Greater MSP Annual Meeting

AnnualMeeting2018-2-101Elements Group attended the GMSP annual meeting hosted at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis.  The event was widely attended and featured several songs by the a quartet.   A host of speakers shared updates on their initiatives throughout the evening.  After the presentation, there was food and networking.   The comments after the event were most interesting.

Some of the common post meeting viewpoints included:

  • Seems like most of the initiatives are lead and implemented by corporate or 3rd party stakeholders and it is was unclear what value GMSP was adding.
  • Given the vast number of sponsors and size of board, it is surprising to see such tactical initiatives in general that primary benefit only a few organizations.
  • Now in its seventh year,  GMSP is starting to work on an organizational strategy for themselves.  Raises the question how much longer will they be funded?
  • There is no vision or long-term plan for regional development anywhere much less near what competitive regions are doing around the world to aspire.
  • Seems like industry needs to drive regional development more.

I thought the event was well executed and was surprised by the after event conversations from people who have been to many of the events or more involved in the initiatives.  Compared to other, more progressive cities,  we seem to actually be lacking a number of key regional organizations that are actually the strategy and implementation arms of regional development.  The construction of a regional advantage based model is an ecosystem integration strategy.   This was more a basic funding,  measurement and tactical projects approach.

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Minneapolis Architecture Community Collaboration Conference

macclogonewest Elements Group presented at the MACC conference hosted at the Doubletree Hotel in Minneapolis Minnesota.  Our topic focused on the development of new types of business intelligence covering areas of ecosystem development & market trends, strategic performance, strategic investment and organizational impact.   Each base of data and analytics acclimating in dashboards to help at the board, c-suite, and governance layers of a competitive organization.

The annual event grows larger each year feature several keynotes and multiple breakout tracks.  The multi-day event features a full peer to peer workshopping day.

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FBI Compliance Academy

I attended the 1st FBI Compliance Academy in October of 2018.  This was a pilot offering of the program and was a one-of-a-kind outreach event between the FBI and various experts on substantive compliance and ethics topics facilitated by the Organizational Ethics & Compliance Program at the University of St. Thomas School of Law and Opus College of Business.

The FBI Compliance Academy is a multi-day event providing an overview of collaborative opportunities between the FBI and private sector partners.

Topics Included:

• Economic Espionage
• White-collar Crime
• The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
• Emerging cyber threats
• Export controls
• Risk Mitigation Planning
• Deadly Force Policy
• Situational Awareness for Violent Events

Many relevant case studies where shared spanning these topics and making it clear that all of these types of activities are happen right in your local city by providing both global and local examples.   It raises the bar of all employees and security professionals as to the level of capabilities your organization needs to develop to be on top of the latest security risks and how direct partnership with the FBI is a critical piece to your readiness and in direct involvement with criminal investigation and resolution for your organization.

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Robotics, Automation and AI – Investing

ACG LogoThe investment opportunities for growth in AI, Robotics and Automation will be greater than that of the internet companies like Facebook, Google or Amazon.  This was the position of William Studebaker, President, Chief Investment Officer, and Managing Partner at ROBO Global, LLC.   He was a featured speaker at the ACG event hosted at the Windows over Minnesota on the 50th floor of the IDS building in downtown Minneapolis.

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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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MN IOTFuse Conference

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The 2018 IoT Fuse Conference was an amazing event to participate in.   It featured a large roster of speakers and covered all layers of IoT stack from hardware, platform, and industry companies.   Minnesota is one of the largest and fastest growing IoT ecosystems in North America and is positioned to become a global center of IoT expertise.   The opportunity at hand is for Minnesota to recognize the lead it currently has and begin a larger regional initiative to develop it the ecosystem to systematically build, support and attract each layer of the industry by creating true regional advantage for the industry to flourish.  It must also understand the growth opportunities of both the immediate horizontal or cross sector  integration opportunities to existing industries , in addition, to the vertical sector develop that will eventually occur as IoT itself becomes its own complete sector.   Global competition and other US cities are not sitting still and may be more aggressive in their attempts to become a global leader.

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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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