Minnestar https://minnestar.org Connecting the Minnesota Tech Community Since 2006 Mon, 27 Sep 2021 17:39:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 This Month in #MNtech: September 2021 https://minnestar.org/this-month-in-mntech-september-2021/ https://minnestar.org/this-month-in-mntech-september-2021/#respond Mon, 13 Sep 2021 15:33:29 +0000 https://minnestar.org/?p=3739 Happy September #MNtech! We’ve made it to maybe the biggest month of the year – Twin Cities Startup Week, our Job & Opportunities Fair & more – we’ve got a lot in store. We’re setting you up for a round up of some of the best tech (and a few non-tech) events that our community […]

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Happy September #MNtech! We’ve made it to maybe the biggest month of the year – Twin Cities Startup Week, our Job & Opportunities Fair & more – we’ve got a lot in store. We’re setting you up for a round up of some of the best tech (and a few non-tech) events that our community has to offer. Enjoy!

(The *️⃣  symbol denotes a Minnestar event)

Ongoing

September 13th – September 18th

Sunday – Oct 3rd: Minnesota Renaissance Festival
Monday: Grow North September Monday Mingle – Malcolm Yards Market
Monday: Gaingels Minnesota Social – Osborn370
Monday: BUiLT Open Conversations
Monday: UX/UI Design: Creating a Design System
Tuesday: Measurements & Metrics in the World of Infra & DevOps
Tuesday: BUiLT: Tech Owners … The Inside Scoop
Tuesday: Intro To Data Analytics: Tableau Basics
Tuesday: WordPress Help Session
*️⃣  Wednesday: Techies Who Play D&D
Wednesday: Fireside Chat with Harvard Business School Professor Tsedal Neeley
Wednesday: Building & Retaining Data Talent
Wednesday: September GoMN Meetup
Thursday: Business in a Digital World event with Kevin Quiring – Opus College of Business
Thursday: Dashing Off A Dashboard
Thursday: Ansible Mpls: Welcome Back Part 2 – Headflyer Brewing
Thursday: Power BI Meetup – Surly Brewing Patio
Friday – Friday: Twin Cities Startup Week 2021
Friday: Silicon Prairie / Investment Crowdfunding / Ask Me Anything!
Friday: TC Drupal Co-working Friday
Friday: BIT x TECHQUERIA Tech Career Fair
Friday: ImpactSKU ’21 Showcase – Finnovation Lab
Friday: TCSW 2021 Opening Party – Target Field
Saturday: Code Switch: Reimagine 911 on the National Day of Civic Hacking
Saturday: API Hackathon Demo Day – Osborn370
Saturday: “Hack Your City” – Creatives in Tech – Osborn370
Saturday: WordPress Helpdesk & Hacking

September 19th – September 25th

Monday: Mentor Morning by Minnesota Innovates – Lake Monster Brewing
Monday: Future of Mobility Tech & Research Showcase – UEL
Monday: Emergent Africa Forum (EAF)
Monday: Shark Tank Reverse Pitch – UEL
*️⃣  Monday: Minnestar’s Tech Job & Opportunities Fair – Malcolm Yards
Monday: Taking the First Step with Tech – The Coven
Monday: MN Cup Final Awards Ceremony
Monday: Interactive Gaming Night – Buffalo Wild Wings
Tuesday: Coffee & Closers – How to Land Your Next 3 Costumers
Tuesday: Building & Scaling Your Community
Tuesday: Twin Cities Podcast Hosts UNPLUGGED – Sales – Machine Shop
Tuesday: Twin Cities Podcast Hosts UNPLUGGED – Marketing – Machine Shop
Tuesday: How to Wake Up Your B2B Content
Tuesday: Kotlin Multiplatform Mobile: Real World Lessons Learned
Tuesday: Meda Million Dollar Challenge – After Party – Machine Shop
Tuesday: MN SQL Server User Group
Tuesday: Twin Cities Agile Coach User Group
Tuesday: Data Integration: Homegrown Or Off-The-Shelf?
Wednesday: Emergent Africa Forum (EAF) – Opus College of Business
Wednesday: Lessons From Black Tech Leaders – Huntington Bank Stadium
Wednesday: Startup success for non-technical founders
Wednesday: 11 Clues That Your Project Might Be In Trouble
Wednesday: Accessible Startups: Simple Tips for Digital and Social Inclusion
Wednesday: Crowdfunding: What to Know Before You Start – Finnovation Lab
Wednesday: AI in Healthcare – Twin Ignition
Wednesday: Challenges of Building a Developer Tools Startup – WeWork
Wednesday: Doing good while doing well
Wednesday: XR Happy Hour – REM5 Virtual Reality Lab
Wednesday: BETA Showcase – Huntington Bank Stadium
Wednesday – Thursday: Inclusive Design 24
Thursday: The Art of Tech: Unlocking Creative Possibilities
Thursday: OnRamp Education & Workforce Innovation Accelerator Premiere
Thursday: Growing your startup w/ Open Scout & AWS University Scout Program
Thursday: Getting Technical About the Challenges of Access to STEM Programming
Thursday: Tips For Hiring Developers and Designers in 2021
Thursday: Breaking Into Tech Panel Discussion
Thursday: Future of Venture with Atland Ventures
Thursday: Headshot Happy Hour @ Soona – Soona HQ
Thursday: Early EdTech Founders Panel – Amazon
Thursday: Technovation[MN] Inspiring Young Women for a Role in Your Business
Thursday: Leveraging Immersive Tech for Social Justice – REM5 Virtual Reality Lab
Thursday: Twin Cities R User Group Monthly Meetup
Friday: Restaurant Tech For The Win and For The Future
Friday: State of Startup + Enterprise Partnerships in MSP – Science Museum
Friday: Food Tech Conversations with Fried Chicken – Finnovation Lab
Friday: The Real Pitch MN – Science Museum
Friday: 2021 Minnesota Startup Awards – Science Museum
Friday: TCSW 2021 Closing Party – Science Museum

September 26th – September 30th

Monday: Accessibility Inclusion and Understanding Cognitive Disabilities
Wednesday: JavaScriptMN Monthly Meetup
Thursday: Lunar Summit: Build The Damn Thing With Kathryn Finney

What did we miss? Let us know at support@minnestar.org. 

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Minnestar’s Guide to Twin Cities Startup Week Tech Events https://minnestar.org/minnestars-guide-to-twin-cities-startup-week-tech-events/ https://minnestar.org/minnestars-guide-to-twin-cities-startup-week-tech-events/#respond Mon, 13 Sep 2021 02:40:32 +0000 https://minnestar.org/?p=3744 It’s back! Twin Cities Startup Week 2021 is here. This year’s events are hybrid in nature with several virtual and in person events throughout the Twin Cities. We’ve set you up with a round up of some of the best tech events this year’s TCSW has to offer. Enjoy! (The *️⃣  symbol denotes a Minnestar […]

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It’s back! Twin Cities Startup Week 2021 is here. This year’s events are hybrid in nature with several virtual and in person events throughout the Twin Cities. We’ve set you up with a round up of some of the best tech events this year’s TCSW has to offer. Enjoy!

(The *️⃣  symbol denotes a Minnestar event)

Friday, September 17th

9:00 – 11:00 AM: ImpactSKU ’21 Showcase – Finnovation Lab
7:00 – 10:00 PM: TCSW 2021 Opening Party – Target Field

Saturday, September 18th

10:00 – 3:00 PM: Code Switch: Reimagine 911 on the National Day of Civic Hacking
2:30 – 5:00 PM: API Hackathon Demo Day – Osborn370
4:00 – 6:30 PM: “Hack Your City” – Creatives in Tech – Osborn370

Monday, September 20th

8:45 – 10:30 AM: Mentor Morning by Minnesota Innovates – Lake Monster Brewing
11:00 – 11:45 AM: Future of Mobility Tech & Research Showcase – UEL
11:00 – 3:00 PM: Emergent Africa Forum (EAF)
12:30 – 2:00 PM: Shark Tank Reverse Pitch – UEL
*️⃣  2:00 – 6:00 PM: Minnestar’s Tech Job & Opportunities Fair – Malcolm Yards
2:30 – 3:15: Taking the First Step with Tech – The Coven
4:00 – 7:00 PM: MN Cup Final Awards Ceremony
6:45 – 10:00 PM: Interactive Gaming Night – Buffalo Wild Wings

Tuesday, September 21st

9:15 – 10:15 AM: Coffee & Closers – How to Land Your Next 3 Costumers
10:00 – 11:00 AM: Building & Scaling Your Community
10:30 – 11:25 AM: Twin Cities Podcast Hosts UNPLUGGED – Sales – Machine Shop
11:35 – 12:30 PM: Twin Cities Podcast Hosts UNPLUGGED – Marketing – Machine Shop
1:00 – 2:00 PM: How to Wake Up Your B2B Content
2:00 – 3:00 PM: Kotlin Multiplatform Mobile: Real World Lessons Learned
6:00 – 8:00 PM: Meda Million Dollar Challenge – After Party – Machine Shop

Wednesday, September 22nd

9:00 – 6:00 PM: Emergent Africa Forum (EAF) – Opus College of Business
9:15 – 10:15 AM: Lessons From Black Tech Leaders – Huntington Bank Stadium
9:30 – 10:30 AM: Startup success for non-technical founders
10:30 – 11:30 AM: 11 Clues That Your Project Might Be In Trouble
11:00 – 12:30 PM: Accessible Startups: Simple Tips for Digital and Social Inclusion
11:30 – 12:30 PM: Crowdfunding: What to Know Before You Start – Finnovation Lab
2:45 – 3:30 PM: AI in Healthcare – Twin Ignition
3:00 – 4:00 PM: Challenges of Building a Developer Tools Startup – WeWork
4:00 – 4:45 PM: Doing good while doing well
5:00 – 6:30 PM: XR Happy Hour – REM5 Virtual Reality Lab
6:00 – 9:00 PM: BETA Showcase – Huntington Bank Stadium

Thursday, September 23rd

10:30 – 11:00 AM: The Art of Tech: Unlocking Creative Possibilities
11:30 – 12:25 PM: OnRamp Education & Workforce Innovation Accelerator Premiere
12:15 – 1:15 PM: Growing your startup w/ Open Scout & AWS University Scout Program
12:30 – 1:15 PM: Getting Technical About the Challenges of Access to STEM Programming
1:00 – 1:45 PM: Tips For Hiring Developers and Designers in 2021
1:15 – 2:15 PM: Breaking Into Tech Panel Discussion
2:00 – 3:00 PM: Future of Venture with Atland Ventures
2:00 – 4:00 PM: Headshot Happy Hour @ Soona – Soona HQ
3:25 – 4:10 PM: Early EdTech Founders Panel – Amazon
4:00 – 5:00 PM: Technovation[MN] Inspiring Young Women for a Role in Your Business
5:00 – 6:30 PM: Leveraging Immersive Tech for Social Justice – REM5 Virtual Reality Lab

Friday, September 24th

11:30 – 12:00 PM: Restaurant Tech For The Win and For The Future
2:00 – 2:50 PM: State of Startup + Enterprise Partnerships in MSP – Science Museum
2:30 – 3:30 PM: Food Tech Conversations with Fried Chicken – Finnovation Lab
4:00 – 5:00 PM: The Real Pitch MN – Science Museum
6:00 – 7:00 PM: 2021 Minnesota Startup Awards – Science Museum
7:00 – 10:00 PM: TCSW 2021 Closing Party – Science Museum

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Announcing the Tech Job & Opportunities Fair https://minnestar.org/announcing-the-tech-job-opportunities-fair/ https://minnestar.org/announcing-the-tech-job-opportunities-fair/#respond Fri, 10 Sep 2021 18:10:58 +0000 https://minnestar.org/?p=3736 Looking for a new gig or way to plug into the MN tech ecosystem? Join us at the Job & Opportunities Fair during Twin Cities Startup Week! With 55% of people currently considering looking for a new job, it’s time to connect community members and job seekers with some fabulous companies and organizations. During Twin […]

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Looking for a new gig or way to plug into the MN tech ecosystem? Join us at the Job & Opportunities Fair during Twin Cities Startup Week!

With 55% of people currently considering looking for a new job, it’s time to connect community members and job seekers with some fabulous companies and organizations.

During Twin Cities Startup Week we are putting on our first ever Job and Opportunities Fair – enjoy free food & drinks, get plugged into your community and learn about job opportunities at some of the best companies around.

Learn more about the companies and details below. Looking forward to seeing you at this awesome event!

 

About the event

  • What: Minnesota Tech Job & Opportunities Fair
    • Fun, casual happy hour with tables featuring local hiring companies
    • Free food & drinks
  • When: Monday, September 20th, 2:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Where: Malcolm Yards Blueprint Room (indoor/outdoor venue)
  • Cost: FREE (or a donation to Minnestar, if you’re so inclined)

 

TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mn-tech-job-opportunities-fair-tickets-169172143435

 

Hiring companies looking forward to meeting you there

 

COVID Guidelines

This will be hosted at Malcolm Yards – in a private space room with ample air flow (garage doors open to outside). In accordance with Twin Cities Startup Week guidelines we are requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 72 hours prior to the event for all attendees, and will ask folks to mask up while indoors (while not eating/drinking).

 

About our presenting sponsor

Livefront = Remarkable Mobile Apps

Livefront is a mobile product design and development team. We help companies create beautiful mobile apps for people in motion. We work with Fortune 500 companies and startups alike to build custom software for phones, tablets, watches and wallets. Need a partner for your mobile project? Learn more about our team.

 

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Calling All DEIJ Strategists – Minnestar Request for Interest & Information https://minnestar.org/calling-all-deij-strategists-minnestar-request-for-interest-information/ https://minnestar.org/calling-all-deij-strategists-minnestar-request-for-interest-information/#respond Tue, 03 Aug 2021 11:10:34 +0000 https://minnestar.org/?p=3725 Summary We are looking to expand on our DEIJ (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice) work to continue our work on crafting an antiracist organization that supports a Minnesota tech community for all. We want to add a strategic partner to our team to help us tackle both our internal processes and our external facing community building […]

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Summary

We are looking to expand on our DEIJ (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice) work to continue our work on crafting an antiracist organization that supports a Minnesota tech community for all. We want to add a strategic partner to our team to help us tackle both our internal processes and our external facing community building work. We seek an individual or company with expertise to help us build a strategy and execute it. We have a modest annual budget with potential for renewal in 2022.

This is a request for interest and information to help us find that partner.

 

Background

Minnestar is a Minnesota-based non-profit that hosts free, inclusive events to fuel the tech ecosystem in Minnesota. Minnestar hosts three core events throughout the year: Minnedemo, also known fondly as a “geek show-and-tell”, Minnebar, the organization’s annual conference that pairs user-generated panels and presentations with genuine networking and fun, and MinneAMA, an “ask me anything” style of panel with community members.

Minnestar welcomes guests from all industries to join their events and experience the rich entrepreneurial tech culture happening here in Minnesota. Event presenters span a wide range, too. Whether they are running a full fledged tech startup that solves a widespread problem or sharing a brand new passion project, all are welcome to this collaborative, supportive environment.

Beyond offering a place to learn about what’s happening in Minnesota tech, Minnestar fosters unforced relationship building opportunities with the hope that lasting personal and professional relationships are formed at Minnestar events.

Minnestar is funded by donations from community supporters who see the value in Minnebar and Minnedemo events. Minnestar is also supported by local sponsors.

 

Express your interest!

If helping Minnestar build a more inclusive tech community for all sounds exciting to you, please fill out this form, letting us know more about yourself or your company. Let us know about why you would be interested in working with us and why this would be a good match for you. Tell us a little bit about your company and expertise and provide some helpful links where we can learn more.

 

Next steps

To send your interest, fill out this form. We’d love to get our submissions by 5:00 PM CST Friday, August 13th. We plan on having conversations with a handful of collaborators starting mid-August.

JOIN US & SUBMIT HERE

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Relive the Action: Minnedemo35 Recap https://minnestar.org/relive-the-action-minnedemo35-recap/ https://minnestar.org/relive-the-action-minnedemo35-recap/#respond Tue, 03 Aug 2021 10:33:27 +0000 https://minnestar.org/?p=3721 On Thursday, July 22nd, hundreds of techies, designers, investors and entrepreneurs attended Minnedemo35 virtually and at the MN State Fairgrounds. Minnedemo, held three times a year, is the premier showcase for working technology products and tech innovation in Minnesota. The formula for our ‘geek show and tell’ is simple: 7 presenters, 7 minutes each, live […]

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On Thursday, July 22nd, hundreds of techies, designers, investors and entrepreneurs attended Minnedemo35 virtually and at the MN State Fairgrounds. Minnedemo, held three times a year, is the premier showcase for working technology products and tech innovation in Minnesota.

The formula for our ‘geek show and tell’ is simple: 7 presenters, 7 minutes each, live demos of working tech made in MN. This time around we were proud to highlight 7 incredible groups with tech ranging from video games to home maintenance and code maintenance, meditation to native pollinators and more. Be sure to check out their demos below!

Presenter Lineup (learn more about them HERE)

  • Buzz About
  • Touca
  • Yarlow
  • Stoowie
  • Gomigo
  • Peach Mindfulness
  • Game Phoenix

We are always looking to improve the quality and experience of our events, so we want to know: what would you like to see from Minnestar? What is your vision for our tech community and how can Minnestar help us get there? Shoot us an email any time (we love hearing from you!) at support@minnestar.org.

See you at Minnebar16 on September 18th at Best Buy HQ!

 

Minnedemo35 Highlight Reel:

 

Buzz About

Touca

Yarlow

Stoowie

Gomigo

Peach Mindfulness

Game Phoenix

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This Month in #MNtech: August 2021 https://minnestar.org/this-month-in-mntech-august-2021/ https://minnestar.org/this-month-in-mntech-august-2021/#respond Mon, 02 Aug 2021 20:25:55 +0000 https://minnestar.org/?p=3719 Happy August #MNtech! Summer is heating up – and with 50+ events, this is one BIG month. As always, we’re setting you up for a round up of some of the best virtual tech (and a few non-tech) events that our community has to offer. Enjoy! (The *️⃣  symbol denotes a Minnestar event) Ongoing Twin […]

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Happy August #MNtech! Summer is heating up – and with 50+ events, this is one BIG month. As always, we’re setting you up for a round up of some of the best virtual tech (and a few non-tech) events that our community has to offer. Enjoy!

(The *️⃣  symbol denotes a Minnestar event)

Ongoing

August 1st – August 7th

Monday: Tower Games: Monday Game Night-IN PERSON GAMING!!!!
Tuesday: The tech.mn Podcast Summer Brewery Tour
Tuesday: TechMasters Meeting
Tuesday:  Hackers & Founders Mpls
Tuesday: Building Cloud Native GraphQL Applications
Wednesday: Blacks United in Leading Technology (BUiLT) – Navigating Your Career as a Tech Engineer
Wednesday: Power BI Meetup | Surly Brewing Patio
Wednesday: AWS User Group MN
Thursday: SPPX Blockchain: Practical Applications
Thursday: Ethereum, Smart Contracts, Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Meetup
Thursday: Azure User Group: Terraforming Azure
Thursday: Introduction to Computer Vision with PyTorch (AppliedAI)
Thursday – Friday: Digital Summit Minneapolis
Thursday – August 15th: Minnesota Fringe Festival
Friday: Silicon Prairie / Investment Crowdfunding / Ask Me Anything!
Friday: TC Drupal Co-Working Friday
Friday: Comparables and Why They Matter | gBETA Lunch & Learn
Saturday – Sunday: Powderhorn Art Fair

August 8th – August 14th

Sunday: MN Board Game Group: Game Night
Tuesday: Mpls Junior Devs
Tuesday: She Talks Data: Welcome Back!
Tuesday: Mpls WordPress Online Help Session
Tuesday: Women Leading in Technology (WLiT): A Conversation with Jana Shortal, KARE11
Wednesday: ClojureMN Monthly Meetup
Wednesday: Groove Capital Angel Fest: Add Value to Your Investment
Wednesday: Service Desk Forum: Returning to Work Post-COVID
Thursday: MN Cup Educational Series: Funding Panel
Thursday: AI & Digital Transformation for Healthcare Organizations
Saturday: Hack the Gap’s Book Launch Party
Saturday: Black Business Is Beautiful LOCAL Market

August 15th – August 21st

Monday: Blacks in Tech Monthly Meetup 
Tuesday: Twin Cities Agile Coach User Group Monthly Meetup
Wednesday: Twin Cities Playtest
Wednesday: Infrastructure Forum: Measurements & Metrics in the World of Infra & DevOps
Wednesday: Advanced Technology: Diving into the Digital Twin – Case Studies from 3M & Accenture
Thursday: TC R User Group Monthly Meetup
Thursday: Breaking into the Cybersecurity Industry
Thursday: Becoming a Jetpack Composer with Steve Peterson
Thursday: Ansible Minneapolis
Thursday: Make Moves – Virtual Summit Empowering Women of Color in the Workplace
Friday: Blacks in Tech x Techqueria Tech Career Fair
Saturday: Red Wing WordPress Helpdesk & Hacking
Saturday – Oct 3rd: Minnesota Renaissance Festival

August 22nd – August 31st

Monday: RubyMN Monthly Meetup
Wednesday: JavaScriptMN Monthly Meetup
Wednesday: New ways of working with ITIL 4 and Atlassian
Wednesday: MN VR and HCI Aug 2021: WWDC, Focus 3, Consumer AR
Wednesday: The tech.mn Podcast Summer Brewery Tour
Thursday: Cloud Native & Kubernetes Minneapolis
Thursday – Labor Day: Minnesota State Fair
Tuesday: League of Data Leaders Meet & Greet

What did we miss? Let us know at support@minnestar.org. 

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This Month in #MNtech: July 2021 https://minnestar.org/this-month-in-mntech-july-2021/ https://minnestar.org/this-month-in-mntech-july-2021/#respond Wed, 14 Jul 2021 04:41:43 +0000 https://minnestar.org/?p=3711 Happy July #MNtech! We made it to summer – and this is one BIG month. As always, we’re setting you up for a round up of some of the best virtual tech (and a few non-tech) events that our community has to offer. Enjoy! (The *️⃣  symbol denotes a Minnestar event) Ongoing Twin Cities Mutual […]

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Happy July #MNtech! We made it to summer – and this is one BIG month. As always, we’re setting you up for a round up of some of the best virtual tech (and a few non-tech) events that our community has to offer. Enjoy!

(The *️⃣  symbol denotes a Minnestar event)

Ongoing

July 11th – July 17th

Tuesday: “Must-Have Content for Every Stage”
Wednesday: Working Smarter in a New Normal: Policy Work in 2022 and Beyond
Wednesday: Reset: Building a Hybrid Work Environment Your Employees Will Love
Wednesday: IGDATC July 2021 – Palestinian Aid Bundle Postmortem
Wednesday: SwiftSocial
Wednesday: Women Who Code HackNight
Wednesday: TC Arduino Meetup
Wednesday: TC Drupal: Monthly community meetup
Wednesday: ClojureMN Monthly Meetup
Wednesday: Summer Brewery Tour + BETA & tech.mn Launch Party
Wednesday: 1 Million Cups Twin Cities
Thursday: KMM: Learn How Multiplatform Went Down in the Real World
Thursday: Kafka Streams Windowing: Behind the Curtain
Thursday: Magento 2 knowledge sharing
Thursday: Ansible Minneapolis Meetup
Thursday: Minnesota Monthly’s 2021 Fine Spirits Classic
Thursday: Build Your Angel Thesis & Portfolio
Friday: Silicon Prairie / Investment Crowdfunding / Ask Me Anything!
Saturday: Red Wing WordPress: WordPress Helpdesk & Hacking

July 18th – July 24th

Tuesday – Wednesday: devopsdays MSP
Tuesday: PASSMN (Minnesota SQL Server User Group)
Tuesday: Twin Cities Agile Coach Group
Tuesday: Digital Marketing Minnesota – RSVP includes Dinner
Wednesday: Twin Cities Playtest
Wednesday: Power BI Meetup | Return to Surly Brewing
Wednesday: July Golang Meetup
Wednesday: Accelerating Protein Innovation: Products, Practices & Processes
*️⃣  Thursday: Minnedemo35 + OnRamp Insurance Accelerator Premiere Night
Thursday: A.M.A. with Lynn Winter & Patrice Colancecco Embry
Thursday: Cloud Native and Kubernetes Minneapolis
Thursday: Open Twin Cities Monthly Meetup
Wednesday: Tech.mn Podcast Brewery Tour – Utepils Brewing
Saturday: Twin Cities Bacon and Beer Classic 2021

July 25th – July 31st

Monday: Accessibility Twin Cities: Introducing WCAG 2.2!
Monday: RubyMN Monthly Meetup
Tuesday: Mpls Women in Machine Learning & Data Science Happy Hour
Tuesday: Cloud Forum: Designing Cloud Environments to Drive Business
Wednesday: JavaScriptMN Monthly Meetup
Wednesday: De-Risk with Due Diligence
Wednesday: Hybrid Work Done Right: Leveraging Microsoft Teams to Empower Your Teams
Thursday: Wagento + AWS Social Beer Event
Friday: Fall 2021 BETA Cohort Apps
Saturday: Black Market Events

What did we miss? Let us know at support@minnestar.org. 

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Drumroll, please!

You know the drill: 7 presenters, 7 minutes each, real working technology and no slides! Join us in celebrating all that our local tech community has to offer. Tickets are live here, with a virtual and drive-in experience complete with food trucks, networking, and a screening of the 1995 cult classic ‘Hackers’.

And the presenters for for Minnedemo35 on Thursday, July 22nd at the MN State Fairgrounds are:

 

 

Game Phoenix

The Game Phoenix is the video game trading platform that keeps your physical video games out of landfills by allowing you to trade directly with other users for free!

Twitter: @phoenix_game

 

 

Touca

Touca helps you understand the true impact of your code changes on the behavior and performance of your software.

Twitter: @trytouca

 

 



Yarlow

Yarlow provides users with a cloud-based storage system to track home maintenance, improvements and warranty information and alerts users to maintenance needs

Twitter: @YarlowHomFAX

 

 


Stoowie

Stoowie is where you send fun postcards to friends and family online.

Twitter: @Stoowiecards

 

 

 


Buzz About

Buzz About is a participatory simulation that teaches people about native pollinators of Minnesota.

GitHub: https://github.com/mn-pollinators

 

 

 


Peach Mindfulness

Peach Mindfulness is personalized meditation that grows with you.

Twitter: @PeachMindfulne1

 

 

Gomigo

Gomigo is an app that automatically schedules hangouts by comparing friends’ calendars and interests.

 

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Announcing Minnestar’s Newest Board Members https://minnestar.org/announcing-minnestars-newest-board-members-3/ https://minnestar.org/announcing-minnestars-newest-board-members-3/#respond Fri, 02 Jul 2021 14:21:04 +0000 https://minnestar.org/?p=3640 We are delighted to announce five new additions to the Minnestar Board of Directors: Fredrick Blocton, Eve Poeschl, Jenessa White, Charles Edge and Lizzie Breyer Bowman.  Each individual comes with a wealth of experience in their field, as well as a true passion for the Minnestar and the Minnesota technology community. They will join our […]

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We are delighted to announce five new additions to the Minnestar Board of Directors: Fredrick Blocton, Eve Poeschl, Jenessa White, Charles Edge and Lizzie Breyer Bowman.  Each individual comes with a wealth of experience in their field, as well as a true passion for the Minnestar and the Minnesota technology community. They will join our dedicated board in continuing to help chart the strategic vision for Minnestar, our programming, and our mission.

Please take a moment to get to know them:

 

FREDRICK BLOCTON

Fredrick Blocton (President of UPNet CSG) has over 30 years experience in entrepreneurship and executive level technology implementation worldwide, designing and developing technology solutions for a variety of corporate, construction and K-12 markets. Past clients include Arne Duncan (former US Secretary of Education), Chicago Public Schools, Dr. Clinton Stapleton, US Virgin Islands, Dr. Mary Guinn, Gary Community School Corporation, Medtronic, and General Mills, US Bank Stadium, and Super Bowl 52.

In addition to his extensive technology experience, Fredrick has a passion for supporting the unique needs of individuals and organizations through his volunteer efforts. He is Chairman of the Board for 180 Degrees, president of the Twin Cities Chapter of BDPA (Black Data Processing Associates), and serves on the BDPA foundation board. He has volunteered with 100 Men strong, Achieve Minneapolis and Minneapolis Public Schools, and he is on the board of Osiris Organization which delivers technology training to youth at 36 Recreational Centers in the City of Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

He is the current President of UpNet Client Solutions Group; Fredrick holds a degree in Computer Engineering Technology from FIT.

CHARLES EDGE

Charles Edge is the CTO of bootstrappers.mn. He holds 35 years of experience as a developer, administrator, network architect, product manager, entrepreneur, and CTO. He is the author of 20 books and more than 6,000 blog posts on technology, and has served as an editor and author for many publications. Charles also serves on the board of directors for a number of companies and non-profits, and frequently speaks at conferences including DefCon, BlackHat, LinuxWorld, the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, and a number of Apple-focused conferences. Charles is also the author of krypted.com and a cofounder/host of the MacAdmins Podcast and The History Of Computing podcast.

EVE POESCHL

Eve Poeschl works at Boston Scientific within Interventional Cardiology, and provides broad strategic leadership over the WATCHMAN digital portfolio. She has an entrepreneurial mindset and broad knowledge of technology, with a strong perspective for digital strategy. Eve is active in the community and passionate about diversity and inclusion in tech. She holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota, and has worked as a network engineer, developer, solutions architect, and managed teams over the past 20 years.

She founded ServerlessMN, a monthly meetup group dedicated to curating a local community for serverless technology enthusiasts. She’s a judge for the Minnesota Cup High Tech division, a part of the Lunar Startups Expert Network, and is co-founder of MNclude, a safe and supportive group within the technology industry in MN committed to taking actionable steps toward building a diverse, equitable and inclusive tech community. Over the past several years, Eve was a board member for TechnovationMN, current judge for The Minnesota Cup High Tech Division, and a part of the Lunar Startups Expert Network. Eve also made the 40 under 40 list published by the Minneapolis Business Journal in 2020.

 

LIZZIE BREYER BOWMAN

Lizzie Breyer Bowman is the managing director for national marketing and marketing capabilities at American Public Media. In this role, she is responsible for marketing for all of APM’s national radio and podcast programs. Prior to joining APM, Lizzie worked as an independent marketing consultant, working with large CPG companies and early-stage startups, and she also spent almost 8 years at General Mills. She holds an MBA from the University of Virginia and a BA in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her pre-MBA career was spent in journalism, at newspapers such as The New York Times and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

For the past 8 years, Lizzie has served as the co-chair of the Minneapolis board for No Kid Hungry, the largest national non-profit dedicated to ending childhood hunger. She has a passion for creating greater equity and access to the most important building blocks for future success: food, shelter, education, and technology.

 

JENESSA WHITE

Jenessa White is a Software Engineer at ConvertKit living in Minneapolis. She’s a semi-professional athlete who loves listening to hot takes on tech, music, sports, and food. She has served as treasurer for the UMN Black Student Union as well as Voices Merging, a group promoting urban art in the Twin Cities. They are also active in the Twin Cities community and believe technology can help create change.

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Mark your calendars MN tech community – because next month, Minnesota’s premiere geek show and tell is headed to the drive-in!

Minnedemo35 is taking place July 22nd 2021 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds (as well as virtually). We’re taking last year’s drive-in venue and making it bigger and better than ever! That means:

Food trucks & lawn games
Local tech demos from Minnedemo & OnRamp Insurance Accelerator
A free screening of the 1995 cult classic ‘Hackers’

Don’t miss the biggest community event of the summer. Information on tickets, dates, and more below:

 

Minnedemo35
OnRamp Insurance Accelerator Premiere Night
Screening of ‘Hackers’ 

Drive-In at MN State Fairgrounds (Kidway Lot – corner of Cooper St & Wright Ave)
Streamed virtually at https://www.crowdcast.io/e/minnedemo35

Schedule (Thursday, July 22nd):

  • 5:00: Drive-In at MN State Fairgrounds Opens
  • 6:00 – 7:45: Minnedemo35
    • Presenter Lineup (learn more about them HERE)
    • Buzz About
    • Touca
    • Yarlow
    • Stoowie
    • Gomigo
    • Peach Mindfulness
    • Game Phoenix
  • 7:45 – 8:15: OnRamp Insurance Accelerator Premiere Night
  • 8:15 – 10:15: Screening of 1995 cult classic ‘Hackers’ (fairgrounds only)
  • 10:15: Closing

Tickets can be found HERE and will be released at 2pm on Monday June 28th. Heads up that drive-in tickets are limited, and will go fast – hope to see you there!

Info for all ticket holders

    • Code of Conduct: Minnestar is dedicated to providing a welcoming, inclusive, and harassment-free conference experience for everyone. Make sure you read our Code of Conduct before arriving
    • #Minnedemo: Whether you are at home or at the drive-in at the MN State Fair, snap a picture of you experiencing the event using the hashtag #Minnedemo!

Info for virtual attendees

    • Link to join: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/minnedemo35
    • Chat: Introduce yourself, share ways you’re looking to connect with the community, ask questions to the presenters, shout out stuff your fave demos, etc. Be kind, be helpful, and be welcoming!

Info for drive-in attendees

  • Arrival
    • Gates open at 5pm, show starts at 6pm
    • The Drive-In will be taking place at the Kidway lot at the MN State Fairgrounds (on the corner of Cooper & Wright)
    • Enter via the main gates on Snelling avenue, and take your second right – the drive in will be on the left side (scroll to the bottom for a map)
    • Check in with our registration volunteers at the entrance to the lot on Cooper St

 

  •  COVID Guidelines
    • Face masks are required for unvaccinated attendees anytime you leave your vehicle or tent. Masks for vaccinated attendees is optional.
    • Follow Minnestar staff and volunteers for directions to your parking space
    • While outside your vehicle/tent, or in line for food, beverages or restrooms, allow ample room for social distancing
    • If you are experiencing fever and/or have been exposed to someone with COVID in the past two weeks, you will not be permitted admission to the in-person portion of the event.

 

  • Vehicle Instructions
      • Audio will be broadcast through an FM Transmitter (aka through your own car radio). If you are in a tent we will have a speaker near you.
      • If your car does not have FM radio, we recommend bringing one with you to the event. We cannot provide them for you
      • Parking lights only when entering the parking lot! Please review your car manual for instructions on shutting off any “daytime” running lights. Patrons are responsible for covering any vehicle lights that can not be turned off.
      • All car horns and alarms must be OFF upon entering and stay off until you have exited

 

  • Logistical Information
      • We will have name tags, pronoun stickers, swag and more at the Volunteer/Swag booth at the event entrance
      • Limited food vendors will be available onsite, but be sure to pack some snacks for the show!
      • Bathrooms are on the south corner of the Kidway lot. Next nearest bathrooms to the Kidway lot are a 3 minute walk away, next to the Snelling main gate
      • When waiting in line for a restroom, please maintain social distancing and wait six feet apart from others
      • Out of respect for other attendees (and the environment!), please do not idle your car.
      • No engine running, no smoking, no cooking, no littering, no alcohol, and no weapons
      • All trash is carry in and carry out

 

FAQ

What happens if it rains?

    • This event is happening rain or shine! In the event of extreme or inclement weather, we will communicate cancellation info and instructions.

What can I expect at the Drive-In?

    • When you arrive, you will check in and follow the instructions listed above and in your program. If you are in a vehicle, you will be given the radio station to tune into (tents will have a speaker). We will have the event broadcast on some big screens, so all you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the show in the comfort of your own car or tent!

Can I show up if I don’t have a ticket?

    • No, due to capacity, there is only a certain amount of people we can have at this event. This event sells out quick, however if sold out add yourself to the wait list, and you’ll be notified when more tickets become available.

Oh shoot – I got a ticket but realized I can’t come anymore. What do I do?

    • Life happens! Since there is a lot of demand for this event, if you can no longer make it please release your ticket so someone else can go. Instructions on how to do that HERE. Reach out to support@minnestar.org if you would like a refund (we will issue refunds up to 48 hours prior to the event).

Will there be food at the Drive-In?

    • There will be two food trucks on site with meaty, veggie, and gluten free options, as well as some water and sodas. Be sure to also pack some snacks for a fun evening!

Where are the nearest restrooms to the Drive-In?

    • There are restrooms at the south corner of the Kidway lot. The next closest restrooms are located next to the main Fairgrounds entrance on Snelling, which is a 3 minute walk from the Drive-In.

How do I get to the Drive-In?

    • The Drive-In will be taking place at the Kidway lot at the MN State Fairgrounds (on the corner of Cooper & Wright). When arriving, enter via the main gates on Snelling avenue, and take your second right – the drive in will be on the left side. Enter the lot via the registration checkpoint on Cooper street.

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