Excited for Minnebar18 on April 20th? Us too! Don’t forget to submit a session, vote for sessions you like, and grab your tickets. Wondering what else to expect from the day? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Minnebar18.

If you have never been to Minnebar before, one of the things we do to kick off our day is called Sesssion 0. All other Minnebar sessions are user-generated and ‘choose your own adventure’ style, but Session 0 is a little different – an opportunity for us to kick off the day all together with a dynamic tech community leader.

This year, we are thrilled to be joined by Steve Buchanan, a Principal Program Manager with Microsoft, to explore the power of investment in shaping our collective future.

Steve’s talk is titled “Let’s Invest: Building Strong Community and Empowering Our Future.” Here’s a bit more about his session:

Explore the power of investment in shaping our collective future in this keynote talk. Hear about the speakers’ journey and the investments others made contributing to his success. Dive into the Minnesota computer science plan and its role in fostering youth talent, alongside the broader theme of community investment. Discover how organizations in the Twin Cities’ tech space are actively supporting individuals at all levels, from youth initiatives to professional development programs, and more.

Join us to uncover actionable strategies for investing in your own success and the success of others, strengthening our community fabric. Together, let’s ignite a collective commitment to investing in each other and our communities, forging a path for strong communities and empowered future for all.

About our Speaker

Steve Buchanan is a Principal Program Manager with Microsoft leading a team that is focused on improving the cloud. He is a Pluralsight author, the author of eight technical books, Onalytica’s Who’s Who in Cloud?-top 50, contributing author to the MN computer science plan, and a former 10-time Microsoft MVP. He has presented at tech events, including, DevOps Days, Open Source North, Midwest Management Summit (MMS), Microsoft Ignite, BITCon, Experts Live Europe, OSCON, Inside Azure management, and user groups. He has been a guest on over a dozen podcasts and has been featured in several publications including the Star Tribune (the 5th largest newspaper in the US). He stays active in the technical community and enjoys blogging about his adventures in the world of tech at www.buchatech.com