Nonprofits in the Twin Cities – 5 Minute Speed Sessions

by Aaron Hurd | at MinneBar 12 | 10:20 – 11:10 in Challenge | View Schedule

Many of us donate our time, energy, and resources to nonprofit organizations that make our community stronger. Let’s share what we are doing!

You should come to this session if: • You are looking for opportunities to volunteer • You have a favorite nonprofit that you work with and you want to tell others about it. (See additional information below.) • You are curious about how nonprofits in the twin cities can support the entrepreneurial and tech communities

Organizations will be called to present on a first-come, first-served basis. Organizations will get five minutes to talk. It’s recommended that those presenting focus on the following: • What nonprofit organization do you represent and what is your position? • What does your organization do? • What can the Twin Cities technology and entrepreneur community do to help your organization? • How can your organization help the Twin Cities technology and entrepreneur community?

If you are interested in presenting, email Please include the following, which will be included on a slide: • Organization name • A sentence describing what your organization does • Organization website and how people can contact you/your organization for more information

If you’re reading this the day of Minnebar and want to present about your organization, come anyway and see Aaron during the session. If we have open slots, you are welcome to present.

A list of contact information for organizations presenting will be sent out to anyone attending the session who is interested.

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Aaron Hurd

Aaron Hurd is the Founder and CEO at Flamingo and a Director at Free Geek Twin Cities.

Free Geek Twin Cities is a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating e-waste and closing the digital divide. Free Geek accepts donations of computers from individuals and businesses, refurbishes them, and gets them out to people who need them. Free Geek runs educational/volunteer programs where volunteers can learn to build and repair computers. At the end of 40 volunteer hours, volunteers earn a free computer. Free Geek also runs a thrift store that is a great place to buy a computer or other technology items.

Flamingo helps college bookstores and multi-family apartment managers increase their customers' happiness. They do this through a suite of mobile applications and communication tools that make interacting with your bookstore or apartment manager feel like texting a friend.

Prior to his involvement with Free Geek and founding his startup, Aaron worked for Accenture Strategy. He helped Fortune 100 companies orchestrate their mergers and acquisitions.

Aaron loves traveling opportunistically on crazy-cheap airfares, plays ukulele (kind of), wants to get more people in the Twin Cities playing Resources, and spends too much time on YouTube watching videos of German-Canadian woodworkers building better mouse traps.

He is on Twitter at @aaronmhurd and has a personal website that he doesn't update.