MinneBar 11 Session Schedule

8:00 - 8:35
Arrive/Breakfast

8:35 - 8:55
Session 0

9:00 - 9:50
Session 1

Theater

Minnesota: The State of Tech [Startups]

Dan Atkins
Ryan Broshar
Mike Bollinger
Jeff Pesek
Justin Grammens

What is happening, where is it happening, why is it happening, who is doing it?

Moderated by Jeff Pesek & Mike Bollinger // TECHdotMN

Panelists:

Glafira Marcon is the Lead Organizer of Healthcare.mn – Minneapolis’ home for healthcare innovation – where she organizes monthly events and strategic initiatives for over 1,100 members. Heatlhcare.mn believes that Minnesota is the best place to launch a healthcare start up. Working off of the foundation built by Healthcare.mn’s founders, she aims to catalyze and support the healthcare innovation community, and connect start ups with the resources needed for success such as mentorship, networking, and investment opportunities.

Ryan Broshar is the Managing Director of Techstars Retail Accelerator in partnership with Target and the Founder and Managing Director of Matchstick Ventures, an early-stage tech VC based in Minneapolis.

Dan Atkins is cofounder of MinneAnalytics, a MN nonprofit that is the nation's largest local Big Data, Analytics, & Data Science community with over 7100 participants. Industry & topical specific data science conferences draw near 1000. The organization deliberately blends the Domain professionals with the Technology folks -AND- the Decision Sciences professionals. By day Dan is a VP at Optum doing predictive analytics in medication adherence.

Justin Grammens co-founded IoTFuse, a non-profit to ignite the community on the Internet of Things. He co-founded Arduino.MN around open hardware and the Maker community and co-launched the first IoTHackday where teams compete to build IoT products in 12 hours. Justin helps kids bridge software and hardware at CoderDojoTC, is an adjunct professor at the University of Saint Thomas teaching a graduate level class on the Internet of Things, publishes IoT Weekly News and founded Recursive Awesome as a consultancy to help companies gain insights by building smart, connected devices.

Kevin Spanbauer possesses a track record of providing resources to technology companies with core competencies in business development and talent acquisition, but also acting as a business catalyst to connect clients to investor communities, customers, partners, and other technical resources. He acts as a “Trusted Adviser” to software companies at various stages of growth. Kevin has built some of the strongest relationships as anyone in Minnesota's software industry. This history led him to join forces with other leaders to form the Minnesota Emerging Software Advisory or MESA whose mission is to reinvigorate Minnesota's software community and elevate it to one of the top software corridors in the nation.

Dan Atkins

No bio.

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.

Mike Bollinger

Explorer and entrepreneur. Livefront, TECHdotMN, and Smart Factory

Jeff Pesek

cofounder, TECHdotMN

Justin Grammens

I live at the intersection of startups, education and leading communities on the Internet of Things.

I am the owner and founder of Recursive Awesome, a data analytics company to help companies understand their customers through connected products and IoT Weekly, a free curated newsletter with industry expert perspectives on the Internet of Things. I am a founding partner of Lab651 and a co-founder of Arduino.MN and Code42, co-launched the first Internet of Things Hack Day in Minnesota @IoTHackday and a non-profit to promote the Internet of Things called IoTFuse.

I'm an adjunct professor at the University of Saint Thomas teaching a graduate level course on the Internet of Things and an Industry Analyst at RT Insights on IoT Data Analytics.

You can see my full portfolio for more information.

Calhoun

You Too Can Be a Weather Forecaster!

Andrew Murray

As much as you may disagree, sometimes the meteorologist is right when it comes to the weather forecast. We aren’t just making it up as we go. This session will hopefully help you understand how weather forecasts are made, and even give you the tools to make your own forecast.

We will go over Weather 101, a bit of the science and physics behind what drives the weather. Talk about low pressure, and jet streams, and moisture getting high. Then we will dive deep into the tools meteorologist use to make a good forecast. The models and radar and other fancy computer outputs that make a meteorologists life easier.

Hopefully by the end of the talk, you’ll have a better appreciation for what it takes to forecast the weather. And even what a 40% chance of rain really means!

Andrew Murray

Hello! I'm Andrew Murray, a human living in Minneapolis, Minneapolis by way of Denver, Colorado and Salt Lake City, Utah. I am the technical founder and meteorologist at OpenSnow, a company that provides snow forecasts for ski areas around the world. Not being busy enough, I also am vice-chair of the City of Minneapolis Citizens Environmental Advisory Commission and sit on the Board for Private Sector Meteorologists of the American Meteorological Society. Unofficially, I love covering rocket launches on social media for NASA. Usually you can find me traveling, eating ice cream, cuddling with penguins, snapping some photographs, and frolicking outdoors.

Harriet

Don't lose the "WOW", when making your pitch, you may never get what you're asking for.

Jeffry Brown
Chris Carlson

Don't lose the "WOW" when you tell your story or make your pitch, you may never get what you're asking for.

Are you a persuasive or informative presenter? Sales is a human connection sport and if you're not persuasive the sale won't happen.

Entrepreneurs/innovators have a gift to see things differently. They take divergent pieces of information and combine them in an innovative fashion to achieve new business opportunities. They see the big picture and how it points to success. But they don't know how to pitch or tell their story. Consequently, the entrepreneur struggles to get support and or money to pursue the journey. The excitement of discovery begins to die. The enthusiasm dwindles, the profound emotional connection with the idea fades, what we call The Loss of "Wow".

If you understand this you need to attend this session. We will show how to never lose the "Wow". We will show you how to craft your communications so you will not struggle to get support for your vision, opportunity and idea. We will show you how to find investors as well as supporters.

Whether you're an entrepreneur, innovator or new product developer, our communication concepts will give your message a big impact, "WOW".

Jeffry Brown

Jeffry Brown Executive Coach & Business/Brand Strategist
jeff@jeffrybrown.com 612 382-4005 http://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffrybrown http://twitter.com/#!/IdeaWhiz

STANDOUT - 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, your business and your brand, to standout, grow, transform, and be successful. Working with Steve Jobs at Apple heading the Hal team, I learned the value of starting with WHY and helped envision many future trends and what has become the iPhone and iPad. 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 love helping entrepreneurs strategize on new go to market opportunities. Founding partner at VoiceHive and Global Cashspot, among others.

Chris Carlson

Founder of NarrativePros, a training and consultancy dedicated to inspiring the value of human connection, Chris is an entrepreneur leveraging decades of experience as a professional stage, screen and voice actor as well as a practicing immigration attorney. Through an aggressive inter-disciplinarian approach, Chris seeks to create better stories in all guises and better storytellers in every profession. This pursuit is shaped by and grounded in the practical challenges and resources that businesses and individuals are confronted with.

Minnetonka

Failing fast

Dave Buchanan

Let's talk about how to build features fast, test them, and let them fail quickly! Even the most advanced developers learn that the only option is to double what they think it will really take..At InboxDollars, we moved to a "MVP" development process a year ago. The entire company has adopted a fail fast mentality. Build things small...less than a week (sometimes two), roll it, then split test and see if it wins. If it doesn't, move on! If it does well, then iterate!

Aimed at development managers, architects, senior/mid developers. More of an approach on writing code then anything.

Dave Buchanan

It all started with summer school and a Texas Instruments computer in 1984! Since then Dave has 17 professional years experience in web development, architecture, management, and mentoring others. His expertise is in integrating new technologies, leveraging open source for the enterprise, and team building. Dave has presented in the past at WordCampMSP in 2014 and 2013.

Learn

iPad Use and Octogenarians -- designing apps for the forgotten market segment

Brock Dubbels

What is an octogenarian? An octogenarian is a person over the age of 80. Many octogenarians missed the computer revolution at home and work, and are now motivated to learn to use handheld technologies to stay independent, connected, and informed.

This talk provides insight into design issues and obstacles for iPad users over the age of 80. As market segments become saturated, and new consumers are sought, developers will begin to address the needs of persons 80 years or older—numbered 44.7 million in 2013 (the latest year for which data is available). They represented 14.1% of the U.S. population, about one in every seven Americans. By 2060, there will be about 98 million older persons, more than twice their number in 2013.Smart phones and handheld technologies are going to be an important part of elder care and helping older adults remain active and independent. This hands on presentation offers method, market analysis, and UX research from a current study taking place at the Mayo Clinic Charter House facility for the development of iPad software applications.

Many octogenarians are motivated to use handheld devices to remain independent, and connect to the world. This hands on presentation offers insights from recent fieldwork, offering practical development methods, market analysis, and UX research from a current study taking place at the Mayo Clinic Charter House facility for the development of iPad software applications. Learn best practice in design and development for octogenarians.

Brock Dubbels

Brock Dubbels specializes in user experience, user research, and assessment. He is an applied psychologist, that uses science to examine questions about software and user experience. He teaches course work on user experience research, games and cognition, and how learning research can improve game design for return on investment (ROI). He is the founder and principal learning architect at www.vgalt.com for design, production, usability assessment and evaluation of learning systems and games.He is also the founder of the HammerTownCoderDojo.org, an organization providing free programming instruction to children, and is the Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Games and Computer Mediated Simulations. He currently on the UXPA-MN board and facilitates the UXPA Mentorship program.

He helped create the GScale Game Development and Testing Laboratory at McMaster University, and is currently in the Department of Psychology Neuroscience & Behaviour. He has worked as a Fulbright Scholar at the Norwegian Institute of Science and Technology; at Xerox PARC and Oracle, and as a research associate at the Center for Cognitive Science at the University of Minnesota. He is member of the UXPA board in Minnesota, and coordinates the mentorship program. His specialties include user research, user experience, and software project management.

Discovery

Matters of Life and Death : Truly Understanding the Android Application Lifecycle

Brian Yencho

Android was built from the very beginning with multitasking in mind and this core idea directly shapes the lifecycle of an Android application. In this talk I’ll revisit some fundamental concepts of Android in order to provide a better understanding of how best to manage an app’s state during this process, focusing in particular on how to properly save and restore that state and why this is necessary.

Brian Yencho

Brian is an Android Developer with Livefront and one of the hosts of TC Mobile Hack Night (http://tchacknight.com). With a Ph.D. in theoretical particle physics, he brings his desire for deep understanding and love of problem solving to every project.

Gandhi

Parental advisory - Why you should have play dates at work!

Steve Wright

What works and what doesn't for a family activity club, why it's good for your kids, and why it's good for your company!

Young companies can have a lot of young families. I started Nerdling Action Squad four years ago as a group playdate with benefits. Interested families show up once a month to eat pizza, run around in circles, and do projects. Last month we planted seeds in fresh dirt, we've had kid-led tech demos (in Minecraft and RPG Maker), and we're coming up on the Fourth Annual Cardboard Construction-ganza in June. We've done sewing, launched a weather balloon, tried cake decoration and done origami. Last February, for Valentine's Day, we dissected cow hearts. We have a lot of fun, and secretly, it lets our kids see that curiosity and perseverance and fun are the foundations of engineering and science. It has helped bring me closer to my Nerdery colleagues, giving us a chance to bond over something besides code development or continuous improvement in project management processes.

This presentation will cover some lessons learned, best practices, as well as some big picture reasons that we keep doing this!

Steve Wright

Steve likes to make things: games, project plans, curry, software development roadmaps. Prior to his current position as Solutions Architect at the Nerdery, he has worked as a machinist, software guy, and project manager (as well as bookstore clerk, dishwasher, and for three days one time, a door to door salesman.) He has a BA from Carleton College and an MS in Software Engineering from St. Thomas.

Twitter: @stevew99999

Stephen Leacock

How to recycle your electronics for good

Munir Nassar

Do you have a basement full of computers? Are you holding on to some old piece of hardware because you might need this one day? Are you afraid of recycling electronics because it might end up in a waste reclamation facility in a remote part of the world? Do you have computers that still work but you have to dispose of because they are no longer under support?

Free Geek Twin Cities is a local non-profit that aims to provide Electronics Reuse, Recycling and Training. Free Geek Twin Cities will help you dispose of your e-waste in an environmentally friendly way and provides essential job training.

Learn more about FGTC in this session.

Munir Nassar

Unix Systems Administrator and Infrastructure Team Lead at the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering. In my free time i volunteer at Free Geek Twin Cities, a non profit that aims to provide electronics recycling, electronics reuse and electronics training.

Louis Pasteur

Cryptoparty and Chill

Kurtis Hanna
Cassie Traun

Want to learn how to encrypt your personal communications? Bring your phone, tablet, and/or laptop to this session to get secured!

Kurtis Hanna

No bio.

Cassie Traun

Cassie Traun is currently working in technical support at a very large, unnamed corporation and also does web development during her free time. She has been working in the tech industry in some capacity for nearly a decade. One of the only other things so omnipresent throughout her life has been Crohn's disease, which she was diagnosed with in the severe, refractory form when she was 16. She is also a privacy advocate and co-founded CryptopartyMN, which is dedicated to teaching people of all skill levels how to encrypt their personal communications in a fun, accessible workshop format. CryptopartyMN hosts events in the Twin Cities area on a regular basis and also participated in a joint event with Amnesty International in October 2015. In the rest of her free time, Cassie enjoys biking, hoarding governmental data obtained via data practices requests, sometimes pretending she knows how to admin Linux servers by maintaining several web servers for personal and non-profit use, and upsetting unknown state-sponsored actors enough to try hacking her Twitter account.

Nokomis

Graveti: Being an Entrepreneur of Color in the Twin Cities

Alex Rodriguez

Mini Panel - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of being a minority entrepreneur in the Twin Cities. Founders, will discuss their successes, struggles and where they see the Twin Cities heading and how we can make this a land of opportunity for entrepreneurs of colors and professionals.

Moderating the panel will be: Alex 'A-Rod' Rodriguez - Code2040 Entrepreneur in Residence at COCO and Founder of WorkMand and Graveti.

Clarence Bethea: is the Founder and CEO of Upsie. Upsie, is a mobile warranty app, that is disrupting the 40 billion dollar warranty industry. Clarence, has raised a 1.3 million angel round. Prior to Upsie, he founded 2nd chance staffing and is also an active mentor for young people in entrepreneurship and business.

Caroline Karanja: is a maker and creator, a curious soul with a need to code. She recently launched, 26 letters. 26 letters is an e-learning saas solution for companies who want to create a diverse and inclusive workplace. She's consulted and worked with fortune 500 companies and startups.

Thompson Aderinkomi: Thompson is currently the founder and CEO of RetraceHealth a new model for primary care medicine. Governor Mark Dayton appointed Thompson to MNsure, the MN Health Insurance Exchange Board of Directors in April 2013. He also co-founded Healthcare.MN

A few minutes will be left for Q&A from the audience but if you specific questions you'd like to have asked, be sure to email us and we'll try and get it in during the panel. Email: Alex@graveti.com

Alex Rodriguez

**Alex 'A-Rod' Rodriguez, is the Co-Founder and CEO of WorkMand. WorkMand, helps contractors, find jobs and manage their workflow. His passion for increasing the Black and Latino/a involvement in the tech and entrepreneurship startup community, lead to his founding of, Graveti. The the Minneapolis Code2040 Entrepreneur in Residence at COCO, powered by Google for Entrepreneurs. He's an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the Twin Cities. As well as being an active volunteer in the Minnesota startup community. Alex, was Minnesota Tech Hustler of the Year for 2015.

Proverb-Edison

Hackers and malware and breaches, oh my!

Andrew Sevenich
Erin Warhol

Small businesses don't often have the resources to have an information security professional on staff. It can be daunting to know what to do, especially since it seems every day there is another threat on the news. With limited resources, is it even worth trying? And who is going to attack my little company anyway?

In this session we will discuss threats, both rational and sensationalized, and talk about what you really need to do to address your risk. We will also touch on physical security and social engineering, as technology can only protect your organization to a point.

You do not need to be a cyber security expert to attend this session!

Sample Topics:
*Prank calls resulting in broken windows and assaults
*Ransomed computer systems
*Training and awareness

Andrew Sevenich

No bio.

Erin Warhol

Erin has led Information Technology and Information Security initiatives for almost 20 years. She has worked for large corporations, K-12 and higher education, and small startups. She also consults for small businesses and mentors undergrads in STEM.

Zeke Landres

Panel: Customer Engagement Starts & Ends With Your People!

Dan Rohda
Eric A. Zerwas
Greg LaFrance
Matthew Kay

We live in a new world of customer engagement where businesses need to scale their organizations and do more with less. This is often accomplished by improving processes or leveraging technology to service their customers. Regardless, we do need to keep in mind that at both ends of any technology solution or process are people.

Join us for a panel discussion on how to best drive forward with a service accessibility strategy that does not diminish the customer experience, but rather enhances it. Our panel will include business professionals with experience in knowledge management & self service, customer success & account management, operations leadership and recruiting.

Come ready not only to hear from our panelists, but to share your thoughts and questions on how to drive best practices in customer engagement in the technology driven world we live in. Whether your are a business of ten or ten thousand, delivering customer experience excellence is critical to success!

Dan Rohda

Dan is a proven people-focused leader with over twenty years of experience driving innovative solutions in customer operations and professional services. He has a passion for driving both employee engagement and excellent service. Dan has been recognized by teams and staff for his ability to build a strong corporate culture that leads to positive outcomes for the organization and the individuals contributing to its success. He has helped his teams grow professionally, and implemented service technologies to move his team and customers forward.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/danrohda

Eric A. Zerwas

Eric comes with decades of combined experience working with clients in detailed creative mediums, spanning from starting out in the competitive world of portrait photography and video production, all the way to his current position as a Multimedia Training Coordinator and responsibilities of leading the knowledge-base department for a successful Medical Education software company. On top of his love of creating and producing in-house training, promotional, and post-event videos, Eric’s passion for breaking down and simplifying complex processes and delivering them in a more easy-to-understand, digestible format, is definitely one of the main reasons he gets up every day excited to go to a job he absolutely loves.

Greg LaFrance

Greg is an accomplished Business Development leader with expertise in producing record revenue and net income growth in a variety of markets and industries. An energetic, collaborative professional who identifies commonalities between people and companies to build rapport, influence change and recruit new talent. Greg has expertise in analyzing, appraising and improving business strategies with creative customer centric solutions. He has hired and recruited hundreds of “A” player channel partners, sales reps, distributors and dealers. Greg knows what it takes to be successful, deliver results and build winning teams.

Matthew Kay

Matthew has extensive communication, IT and healthcare education experience. His diverse background and education give him the ability and skills needed to develop strong relationships both internally and externally. His knowledge of what customers need and method of engagement makes him an asset on every project. Matthew empowers users to be self sufficient and yet comfortable reaching out on any need. His passion for all things customer service, training, quality improvement driving toward a loyal client base make him a leader in the field.

Challenge

Computer Vision Systems

Nate Bird

This session is a discussion of computer vision systems--intelligent systems that use cameras and make decisions based on what they see. Let's talk about these great systems, how we use them to solve problems, their strengths, their limitations, recent developments, issues we've encountered in our work, and where the field might be going. This is intended to be a discussion session, not a presentation, so make sure to bring questions and specific topics you want to talk about! There is no particular level intended for this session, just interest in computer vision: come if you have never used a computer vision before, if you live and breath vision algorithms at work, or if you are anywhere in between.

Let's discuss!

Nate Bird

Nate is the Principal Algorithm Development Engineer at Image Sensing Systems in St. Paul. There, he conceives, develops, implements, tests, and maintains computer vision algorithms for applied, real-time, 24/ 7/ 365, real-world monitoring systems. Previously, Nate worked as a university professor in Ohio. Nate earned his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Minnesota in 2009 with research focused on computer vision and robotics.

Tackle

Multigenerational Data Science: Uniting Four Decades of Software.

Peter Edstrom

Even with technology, awesome doesn’t need to be new. See how I am building fancy charts in beautiful reports, using near-real-time data … with decades-old software!

In this session we’ll walk through the ancient (yet immensely relevant) technologies that I am using to generate data-rich PDF reports — straight from the command line. We’ll pull smart data out of the Harvest API, dumb data out of Google Sheets API. We’ll combine, aggregate, sort, and analyze the data with R Project. Then we’ll pull it all together by typesetting it with LaTeX into a presentable and repeatable format.

Stop by and see how this family of software cooperates to build an admirable presentation.

Software: The Classy Elders: - LaTeX (31 years old, born in 1985) - Make (39 years old, born in 1977) - CSV (44 years old, born in 1972)

Software: The Responsible Adults: - R Project (23 years old, born in 1993) - PDF (22 years old, born in 1993) - Ruby (21 years old, born in 1995)

Software: The Babies & Toddlers: - Harvest (10 years old, born in 2006) - Google Sheets (10 years old, born in 2006) - Knitr (4 years old, born in 2012)

Peter Edstrom

Peter is the Director of Operations at Software for Good. He is a Change Agent, an interdisciplinarian, and a part-time data scientist.

Texas

3D PARS - Medi[Bot] Initiative: Edutainment in 3D Printing and Advanced Robotics

Mauris DeSilva

3D PARS is a growing virtual company that facilitates collaborative teams to pioneer groundbreaking initiatives. The scope of 3D PARS is larger than any single discipline, project or idea. 3D PARS’ goal is to connect innovators, provide them with resources, and support these teams as they expand health and medical technology. Through bringing together groups of experts from different fields, problems can be solved, needs can be addressed and research can be advanced in unimaginable ways. 3D PARS can be considered as a Virtual Launch Pad (VLP).

The use of 3D printing and robotic concepts varies across disciplines. For example, the use of multi-axis robotics in manufacturing, translational robotics in transportation, medical robotics as seen in robotic limbs, automated surgical systems, life support devices, military robotics for surveillance and for successful mission completion, and educational tools are few of the applications of robotics. What makes each of the robotic system very unique is the way how modular machinery components and the artificial intelligence are interfaced and deployed. One of 3D PARS goal is to develop curriculums to promote technology cross over. To do this, Medi[Bot] categorizes and identifies key modular components of robotics across disciplines, and teach how combining key components can lead to future innovations that would address biomedical needs.To promote technology cross over in the field of robotics, 3D PARS seeded the Medi[Bot] initiative. The Medi[Bot] initiative aims to develop a kid friendly sensory and interactive robotic device companion that tracks and encourages healthy physical and mental development. It is anticipated, that this powerful robotic device would combine the benefits of popular health tracking programs with learning and development apps in one interactive robotic care provider. The Medi[Bot] initiative is at early stages and in the process of forming the diverse team to include wide range of expertise and in preparation to pursue fund raising that are crucial steps for launching this initiative.

3D PARS envision that Medi[Bot] will evolve into a Rapid Self Diagnostic (RSD) System for home based centralized health information monitoring. The said robotic system would promote and assist cognitive development over lifespan of the user. Finally, for establishing said technology would need sustaining a Cohesively Functional Society by sustainable partnerships with healthcare providers, parents, school systems & educators, research institutions, policy & law makers and industry & investors.

In Summary, 3D PARS is a fairly new concept on how technology may be developed based on a felt need via sustainable partnerships.

Mauris DeSilva

No bio.

Florida

—cancelled— Why Investing In Wellness Is Investing In Your People

Moses Smith DC

On-Site wellness programs are good for everyone. Investing in your employees leads to higher morale and helps your people perform better. We have provide chiropractic, massage therapy, acupuncture, wellness coaching and, office ergonomics to a variety of companies to help them treat their people the best way possible.

Moses Smith DC

Dr. Moses Sarah Smith is a chiropractor in Uptown. She has been in practice for over a decade. She received her doctorate at Northwestern University and practices chiropractic in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her post graduate study has included gaining certification in Applied Kinesiology, a system of diagnosis and treatment utilizing muscle testing. Currently working on her diplomate in Pediatric Chiropractic and Chiropractic Neurology. She is also licensed and certified in animal chiropractic.

Moe is married to her beloved Rick and has two small children – Henry age 7, and Annabelle (chicky) age 4.

Hub hallway

Mega Minne Multi Indie Mini Arcade (all day)

Ian Fitzpatrick
Zachary Johnson

Hello Computer Friends, what if I told you there was a vibrant community of independent game developers in your very own state of Minnesota (and surrounding principalities) making seriously excellent video games?

You would demand PROOF, as is your right.

Mega Minne Multi Indie Mini Arcade is here to provide you so much proof that you are like "Okay, okay, I get it. Enough already."

We got:

💪 4 big screen TVs running a selection of locally made games

💪 The Donutron Cabinet

💪 This thing's going all day long

💪 In the main hallway area of Minnebar

HELP NEEDED

This is a little trickier than planning a one off session. There's a lot of ins, a lot of outs, a lot of what have yous.

What we need for the day:

🙏 Volunteers to help staff this thing

🙏 YOUR GAME! Submit your game here to get it in the arcade

Probably more, see this exciting spreadsheet for logistic-type progress:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1gxPFtuRN6M1lrnl9b0Uwl5RrI5xyGWp_U8lc699LAR4/edit?usp=sharing

If you can provide any of the above please email ianfitz@gmail.com.

Okay, see you at the Arcade.

Ian Fitzpatrick

Let's make it weird.

Bots - Twin Peaks Diary - Mirror Bar - Cloud Every Noun

Games - Super Deference Fighter - Frog Bike - Our Team Will Surely Be Victorious [wip]

Hey A Business - Giftster

@ianfitzpat

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Zachary Johnson

Zachary Johnson is a weird, web-obsessed artist and programmer from the midwest. He started his company Zachstronaut LLC in 2011. He's working on a party game called Joggernauts, a pixel art comedy RPG called The Legend of Equip Pants, and a delicious indie arcade cabinet called The Donutron. He's also on the committees for MinneWebCon and IGDA-TC. Good at remembering fish facts.

9:55 - 10:45
Session 2

Theater

Getting Agreement in Six (not so) Easy Steps

Brian Eshult

Colleagues, bosses, significant others—they all need convincing sometimes. Think about a time when you failed to convince someone that your solution or proposal was the best way to go. Do you know what went wrong? What you could have done differently? I’d love to share a magical solution for how to create buy-in for ideas, but I don’t have it. I do have a very useful framework from the Theory of Constraints body of knowledge that has increased my success rate through preparing and reacting with the framework in mind. This session is designed to be interactive. I’ll present six steps (key concepts) that will maximize your chances of getting agreement, buy-in, or approval. Then we’ll practice using them. Questions and feedback encouraged throughout.

Brian Eshult

Transforming diverse groups of people into high-performance teams. I’m a proven project and people manager with over 8 years experience, including software implementation and electro-mechanical technology development. I provide strategic stakeholder management with a customer focused, collaborative style to lead international, cross functional teams successfully through complete project life cycles.

Calhoun

Whats your startup worth?

Patrick Meenan

In this session we will give first-hand, data-driven guidance to founders on how to value their startup when raising money.

We will also cover how to determine how much capital to raise as well as some tips for running a successful raise.

Patrick Meenan

I'm a Partner at Arthur Ventures here in Minneapolis. Our goal at Arthur Ventures is to be the first capital partner to the fastest growing SaaS businesses outside the valley. My favorite time to get involved with founders is when they are seeing the first signals that what they are working on is bigger than anybody else realizes and they believe capital can help accelerate their customer acquisition. We invest all over the country, but some MN companies we've partnered with include LeadPages and WhenIWork.

Minnetonka

MN Game Dev Microtalks

Martin Grider
Ari Carrillo
Dev Jana
Michael Migliacio
Zachary Johnson

MN Game Developer microtalks are back!

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, (so much new VR!) 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.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Martin Grider - Local game developer Martin will talk about his Game Idea a Day project, or maybe his new VR game Puzzle Prison, or both.

  • DevNAri - Throw out your junk! Lessons in eliminating seductive, yet extraneous, game design elements.

  • Zach Johnson - Minneapolis-based creative developer Zachary Johnson (Zachstronaut) will talk about the current projects he's collaborating on, such as the party game Joggernauts, the indie arcade cabinet Donutron, and the mysterious NESpectre.

  • Michael Migliacio - One half of the game development dynamic duo of Intropy Games, Michael will be discussing the good, bad, and ugly of console game development. Michael recently spearheaded the launch of Astral Breakers, an action puzzle game, on the Japanese Wii U eShop -- and learned a thing or two along the way.

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.

Ari Carrillo

Originally from Mexico, Ari has lived in the States for 17 years. He has screened his 3D animated shorts at film festivals all over the world. His passion for design, illustration, and color theory is equalled by his love for music, vinyl toy creations, and game design. Currently he works as a 3D modeler at Axonom in Eden Prairie, MN.

Dev Jana

Now an Instructor/Software Engineer at Prime Digital Academy where I teach MEAN stack development, I'm newly returned to Minneapolis as of 3/2016. I also eek out noises that are sometimes mistaken for music and work on indie games like Newt One - when not on a binge of Caribou and/or Pizza Luce. @devjana

Michael Migliacio

A lifetime fighting game fan, journalist, producer, and professional software engineer, Michael wears a lot of hats in the gaming industry.

As a web content developer and journalist for professional eSports organization Evil Geniuses/GoodGame Agency, Michael has traveled the world with some of the biggest names in competitive fighting games including Justin Wong, Ricki Ortiz, and Yusuke Momochi, and also attends events throughout the year on behalf of the organization. By day, he works as a senior-level web engineer responsible for crafting APIs that power the eCommerce engines of a local Minneapolis corporation.

Outside of coding, writing, and fighting, Michael recently drove the Wii U puzzler ASTRAL BREAKERS to a successful launch in Japan for Intropy Games and previously lead the engineering team responsible for crafting the IGN Pokedex. He has also produced editorial content on a freelance basis for outlets large and small, including both USgamer and IGN.com.

Contact Twitter (@angstygaijin) | LinkedIn

Zachary Johnson

Zachary Johnson is a weird, web-obsessed artist and programmer from the midwest. He started his company Zachstronaut LLC in 2011. He's working on a party game called Joggernauts, a pixel art comedy RPG called The Legend of Equip Pants, and a delicious indie arcade cabinet called The Donutron. He's also on the committees for MinneWebCon and IGDA-TC. Good at remembering fish facts.

Proverb-Edison

DocuMNtary: Making a Movement

Nick Roseth

What's the first thing someone on the coast says when you tell them you are from MN? How cold is it? Cold is the story that everyone else tells about us. It's time to start telling a different story.

Minnesota is the fastest growing tech community in the country. We are hard-working humble Minnesotans and we bring a lot to the world. A lot of it flies under the radar and the good folks on the coasts tend to think we are a cold flyover state. With all that we bring the world, we clearly need to do a better job of telling our story in order to attract more talent to continue to build out our tech community.

In this session we will walk through how DocuMNtary got started, where it is today, and where it will go next. We will discuss the elements of a story and some ways to bring that story to the world. See a sneak peak at new interviews, new ideas, and help generate ideas on ways to get our story out to the world.

Key Takeaways 1. Finding your anchor champions 2. Leveraging advisors 3. Scoring sponsorships (the pains of shaking tin cups) 4. Things to avoid 5. What I wish I knew a year ago

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.

Zeke Landres

Panel: Moving your CareerFORWARD Through Networking and Professional Development.

Steve Boehm
Dan Rohda
Greg LaFrance

What happens when you get seasoned professionals from IT, Sales, Marketing, HR and Operations in a room? You a have a framework to share best practices in career development or perhaps even start a company! The business community is constantly evolving, and as a result of that many highly qualified IT and business professionals find themselves either wanting to grow professionally, needing a new challenge or in a period of transition.

Come join a panel discussion hosted by members of CareerFORWARD (http://www.careerforward.info). We will share the history of this group, and how it has helped its members to move forward with their career. Come ready to engage in discussion about identifying your top talents, networking and sharing best practices to help people along in their career journey.

Steve Boehm

Steve is a proven global marketer, business leader and project manager with over 25 years of successful growth in a B2B environment. He has a passion in developing cross functional teams, developing new products and customer engagement. Steve’s leadership style, builds trust and helps provide stability and guides the team strategically toward profitable results. Networking is a natural way to increase your industry knowledge as well as expand your customer base.

Dan Rohda

Dan is a proven people-focused leader with over twenty years of experience driving innovative solutions in customer operations and professional services. He has a passion for driving both employee engagement and excellent service. Dan has been recognized by teams and staff for his ability to build a strong corporate culture that leads to positive outcomes for the organization and the individuals contributing to its success. He has helped his teams grow professionally, and implemented service technologies to move his team and customers forward.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/danrohda

Greg LaFrance

Greg is an accomplished Business Development leader with expertise in producing record revenue and net income growth in a variety of markets and industries. An energetic, collaborative professional who identifies commonalities between people and companies to build rapport, influence change and recruit new talent. Greg has expertise in analyzing, appraising and improving business strategies with creative customer centric solutions. He has hired and recruited hundreds of “A” player channel partners, sales reps, distributors and dealers. Greg knows what it takes to be successful, deliver results and build winning teams.

Challenge

Don't build features you can't fit in your ARMS

Scott Davis

Companies building product on a budget always struggle with what to get done first. Scope creep exists in projects for both startups and enterprises. In this session will talk about how to manage scope by applying it to your ARMS => Acquisition, Retention, Monetization, and Self-Preservation. If a feature does fit solidly in your ARMS, don't build it. No more discussions of "You know what would be cool?" "Cool" isn't a requirement good enough (even for a sexy new startup) to build a feature if it doesn't fit solidly one of the other categories. Bring your questions, we will attempt to leave the last half of the session for Q&A. Any question on management, startups, gaming, mobile, robots, aliens, soup, rocks, etc are welcome.

Scott Davis

Scott is the CEO of QONQR. He has been a software developer longer than he hasn't. Scott holds an MBA in New Venture Management from the University of St Thomas.

QONQR is a game on the iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone. Players use the GPS on their phones to battle for and capture the towns and cities where they live, work and play. Since the release in March of 2012, over a million towns and cities, spanning nearly every country in the world (2 more to go in Africa) have been captured. QONQR is a MMO (Massively Mulitiplayer) location-based mobile game, which now covers 33% of the populated Earth.

Discovery

Android Vision: Detecting everything from barcodes to faces

Sean Weiser

Or maybe that should say "Detecting just barcodes and faces." Come find out about the relatively new mobile vision API for Android. We'll cover its capabilities, drawbacks, some alternatives, and do a few demos. Some knowledge about Android is helpful, but is not required.

Sean Weiser

Sean has ten years of web and mobile development experience. Currently he is a software developer at Livefront, focusing on Android development. He also helps out with TC Hack (http://tchacknight.com) with some of the others from Livefront.

Tackle

Deeper Event Engagement: Who Needs It?

David Quimby
Dave Mathias
Dave Mathias
Boyd Johnson

Are you satisfied with the current state of event engagement – or do you yearn for deeper / more relevant engagement?

Random collisions with like-minded participants are often productive – most of us have built large portions of our networks on random collisions.

But – conscious design can also be productive.

Can we use technology to enhance engagement and identify even more (and even more valuable) relationships?

What if we could use an event app to find participants in the crowd whom we can't possibly identify physically?

Imagine the possibilities of such visibility / transparency...

Join us for an interactive discussion / exploration of the current landscape as we identify available products and unserved needs.

We'll also offer a preview of an event app that we're prototyping and solicit your feedback.

David Quimby

David Quimby is a an expert in user experience / design thinking and a patented inventor in the Web / middleware and UX domain. He is also a mathematical economist / technology forecaster and a thought leader in change management, organizational agility, systematic innovation, and innovation ecosystems.

Dave Mathias

Dave believes that the intersection of people, process and technology drives maximum customer solutions. Outside of his day job at TigerRisk, he has recently been working on a couple side projects including myKrowd.net trying to increase engagement at live events. Dave is also on MinneAnalytics and Minnesota Product Development and Management Association Boards and co-founded ProductCamp Twin Cities. He is known to occasionally write at WorkLearnPlay.com.

Dave Mathias

Dave believes that the intersection of people, process and technology drives maximum customer solutions. Outside of his day job at TigerRisk, he has recently been working on a couple side projects including myKrowd.net trying to increase engagement at live events. Dave is also on MinneAnalytics and Minnesota Product Development and Management Association Boards and co-founded ProductCamp Twin Cities. He is known to occasionally write at WorkLearnPlay.com.

Boyd Johnson

No bio.

Texas

Genealogy - Back to Adam

Joel Gerdeen

Back in 2009, my wife and I started researching our family history, after receiving an email from her second cousin. He already had researched a lot of their family tree in Ancestry.com. I started on my family tree and in a few years we both had traced our genealogy back about 8 generations to the 1500's.

Last year I visited Sweden and a town where my great great great grandfather lived in 1800. In January, a posting on a Swedish Facebook page prompted me to google his name and location. A link popped up to Geni.com, another ancestry site that has constructed a world family tree of over 100 million people. Following the link, I discovered a treasure trove.

I discovered links to the Vikings including Ragnar from the History channel TV series. I hit the royal line of kings which took me back 58 generations to the first recorded King of Sweden in the 3rd Century. Further investigation has taken me back over 150 generations in 5000 years to King Solomon, Rameses and many others including Adam.

Who knows if this is all true? We know the Internet never lies!? All it takes is one incorrect linkage which is easy to make with all the Scandinavian names with the suffixes - son or dotter. If there is no mistake in the first 25 generations, the royal records and archeology discoveries make the rest more believable. But it has been fun and given me a greater appreciation for history.

In this presentation I will discuss the online genealogy tools and Mac, iOS and Windows apps that I have used in my research. My workflow and exchange of data between the tools will be discussed. I plan to demo some of these tools and help you get started on a trip into your family history.

Joel Gerdeen

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

Harriet

The Wheels of Tomorrow

Ralph Jenson
Dan Holtz
Colin Lee

Vehicle technology is advancing in ways that are truly electrifying. From electric cars and buses to self-driving vehicles to apps for driving, there are so many great reasons to geek out about driving or not driving the vehicle of the future.

Our panel of five future vehicle experts will present micro talks followed by a Q&A discussion on the future of transport.

  • Plug-in Vehicles Market Developments by Jukka Kukkonen

  • Fast Charging Powering Our Future Driving by Matthew Blackler

  • Electric Transportation Impacting the Energy Sector by Ralph Jenson

  • Connected Car Technologies by Colin Lee

  • Driving the Self Driving Car by Dan Holtz

Ralph Jenson

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

Dan Holtz

Virtualization engineer and Tesla enthusiast.

Colin Lee

Colin is an Android engineer at Vidku, a hot Minneapolis startup with Android and iOS video apps. He has been programming since he learned BASIC on the TRS-80 computer in his parents' basement at age six. He has been writing Android apps since the first Android phone launched and has done so professionally for the past five years.

Nokomis

Managing Your IT Career v8 - (Why do recruiters suck so bad?)

Paul DeBettignies

Three years ago the first question asked, "Why do recruiters suck so bad?"

The last two years it was the second question.

This is the 8th year of doing this kind of presentation... a few slides and a lot of Q&A and discussion.

Conversations I have had lately at MinneDemo, Midwest PHP and numerous user groups/meetups include (and bring what is on your mind):

  • What the local job market is like right now
  • Is this a good time to do a job search
  • There have been a number of IT layoffs in the past year... how do I play defense
  • Should I stay in the Twin Cities or go out to Silicon Valley
  • Why is Recruiter Spam getting worse

ADDED I was asked and will bring some ideas on what an ideal profile on LinkedIn, Twitter and a web site looks like.

Paul DeBettignies

Paul DeBettignies, better known online as Minnesota Headhunter, is a Minnesota Recruiter, Evangelist and Advisor who builds teams with startups and tech companies, creates recruiting strategies for Fortune 500 clients and author of Minnesota Headhunter, 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. Activities include presentations at Twin Cities Startup Week, Google for Entrepreneurs, Michigan Recruiters Conference, MN HR Tech Expo, Social Media Breakfast, University of Minnesota, Target, CHS, MinneBar and ERE and interviews with NPR, WCCO AM (CBS) Radio & TV, KARE TV (NBC), MSP Business Journal, Minneapolis StarTribune and Dice.com

Paul is involved in the Minneapolis and St Paul technology, marketing and social media communities as a sponsor, volunteer and mentor and is the founder of Midwest Recruiting Bootcamp.

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

Visitor Parking Lot

Electric Vehicle show and tell.

Ralph Jenson
Mark Hanson
Dan Holtz
Colin Lee

In the visitor lot we will have several electric vehicles and their owners available for showing and telling.

Vehicles currently scheduled to be there.

Tesla Model S, BMW i3, Smart Electric, Chevy Volt 1st and 2nd generation and the Nissan Leaf. We are also trying to arrange for Tesla Model X, Tesla Roadster, BMW i8, eGolf and others.

Many of the owners have multiple years of experience with driving electric vehicles in Minnesota, so this is a great time to ask your real world questions and see the available Cars of Technology up close and personal.

Ralph Jenson

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

Mark Hanson

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

Dan Holtz

Virtualization engineer and Tesla enthusiast.

Colin Lee

Colin is an Android engineer at Vidku, a hot Minneapolis startup with Android and iOS video apps. He has been programming since he learned BASIC on the TRS-80 computer in his parents' basement at age six. He has been writing Android apps since the first Android phone launched and has done so professionally for the past five years.

Learn

Panel: On The Launching of a Software Business

Todd Gardner

Are you tired of building someone else’s product? Are you tired of building yet another business application? Are you itching to build something amazing? Join our panel conversation and Q&A with real developers who’ve started and built software businesses. Let’s talk about the failures and successes, the fears and arrogance in starting a business. Bring your questions and let’s startup.

Panelists:

Brandon Stirnaman

Founder of FluentAutomation. Entrepreneur building tools for developers. Software Developer with a focus on User Interfaces, User Experience and Enterprise software architecture. Very interested in open source projects, particularly ones based on the Microsoft stack.

Eric Brandes

Eric Brandes is an independent software consultant and one of the co-founders of TrackJS JavaScript Error Monitoring. He’s been doing full stack web application development for over a decade. He strongly believes in the simplest thing that could possibly work and failing fast.

J Wynia

J Wynia has been a self-employed software consultant since 2003 and is the Co-Founder of 7 Interruptions, which provides “internal apps as a service” to organizations looking to reduce interruption at work with tools that support better workflow, tailored to the unique needs of each client. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, 2 basset hounds and a house full of hobby paraphernalia and workspaces related to home brewing, woodworking, traditional Irish music, BBQ, etc, etc, etc.

Tommy Tompkins

Tommy Tompkins founded RedCart (www.redcart.com) in 2006 to help professional photographers proof and sell their photos online. 10 years later, RedCart is still the go-to solution for many photographers worldwide. Tommy has been in software development for the last 15 years and has had the opportunity to work on very large projects including Blockbuster.com before it's ultimate demise. Tommy is also a founding member of the local cover band Good for Gary.

Todd Gardner

Todd H. Gardner is the president and co-founder of TrackJS (trackjs.com) and an independent software consultant. With over a decade of experience building software systems, Todd has built large enterprise systems, complex software products, and launched businesses. Todd is a veteran of software conferences and an international speaker.

Gandhi

Help Evolve the Web Challenge

Mike Derheim
Ginger Sorvari Bucklin

The Nerdery is considering piloting some changes at the 2016 Overnight Website Challenge -- the 24-hour competition to build websites for non-profits. Perhaps teams will take on a larger-scale nonprofit organizations looking to do more than just build a new website. Or, maybe something completely different than that. It’ll still be about doing good – just more.

Help us identify opportunities to make the challenge more impactful for our communities and more engaging for the software developers participating. In this session, please share your thoughts on how the Challenge could evolve. We can do so much more with our nerdy powers; the “why” is because we should – but what should we do? With the power of the development community, what can we do now that we never could have done when the challenge was born? Ideas, please. Your thoughts can help more nonprofits level-up in new ways, and help nerds change the game in corporate philanthropy. Again.

Mike Derheim

Co-founder of The Nerdery and Prime Digital Academy

Mike Derheim, co-founded his custom software development company in 2003, and The Nerdery has since made Inc. Magazine’s list of 5000 fastest-growing private companies each year since it became eligible. Mike personifies The Nerdery’s belief that passionate Nerds are the driving force behind business breakthroughs. Headquartered in Minneapolis, The Nerdery has offices in Chicago Kansas City and Phoenix. In 2014, Mike co-founded Prime Digital Academy, school for software engineers. Prime has gone on to become part of The White House’s Tech Hire initiative. Mike promoted then-Nerdery President Tom O’Neill to take his place as CEO in 2016 and remains a guiding force as Chairman of The Nerdery’s Board. Mike made Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list in 2012, was honored as a Minnesotan on the Move in 2012 by Minneapolis Finance & Commerce, and also named to Minnesota Business magazine’s The (Real) Power 50 list in 2013. Among all individual and corporate awards, Mike is most proud of The Nerdery’s #1 ranking on the Best Places to Work list published by Minneapolis-St Paul Business Journal. In his TEDx Talk, “What if everyone at your company was a Co-President?” Mike talked about the power of distributed leadership, and urged everyone to make themselves Co-President of whatever it is that they’re truly passionate about, in work and in life. Mike is a native of Minot, ND.

Ginger Sorvari Bucklin

As a Founder and Managing Partner at Cimarron Winter, Ginger brings extensive experience and passion to the intersection of Business Strategy and Web Technology. Her work with Fortune 500 companies and start-ups has enabled her clients to effectively leverage web technologies to reach and surpass business objectives. Creating and leading cross-functional teams, she uses a blend of marketing, technology, and process development to deliver effective digital strategies.

Ginger has a passion for volunteering, is active in Minnesota's non-profit community, and remains forever a Nerdery Fangirl. She spends her offline hours in the Boundary Waters.

Stephen Leacock

A new era of Customer Engagement

Ahmed Sorour

In this session, we will discuss trends and market forces in the CRM, Customer Relation Management, industry. We will discuss:

  • The Pillars of a CRM system: Contact Management, Segmentation, Sales activities, and Marketing Automation.
  • Different CRM needs for B2C and B2B.
  • The effect of social media and big data on existing sales and marketing tools. What new features and abilities are available and at what price range.
  • What you as an entrepreneur, freelancer, IC, or SMB should expect and ask for.
  • What tool chain you need to build a system that send personalized, tailored, relevant, and timely messages.
  • How to automate, so you can scale up and out, without losing the personalization that customers expect.
  • Website personalization.
  • How to use automation to nurture leads and win back customers.

This will be a high collaboration session so come in ready with questions and stories of your own!

Looking forward to hear your stories

Ahmed Sorour Co-founder and CTO @RevampCRM link

Ahmed Sorour

Software developer by trade. Co-founder and CTO @revampcrm (http://www.revampcrm.com)

Louis Pasteur

University of Minnesota Research is Generating Disruptive Tech Sector Inventions

Russ Straate
Chris Ghere

Learn how research at the University of Minnesota is creating inventions for the Tech Sector that are leading the creation of new companies and adding significant new business opportunities to existing companies. See how entrepreneurs and companies can work with the University to commercialize advanced, disruptive inventions.

Russ Straate

Russ heads up the OTC Venture Center team which is responsible for leading the formation and launch of new companies based on a broad range of technologies coming out of the research program at the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining University of Minnesota, Russ was Vice President of Business Development for a medical device start up. During his career Russ has co-founded two companies in the med tech and high tech sector and has worked as an intrepreneur for Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 companies. He has held senior-level management positions at IMI, plc, a UK based fluidics company, Honeywell International Automation and Control and Schneider Electric (Square D Company). During time at these companies his focus was on driving new business growth. At Honeywell, Russ led high growth operational units and most recently was Director, Business Development, Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions where he reported to the General Manager of Honeywell’s $1.2B Environmental Controls Business. Russ has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and post-graduate studies in marketing and finance. In addition to co-founding two start-up companies and leading multiple product development efforts at established companies, Russ’s credentials include five inventor patents and certification as a Six Sigma Green Belt.

Chris Ghere

Chris manages the software technologies that are created by research programs at the University of Minnesota. Chris has over a decade of industry experience in software development, specifically in the areas of social media, streaming video, mobile applications and back office small business solutions. He has developed for both open source and proprietary systems. Chris began his career as a web programmer and systems designer writing/designing business process management software in the telecom industry.

For the past ten years, Chris has focused on entrepreneurship and bringing early stage software technologies to market. Additionally, Chris is interested in early stage company financing and investing; he has worked directly with investor groups and consulted for start-ups on their business strategies, plans and raising early stage investment capital. Prior to joining the OTC, Chris earned an MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. Chris also has a B.A. in Computer Science from Carleton College.

Florida

—cancelled— Intro to FPV Racing

Joel Stewart

This is not about Parrot or DJI drones.

This is about those flying multi-rotors that do 75* mph with a LCD strapped to your face, requiring precision flying skills as well as some soldering skills.

WARNING: serious addiction to a potentially expensive** hobby could occur as a result of attending this session.

In less than 45 minutes learn how to get a quad in the sky and immediately crashing it.

Topics we will cover:

  • The core acronyms and terminology of this hobby

  • The composition of a quadcopter

  • Where to get parts (cheap)

  • Flight Controller software options

  • Radios, frequencies, ranges, antennas, and other wireless stuff

  • The crazy fun stuff: FPV cameras, goggles, racing

Takeaways:

  • A shopping list (or christmas wish list)***

  • Resources for building, flying and racing

  • How to not ruin this hobby for the rest of us

I will be bringing some fully-loaded quads, a radio and goggles for show-n-tell.****

* 75 is kind of the extreme ... 30mph is a more realistic speed.

** "Expensive" is of course relative. FPV flying machines can be thoroughly enjoyed for as little as $200. Of course, spending $2000 is a legitimate concern if you're not careful.

*** Suggestions on how to achieve "significant-other approval" for yet another hobby will not be covered. You're on your own. Good luck.

**** We will NOT be flying / crashing the quads at Best Buy. These are not toys and I have the scars to prove it. Plus our awesome government is kind of being a d*** about where we can fly these kick-a** vehicles and this is not the time / place for a protest.

I'm open to co-presenters!!! I am by no means an expert in this hobby and would welcome some more knowledge up on stage! DM me on Twitter: @Netizen01

Joel Stewart

Joel Stewart is currently contracting his Engineering services out in the Twin Cities.

He's worked in the Games Industry and Startups in Minnesota for 10 years.

10:50 - 11:40
Session 3

Theater

Top 10 Recent Developments in Tech Law

Damien Riehl

What are some of the most important technology law developments over the past year? Notable lawsuits and legislation span areas that include privacy, social media, copyright, patents, trademarks, security, licensing, and cloud computing. A technology litigator will discuss the evolving tech law landscape, as well as trends that will likely continue to affect technologists in the coming year. Attorney Damien Riehl frequently speaks and writes on legal topics that affect businesses, including the legal implications of the Internet and technology.

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.

LinkedIn

Calhoun

Running your startup with APIs (accomplishing more with less code!)

Ben Peter

When getting your startup off the ground, two of the biggest challenges are:

  • Managing your workflow - keeping track of customers/leads, handling orders, and other tasks that consume your time
  • Building your product - getting the coding done, or keeping your site running

There are a huge number of apps "in the cloud" which provide APIs that enable you to snap together solutions, which will free you from the repetitive tasks you perform on a daily basis - enabling you to spend more time with humans (potential customers!), and less time staring at your computer.

The quickest path towards your Minimum Viable Product may be something that can be built upon existing services and APIs - like these ten startups did.

This session will talk about the ways your startup can harness the breadth of existing APIs (and why it's important for existing companies to provide an API)

Ben Peter

Ben is an API addict, who loves assembling things into a grand-scale Rube Goldberg.

Presently working at Zapier, where he helps connect over 600 different SaaS services that enable humans to get more accomplished without coding superpowers.

Minnetonka

Intro to React Native

Dave Buchanan

Are you a web developer who's jealous of the Android or iOS developer? Want to save your company some outsourcing money? React Native is a way to build native iOS (and Android) apps using javascript. This doesn't mean the app is just a glorified 'web view' embedded into the app, React Native uses the native components of Android and iOS. Open source in January 2015, react native is actively developed by Facebook. Attendees to this session will walk away with steps to start building react native apps and resources to keep going!

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Dave Buchanan

It all started with summer school and a Texas Instruments computer in 1984! Since then Dave has 17 professional years experience in web development, architecture, management, and mentoring others. His expertise is in integrating new technologies, leveraging open source for the enterprise, and team building. Dave has presented in the past at WordCampMSP in 2014 and 2013.

Nokomis

The Physics of Brand

Dan Wallace

This interactive presentation will provide a brief history of brands and branding — and then present a new theory based on the insight that brands and people interact across time and space. You will meet three new supermodels that examine how brands actually operate in time, space and brains. You will learn about the social economics of brands, how brands operate in the world, an overview of traditional brand theories, and and explanation of why brands provide benefits to individuals, society and brand owners. The 20 minute presentation will be followed by Q&A and a facilitated, open-ended group conversation.

HOW Publishing is currently printing the book, "The Physics of Brand," co-authored by Aaron Keller of Capsule, Renee Marino of Cupitor, and Dan Wallace of Idea Food. The book releases in late July. This is an opportunity to get an early look at content that has drawn high praise by early reviews on Amazon. For further information:

(http://physicsofbrand.com/) (http://www.amazon.com/The-Physics-Brand-Understand-Forces/dp/1440342679)

Dan Wallace

I work with leaders to simplify complex marketing and branding issues. Most clients face significant business challenges or opportunities. The Idea Food purpose is to help people learn, create and grow. We value curiosity, collaboration and creativity.

Leaders and I use curated question sets to craft a long-term brand strategies together. Then I write a one-year marketing plan. Frequently I search for talent, technologies and specialized knowledge. Sometimes I lead and manage projects.

Aaron Keller of Capsule, Renee Marino of Cupitor Consulting, and I are co-wrote "The Physics of Brand,"​ which will be published and released by HOW Books in 2016. Our book examines how people and brands interact across time and space — with implications for marketing, measuring and managing brands.

(http://www.ideafood.com/)

Zeke Landres

Party Like It's 1628 – The 17th Century Life of a Tech Entrepreneur

Jeff Lin

We all need a break from technology and the fast pace of modern life every now and then. In 2003 I got my break. I was a cast member of the Emmy-nominated reality TV show Colonial House, an experiential history television series on PBS that placed twenty-five people in a 17th-century replica English colony in the middle of nowhere and documented what happened over the course of several months.

This talk is NOT a behind-the-scenes look at the show, but rather an inspection of modern life in light of my experience living on the colony without modern technology. As a tech entrepreneur, business owner, and software developer myself, I very easily succumb the luxuries of daily life in 2016: Wi-Fi on airplanes, music and movies on demand, personal drivers at the push of a button, social networks that connect billions of people. What we've done is amazing and mind-boggling! Despite our advancements, we modern technologists tend to:

  • Work too much.
  • Isolate ourselves.
  • Complicate solutions.
  • Ignore our health.

If we take a close look at the most basic of human functions, it is possible to solve some of the modern-day problems we've created for ourselves. Daily life in 1628 required us to:

  • Sleep when it's dark.
  • Depend on others.
  • Do less.
  • Eat clean foods and move your body.

Let's take a close look at everyday lessons from the Colonial House experience that can help us successfully push the boundaries of modern technology forward.

And if you want that behind-the-scenes look, check out jefflin.net/colonialhouse.

Party Like It's 1628

Jeff Lin

@jefflin is the founder of @teambustout.

Challenge

Inspiring the next generation to be technology creators

Margaret Mahan

College: For the 2014-2015 academic year at the University of Minnesota, 64 MS and 27 PhDs in computer science were earned r1. Across all University of Minnesota graduate programs, this turns out to be < 2% of total MS and ≅3% of PhDs earned; 22 graduate degrees in computer science were earned by females. Minnesota has 14,420 open computing jobs but had only 796 computer science graduates in 2014 r2; 14% were female.

High school: In 2015, 666 high school students in Minnesota took the AP computer science exam; 20% were female, 14 were Hispanic, and 10 were Black r2. Only 13% of Minnesota schools with AP programs offered the AP computer science course in 2014-2015. Minnesota does not allow computer science to count as a mathematics or science admission requirement at institutions of higher education. Minnesota does not require that all schools offer computer science.

Yep – that’s the same pattern you’ve been hearing for years. We know computer science is foundational yet we continue to underprepare our students for high school and college level computer science. In this presentation, you’ll hear the latest status for computer science education in Minnesota, why we need to start computer science education early, and what programs are aiming to fill the current gaps. You’ll also hear from SuPoCo, a Technovation[MN] team, (Allie Nordeen, Annalee Kester, Gracie Marek, and Kali Jarrard) r3, about their experience (panel format). Lastly, you will learn what you can do to help and resources to get you started.

Margaret Mahan

Margaret is a scientist (data, computer, neuro, & network) at the Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation working in Dr. Samadani's Brain Injury Research Lab and also pursuing a PhD in Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology at the University of Minnesota. She has obtained an MS in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota and a BA in Biology and Psychology from Metropolitan State University. Her research falls primarily in the area of brain connectivity, with an emphasis on developing analytical methods for integrating data from multimodal sources.

Stephen Leacock

—cancelled—"Factory-in-a-Box-in-a-Factory"

David Busacker

[description work in progress]

Overview of 3D printing

Industrial and Hobbyist

The overlap

Ideation to Creation Live Demo using Onshape and Hobbyist Printer

Concept generation

Iterative Design

Rapid Production

The Frontiers

Factory in a Box

Box in a Factory

David Busacker

https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidbusacker

3D Printing Evangelist, Continuous Improvement Nut, Sharing Economist. Loving fiance and proud Catholic.

Assistant-taught pioneering 3D printing class with adjunct professors at the University of Minnesota. Completing thesis in 3D printing in the shared economy proposing a model of rapid subcontracting. Email busa0033@umn.edu for coffee.

Harriet

Recommendation Engines: A Netflix Case Study

Mike Navarro
Recommendation Engines: A Netflix Case Study

An introduction to two recommendation engine architectures and solutions. We will use a simple movie recommender to compare and contrast the Machine Learning solution (using Sprark) and the GraphDB solution (using Neo4j). The session will serve as an overview of the recommendation use case and the underlying technologies. It will also include a brief live demo of each solution.

Mike Navarro

I'm a principle and lead engineer at DataSlice. We focus on big data solutions.

Visitor Parking Lot

Electric Vehicle show and tell.

Ralph Jenson
Mark Hanson
Dan Holtz
Colin Lee

In the visitor lot we will have several electric vehicles and their owners available for showing and telling.

Vehicles currently scheduled to be there.

Tesla Model S, BMW i3, Smart Electric, Chevy Volt 1st and 2nd generation and the Nissan Leaf. We are also trying to arrange for Tesla Model X, Tesla Roadster, BMW i8, eGolf and others.

Many of the owners have multiple years of experience with driving electric vehicles in Minnesota, so this is a great time to ask your real world questions and see the available Cars of Technology up close and personal.

Ralph Jenson

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

Mark Hanson

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

Dan Holtz

Virtualization engineer and Tesla enthusiast.

Colin Lee

Colin is an Android engineer at Vidku, a hot Minneapolis startup with Android and iOS video apps. He has been programming since he learned BASIC on the TRS-80 computer in his parents' basement at age six. He has been writing Android apps since the first Android phone launched and has done so professionally for the past five years.

Proverb-Edison

The 5 People You Meet in a Toxic Work Environment

Meghan Hatalla
Richard Harrison

Most of us don't get to pick our coworkers anymore than we get to pick our family. Here's how to deal with the ones you wouldn't pick--

  • Sad Panda
  • Boy Wonder
  • The Grinch
  • Nontrad Nan
  • Shadowy Board Room Villain

--and how to stop them from interfering with your good work and good vibes.

Meghan Hatalla

Highly caffeinated project manager who's made her name by getting things done in an industry not really known for getting things done.

Richard Harrison

UX/UI designer and creativity advocate.

Learn

Product Managers Do Not Spring Forth from the Head of Zeus Fully Formed

Vivienne Whitfield
Anna Bliss
Marisa Brandt

There is no one path to becoming a product manager; while product managers often come from the engineering ranks, they may also come from finance, marketing, business analysis or project management roles. So how to we identify potential product managers and nurture the PMs in our organization to become better and more senior PMs? Once we identify someone with the right blend of soft skills, technical and business acumen and desire, how can we not only help them move into the role but also set them up for success? Anna, Viv and Marisa took different, somewhat peripatetic, paths into product management. We were able to make the leap because of strong mentorship, sponsorship, and, most especially, passionate, inclusive product management communities. The groups we have been involved with have, at their core, an environment set up for product managers to learn and help other product managers with the challenges and issues they encounter in their roles. Leveraging that bias for learning and growth makes them a natural source for cultivating emerging and future product people. Come join us for a discussion about what you are doing and/or what is in your sphere of influence to enable to help nurture both yourself and new product managers. While we might like to think that we are as wise and courageous as Athena, unlike that Greek goddess, product managers do not spring from the head of Zeus fully formed – so let’s talk about how to form product managers in our more mortal realm.

Vivienne Whitfield

No bio.

Anna Bliss

Anna Bliss is an Associate Product Manager working with Best Buy’s public API services. Anna has worked in the tech arena for 15 years taking a circuitous route to product management with roles ranging from business analyst to technical writer to project coordinator. These varied roles, along with some entirely unrelated to software development (such as theatrical scenic design) have built up a unique skill set that she wasn’t entirely sure how to integrate until she stumbled on product management.

Marisa Brandt

Marisa Brandt spent nearly a decade supporting enterprise and large institutional customers as a system administrator, solutions architect, and cloud engineer prior to leading Product Strategy for Dell's Cloud Manager offering. Marisa is currently running an infrastructure team at the University of Minnesota.

Discovery

Speed Pitch & Feedback Session

Brett Brohl
Andrew Carlson

Come listen to pitches, stories about a few memorable pitch experiences, & best practices from veteran entrepreneurs and investors.

To Pitch:

Show up & give a 90-120 second speed pitch on your idea to a panel of investors & entrepreneurs. It can be your first time ever pitching or you can be a veteran, just have fun with it! Receive immediate feedback on both your concept & your pitch! We will listen to as many pitches as time allows!

Show up at the door to pitch Or to guarantee a spot to pitch please email brett.brohl@techstars.com. Or stop by and if we have time we will take walk-ups!

The Panel:

Brett Brohl - EIR @ Techstars Minneapolis & Serial Entrepreneur

Will Allen - President @ Behance & Angel Investor

Andy Christensen - Director @ Arthur Ventures

Brett Brohl
Andrew Carlson

No bio.

Gandhi

Found in Translation: Taking Your Software Global

Michael Migliacio

It’s hard enough to get a brand new application noticed in a crowded domestic market, let alone in other places around the world. Come learn a few battle-tested tips and tricks picked up from exhibiting the mobile, PC, and Wii U action puzzle game, Astral Breakers as a part of the 2015 Tokyo Game Show Indie Game Corner in Japan. Discover how to shatter both language and cultural audiences alike and find a brand new audience for your application!

Some topics covered in the talk include:

  • To translate or not to translate: what a difficult question!

  • The 'Hot Sheet': making the job of the Internet press a whole lot easier -- and increase the likelihood of them covering your product in the process!

  • Post-show parties: do you really need to attend? (Short answer: YES!)

  • Meetings with Publishers and Partners: Selling Yourself and Your Product (the former is just as important as the latter)!

Michael Migliacio

A lifetime fighting game fan, journalist, producer, and professional software engineer, Michael wears a lot of hats in the gaming industry.

As a web content developer and journalist for professional eSports organization Evil Geniuses/GoodGame Agency, Michael has traveled the world with some of the biggest names in competitive fighting games including Justin Wong, Ricki Ortiz, and Yusuke Momochi, and also attends events throughout the year on behalf of the organization. By day, he works as a senior-level web engineer responsible for crafting APIs that power the eCommerce engines of a local Minneapolis corporation.

Outside of coding, writing, and fighting, Michael recently drove the Wii U puzzler ASTRAL BREAKERS to a successful launch in Japan for Intropy Games and previously lead the engineering team responsible for crafting the IGN Pokedex. He has also produced editorial content on a freelance basis for outlets large and small, including both USgamer and IGN.com.

Contact Twitter (@angstygaijin) | LinkedIn

Tackle

Embedded Linux Meets FPGA Capes – Just Imagine the DIY Possibilities!

Andy Gikling

Ever heard of a Raspberry Pi or a BeagleBone Black? Ever heard of FPGAs and Yocto Linux?

Want to know more?

This high tech presentation on the current state of Embedded Linux is sure to satisfy!

We will be discussing the latest advancements in the field of real-time embedded controls based on Linux. We will explain how and why Linux with hardware acceleration can be a fantastic platform for advanced computer control systems. Algorithm acceleration in Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) hardware will be explained with a number of DIY examples.

The Yocto Linux build system provides a framework for the average computer hobbyist to quickly get started with real-time controls. Yocto can be used to target the two most popular Embedded Linux single board computers - the Raspberry Pi and the BeagleBone Black. We will describe how these low cost computers can be used to do things like robotics, home automation, computer vision, video streaming and more!

Andy Gikling

I'm a computer/software/hardware/Linux enthusiast.

I currently write medical device software for Minnetronix Inc. in Saint Paul.

@SoundGains http://www.soundgains.com

#GripAndRip #LinuxForTheWin

11:45 - 12:35
Session 4

Theater

Piranha Pool (TM) III

Jeffrey C. Robbins

Sponsored by AngelPolleNation, Piranha Pool (TM) III is Minnesota's own live take on the TV series "Shark Tank." -- and our third year of doing it at MinneBar! 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 Cathy Connett, David Dalvey, Dave Mao and Steven London. Details on how to apply to participate as FishFood are here: link.

Cathy Connett is the President and founder of CorConnections, LLC, which specializes in guiding businesses through new business initiatives, equity infusions, ownership transitions and the building of alliances and partnerships. Ms. Connett is also a co-founder and CEO of the Sofia Angel Fund, a Minnesota-based fund focused on making private equity investments in companies founded by or led by women, or whose products and services target women. She formerly served as the director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Thomas. Ms. Connett has an engineering degree from Vanderbilt University and a MBA from Harvard Business School.

David Dalvey is a Managing Partner of Brightstone Venture Capital since September 2000, and he has 27 years of venture stage investment experience with 17 years as a venture fund manager and 10 years as a technology investment banker. Also, Mr Dalvey has 35 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.

Dave Mao is Managing Partner of Come Up Capital, a new $50 million venture fund based in Minneapolis that is focused on early-stage technology investments, with a preference for internet-of-things, smart devices and big data product offerings. He has a joint MBA from Columbia University, the University of Hong Kong and the London Business School.

Steven London is CEO of iCrimeFighter, a mobile evidence management solution, and co-founder of Six Points Capital, his angel investment vehicle. He is a also a member of Gopher Angels. Mr. London has his MBA from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management. He also has his law degree from the University of Iowa and formerly practiced business law as an associate with Faegre & Benson.

Jeffrey C. Robbins

Jeff is an attorney and shareholder in the business services practice group at Messerli & Kramer P.A. in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For over 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 networking organization for investors that holds quarterly events in the Twin Cities and Las Vegas. 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, and of the Minnesota Jewish Theater Company. Jeff was named in 2011 as one of “200 Minnesotans You Should Know” by Twin Cities Business magazine.

Minnetonka

The Early Stage - How do I start this thing?

Matt Pacyga

Let's talk about the early stage of a startup from idea to MVP. I'll talk about lessons learned and ways to navigate the sticky points such as: how do I get started, do I need to form a company, whats my next move, do I need co-founders, and many other mini-topics around business. I'll use real-life examples to tell a story around each piece. This is not a product pitch but please note that I will be referencing the startups I've worked on or currently working on.

This session is more around the thought process of creating the startup at the VERY early stage. Starting with the initial idea and how get moving. Don't go alone.

Who would benefit from this session? CEO's or leadership decision makers, product managers, entrepreneurs looking into the tech space, the startup curious.

Matt Pacyga

Matt Pacyga has been in the mobile technology and advertising industry for over ten years. After a few years in the trenches, Matt started a mobile development studio called GSD (Get $hit Done)- which sold later that same year to a hardware company in Minneapolis. Matt has advised multiple MN-based startups in the ad tech space. Matt has also invested his time into supporting the Minnesota tech community, growing an event series that has been running for over three years called MobilizeMN. Matt currently is CEO of his third startup, "Slice Engine”, which provides businesses an innovative way to collect, curate and publish UGC (User Generated Content).

Nokomis

Managing Tech Teams

Scott Davis

*This is a repeat of the session from last year for those who missed it. It received over 100 tweets and re-tweets so I decided to resubmit.

I've spent most of my career managing developers, from informal peer-to-peer leadership, to big corporate structure. In recent years I am most often approached by non-technical entrepreneurs attempting to start a technology company, with no experience or skill in working with those of us who are the "difficult to deal with" nerds and geeks.

Scott is CEO of QONQR, a bootstrapped mobile gaming company in Minneapolis and former adjunct professor at St Mary's University in the Information Technology Management program. This session will be a 50 minute summary of the master's class Scott teaches on "Managing Technology Teams". We'll focus on the negative stereotypes, communication issues, trust concerns, and the challenge of ambiguity. The goal is not to teach entrepreneurs how to best manage your technical team, but expose the dynamics of working with technical teams that may be new to non-technical managers, or software developers not accustomed to working with new tech managers.

Scott Davis

Scott is the CEO of QONQR. He has been a software developer longer than he hasn't. Scott holds an MBA in New Venture Management from the University of St Thomas.

QONQR is a game on the iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone. Players use the GPS on their phones to battle for and capture the towns and cities where they live, work and play. Since the release in March of 2012, over a million towns and cities, spanning nearly every country in the world (2 more to go in Africa) have been captured. QONQR is a MMO (Massively Mulitiplayer) location-based mobile game, which now covers 33% of the populated Earth.

Challenge

Surviving and Thriving in the Panopticon: Maintaining Privacy in the Workplace as a Chronically Ill Activist

Cassie Traun

Everyone has certain things about themselves they prefer to keep private. Though many will claim they "have nothing to hide," they are simply wrong, but for some of us maintaining privacy has higher stakes than for others. With employers more frequently requesting vast amounts of data on their employees, including requiring wearing fitness trackers, chronically ill people have even more reason to maintain as much privacy in the workplace as possible about their health and themselves. Activists also have myriad reasons to care about their privacy, but especially if they are working in a corporate environment that has ethics that run counter to their own, as activism is often unpaid labor and activists must get a paycheck from somewhere. This talk will discuss some of the good and bad policies towards privacy that my own company uses, as well as concrete ways to maintain your privacy in the workplace. If you feel comfortable sharing, I'd also love to have a discussion about your company and its policies towards privacy, so we can observe the local trend in which corporate surveillance of employees is moving.

Cassie Traun

Cassie Traun is currently working in technical support at a very large, unnamed corporation and also does web development during her free time. She has been working in the tech industry in some capacity for nearly a decade. One of the only other things so omnipresent throughout her life has been Crohn's disease, which she was diagnosed with in the severe, refractory form when she was 16. She is also a privacy advocate and co-founded CryptopartyMN, which is dedicated to teaching people of all skill levels how to encrypt their personal communications in a fun, accessible workshop format. CryptopartyMN hosts events in the Twin Cities area on a regular basis and also participated in a joint event with Amnesty International in October 2015. In the rest of her free time, Cassie enjoys biking, hoarding governmental data obtained via data practices requests, sometimes pretending she knows how to admin Linux servers by maintaining several web servers for personal and non-profit use, and upsetting unknown state-sponsored actors enough to try hacking her Twitter account.

Learn

Write Prettier Code (with Jade, Sass and a GUI)

Lemon

You could be writing prettier code, and you could be writing it faster.

If you've been curious about preprocessors like Jade and Sass but never had the time to learn how to use them, this 50 minute session should get you started. We're going to be looking at Jade (an HTML preprocessor) and Sass (a CSS preprocessor) and how to use both to write cleaner, more modern code that will comply to browsers standards without you thinking about it.

Change styles and layouts in a fraction of the time, minify code for quicker page load, get a better grasp of the DRY principle, and best of all, never touch the command line. This is a GUI-only approach.

Lemon

Working as the lead developer of a downtown agency, Lemon spends a whole lot of time building websites. Like, over a hundred of them. Large sites for clients like General Mills and the Minnesota Wild, and small sites like damn.dog and The Wrongest Words.

He also hosts a podcast called The F Plus which is probably not appropriate for your particular workplace.

Discovery

Kotlin vs Swift : Which language is more Modern, Concise, Safe and Functional?

Andrew Rahn

The Kotlin Programming Language is a "statically typed programming language for the JVM, and Android" (kotlinlang.org) that features concise syntax, safe handling of null values, and 100% compatibility with the JVM. Swift is Apple’s new language for iOS and OS X that "adopts safe programming patterns and adds modern features to make programming easier, more flexible, and more fun" (developer.apple.com). In this talk, I'll introduce some of the interesting features of both languages compare them side-by-side. Then we’ll put each language through a series of challenges, and together we can vote to see which language is our favorite!

Andrew Rahn

Andy is a developer at Iconfactory. He has experience in a wide variety of platforms and languages and is fearless when it comes to exploring new technologies. Recently, he has taken an interest in the programming languages Swift, Kotlin and ES2015. He's also a big proponent of the async framework Reactive Extensions.

Andy lives in Minneapolis. He loves dogs and plays the oboe.

Gandhi

Managing your way through the Gap Stage: The time when a startup births a business.

Tim Bates

In this session, we’ll discuss the importance of the Gap stage, when it occurs, how to plan for it, and how to work your way through it so that you can get on with scaling your business.

Today, there is a lot of discussion about customer development, product/market fit and scaling a company. However, there is little discussion about that period between product/market fit discovery and when you press the gas pedal down in order to scale the business. This middle state is a messy time in a startup’s life. It’s a hard but transformative time. Done with the right thought and planning, it is during this period that you really birth your business and put your company on the tracks to success and an exit.

This period is called the Gap Stage. It is called this because there are gaps in your market and customer knowledge, gaps in your product and service capabilities, and gaps in your team that once filled will make scaling possible. The Gap Stage is where you refine, polish, re-polish, reposition and re-learn what you know about your sales process, the market, the product and target customer through repeated sales and customer engagement.

Tim Bates

Founder of CST Research a company that works with startups and companies trying to leverage technology to grow their businesses.

I have has been involved with startups and young technology companies my whole career. I’ve worked with startups on multiple continents helping them bring to market computer graphic, advanced database, digital camera and e-commerce based products as well as developed Saas based companies and those that focused on developing internet security tools as well as IOT devices. I’ve help start these companies, raised money for them, as well as helped them determine and implement their go to market and exit strategies.

Texas

—cancelled— Real Estate 101: Everything a Growing Startup Needs to Know

Tyler Kollodge

Whether it's moving out of your basement and into office space for the first time, or accommodating rapid headcount growth as a fast-growing multi-million dollar company, real estate can be one of the most challenging facets for your company. It is often one of the largest costs for any company, right behind labor, and has also become one of the top ways to attract and retain talent. In a time when money and talent are of utmost importance, it is critical to get it right with your real estate.

This session will discuss the real estate process from beginning to end, covering all the bases regarding your company's real estate. Some of the topics that will be discussed are:

*The first step once you've decided your company needs its own office space *How to find space that meets your budget while also establishing a company culture *How to determine your real estate budget *What you need to pay attention to in a lease *The real estate roadbumps that can be avoided *How to accommodate headcount growth or contraction, no matter how large of a company *The local and state economic incentives that are available to you and your company

This session is intended to be an open dialogue between the presenters and audience, so many more topics will likely be covered. The presenters have years of experience working with startups of all ages and sizes, and will be able to share countless stories of companies who were in the same situation many of you face, as well as how they handled the process. This will be a valuable session no matter what stage your company is at.

Tyler Kollodge

No bio.

Calhoun

Community: Making the leap from attendee to organizer

Robert Tomb
Casey Helbling
Jenna Pederson
Jenn Strater
Randall Meeker

We have a strong tech community here in Minneapolis & St. Paul. Participants and organizers drive a ton of options for local tech user groups.

Have you ever wondered what it takes to contribute to this awesome community? Come meet a panel of local organizers, hear about their experiences building and maintaining community around tech through user groups and hackathons, and ask them questions about how to get involved. You'll be hearing from:

Whether you're looking to get yourself out there into the community, or you're a perennial user group attendee, helping to organize a user group or event is a great professional growth step. If you're trying to figure out how to get one started, wondering about details like finding a space, or are looking for a group you can help out with, show up!

We will start with some base questions to tease out the experiences of this group, but if there is interest in the audience, we'll open it up and answer your community-related questions to make this as interactive as possible.

Lastly, here's a nice little hint for any of you who are running a user group and looking for help: this might be a good session to drop into if you're shopping for co-organizers.

Robert Tomb

Well, on Twitter, this is who I say I am, "a nerd in the twin cities who has a family and a bike and some other stuff," which is pretty accurate.

Beyond that, I currently work in Minneapolis as a Director of Engineering for an LA ad tech company called ReachLocal. I've helped to build the reputation of this office within the organization, which has kept their west coast investment in developers right here (it has even grown). I promote the awesomeness of the Twin Cities tech community to my peers in the organization every chance I get.

Anyway, we're doing some fun stuff with team code ownership, pull-request culture, Ruby, JavaScript, DevOps, and Amazon. My development background is also very test-affected. If you talk to anyone who has worked with me, you'll find a common thread that sounds a lot like "where are the tests?"

Jenna Pederson

Jenna Pederson is an engineer, a leader, and a catalyst. She has built and led local and international technical teams. She wears many hats and has experience in a range of technologies and business domains. Co-founder of Hack the Gap, founder of 612 Software Foundry, and minne✱ Board Member, Jenna is passionate about creating a welcoming and supportive tech community for everyone. She was previously Co-ambassador of the Twin Cities Geekettes.

Jenn Strater

Jennifer “Jenn” Strater is a software engineer with a passion for developing and designing applications using new and innovative technologies. Her strengths are in the service layer including building RESTful APIs. Jenn also has experience with relational and NoSQL databases, devops, front-end, and mobile in the healthcare and transportation industries. She learns new tools and systems quickly and introduces new technology learned through local community groups, involvement in the international Groovy community, and when speaking at or attending regional, national, and international conferences.

Jenn is the co-founder of the organization Gr8Ladies and has organized Gr8Workshops for developers interested in an overview and crash course in Groovy technologies. She has presented at various Minnesota tech events, the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, Greach, Gr8Conf EU, Gr8Conf US, and Devoxx Belgium.

Starting in September, Jenn will be a master's student at the Technical University of Denmark studying static analysis and compilers with a focus on Groovy with funding from the Fulbright U.S. student program.

Randall Meeker
Co-Organizer and frequent host of Javascript MN http://www.meetup.com/JavaScriptMN/

I was brought to the industry despite my best attempts to avoid it. I was a film school drop out who hit the road with a concert production company who ended up in Aspen, Colorado running security for major events like Winter X Games. During that time software development was a hobby. Companies I worked for and colleagues I worked with required solutions to business problems that the wonder of new technology could always solve. After more than a decade my hobby became a career and then a business.

The move to Minneapolis was a great catalyst for this and I am grateful for the opportunities it continues to provide. Recently I chose to become an organizer of the JavaScript MN meetup group. This was done to absorb more opportunities that can present themselves, but has instead turned into a fun and fulfilling way to give back. I have found that participating in these communities and meetups is a full circle means by which those who get involved can benefit and give back both at the same time.

LinkedIn

Harriet

Escaping Excel Hell with Python and Pandas

Chris Moffitt

Excel is ubiquitous in the business world and can be an extremely powerful tool. However, there are way too many instances where it is abused and used to create unsustainable solutions to very real business problems. Fortunately python is an open source language with a powerful data manipulation library called pandas that can help relieve some of this pain.

This talk will discuss some of the challenges with trying to use Excel as the primary tool for data wrangling including:

  • Scalability for larger data sets
  • Ability to version control and document the process
  • Managing complex formulas
  • Building repeatable processes that can be executed by non-technical users

After discussing some of the types of problems with an Excel-based solution, I will cover:

  • High level overview of python and why it is a good choice for the solution
  • Overview of the pandas library
  • Highlights on how to approach these types of problems and items to consider when introducing this technology into an organization.

The purpose of the talk is to give a broad overview of a potential solution and provide pointers on next steps to implement in your own organization. The topic does not require any specific technical experience or knowledge.

Chris Moffitt

Chris has been working with python and other open source technologies for many years. He frequently blogs at Practical Business Python.

Visitor Parking Lot

Electric Vehicle show and tell.

Ralph Jenson
Mark Hanson
Dan Holtz
Colin Lee

In the visitor lot we will have several electric vehicles and their owners available for showing and telling.

Vehicles currently scheduled to be there.

Tesla Model S, BMW i3, Smart Electric, Chevy Volt 1st and 2nd generation and the Nissan Leaf. We are also trying to arrange for Tesla Model X, Tesla Roadster, BMW i8, eGolf and others.

Many of the owners have multiple years of experience with driving electric vehicles in Minnesota, so this is a great time to ask your real world questions and see the available Cars of Technology up close and personal.

Ralph Jenson

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

Mark Hanson

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

Dan Holtz

Virtualization engineer and Tesla enthusiast.

Colin Lee

Colin is an Android engineer at Vidku, a hot Minneapolis startup with Android and iOS video apps. He has been programming since he learned BASIC on the TRS-80 computer in his parents' basement at age six. He has been writing Android apps since the first Android phone launched and has done so professionally for the past five years.

Proverb-Edison

Hacking your diet for health and energy

Scott Jann

Did you know that burning sugar isn't the only way to fuel your body? In fact, it may be harmful and be at the root of many chronic diseases. We'll talk about why everything you know about food is probably wrong and how you can use a low-carb, high-fat, ketogenic diet to turn your body into a fat burning machine.

You may have heard of this diet in the context of losing weight, but there is much more. It can help reduce risk for many "diseases of civilization" (diabetes, heart disease, auto-immune issues), improve your mood and exercise performance, make you less hungry less often and give you ridiculous amounts of energy.

I thought it sounded like magic too, but my journey has made me feel as if I am hacking my body to be better than I thought possible.

Scott Jann

I'm a software engineer at Tightrope Media Systems where I work primarily in C# but also javascript, C++, Objective-C.

Zeke Landres

Animating on the Web in a Post-Flash World - 2016 Edition

Ted Kusio

Now that even Adobe has killed Flash (by renaming it "Animate"), there's no reason to use it anymore, right? Besides, we have the HTML5 Canvas, and WebGL, and CSS3 Transforms, and JavaScript, and faster computers, and...!

Well, we do have all that and more, but there are still challenges to easily create dynamic, interactive, web-friendly animation. For the most part the challenge is simply finding the right tool for the right job (such as CSS3 for UI animation), but you may also need a crystal ball to NOT use what's about to go away forever (such as Adobe Edge or and the famo.us animation engine).

I'll offer an overview of what I know, but hope to have this be more of a discussion, an open share: What works for you; what you need; can animators animate with code instead of timelines; and more.

Good overview on Web Animation Past, Present, and Future.

Ted Kusio

Ted is currently the Creative Director at JohnRyan, a digital signage company in Uptown. There he comes up with clever ways to inform and entertain customers, while also finding technical ways to animate those messages effectively on a variety of screens.

His experience includes advertising/marketing web development; leading a team of enterprise software developers; teaching college students; and juggling technology and creativity at some companies you've heard of, like The New York Times, Vogue, Macy's, and DDB.

People also seem to enjoy hearing that he has a dual degree in mechanical/aerospace engineer, as well as in music, and he also worked as an engineer at Boeing, and as a TV critic, that his site has samples of stuff he did in the past, and he should probably update it soon.

Stephen Leacock

—cancelled— Architecting a digital analytics system for the webscale application!

Logan Poelman

Not adobe and not google analytics - building a system that scales for web analytics

I will walk thru some hands on demos of a web analytics system and tracking pixel system designed to scale to 10,000 events / sec using technologies like: Kafka, Cassandra, Scala, Hive, Hadoop, etc. Talk about the key challenges including scale, data security for data in motion and at rest, using Public Key Encryption in the browser.

Logan Poelman

Grew up building stuff with RadioShack parts and hacking junk I found in the garbage.
Built my first synthesizer when I was in 7th grade ( UJT Transistor oscillator design). Started programming on TRS80 + Apple II's in 1978
Started playing guitar in 1979
Started my programming career as a Video Game Programmer, in assembly language on the IBM PC & C64, in the late 80's.
(you can play "Ajax" at https://archive.org/details/msdos_Ajax_1989)
Worked on Wall Street for about 10 years building ginormous scale systems - ex: an app that ran on a single box with 784 cores and 784 gigs of RAM (see Azul Systems Vega), handling 250 million transactions a day, in 2007! .
Former Adjunct Professor at NYU in the Computer Science graduate program.
Guitar player & musician
Inventor.
Noodler.
Writing Crypto routines since 1994
Writing Java since 1997
Doing Hadoop since 2008
I've been hacking the Arduino since 2009.
Hacking the Raspberry Pi since 2012.
Over the years, I have programmed in: Scala, Ruby, JavaScript, Java, C#, VB.Net, VB, Forth, C++, C, Fortran, SNOBOL, Pascal, Basic
and Assembly (on 6 architectures - ARM,ATMEL AVR, 8086, 6502, Z80, PDP)
I have programmed CPUs, GPUs, DSPs, MCUs in Assembly, C and less soul crushing languages.

CTO for Loco Bellis, LLC

Tackle

Social Media from a Corporate Perspective

Kay Roseland

Blogging? Employee Advocacy? Customer Success? What going on regarding social media in corporate America?

Kay Roseland

Kay Roseland has an extensive background in marketing, along with an MBA in management from the University of St. Thomas. She started her blog Shareology in 2009, and joined Twitter seven 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 Minneapolis-St. Paul, lead to a position with Infor as a Social Media Strategist where she edits the blog From the Source and holds down #1 on the Infor employee advocacy platform.

Louis Pasteur

The mechanics behind maximizing Guitar Hero scores

Daniel Lew

At a professional level, every video game engine requires knowing the rules inside out in order to abuse them for profit. Even a deceptively simple game like Guitar Hero can be manipulated in order to get ahead.

I'll go over some interesting math and algorithms that can be applied to maximize scores, as well the subtleties of the game engine that people used for points. (Yes, people wrote complex programs in order to solve Guitar Hero!) I'll also go over how you can catch people lying about their scores.

Daniel Lew

Dan Lew is...

  • ...a rocket ship flying towards the sun at the speed of light. Turn to page 25.
  • ...a social media website with severe character limitations. Turn to page 199.
  • ...a baked gruyère waiting for the first brave soul to take a bite. Turn to page 85.
  • ...an Android developer at Trello. Turn to page 15.
  • ...a process in which matter is turned into energy. Turn to page 186.

12:35 - 1:45
Lunch

1:45 - 2:35
Session 5

Theater

Building Your API for Longevity

Mike Stowe

One of the greatest challenges to developing an API is ensuring that your API lasts. After all, you don’t want to have to release and manage multiple versions of your API just because you weren’t expecting users to use it a certain way, or because you didn’t anticipate far enough down the roadmap. In this session we’ll talk about the challenge of API Longevity, as well as ways to increase your API lifecycle including having a proper mindset, careful design, agile user experience and prototyping, best design practices including hypermedia, and the challenge of maintaining persistence.

Mike Stowe

Author of Undisturbed REST, Michael Stowe has spoken at conferences around the country including API Strat and API World. An active advocate for creating better APIs more efficiently, his work has also been featured on ProgrammableWeb, DZone, and InfoQ. You can view his past talks and slides at http://www.mikestowe.com/slides and follow him on Twitter @mikegstowe.

Calhoun

Panel: Why YOU Should Enter a Data Science Hackathon

Wenqiuli Zhang
John Hogue
Jake Mason
Daniel Feldman
Kevin Church
Sona Maniyan
Pedro Medina
Priyanka Saboo

Want to learn Data Science and Analytics? The best way to get started is to participate in a data science hackathon! In just a day or two, you can build your skills, make connections, and solve problems that affect the real world!

There are THREE great data science hackathons in the Twin Cities! We'll have representation from all of them so you can find one that fits your interests.

This discussion panel will feature organizers and participants from data science hackathons in the Twin Cities. Speakers include:

  • Wenqiuli Zhang, from the winning Social Data Science Hackathon team and recent MS in analytics graduate

  • Priyanka Saboo, also from the winning Social Data Science Hackathon team and recent MS in analytics graduate

  • Pedro Medina, data science startup founder, Analyze This organizer and Social Data Science competitor

  • Jake Mason, current data science student and Analyze This organizer

  • Sona Maniyan, data scientist at Veritas and Social Data Science organizer

  • John Hogue, data scientist at General Mills, Social Data Science organizer and MUDAC judge

  • Kevin Church, independent data scientist, Analyze This organizer, Social Data Science participant, and MUDAC judge

It will be a fascinating discussion about learning in a high-pressure hackathon environment while the clock is ticking!

Discussion will be moderated by Daniel Feldman.

Wenqiuli Zhang

Wenqiuli is graduating from MS Business Analytics program at Carlson School of Management. With a strong background of both Statistical Analysis and Data Mining, Wenqiuli has great passion on applying her knowledge and experience to help company solve real business problems, discover new opportunities, and make business decisions that can enhance performance and gain competitive advantages.

It is important to talk and learn from other data scientists to improve herself. Wenqiuli had great experience in this community and wants to help as much as she can.

John Hogue
  • As my day job I apply machine learning to automate data driven decision making in the at General Mills. By night my alter ego founded Social Data Science, who’s mission is to apply data science to local nonprofit organizations with intent to improve the world around us. I hope to enable aspiring and practicing data scientists to apply their knowledge to tackle problems our community is currently facing by providing practical, hands-on talks and competitions.

  • I am actively involved in local Python, R and Hadoop User Groups in the Twin Cities. Since these communities helped launch my career, I look forward to giving back.

Jake Mason

No bio.

Daniel Feldman

I'm a software engineer at Veritas Technologies. I'm very active in the MN tech community including Minnebar, the Analyze This meetup group, Minneanalytics, and IOT FUSE.

My interest in self-driving cars comes from working on the Honeywell/General Dynamics Darpa Grand Challenge team in college and grad school. Since then, I've only done robotics as a hobbyist, not as a professional. But I do stay current with the work that's being done in the field.

Kevin Church
  • Independent consultant based in the Twin Cities of Minnesota
  • Chemical engineer by training, applied statistician by vocation.
  • Six Sigma Master Black Belt with over 25 years experience helping organizations leverage their data and internal expertise to make significant and sustainable improvements in performance.
  • Expertise in predictive analytics as the means to convert data into actionable intelligence.
  • Gifted public speaker and teacher/coach, which is essential when teaching applied statistics!
  • Co-Founder of AnalyzeThis! a Twin Cities Meetup group raising the level of local analytics expertise via business focused 3-month challenges.
  • Client List: • Medical Devices (Cardiovascular Systems, Enova Medical, Iolab) • Healthcare (Torrance Memorial Medical Center) • Newspapers (New York Times, Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, New York Post, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Singapore Press Holdings) • Public Utilities (Wolf Creek Nuclear, Saint Paul Regional Water Services, Dakota Electric Association) • Manufacturing (Corning: Glass, Arcelor-Mittal: Steel, Meridian Automotive Systems) • Hospitality (Carlson Companies) • Oil & Chemicals (Chevron USA, Chevron Chemical, Texaco) • Engineering & Construction (Bechtel) • Non-profits (The Art Institute of Chicago, The St. Paul Public Schools Foundation, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Children's Cancer Research Fund, Greater Chicago Food Depository, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Appalachian Mountain Club)
Sona Maniyan

No bio.

Pedro Medina

Pedro is a seasoned data science executive and an experienced problem solver with a passion for data. He is President and Chief Analytics Officer at Haystack, LLC, where he helps companies analyze, visualize, and leverage their data to drive growth.

Priyanka Saboo

No bio.

Nokomis

Travel Hacking - How to Travel the World at Little or No Cost

Teri Ross

Learn how to earn hundreds of thousands of airline and hotel miles and points each year for minimal or no cost. It’s fun, it’s challenging and it not only generates tax free revenue in the form of travel points, but it saves you money.

What You Will Learn

  • Travel Commodities Trading – How much are points and miles worth? Which are the best programs?
  • Travel Hacking – how it works, benefits, risks, buying and redeeming miles
  • Credit Card Churning – how to decide what cards to get, when to hold them and when to close them. What is the impact on your credit score?
  • Manufactured Spending- meeting minimum credit card signup bonuses. How to do it and how to develop a strategy
  • How to track your miles, points, credit cards and debit cards
Teri Ross

Teri is a Marketing Technologist by day and a travel hacker by night.

YourCMTO

Proverb-Edison

Hiring for Fit, Hiring for Talent

Genghis Philip

If you don't have a full blown HR department, chances are that hiring is kind of a black box for you. It's the most important part of growing a company, and a hell of a financial investment, but a lot of companies end up hiring people who are good at interviewing, not good at their jobs. Chances are, you don't need someone who's only good at talking about their resume.

What this talk will cover:

(Briefly) Figuring out when you need to hire.

Interviewing stakeholders and doing a work audit.

Writing a job description people WANT to apply for.

Creating an interview rhythm.

Creating interview criteria and collateral.

Actually interviewing.

Deciding on, and executing, a hire!

What this talk WON'T cover:

Recruiting. You definitely want to go listen to Paul DeBettignies to learn all about that. Tech unemployment in the Twin Cities is so low you'll cry, so you need strategies to fill your hopper. My talk is mostly about how to separate the wheat from the chaff once they're in.

Genghis Philip

Genghis is a climber and an ultimate player. He has spent the better part of the last decade making sure teams work well together.

He was previously Chief Operating Officer at Fisdap and is currently a Scrum Master at WAND (which is not, though it may sound like it, a competitor of Ollivander's).

I guess you could follow him on Twitter (@hawksfire), but only if you're particularly interested in all-caps tweets about the Chicago Bears and Blackhawks.

Challenge

Lean Startup within the Enterprise - is it really possible?

Chad Thibodeau

Lean Startup had taken over as the prevailing, new Development methodology used to maximize the potential customer adoption of a product/service/technology, while expending the minimal amount of resources and time. However, Lean Startup has been thought to mostly apply to small, emerging startups and organizations that don't have the overhead and beauracracy of the "typical Enterprise" technology company (think of IBM, HP, Dell). What we will propose during this session is that Lean Startup (alongside Agile) CAN exist within an enterprise-class company and furthermore, can demonstrate substantial value in comparison to more traditional "waterfall" or "phase-gate" development methods. Additionally, Lean Startup can drive a much closer unity between the different stakeholders such as Development, Product Management and Technical Sales since they are all working on much more aggressive timelines with constant iterations. This session will explore how Lean Startup is being successfully implemented within an Enterprise IT organization right here in the Twin Cities and we'll cover not only the good, but also some challenges that any organization deploying Lean Startup should consider.

Chad Thibodeau

Chad Thibodeau is a Principal Product Manager in Veritas's CTO organization and will be leading PM efforts in their Innovation Labs for storage, containers and analytics. Chad has over 15 years experience in Product Management and Strategic Alliances with the past 11 years focused in Cloud Storage & Information Management. Chad has worked across a broad spectrum of companies ranging from startups—Cleversafe—to fortune 100 companies--Dell. Chad has also worked for companies within the telecommunications and defense industries including Comtech Telecommunications and Lockheed Martin. Chad has a BS in Engineering from Miami of Ohio and an MBA from ASU. In his spare time, Chad enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters, mountain biking, hiking, exploring and bing-watching crime-TV shows.

Learn

Commoditize This - Surviving and thriving as a service company in the age of commoditization

Jon Bauer

The sad truth that is virtually every service eventually experiences commoditization - where customers feel any company offering a similar service will get you the same result and you may as well go with the cheapest option.

Technology is no different in this perception, but anyone who has worked in our industry know that the cheapest route is often the fastest path for disaster. We’ve seen how tremendously successful intimate, long-term partnerships can be with clients that allow us to help solve their problems, rather than respond to a 50-page, line-item RFP. How then, do we convince clients, prospects and the general public that it’s worth hiring us over any of the limitless options available?

I’ll be frank. This session will not provide you with a magic bullet that will keep your company afloat during challenging economic times. However, we will discuss strategies that I’ve found effective during my time marketing professional services and how to employ these methods into an ever-changing landscape filled with customers becoming more savvy (and skeptical) by the minute.

The Twin Cities tech landscape is made up of outstanding companies of all shapes and sizes with all manner of expertise and unique skill sets. Let’s talk about how playing to our our individual strengths can keep us in business during the age of offshoring, reshoring, nearshoring and freelancing.

Jon Bauer

Currently an Integrated Marketing Manager for the Health Care and Manufacturing Industries at The Nerdery, Jon brings a wealth of marketing experience from both the professional service and consumer product industries. He has a long history of explaining complex concepts and processes so that everyone can understand them and communicating with development teams in a way that gets him invited to their LAN parties. Originally from the Twin Cities, Jon spent time in Mankato, Phoenix and Seoul before settling in back in Minneapolis. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications (Public Relations Emphasis) and an MBA from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonmarcbauer

Stephen Leacock

Songwriting For Dummies

Toby Cryns

Let's talk about songwriting. Potential topics include:

  • How to break through writers block
  • How to get your music on iTunes, Spotify, Google Music
  • How to overcome fear
  • How to get on the radio
  • Where to perform
  • Etc.

Anything is game. Just bring your questions and issues, and we'll help each other figure it out.

Toby Cryns

Toby Cryns is a Freelance CTO & website strategist for hire, WordPress guru, and community organizer. He's also a dad and husband.

He loves musicals such as Book of Mormon, Little Shop of Horrors, and Kinky Boots. He is currently writing and recording an indie rock record with his band, CRACKHORN!!!, and is writing his own musical about tigers.

MinneBar-day is his favorite day of the year.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/tobycryns

Harriet

Introduction to Speech Interfaces for Web Applications

Kevin Hakanson

Speaking with your computing device is becoming commonplace. Most of us have used Apple's Siri, Google Now, Microsoft's Cortana, or Amazon's Alexa - but how can you speak with your web application? The Web Speech API can enable a voice interface by adding both Speech Synthesis (Text to Speech) and Speech Recognition (Speech to Text) functionality.

This session will introduce the core concepts of Speech Synthesis and Speech Recognition. We will evaluate the current browser support and review alternative options. See the JavaScript code and UX design considerations required to add a speech interface to your web application. Come hear if it's as easy as it sounds?

Kevin Hakanson

Kevin Hakanson (@hakanson) is a Sr. Software Architect for Thomson Reuters where he is focused on highly scalable web applications, especially the JavaScript and security aspects. His background includes both .NET and Java, but he is most nostalgic about Lotus Notes. He has been developing professionally since 1994 and holds a Master’s degree in Software Engineering. When not staring at a computer screen, he is probably staring at another screen, either watching TV or playing video games with his family.

Minnetonka

Accel.MN - what 40 MN entrepreneurs taught us they needed

Nick Guggenbuehl
Matt Otterstatter
Collin Graves

Accel.MN is a totally free peer-to-peer learning platform for entrepreneurs. It starts with a selective cohort of 20 entrepreneurs who go through a 6-week program focused on startup best practices. The content is curated from world-class sources and provides opportunities to gain new insights for even the most experienced entrepreneur. The various guest speakers all have tremendous expertise with their specific topics. Most importantly, the speakers are all entrepreneurs themselves, sharing hard-won lessons.

At last year's MinneBar, we hosted a session called "Planning a Startup Accelerator in MN". We applied much of the feedback shared in that session to this new program. Now after finishing 2 cohorts of Accel.MN we have some interesting lessons to share back with the community about what MN entrepreneurs need to be successful.

Nick Guggenbuehl

Young at heart, old in spirit, and full of ideas. Data and empathy-driven product guy at local health tech startup MyMeds.

Matt Otterstatter

Matt is a partner at Vilicus Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm. He is a Kauffman Fellow and serves on the board of universities advising their entrepreneurship curriculum. Matt has built startup accelerators, corporate incubators, and hackathons on the west coast. He is a Techstars mentor across multiple programs and has judged dozens of startup competitions around the world.

Collin Graves

Platform Engineer @Zipnosis. Partner @AccelMN. Advisor to several neat startups. Open source contributor. Wearer of sweaters.

Zeke Landres

Thinking Swiftly: The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis in Code

Paul Cantrell

Do languages change how we think?

When it first came out, Apple’s Swift was a promising but awkward experiment. With last fall’s 2.0 release, however, it's ready for prime time: a pleasure to work with, the clear best choice for greenfield iOS development, and a serious contender in the general-purpose language space even for non-Apple-stack development.

It’s also quirky, surprising, sometimes eye-opening, and sometimes half-baked.

This session is a dive into Swift — not just “hello world” on a projector, but a focused look at the language’s distinguishing features. I’ll share my experience doing serious, day-in-day-out Swift work on Siesta and several iOS apps, and walk through illuminating code experiments that draw out the things that make the language unique. Swift makes some fascinating decisions about mutability, null checking, type inference, polymorphism, compiler optimization, and static ↔︎ dynamic type interactions that challenge long-standing language design traditions.

This session is also a meditation on how languages shape the code we write. More than just enumerating features, I’ll talk about how language differences shape code style and best practices. What does it feel like to code in this language? How do different languages lead to code differences that run deeper than syntax? I’m interested in whether and how the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis applies to programming: does changing how we code alter how we think?

There will be comparisons with Ruby, Javascript, Java, Objective-C, and C++, as well as some shout-outs to functional languages. (Don’t worry; you don’t need to know all those to follow the talk.) NB: This is a tribalism-free zone; we’re here to consider tradeoffs, not cheer for our favorite language as if it were a sports team!

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 who mostly works with Bust Out Solutions, and teaches computer science at Macalester College in the spring. Living a secret double life as a classically trained composer and pianist and artistic director of The New Ruckus, he brings a musician's passion for aesthetics and nuanced detail to the craft of writing software, thus making his bio sound all fancy.

Discovery

Disintermediating Exploitive Actors in Developing Nations Through Smart, Connected Microsolar

Patrick Delaney

Around mid-2010 I registered a company in the State of Minnesota while sitting at my laptop in a $100/month, prison-bar-lined apartment in China. That company went on to sell over 10,000 solar mobile phone charging / LED lighting kits to service folks living off the grid in Latin America, and over 20 different countries in Africa.

As one might reasonably expect, it is quite a challenge selling to countries where trust is low, income and cash is low, and where...quite frankly...businesses with finance and distribution power write their own checks by making their own credit terms. But I'm glad I did it - and I learned a lot.

I have a crazy idea about how we here in Minnesota could disintermediate some of those questionable and often exploitative actors in impoverished regions around the world, through a risk model that is much lower than shipping solar kits. I've built a prototype and it will have been running for about 6 months by the time Minne* rolls around. I would be willing to let the Minne* audience in on the concept, if they would be wiling to dig into me and poke holes in my crazy plan.

This is a tale of solar power, climbing mountains, drinking coffee, mobile development, massive snowfalls, corn and grain, treasure hunting for data, all of the sorts of things that folks in the Minnesota tech community love (and maybe a few things that our friends and family would like to hear about too).

thanks,

Patrick Delaney

Founder TheSolarNinja, IoTFuse

Tackle

"Built to Sell" - Why You Should Develop Your Company From the Onset To Exit

Kent Strand

Every entrepreneur should have an exit strategy. This is especially critical before contacting the first external investors. Different investors are compatible with different exit strategies. Getting this wrong can actually kill the company. The exit strategy is the foundation for the entire company plan.

This Session is for founders, equity incentivized employees interested in maximizing the probabilities that their company are among those that are ultimately successful with a business exit.

Why Attend? Exits have changed dramatically in the past decade. These changes have transformed how companies are being financed and sold.

Of businesses which are for sale; 25% are sold. Only 33% at the desired valuation. Most of the time, after as entrepreneurs who have built a saleable company, we fail to successfully exit. When we miss the ideal time to exit, the most likely end result is that the company will fail - completely. This session will focus on why this happens so frequently and give you insight to maximize the probabilities that your company is among those that are ultimately successful.

Exits are the least well understood part of being an entrepreneur. The primary reason exits are so poorly understood is simply because they don't happen very often. In reality, the exit is actually just another business process. Done right, the valuation and time line are just as predictable as other, more familiar, business processes like hiring, product development, financing activities or marketing campaigns.

Kent Strand

Tech Entrepreneur / NASDAQ Senior Leader / Management Advisor / Minnesota Cup Accelerator Coach. Kent is the Managing Partner of Minneapolis-based Accredent - a top-tier firm specializing in the business of the Internet-of-Things. A technology industry veteran with 33 years of experience - Kent founded a successful start-up after leaving university, and went on to serve as divisional GM and senior executive on the management teams of several disruptive and innovative NASDAQ companies. For the past seven years, he has advised leading technology and non-technology companies involved with the M2M and Internet-of-Things market space on growth and transformation strategy and merger & acquisition, as well as coached leaders of emerging IoT-related businesses on achievement of accelerated growth and high-valuation exits.

Accredent is a seven year old pioneer in The Business of Internet-of-Things (IoT) - IoT strategy, IoT business development and IoT business transformation. Accredent works with emerging IoT companies through its IoT Exit Accelerator program, and private and public companies through IoT business transformations consulting, IoT workshops, and IoT seminars.

accredent.blogspot.com

Louis Pasteur

Leadership for Geeks: Seven Critical Skills for Emerging Leaders in Tech

Janel Anderson

Based on interviews with senior leaders in the Minnesota tech community, this session presents seven things emerging leaders MUST know to succeed. From communicating with the right level of detail to mastering the people part of leadership to answering the question "Will I be any less of a technologist once I'm a leader?", emerging tech leaders will discover key areas that will set them apart from the rest of the pack as they prepare to lead.

High achievers and high-potential employees are the future of our technology organizations. It is more important than ever for employees to adopt a thoughtful, strategic approach to building leadership skills so they can learn to lead “from the side” and also be ready to move into leadership opportunities as they arise.

In August 2015, Minnesota was ranked as the fastest growing state nationwide for tech jobs, with a growth rate of 8.36%. That growth means new jobs and the people in those jobs need strong leaders. Will you be one of those leaders?

Janel Anderson

Dr. Janel Anderson, owner of Working Conversations, helps technology organizations communicate more effectively so they can collaborate better, be more innovative, and get products to market faster.

Janel began her career in a start-up company where venture capital investors kept a revolving door on the senior leadership which prompted her to go to graduate school to better understand what makes for great leadership communication. After completing a PhD in organizational communication at Purdue University, she taught at the college level before returning to corporate America to run a user experience engineering department for a multinational corporation.

Janel combines her research background with many years in the corporate sector to provide engaging, motivating programs that are research-based and realistic and practical. Her technical management experience equips her to interact easily in technical settings with everyone from senior executives to individual contributors.

She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and three children. Outside of work, Janel serves the urges of taste and design as she reverse engineers recipes for dishes from her favorite restaurants in her kitchen at home.

2:45 - 3:35
Session 6

Theater

MN - The State of VR

Chuck Olsen
Paul Christian
Bryn Erickson
Bryn Erickson
Zach Wendt
Paul Eckhardt

With 4 major headsets on the market, 2016 is being called the year of consumer Virtual Reality. What you may not realize is: Local MN businesses and developers have already been using VR for 2-3 years. Hear sage words of advice from 5 guys that look super suave with opaque ski goggles covering half of their face.

Consumer VR Tech: What's Here, Where First? - Zach Wendt
This year's VR headsets have capabilities that meet or exceed ones from 3-5 years ago, at literally 1-2% of the cost. But, there's pretty big differences in day-to-day use and development. Get an ultra-quick overview of capabilities, pricing, and target markets of this year's VR (and AR) headsets. Learn which applications and industries will adopt VR quickly due to the extreme value it brings. Hear speculation about killer apps that will lead to mass adoption and daily use!

Reality Captured! Online to VR with your DSLR - Bryn Erickson - Toursler
Toursler Inc is reality capture technology for real world practical applications and interaction. Get an overview of our technology and learn how you too can capture reality and reconstruct in 3D for your projects. Also get some insight and stories on boot strapping in the VR industry and in general.Feedback on our Toursler app for Google Cardboard is welcome!

VR Custom Hardware and Video Projects - Paul Christian
Paul will share several recent homebrew hardware and video projects that involved VR including:
* Cross platform VR driven by a stair stepper (exercise equipment)
* Stereo video capture via drone
* A homebrew data glove with position tracking and haptic feedback

360 Video Bootcamp - Chuck Olsen - Visual
The way most people will experience VR in 2016 is by watching a 360 video. What is 360 video, how many cameras do you need to make it, and why would you do such a thing? Visual has learned lessons producing 360 video for a wide range of clients including Rhapsody / Napster, the Mall of America, Washington Post, Minnesota Timberwolves, MPR and more.

Suspension of disbelief in VR! - Paul Eckhardt Tweaks, Tricks and Ticks that make virtual reality seem real, learned from VR exploring in the HTC Vive. Overview of film & CG trickery extend into the Virtual Realm, to make users feel like a super hero.

Chuck Olsen

Chuckumentary is a 20 year veteran of new media. From producing the first web sites for Twin Cities PBS and Radio K, Chuck went on to produce the documentary film “Blogumentary” and become one of the first videobloggers. In 2007 he co-founded the award-winning journalism non-profit The UpTake, and earned an SPJ award for his livestreamed mobile political coverage. In 2009, Chuck launched the web site and social media channels for a new public television show, mn original. In 2012 he co-founded digital video agency and art gallery vidtiger, serving clients from small non-profits to Fortune 500 companies. vidtiger’s acclaimed interactive art project, Futurekave, led directly to a torrid love affair with depth cameras and virtual reality. In 2015, Chuck co-founded Visual, a virtual reality company creating inspiring VR content and a 360º video platform.

Paul Christian

Software engineer, hardware and electronics tinkerer, VR enthusiast, musician. LilnkedIn

TourslerVR a virtual real estate tour app for Google Cardboard

Lucid Time a Pebble app that periodically reminds the user to do a "reality check" to promote lucid dreaming

Data glove with haptic feedback

Bird Marionette Simulator

Aztec Pong control with arrow keys or custom digitized stair stepper workout machine

Dodecaheda a buggy work in progress. fly through an endless expanse of dodecahedra

Mandelbrot "Music" Generator

Bryn Erickson

Bryn is the Chief Strategy Officer of Toursler Inc. Toursler is a reality capture and 3D reconstruction technology that creates immersive and engaging experiences all the way from mobile to VR.

With a science teacher for a father and a partially complete forestry degree, Bryn got his 10 years of experience in the real estate industry analyzing economic trends and appraisals in the property valuation field. Clearly the transition into computer vision and 3D reconstruction was a very natural one. Bryn's work in technology has been focused on practical applications of virtual reality, computer vision, deep learning and 3D reconstruction.

When he's not working its drones, learning new things, reading, parenting and creating Micheal Cera Memes for Imgur.

Toursler

Toursler VR App

Connect

Bryn Erickson

Bryn is the Chief Strategy Officer of Toursler Inc. Toursler is a reality capture and 3D reconstruction technology that creates immersive and engaging experiences all the way from mobile to VR.

With a science teacher for a father and a partially complete forestry degree, Bryn got his 10 years of experience in the real estate industry analyzing economic trends and appraisals in the property valuation field. Clearly the transition into computer vision and 3D reconstruction was a very natural one. Bryn's work in technology has been focused on practical applications of virtual reality, computer vision, deep learning and 3D reconstruction.

When he's not working its drones, learning new things, reading, parenting and creating Micheal Cera Memes for Imgur.

Toursler

Toursler VR App

Connect

Zach Wendt

Zach Wendt started graphics programming on an Apple ][+ with a cassette drive. Projects are much more fun now, thanks to more than 6 colors, consumer priced VR, and all the tracking hardware and depth cameras.

For the past 3 years, Zach has organized MN VR and HCI meet ups that bring 50-60 devs and enthusiasts together every month.

Zach really wants your local Virtual Reality project to succeed. Contact @zach_wendt or show up at MN VR and HCI for free advice, to find collaborators, or just to geek out.

Paul Eckhardt

Always making games and telling stories, Paul Eckhardt found his niche in Virtual Reality Development, where games, stories, and giant beach balls come to life!

Leap Motion - Minigolf

Razer Hydra - Drone Warz

HTC Vive - Beach Ball Valley

Calhoun

Exiting Your Startup: 10 lessons I learned at the end that will help you at the beginning

Patrick Riley

Patrick Riley, CEO and Co-Founder of Modern Survey, shares 10 important lessons he learned while selling his business to Aon, a Fortune 500 company. The transaction closed in February 2016, and as a result has positioned Aon as a global leader offering employee engagement and talent analytics solutions to thousands of companies around the world.

Patrick Riley

Patrick is an accomplished technology entrepreneur and artist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Patrick was the CEO and Co-Founder of Modern Survey for 16 years, which was fully acquired by Aon in February 2016. Patrick is now a Partner at Aon.

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, enterprise SaaS, 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.

Nokomis

Build a Self-Driving Car

Daniel Feldman

In this session we'll build a self-driving car. Don't worry, not a full size one!

We'll talk about:

  • finding your position and orientation using GPS, mag, gyro, and accelerometer sensors

  • real-time guidance using PID

  • obstacle avoidance using proximity sensors

  • navigation on a map

  • long distance control using the cell network (using Minnesota's own Particle Electron)

And end it all with a demo -- a toy-sized car that you can send to different locations from your phone.

Daniel Feldman

I'm a software engineer at Veritas Technologies. I'm very active in the MN tech community including Minnebar, the Analyze This meetup group, Minneanalytics, and IOT FUSE.

My interest in self-driving cars comes from working on the Honeywell/General Dynamics Darpa Grand Challenge team in college and grad school. Since then, I've only done robotics as a hobbyist, not as a professional. But I do stay current with the work that's being done in the field.

Challenge

Dr. Strangeplant: Or, how I learned to stop worrying and love GMOs

Rachel Mann

Is the use of biotechnology in the plants we use for food, clothing, and energy a bug or a feature of our contemporary food system? What 'evil' forces are behind the pro- and anti-GMO movements? Let's talk science, culture, and economics in this inclusive and interactive session.

Rachel Mann

I've spent the past 20 years studying genetics and biotechnology, and their applications in research, clinical, forensic, and manufacturing labs. Lately, I've been discovering design-thinking and group facilitation methods for innovation, as well as a bit of software and web development on the side. I am also an amateur singer, pianist, guitarist, and songwriter.

How does this all fit together? Hell if I know. Let's have some fun and figure it out.

Discovery

Combinatorial Auctions

Mark Gritter

Conventional auctions sell a single item to a single bidder, and are familiar to anybody who's heard of eBay or Southeby's. But they they don't work well at allocating items where "the sum is greater than the parts", such as airplane landing slots, cell phone spectrum, or truck transportation. Combinatorial auctions can sell multiple items to multiple bidders simultaneously, but they also produce new computational and economic challenges.

This session will include: live auctions with volunteers from the audience, integer-linear programming, failed startup ideas, economic theory, and maybe a few Lego bricks.

Mark Gritter

Mark Gritter is co-founder of Tintri, a storage startup based in Mountain View, CA. Previously he worked at Kealia, a video streaming startup aquired by Sun Microsystems in 2004.

Mark's interests include large-scale software design, Internet architecture, startups, games, and poker.

Stephen Leacock

Investment - Grow your money with these next gen tools

Senthil Kumaran

Lot of software engineers and analysts know how to work with code and build better product. We have little clue about how to save and invest and have fun. Traditional wealth advisor's or Financial planners have a lack of continuous education and lack time to communicate and discuss problems as they come up. White House Council of Economic Advisors estimates that advice tainted by conflicts of interest costs investors $17 billion annually.

Mobile devices and Crowd funding has changed the investment market in the last 5 years. We now have access to many of these tools and in this presentation we will see how we can leverage this at zero cost. There are many avenues to invest now. Angel investment in startups. Peer to Peer investing , simple stock, ETF purchase with zero commission, concept or folio investment, real estate crowd investment. Let us see the investment playing field and how it fits your life style. We will also try to find answers for some of commonly asked questions

  • Do I need to still continue with traditional mutual fund investing in my 401K?.
  • How much do I need to invest in ROTH IRA?
  • Is Robinhood the future stock investment platform?.
  • How to move from crowd funding to crowd investing?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of new generation online investment advisors compared with your traditional wealth advisors?
Senthil Kumaran

Senthil Kumaran is currently serving as Mobile Technology Manager for Virtuwell, a HealthPartners company. He is a pragmatic leader, architect, designer and developer in Web and Mobile technology in developing Internet, e-commerce, and multi tier client server applications including healthcare, highly secure financial applications, manufacturing, retail, and consumer websites. He is part of HealthPartners Enterprise architecture group and a key contributor to the HIPPA/HITEC security and a conference presenter on Data Analytics, Rules and Web/Mobile initiatives. He is passionate about investing in both stocks and real estate and spends rest of the time analyzing cricket match. He received his MBA from St Thomas University, Minneapolis and Masters in Electronics Engineering from Bharthiar University, India.

Louis Pasteur

Customer Success SmackDown

Jeff Nesler

A term that repeatedly pops up these days is “Customer Success”. I didn’t see it used much when I changed jobs in 2014 but now many companies have this role or function. There is a lot of confusion regarding the term with no a solid definition of what Customer Success is nor the job roles that are defined by it.

In this session we'll discuss a definition, history, characteristics and why this function is so critical today, especially in the SaaS world.

Jeff Nesler

Hello! I have a passion for creating amazing service/support user experiences. My career has been devoted to moving organizations from chaos to Customer Success by enabling reactive to proactive services and support transformation.

What I know today, I learned in kindergarten...well, almost. I sharpened my technical chops doing TS at Control Data and programming as a Continuation Engineer at Lee Data/Apertus Technologies. I moved into a technical manager role at Apertus and never looked back. Recent gigs include leading Global Services & Success at QLogic Corp. and Nexsan/Imation.

Along the way, I've been privileged to build and improve several Tech Support, Service Sales & Marketing, Logistics/3PL, eLearning Development/Delivery, Service Operations, PS and Customer Success teams.

I have an M.S. in Computer & Information Science from the University of MN, a B.A. in Math & Economics from St. Olaf College and am a Certified ScrumMaster.

I enjoy cycling, playing the trombone and caring for my wife and two grown daughters.

Texas

—cancelled— Reducing unconscious bias in tech interviewing.

Ted

This talk and Q/A will cover below topics.

How Does Bias Affect Our Actions? Our bias affects us and our decision-making processes in a number of different ways: • Perception – how we see people and perceive reality. • Attitude – how we react towards certain people. • Behaviors – how receptive/friendly we are towards certain people. • Attention – which aspects of a person we pay most attention to. • Listening – how much we actively listen to what certain people say. • Micro-affirmations – how much or how little we comfort certain people in certain situations.

How does Bias Affect our recruiting/ interviewing process? • Beauty Bias • Affinity Bias • Halo Effect • Similarity Bias • Contrast Effect • Conformation Bias

Tips and tricks to help us reduce these as we recruit, interview and hire tech talent.

Ted

No bio.

Harriet

Managing Millennials, Surviving Generation X bosses

Robert Filipczak

Conflicts between generations in the workplace have taken a new turn. With the influx of the Millennials, Generation X managers and bosses are facing new challenges. The work preferences of both generations are at opposite ends of the spectrum in many ways, and agreements about what constitutes a "good work ethic" are hard to come by. Add to that the Millennial approach to teamwork, Generation X's lack of people skills, and a total disagreement about how family and work intersect...and it can be challenging to find common ground.

Let's take a step back and build a deeper understanding of both generations. Let's look at core characteristics and how the strengths of one generation can compliment the strengths of the other. Now that Boomers are out of picture (who are we kidding?), we can find a new way to approach work that focuses on practical, pragmatic, and productive results.

Robert Filipczak

Bob is a writer, an expert on generations, co-author of Generations at Work and a national speaker. He has been a journalist, a marketer, a social media professional and a video producer.

He lives out on the prairie with his dog Skye.

Minnetonka

Developing a Culture of User-Centered Design

Elisa Poquette

Has anyone ever told you "don't spend a lot of time on this, just make it easy to use"? Have you ever built a software product, only to realize no wants it, it doesn't meet the needs of your users, and/or it's completely unusable? Is gathering user feedback only something you've done after you've released the product? If any of these apply, then this talk is for you.

User-centered design (UCD) is the underpinning of any good user experience (UX) practice area. And yet very few know what it means or how to integrate it into their organization in a meaningful way. In this talk, we will take UX beyond the buzzwords and address what it takes to develop a culture of UCD within your organization, and develop truly useful, usable and desirable products.

More than hiring really good designers, a good UX requires stakeholder investment, culture adoption, process improvement, and incorporation of user input throughout the design, build, and maintenance process. In this talk we hope to demystify the "magic" of UX, and inspire you to become a user-centered design evangelist and change-maker for your organization.

Elisa Poquette is the UX Lead at Invenshure, UXPA Vice President, and also feels very strongly about UCD.

Elisa Poquette
Proverb-Edison

The story of how we imagined, bootstrapped, and created WorkOutLoud.com

Eric Lopez

In just a little over a year, we imagined, bootstrapped, and launched our Enterprise Collaboration platform that helps more than 25K users find each other, share information, and collaborate.

Our story starts w/ a job change, a serendipitous lunch meeting at Brits pub. From my basement to our campsite at COCO, we built out our ambitions and drove our first revenues that support our team and activities. We currently have about 5 customers with an aggressive goal of 100 by mid-summer. Today, COCO uses our platform for their member collaboration. Our platform is also used by customers of Infor/Lawson, Cerner Healthcare, and a few others.

Our presentation will focus on the unanswered questions we had from a bootstrapping perspective, we will touch on culture, people, founders, legal, marketing, and strategy. We will discuss our first customer and the experience we had when the rubber met the road, we will talk about our next phase of product and business development. Finally we will share our lessons learned along the way - what worked well, what didn't. We hope to answer questions others like us may have or have had along their journey.

We will demonstrate/share some portions of our product for context.

Eric Lopez

I am currently CEO/Founder of WorkOutLoud.com

I bring more than 30 years of experience managing, developing and marketing high-end enterprise class software solutions in the ERP, Business Intelligence, CRM, Cloud, Social and Collaboration areas.

My background includes extensive hands-on experience in:

Platforms: * Cloud – AWS, and others on M/S, Linux, and Unix stacks * Mobile – designed responsive, Apple, and Android apps for app store/google play * Social – built three multi-tenant, enterprise platforms for collaboration (thousands of tenants) * ERP – extensive background in ERP applications (Financials, Supply Chain, and HR/PR) * Business Intelligence – More that 15 years of experience in collection and analytic solutions, currently working on research for a big data platform (Hadoop, Mongo)

Products: * Development & Design of many ERP and Social applications * Multi-tenant Architectures – Extensive experience in multi-tenant architectures for various cloud applications * Platforms – Microsoft and LAMP stack platforms (MS/Unix/Linux) * Product Management & Marketing – extensive experience in all aspects of product management and marketing

Business: * C-level experience – personal C-level experience and a natural ability to engage with C-Level roles * Entrepreneur – Passionate and committed to vision and execution * Budgets – Budgeting and planning experience * Management – built and managed both small and large teams * Start ups – Direct experience with 5 start-ups in both the services and product areas * Sales/Marketing – Sales and Marketing experience * Customer Relationships – extensive experience working directly with thousands of clients and organizations * Business Development – Formed and managed many business relationships over the years * Sold 2 businesses – Personally founded and sold 2 social platform businesses * Acquisitions – I have been involved with numerous identification and related due-diligence of strategic acquisition targets * Evangelism – tireless evangelist for innovative ideas

Zeke Landres

Fantastic Video Game Data: Minnesota Edition

Nicolaas VanMeerten
Evva Kraikul

Video games continually push the boundaries of what we perceive as possible in art, technology, and the creative sector. As such, it’s not surprising that there is a strong connection between the economic success and innovation of a region with the vibrancy of its creative industries (Boix‐Domenech & Soler‐Marco, 2015). With a rich history as a leader in digital games and a strong creative industry that is ranked fifth in the nation (Creative Vitality Index, 2014), Minnesota has a unique opportunity to strengthen the sector and boost the overall economy.

Unfortunately, according to LinkedIn data in 2015, we are losing talent in this industry at a high-rate. As a non-profit founded and operating in Minnesota, GLITCH has a vested interest in seeing this community thrive, we started digging into some data to better understand the industry in Minnesota.

This session will cover the following topics:

  • Summary of Surveying the Silicon Prairie: Digital Games in Minnesota. The first in a series of annual reports published by GLITCH.
  • Comparison of the industry in Minnesota to other regions in the nation.
  • Open Discussion - what’s next?
Nicolaas VanMeerten

Nicolaas VanMeerten (@nicolaasvm) is the Co-founder and Senior Programs Director at GLITCH. He is a second year Ph.D. student in the Educational Psychology program at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Nic is a data scientist by trade and his research focuses on studying how people learn in complex multiplayer video game environments.

Evva Kraikul

Evva Kraikul (@Evvahs) is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of GLITCH, a non-profit that promotes the exploration of digital games as a culture, career, and creative practice. With 5+ years of experience, Evva has already worked alongside over 50 major technology and gaming industry partners such as Microsoft, Blizzard Entertainment, Riot Games, ASUS, Valve Corporation & 3M to develop games, design programming, and launch national initiatives. She studied Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

GLITCH FACEBOOK | GLITCH TWITTER

Learn

Going from 10,000 mobile app installs to 1 million? Let's talk.

Kyle Smaagard
Steven Clift

Join a conversation among app startups and developers who have proven that their app concept resonates with a critical mass of users and are now working to take their installs/retention to the next level.

Steven Clift, with the Minnesota-based 1 Radio News app startup - http://1radionews.com - will briefly share some of his big questions and lessons as his world radio news app approaches 50,000 installs on Google Play (and the app's iOS launch approaches). From App Store Optimization and tech media app reviews to targeted app install ads and social media sharing or guerrilla marketing, what works to emerge from the long tail of obscurity to a viable app-centric business?

This session will focus on peer to peer advanced discussion among those attending. Those in the room will be asked to share their direct experiences and top lessons on building installs and retention for their mobile app.

We will start/continue this conversation in this invite-only Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mobilestartupsmn/

Kyle Smaagard

Kyle Smaagard is a former Air Force Officer and self-taught programmer. He began learning Android Development in the Spring of 2011 and hasn't stopped yet. His apps on the Play store have been downloaded more than 350,000 times and he professionally develops Android applications on a freelance basis for Gigster.

Steven Clift

Steven Clift is the founder of http://1radionews.com - a highly rated world radio news app.

He is also a founder and Executive Director of http://E-Democracy.org - the world's first election information website back in 1994.

In 2013, Clift was recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change for Open Government.

More: http://stevenclift.com

Gandhi

Creating a regional investment fund ... from scratch

Jeffry Brown
Patrick Donohue
Kevin Spreng

Founding shareholders of Hill Capital Corporation will share the vision of creating a regional investment fund to invest in growing small businesses.

Hill Capital Corporation was founded in honor of one of our most successful local entrepreneurs - James J. Hill. Not only did Mr. Hill create a significant business (Great Northern Railway), he was a tremendous community builder.

Learn about the inspiration that motivated entrepreneurs to come together in an effort to organize a fund that will invest in growing small businesses and support entrepreneurship throughout the Empire Builder Corridor. We will host a discussion about the funding gaps that exist in business finance and how we can come together as a community to provide a solution.

Founding Shareholders: James J. Hill Center Kevin Spreng John Bergstrom Jeanne Voigt Galen Vetter Jeff Brown Patrick Donohue

Jeffry Brown

Jeffry Brown Executive Coach & Business/Brand Strategist
jeff@jeffrybrown.com 612 382-4005 http://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffrybrown http://twitter.com/#!/IdeaWhiz

STANDOUT - 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, your business and your brand, to standout, grow, transform, and be successful. Working with Steve Jobs at Apple heading the Hal team, I learned the value of starting with WHY and helped envision many future trends and what has become the iPhone and iPad. 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 love helping entrepreneurs strategize on new go to market opportunities. Founding partner at VoiceHive and Global Cashspot, among others.

Patrick Donohue

LinkedIn Profile

Hill Capital Corporation

My family comes first. After that, I am working hard to level the playing field in finance.

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"

Kevin Spreng

No bio.

Tackle

Exploring Stateless UIs in Swift

Sam Kirchmeier
Adam May

Taking inspiration from architectural patterns like Flux and Redux, this session is an exploration of one-way data flow principles in Swift.

It's hard to resist the influence of Apple's Cocoa MVC architecture on our apps. We've all seen or written view controllers with thousands of lines of code that buckle under the weight of their responsibilities. They're difficult to test, modify, and maintain.

By thinking differently about how we handle application state over time, we've reduced complexity and improved extensibility of production code. And you don't need to buy into a specific architecture–you can benefit from using one-way data flow principles in your apps right now.

In this session, we'll:

  • Define a simple, platform-independent architecture for stateless UIs.
  • Consider how Swift lends itself to this architecture via protocols and immutability.
  • Show the benefits of this architecture as applied to collection views.
  • Discuss challenges and future work.
Sam Kirchmeier

I'm a speaker, teacher, and software developer at Livefront. I build apps with a variety of technologies, and I specialize in making awesome software for iOS devices. When I'm not coding, you might find me dreaming about coding or out on the disc golf course. (Come on spring!)

Adam May

I'm a software developer at Livefront who enjoys learning and exploring mobile technology. Currently I'm focused primarily on building apps for iOS, having previously worked with Java ME and Android.

3:45 - 4:35
Session 7

Theater

12 Ways to Crush the Gender Gap in Tech

Elizabeth Wehner

Women Who Code, Girl Develop It, RailsBridge, diversity panels… all of these provide essential resources in supporting women entering tech, but with only 15% women in tech, we clearly need to be doing more. Many people are interested in contributing to the solution, but don’t know what steps they can take. It can be difficult to figure out how to contribute when the problem is so widespread and attitudes are so deeply entrenched.

In this session, I'll present information about the current status of women in tech and talk about my own transition from working as an astronomer to becoming a software engineer at BuzzFeed. I’ll share insights I’ve gained from my work on equity and inclusions in the astrophysics community and will discuss specific ways to help create a more supportive environment in tech.

So join me for a scientific update on the current status of women in tech and some ideas of what you can do. After the talk, we’ll open up for a discussion focusing on positive, concrete ways to be a part of the solution.

Elizabeth Wehner

Astronomer turned web developer, I now work at BuzzFeed as a full-stack software engineer. When I'm not writing code, I'm either playing board games or giggling with my toddler.

Harriet

revenue does NOT fall from the sky

Mickeli Bedore

Most innovators, developers & builders love to create but hate the thought of selling. Those that learn how often become industry icons. Regardless of your standpoint on the subject, together sales & marketing produce the one thing that keeps every idea in business... revenue.

This session is focused on farming & harvesting this essential fruit, startup style & we are going to make it as fun as we are direct to the objective :: together, let's close more opportunity.

Mickeli Bedore

Mickeli Bedore has successfully built flourishing profit streams for the last two decades, spending 12 years of that time turning underperforming product lines/territories for some of tech's biggest names (IBM, Oracle, Concur, Verizon) into award winners.

In 2013 he turned his attention to the Twin Cities startup scene.

Since starting his revenue growth agency BeBG (Bedore Business Group), his team has helped take concept companies to the national stage & emerging companies to explosion... their client criteria :: passion, people, then profit.

Their devotion to the art & science of revenue growth has gained national (Men's Journal, National Geographic) & local (WCCO, Pioneer Press, Finance & Commerce) exposure.

Mickeli is a proud member of the MHTA, an active 1 Million Cups (St. Paul) participant/presenter, serves on the Tech Advisory Board for Make it. MSP/Greater MSP, is the newest board member of Minneapolis Hope & has been a long standing ACP AdvisorNet executive volunteer.

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Nokomis

Internet of Things Analytics: Business Transformation

Jennifer Nowlin
Kent Strand

Internet-of-Things (IoT) data analytics make clear that digital technology is no longer just another tool. It has become the foundation of an entirely new way of doing business, as well as giving rise to entirely new businesses. There will be 100 billion connected devices expected by 2025, leading to a trillion sensor ecosystem. 1 billion digital natives expected to join the workforce over the next 7 years. In a hyper-connected era of mobile, social, cloud, big data, and the Internet of Things, future business models and end-to-end digital strategies will depend on the availability of more data flowing through more systems, being accessed and used by more people. The session will focus on the basics of what is involved in transforming your customer experience, products, business processes, and your business utilizing IoT data analytics.

Jennifer Nowlin

Jennifer is a Principal at Minneapolis-based Accredent. She is a 20 year M2M and IoT industry veteran and expert in both the business and technology of IoT. Working across the complete IoT value chain over a wide range of use cases with hundreds of companies, she has successfully brought new to world IoT solutions to market, led business transformations, and engaged markets effectively leveraging integrated partnerships with large corporations and emerging companies. Jennifer has a BS in Electrical Engineering from University of Wisconsin Madison and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

Accredent is a seven year old pioneer in The Business of Internet-of-Things (IoT) - IoT strategy, IoT business development and IoT business transformation. Accredent works with emerging IoT companies through its IoT Exit Accelerator program, and private and public companies through IoT business transformations consulting, IoT workshops, and IoT seminars.

Kent Strand

Tech Entrepreneur / NASDAQ Senior Leader / Management Advisor / Minnesota Cup Accelerator Coach. Kent is the Managing Partner of Minneapolis-based Accredent - a top-tier firm specializing in the business of the Internet-of-Things. A technology industry veteran with 33 years of experience - Kent founded a successful start-up after leaving university, and went on to serve as divisional GM and senior executive on the management teams of several disruptive and innovative NASDAQ companies. For the past seven years, he has advised leading technology and non-technology companies involved with the M2M and Internet-of-Things market space on growth and transformation strategy and merger & acquisition, as well as coached leaders of emerging IoT-related businesses on achievement of accelerated growth and high-valuation exits.

Accredent is a seven year old pioneer in The Business of Internet-of-Things (IoT) - IoT strategy, IoT business development and IoT business transformation. Accredent works with emerging IoT companies through its IoT Exit Accelerator program, and private and public companies through IoT business transformations consulting, IoT workshops, and IoT seminars.

accredent.blogspot.com

Proverb-Edison

Lightning Talks

Kristina Durivage

Lightning talks are short, rapid-fire talks that aren't scheduled in advance. At the session, we'll spend a few minutes gathering topics, and then presenters will go in reverse order of the amount of time they request. We'll keep going until we run out of speakers or time.

Kristina Durivage

Kristina Durivage is a software developer by day and a hardware hacker by night. Her portfolio can be found at portfolio.gelicia.com

Zeke Landres

How To Recruit Like A Startup

Paul DeBettignies

Whether you are looking for a technical co founder, need to build a team of software developers for a startup or are a hiring manager at a Fortune 500 company… I am going to walk through some best practices on:

Career/web site page

Job posts

Networking

Sourcing, Recruiting and Closing candidates

Employer Branding

Do folks know you are hiring? Would you work for you?

I will have screen shots, links and resources for you take back to the office.

Have questions ahead of time? Send me an email and I will work them into the discussion paul@mnheadhunter.com

Paul DeBettignies

Paul DeBettignies, better known online as Minnesota Headhunter, is a Minnesota Recruiter, Evangelist and Advisor who builds teams with startups and tech companies, creates recruiting strategies for Fortune 500 clients and author of Minnesota Headhunter, 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. Activities include presentations at Twin Cities Startup Week, Google for Entrepreneurs, Michigan Recruiters Conference, MN HR Tech Expo, Social Media Breakfast, University of Minnesota, Target, CHS, MinneBar and ERE and interviews with NPR, WCCO AM (CBS) Radio & TV, KARE TV (NBC), MSP Business Journal, Minneapolis StarTribune and Dice.com

Paul is involved in the Minneapolis and St Paul technology, marketing and social media communities as a sponsor, volunteer and mentor and is the founder of Midwest Recruiting Bootcamp.

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

Learn

Crowdfunding for the Masses (and your Startup)

Jeffrey C. Robbins

Raising capital by pre-selling products to the public on Kickstarter and Indiegogo lets startups judge demand for their creations and raise the funding to build them out. Recent law changes now also allow startups to raise capital by selling an equity stake to the public. Come learn about the federal crowdfunding rules taking effect later in May and about our state's own MNVest crowdfunding initiative.

Your panel is two of Minnesota's best and most-connected startup attorneys:

Jeffrey C. Robbins

See bio below.

Zachary J. Robins

Zach is a securities attorney in the Corporate & Transactions practice group at Winthrop & Weinstine. He counsels clients in the areas of general corporate, M&A, private equity raises and debt financings. Zach co-drafted Minnesota’s intrastate investment crowdfunding law, MNvest, and advises issuers, portal operators, investors, banks, and service providers on the nuances of state and federal crowdfunding laws, amongst other securities issues.

Jeffrey C. Robbins

Jeff is an attorney and shareholder in the business services practice group at Messerli & Kramer P.A. in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For over 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 networking organization for investors that holds quarterly events in the Twin Cities and Las Vegas. 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, and of the Minnesota Jewish Theater Company. Jeff was named in 2011 as one of “200 Minnesotans You Should Know” by Twin Cities Business magazine.

Discovery

How to hire college talent that doesn't jump ship after 9 months

Philip Xiao

Do you think millennials are lazy and entitled kids who can't hold jobs longer than a year? Maybe it has something to do with how you hire and the exposure/mentorship/general learning opps you offer.

On-campus recruiting is horribly broken. Limited HR budgets force employers to recruit from a handful of target schools. Students from "non-target" schools need to network their way into career opportunities but unfortunately "networking" to young people sounds like emailing strangers asking for jobs. All of this results in companies missing out on great talent and young people working monotonous 9-5's at companies they don't believe in.

We'll be sharing insights we've gained from our deep dive into the graduate recruiting market and how employers can best rebrand themselves to young people.

Philip Xiao

CEO of Homi, Morgan Stanley, Chinese Chef

Tackle

—cancelled— What kind of digital footprints are we making?

Joel E Carlson

After every fresh snowfall in Minnesota, people make footprints that show the path or paths that they've taken. The footprints of the paperboy walking to each door with the latest news. The footprints of the mailman walking to and from each mailbox. The footprints from the front door to the car that's warming up for you.

In today's digital age, people are making digital footprints. Leaving a trail that shows the life that they've lead and where they've been. When creating these digital footprints, what kinds of things should we be thinking about? What kinds of cautions need to be considered?

Lets look at making the best possible paths for ourselves.

Joel E Carlson

Joel Carlson is a Social Media Strategist with 6+ years of social media marketing experience. His passion for executing smart, creative and results focused social media programs for his clients is matched only by his passion for social media, love of visual content, inquisitive nature and desire to learn.

Joel has built a strong reputation as a networker via his Twitterviews (Twitter + interviews). Having interviewed the likes of Rebecca Jarvis of ABC News, Jeff Glor of CBS News, Genevieve Gorder of HGtv, Frank Vascellaro of WCCO-TV, marketing stars such as Ann Handley and Amy Porterfield, as well as Andrew Zimmern of the Travel Channel.

Joel was a co-founder of the Twin Cities based networking group, JMU612, which featured discussions regarding PR, marketing and technology strategies. Joel has also been featured on Twin Cities television and radio stations as a social media specialist.

In addition to social media, Joel also enjoys taking photos of nature, people, places and food. When there’s time for it, he also follows the NBA, and especially the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Calhoun

Looking into the Crystal Ball: Using Google's Prediction API

Justin Grammens

No longer do you need a team of data scientists and number crunchers. Thanks to the power of Google and their Open APIs we are now one step closer to predicting the future! This talk will give an overview of the Google Prediction API, how you can use it to analyze and train the system with large datasets, some of its strengths and weaknesses and we'll explore predicting the outcome of a variety of real-world situations!

Justin Grammens

I live at the intersection of startups, education and leading communities on the Internet of Things.

I am the owner and founder of Recursive Awesome, a data analytics company to help companies understand their customers through connected products and IoT Weekly, a free curated newsletter with industry expert perspectives on the Internet of Things. I am a founding partner of Lab651 and a co-founder of Arduino.MN and Code42, co-launched the first Internet of Things Hack Day in Minnesota @IoTHackday and a non-profit to promote the Internet of Things called IoTFuse.

I'm an adjunct professor at the University of Saint Thomas teaching a graduate level course on the Internet of Things and an Industry Analyst at RT Insights on IoT Data Analytics.

You can see my full portfolio for more information.

Minnetonka

What is User Experience Research? How do I do it? Why does it matter?

Brock Dubbels

People are becoming less tolerant of bad design. Many people will pay more for a product or service that moves beyond utility, and provides effective and pleasurable experiences. Customers have goals, and purpose for what they do. User Experience goes beyond traditional usability and business requirements of how and what will be delivered, to designing pleasurable customer experiences that build loyalty and participation.

In this hands-on activity, participants will experience and shape a UX Research experience with the ideas, tools, and analytical methods in user experience research that can be used to better inform technology and product development roadmaps. This includes:

Applying a user experience engineering life cycle Contextual inquiry and analysis Requirements extraction and design-informing models Conceptual and detailed design Iterative prototyping and evaluation Understanding and applying interaction design guidelines

User experience design and research is a maturing discipline. It's progression indicates a movement from the important, but narrow focus on task performance, to overarching characteristics of the entire user experience including emotion, social and cultural implications, fun, style, art, branding, reputation, political, social, and personal connections. Explore UX Research practices and implications. Brock Dubbels is currently the UX Mentorship Coordinator for the Minnesota User Experience Professional Association, and has offered coursework on UX since 2012. Come and learn about User Experience Research and how it can enhance your projects and ideas.

Brock Dubbels

Brock Dubbels specializes in user experience, user research, and assessment. He is an applied psychologist, that uses science to examine questions about software and user experience. He teaches course work on user experience research, games and cognition, and how learning research can improve game design for return on investment (ROI). He is the founder and principal learning architect at www.vgalt.com for design, production, usability assessment and evaluation of learning systems and games.He is also the founder of the HammerTownCoderDojo.org, an organization providing free programming instruction to children, and is the Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Games and Computer Mediated Simulations. He currently on the UXPA-MN board and facilitates the UXPA Mentorship program.

He helped create the GScale Game Development and Testing Laboratory at McMaster University, and is currently in the Department of Psychology Neuroscience & Behaviour. He has worked as a Fulbright Scholar at the Norwegian Institute of Science and Technology; at Xerox PARC and Oracle, and as a research associate at the Center for Cognitive Science at the University of Minnesota. He is member of the UXPA board in Minnesota, and coordinates the mentorship program. His specialties include user research, user experience, and software project management.

Challenge

Hacker Trix - Exploits from the OWASP top 10

Mike Benkovich

Are you afraid? Should you be? Computer hacking isn’t a new thing, but the threat remains. In this attackers’ advantage and defenders’ dilemma, how do you keep your data and secrets safe? Today’s ever-changing technology landscape means that the fundamentals of writing secure code are more important than ever. In this session we’ll take a look at the secure development approach and go through the top exploits that you need to know about. We'll show how you can use .NET features to stop exploits before they happen. You don’t want to be at the center of the next media frenzy over lost data and compromised records, or lose your customers’ confidence and trust in how you do business. From injection attacks and cross-site scripting, to security misconfiguration, we’ll look at the hacker's psyche and show how they think, and learn what we can do to build more secure software.

Mike Benkovich

Mike Benkovich is a former Microsoft evangelist, entrepreneur and current Improver who has spent his career helping developers explore and apply new technologies to solving information challenges. His website www.benkotips.com provides developers with resources to get started and work with technologies including cloud, data and devices. Follow him on twitter @mbenko

Gandhi

Surviving the Google Play Onslaught: When Droids Attack

Colin Lee

Going live on the Google Play Store with your new Android app can be a thrilling experience for your startup in more ways than one. Countless developers launched apps expecting a similar experience to their iOS launch. Then the hordes arrived and discovered a broken experience that left them frustrated.

Thousands of Android device manufacturers sold tens of thousands of unique Android devices where many present unique difficulties. These are real numbers, not hyperbole. It's easy to underestimate the challenges of Android success.

However, it's also easy to underestimate the opportunity. The Google Play store represents 80% smartphone market share. To become a top app today, you cannot easily afford to give up Android users.

It's not only possible to succeed as a small startup on the Android platform. The Play Store may even be easier for a lean startup. Most great Play Store successes began with rough edges and dramatic failures, but grew because customers understood their value.

I'll explain how to:

  • keep user ratings above 4.5 stars

  • launch fast and learn fast

  • test your app cheaply and effectively

  • catch major flaws before they get out of hand

  • plan an effective revenue model

  • get featured by Google

Colin Lee

Colin is an Android engineer at Vidku, a hot Minneapolis startup with Android and iOS video apps. He has been programming since he learned BASIC on the TRS-80 computer in his parents' basement at age six. He has been writing Android apps since the first Android phone launched and has done so professionally for the past five years.

Stephen Leacock

How Changing My Birthday on Facebook Taught Me How to Win the Startup Game

Louis Abramowski

Years ago, Lou Abramowski (aka hotlou) changed his birthday to the current day every single day on Facebook as a social experiment.

Find out how long the experiment lasted and what he learned that has now helped him create multiple businesses and how you can learn to meet your business objectives with these lessons. You'll leave the session both with a technique anyone can use to improve their social media marketing effectiveness as much as 10X in one day and better understand what it means for a startup to "win."

Louis Abramowski

hotlou – aka Lou Abramowski – spent a decade joking he could build a 100k follower list on watching paint dry. Today, much to his surprise and delight, that’s no joke. Dozens of brands, big and small, have benefited from his professional guidance on growth and entrepreneurship, including

8thBridge – cofounded in 2008, acquired in 2014 Jack Link’s Beef Jerky – from 0 to 1M LIkes on Facebook OurFamilyWizard – from startup to #1 family management tool in the world Otterology – advisement to acquisition in 2 years

Louis Pasteur

Civic Tech Hack Space: OMG Transit, Docker, and AWS

Bill Bushey

OMG Transit Logo

OMG Transit has recently gone open source and become an Open Twin Cities sponsored community project. Now everybody has an opportunity to contribute to this local civic technology application that helps hundreds of people use public transit to get to work, friends, family and parties every day.

Come spend a little time in a Minnehackspace focused on OMG Transit. Come learn about the tech, talk about current and future features, and become one of the first community contributors to this fantastic project.

Docker and AWS

There's plenty of opportunity for new features and tickets in the future. Right now, we do have one big goal in mind for OMG Transit: move it from it's current hosting solution to Amazon Web Services. Why? Because Amazon has donated AWS credits to Open Twin Cities to help us host open source, civic tech projects. As part of this project, we've decided to Dockerize OMG Transit, to both help us deploy the application to AWS, and to help any future contributors get OMG running on their own machines right away.

Join us if you know anything about AWS (bonus points if you understand permissions or deploying Docker containers via Elastic Beanstalk). And join us if you want to learn more about AWS and Docker!

Bill Bushey

Bill is a Civic Nerd, a developer and wonk who works at the intersection of technology and society. He's a Co-Founder and Lead Organizer of Open Twin Cities, a grass-roots non-profit that works to fosters an inclusive community of civic collaboration and champions open government and civic technology for positive social impact. Bill is also a Software Engineer at GovDelivery, a local business that empowers government to create better lives for more people.

Texas

—cancelled— The State of MN's Enterprise Tech Startup Ecosystem // Casey Allen & Enterprise.MN

Casey Allen
Cole Grolmus

During this session, Casey Allen (Enterprise Rising Conference, Skyway Fund) and Cole Grolmus (Enteprise.MN enterprise tech meetup) will riff about a variety of enterprise tech startup topics, including:

  • Funding
  • Investors,
  • Seed stage and enterprise startups that are crushing it
  • Minnesota IPO pipeline
  • ...more!
Casey Allen

Started two B2Bs. An accelerator. A seed fund for B2B. An enterprise tech startup conference.

All just to see enterprise tech startups succeed here in Minnesota.

Cole Grolmus

Founder and organizer of Enterprise.MN meetup. We discuss, connect, and build Minnesota's enterprise technology companies.

4:35 - 7:00
Beer Me!