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A diverse audience of students, faculty, and industry professionals discussed Minnesota tech talent and innovation at the first-ever Tech Cities event.
The Carlson School of Management hosted Tech Cities 2015 on March 27 at the University of Minnesota. The event brought more than 300 students, faculty, and industry professionals together for a series of conversations about tech talent and innovation in the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota.
Organizers at the Carlson School created the event to help highlight Minnesota's growing number of tech businesses, innovations, and professional opportunities. Tech-focused firms occupy half the spots on the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Fast 50 list, offering an array of IT solutions, business analytics, and e-commerce services. Yet despite local resources, some companies have left the Twin Cities in search of tech talent and community. Tech Cities demonstrated the exciting array of tech talent and leadership in the Twin Cities and beyond.
Presenters shared research findings, business breakthroughs, and diverse perspectives on the state of Minnesota tech, including wins, opportunities, and challenges. Many of the sessions were interactive, encouraging audience members to voice their ideas for making the region a tech capital of the north. The Social Media and Business Analytics Collaborative sponsored and curated the programming. David Reiley, data scientist at Pandora, gave a keynote presentation that emphasized the importance of data quality and the need for analytics that go beyond mere correlation. Breakout sessions addressed the following topics:
Photos of the event follow. Discussions about planning future Tech Cities events are underway.
Many thanks to all the attendees, organizers, and student volunteers. Special thanks to the event sponsors, especially Gold Sponsors Target, Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner, Minnesota High Tech Association, and IBM. Additional sponsors: