IoT and Smart Water

IMG_4570Minnesota DEED Trade Office hosted a Smart Water Round Table event at the Uponor corporation on May 10th, 2018.   Featured were a host of IoT companies showcasing their work in smart water solutions.   The audience and speakers who attended came from as far away as Europe and South America.   This event came on the heels of the Minnesota IoT Fuse conference.   The solutions they covered spanned a vast array of topics including:  precision agriculture, water treatment, smart cities,  transportation, city infrastructure optimization, etc.    The companies also represented specializations in hardware & sensors,  data aggregation and analytics, and business model development.

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University St. Thomas Spring Seminar

 

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Understanding the new frontiers in corporate strategy and innovation was a key theme University St. Thomas Spring Seminar focusing on Risk Leadership.  The event was hosted April 25, 2018 on the UST campus located in downtown Minneapolis Minnesota.  The event featured keynote speakers and several breakout tracks focusing on Risk Leadership and Risk Managment.   The attendees were primarily senior practitioners from twin cities corporations, as well as, SMEs from consulting firms and university students are in the UST Risk Management programs.

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Arizona’s Cybersecurity Taskforce

United-States-Map-2The state of Arizona is increasing its focus on enterprise-level security controls with the creation of a cybersecurity task force.
First year Governor Doug Ducey signed an Executive Order creating Arizona Cybersecurity Team, “ACT.”
The overall plan is to create a collaborative structure across the 22 members of executive branch-level officials .  It will also bring in representatives from the legislature, higher educations, local government, the private sector and other state agencies.  The goal is to protect Arizona from a cyberattack.
The team’s responsibilities include developing recommendations and advising the governor on cybersecurity issues; offering advice on federal resources available to fight cyberthreats; promoting public awareness of threats; fostering collaboration between government, the private and education sectors, law enforcement and others; and driving cybersecurity and IT workforce development and training at the higher education level.
Source: govtech

Sunrise Social

I attended the summer sunrise social event hosted by the generations group.  The inspirational speaker was Andy Gatton who had survived the Minneapolis hwy35 bridge collapse.  His story and pictures were both amazing and inspiring.   It gave us a view inside the tragedy and heroism that played out during that day plus a survives new perspective on life.

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Finland / Minnesota Trade Event

IMG_3131.jpgI attended the Finish Ambassador’s presentation at the Gutherie Theatre that was hosted by several of the Euro-American Minnesota Chamber organizations and the Minnesota Trade department.  The event marked a 100-year celebration of Finland’s independence.  Ms. Kirsti Kauppi,  the Finish Ambassador talked about Finland’s history and their strong capabilities in innovation.   There are many similarities between Minnesota and Finland and many reasons to explore collaboration and trade.

 

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1st Sunrise Social

Sunrise SocialI attended my first sunrise social event hosted by the Generation Group.   The networking event brings together their clients and friends for a breakfast social that features inspirational features.   This event speaker was a dad whose life was transformed when one of his children need serious medical treatment.  His story was one of precedent-setting collaboration across medical practitioners and facilities.   While hospitals and care are actually competitive businesses.  Need and a higher calling can help resources align across boundaries to accomplish something that none of the separate parties could achieve by themselves.   The talked highlighted a number of key attributes that were required to make the collaboration possible.  They included: Why, Spirit, Cohesion, Taking care of each other, Trust, Shared commitment, Empathy, Listening, Win-win and Unconditional support.   The barriers from medical personnel they encountered initially were rooted in fear of change based.  Not the concept of change, but what would their place in the new order be.  How would their Positions and Titles be interpreted when collaborating across boundaries.  Over time these groups of people learned those considerations were not relevant in light of what they could achieve.

This real-life story was both inspirational and educational.   It calls for us all to question the value un-yielding competition vs. the power of collaboration across all aspects of business and society.   I look forward to future events!