will take an in depth review of how BestBuy.com uses both Cassandra and Riak to solve business problems while meeting the technical demands of one of North America's largest online retailers. We will review two solutions, one using Cassandra and one using Riak. These solutions are highly distributed and highly responsive while serving specific business needs. We will provide an overview of the main lessons learned along with best practices we have developed in our journey.

Joel Crabb and Kannan Swaminathan presenting from BestBuy.com

Joel Crabb

Chief Architect for BestBuy.com

Harriet

Teaching Kids to Code -- why, where and how.

Rebecca Schatz

Coding is cool, and in high demand. But here in 2014, we're still teaching only a small fraction of our kids to code. We can change that, Minnebar! This session describes local coding initiatives you can join as a mentor, volunteer, adviser or donor. It also describes some great coding resources and platforms you can use to inspire and assist beginning coders.

Why learn to code? You know the answers: It’s fun, profitable, useful, interesting – and a fundamental skill for learning how to solve problems, understand how the world works, and make things happen. Most kids don’t learn though, simply because they aren’t presented with the opportunity to do so. Fewer than 10% of Minnesota kids are learning to code, in or out of school. Let's work on that!

Where? There are dozens of local initiatives that need your help, ranging from four CoderDojos to afterschool Code Clubs to a variety of projects targeting girls and lower-income kids. There are even a few school-based initiatives. Learn about:

  • CoderDojo – a movement of volunteer-led, free coding experiences for youth, with 4 Dojos in Minnesota and more underway!

  • Technovation[MN], inspiring and enabling teen girls to design and build mobile apps

  • Digital Empowerment Academy and the Northside Code Club: coding opportunities to youth in North Minneapolis

  • And more….

How? We’ll describe some of the best coding platform and environments for teaching new coders, from free online tutorials to engaging systems for creating games and other apps. Teach your own, your neighbors, or start a project in your community! Help inspire a diverse, new code-savvy generation!

Presenters include Rebecca Schatz, Founder of the non-profit organization Code Savvy and xx from the Twin Cities' CoderDojo.

Rebecca Schatz

@rebeccaschatz
@Code_Savvy


Catalyst of the nonprofit organization Code Savvy and Founder of The Works museum, Rebecca first learned to program decades ago using machine language, Fortran, punched cards and paper tape.

Minnetonka

The Geek Car, State of EVs in Minnesota Panel Discussion.

Ralph Jenson
Colin Lee
Mark Hanson
Birch Hansen
Dan Holtz

Come hear an overview of the state of Electric Cars in Minnesota, and talk to the geeks that drive them. Then we will discuss everything from the in car tech to how does it handle the -20 days? We will have people with Tesla, Volt, Miev and other models.

Ralph Jenson

Geek. Start-up & technology guy, mentor. EV proponent and driver.

Colin Lee

Colin is lead mobile engineer at thisCLICKS, a Saint Paul startup whose web and mobile products When I Work and WageBase provide scheduling and time tracking for hundreds of thousands of shift workers. He specializes in Android development.

Along with Open Twin Cities, Colin organizes the annual Hack for MN, our local National Day of Civic Hacking event. He also runs a mobile app consultancy (ColinTheShots LLC), drives a Nissan LEAF electric vehicle, and has run for Minnesota state office.

Mark Hanson

Efficiency enthusiast. Long time proponent of EVs for many reasons, including environmental, fiscal, security and just plain fun!

Birch Hansen

An engineer with appreciation for the money saving, low maintenance and performance (e.g. efficiency, silence, torque) aspects that EVs offer. I have been highly involved in the buildout of the crowd sourced plugshare network (http://plugshare.com). I drive the Mitsubishi i MiEV electric car.

Dan Holtz

Virtualization engineer and Tesla enthusiast.

Nokomis

Wearing Android: An introduction to the Android Wear platform

Benjamin Gramlich

Get up to speed with the fresh SDK from Google that extends the Android platform from your phone to your wrist. Learn about integrating your existing applications with Android Wear, writing custom UI components for wrist size displays, and how to send data to the phone from the wearable device.

Benjamin Gramlich

Benjamin is software developer at Livefront. He has years of experience writing mobile applications in a wide variety of industries from aviation to the internet of things.

Zeke Landres

How entrepreneurs waste their development budget

Jaim Zuber

You've got a great idea and cobbled together enough seed money to start building something. The next step is hiring a developer and rolling in the $$$.

Unfortunately, things rarely work out this smoothly. Software is a complex world where mistakes are easy to make and costly - especially for those who new to the industry. It's easy and common for entrepreneurs to spend their entire development budget and have no product to show for it.

In this session we'll talk about how to avoid the costly mistakes that can tank your company before it gets off the ground. I'll bring war stories from 20 years as a developer & consultant. Experienced entrepreneurs should bring their own experiences to share with those learning the ropes.

Jaim Zuber

Jaim is an independent consultant, nascent entrepreneur and occasionally working musician. After long stints developing everything from .NET to embedded Linux, he now focuses on delivering mobile solutions (mainly iOS) and learning all he can about Big Data and NoSQL.

You can find his thoughts preserved here(twitter) and here(blog).

Learn

Building A Global, Privacy-Conscious CDN On $20 A Day

James Renken

This presentation will explore a few of the many curious details and pitfalls of building the infrastructure for a global Content Distribution Network (CDN) in-house, with Open Source software and a minimal budget.

From the basics of how the Internet really works - BGP routing - to NSA surveillance, obscure Murphy's Law corollaries, and forming Finnish corporations, no trivia will be left unmentioned and no business case can possibly be justified.

James Renken

I'm a generalist (Linux, Windows, VMware, storage) systems administrator at ipHouse in Minneapolis; the owner of Sandwich.Net, a tiny Web hosting company; and an attorney practicing consumer law and consulting on Internet-related legal issues.

Calhoun

Minnesota Indie Game Developer Microtalks

Martin Grider
Zachary Johnson
Joel Stewart
Scott Lembcke
Zach Wendt
Dev Jana

Minnesota has a vibrant game development scene! In this session, local game developers will each take the podium for 5 to 10 minutes. They might be showing off their latest game, they might be talking about how they structure their business, they might show off some piece of interesting new technology, or rant about the state of the industry. If there is time left over, we'll do roundtable Q&A, talk about the game development events hosted by IGDA Twin Cities, and maybe play some locally made games!

This session description will continue to get updated as the individual speakers are confirmed/scheduled.

Speakers

Martin Grider will host the talks as well as present his iOS UIKit game prototyping framework and talk about rapid 2D game prototyping techniques for iOS.

Scott Lembcke will present on how he became technical lead for Cocos2D, one of the most popular iOS game frameworks.

Dev Jana will present his Blu Qb game pack currently on Kickstarter.

Zachary Johnson will talk about his pun-filled multi-platform RPG Equip Pants.

Joel Stewart (description TBD)

Zach Wendt will give a fast overview of the current state of consumer VR and near-future changes, how effective VR content differs from current games, and how YOU can easily (and finally affordably) start making your own VR projects.

Martin Grider

Martin Grider has been developing iOS applications since late 2008, when he launched his first application ActionChess, a puzzle game and Chess mashup. Martin writes passionately about mobile game development and game design for both video games and board games on his blog at http://chesstris.com/. He is an organizer for the local IGDA Twin Cities chapter, where he has presented on iPhone game development, mobile game design, as well as his own games and apps.

Zachary Johnson

Zachary Johnson started his company Zachstronaut LLC in early 2011. As a JavaScript developer, he spends his time trying to find balance between making games and making things for the web. Sometimes those two things even overlap. Legend of Equip > Pants for iOS is his first independent commercial video game release. Zachary helps plan IGDATC and is also on the planning committee for MinneWebCon.

Joel Stewart

Joel Stewart is the Vice President of Software Engineering for Canopy. He likes Objective C for some reason (ask him about it). He's been developing games full time in MN for almost 7 years and is still eating. He prefers shorter projects, loves IPAs, the iAP and IAPs.

Scott Lembcke

No bio.

Zach Wendt

Zach is really sad he can't be at minnebar. Feel free to ask him any VR questions at an IGDATC or MN VR and HCI event: igdatc.eventbrite.com

Dev Jana

No bio.

Proverb-Edison

A Talk About Talks

Jenna Pederson

I'm no expert at presenting at conferences, but I do enjoy it. I'd like to share my experiences in preparing and presenting at tech conferences and why it doesn't need to be as scary as it sounds. We'll spend the first part of the session covering the basics, getting the conversation going. If you've never presented before and if even if you have, come prepared to share your own experiences and ask questions.

Jenna Pederson

Jenna Pederson is an independent software developer based out of Minneapolis. She has worn a variety of hats in the development of building desktop software, web, and mobile applications. With experience from the front-end all the way down to the physical servers, from development to business analysis and testing, Jenna is a passionate developer who enjoys getting other developers excited about the technology and how to solve business problems.

Challenge

OmniFocus Meetup

Jamie Thingelstad

If you use OmniFocus to manage tasks and work with projects and contexts come to this session for an informal meetup to discuss OmniFocus best practices, power user tips, and share some of the interesting ways that you use OmniFocus. This session will have a loose agenda, but the intent is for everyone to join in the conversation and share things.

Jamie Thingelstad

CTO at SPS Commerce! Board member at CaringBridge and minne✱. more

Discovery

The (A)BC's of Corporate Blogging!

Kay Roseland

Are you B to C? B to B? or.... both!!! Let's explore the differences between personal and corporate blogging! Whether you are a startup or a been around for years, blogging B to B present challenges...let's talk Best Practices and learn from each other!

Kay Roseland

Kay Roseland has an extensive background in marketing, along with an MBA in management from the University of St. Thomas. After her 4th layoff (!!!!) she began exploring something new on the horizon called social media. She started her blog Shareology in 2009, and joined Twitter five years ago. Along the way, she earned two certifications in social media. Her blogging experience, combined with having coffee with nearly every social media practitioner in town, lead to a job with Infor (the former Lawson Software) as a Product Manger where she edits the blog From the Source.

Stephen Leacock

Setting up an Altcoin mining pool (Using chef, Stratum, And MPOS)

Mark Wagner

Will Cover the pieces needed to setup an MPOS mining pool server.

With basic coverage of Chef and ec2

Mark Wagner

No bio.

Tackle

Worldwide Data Synchronization Challenges and Solutions in a Global Enterprise

Aba El Haddi

In this presentation, I will discuss the challenges faced by global organizations in sharing and synchronizing data on a large scale between multiple geographic sites and across heterogeneous platforms and operating systems. I will discuss the results of some global experiments conducted between 2004 and 2014 between the US, Europe, Africa and Asia. We will learn about the legal and technical challenges faced by the systems and the operations staff. Issues such as reliability, industrial espionage, ISP bandwidth control, state controls and content censures will also be discussed.

Aba El Haddi

El Haddi is a software engineer and entrepreneur. Aba is the CTO of EnduraData where he develops cross platform file replication, synchronization and sharing solutions. El Haddi's experience spans more than thirty years in education, government and the industry as an engineer, a scientist, a professor and as a geek entrepreneur. El Haddi holds DE, MS degrees in soil physics (IAV and UMN), an MS degree in computer science (U of MN) and an MBA (St Thomas). El Haddi is the co-founder of Constant Data, Hawk Technology, and is the founder of Enduradata. More information about El Haddi can be found on linkedin or by visiting his humble path to Geekdom.