2019 Minnebar Conference

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Minnebar 14 conference was hosted at the Best Buy Headquarters in Bloomington Minnesota.  The event has grown to over 1700+ attendees ranging from technologists, start-ups, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.  The all day conference featured over 160+ speakers across multiple tracks.

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2019 IoT Fuse Conference

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The 2019 Internet of Things / IoT Fuse Conference was held at the Minneapolis Convention Center.  The event grows each year from attendees all around the USA.  The event was kicked off by newly appointed Minnesota DEED commissioner Steve Groves.  The keynote featured a large scale IoT Implementation from Chick-Fil-A.   They support a wide deployment of IoT devices across their franchises.  This management of this distributed environment was a point of many questions in the Q&A session.

The two days prior to the conference was workshop sessions for practitioners to get experience in the many layers of IoT sensor, coding and data aggregation.  There was a wide number of topics across several speaker tracks.

Here is an example of topics from my schedule that day:

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A large number of IoT venders and technology platform providers were at the event.

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2019 ACG Bold Awards

Logo02/26/19 – The Alliance of Corporate Growth (ACG) hosted their annual Bold Awards event held at the MUSE event center in downtown Minneapolis.   This event recognizes companies that are demonstrating strong leadership and corporate growth in Minnesota.  This event celebrates the large volume of investment and deal flow occurring within the region.   Attendees also included venture firms from China looking to help MN based companies in growing internationally.  Congratulations to all nominees and winners of this years event!

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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 a quartet.   A host of speakers shared updates on their initiatives throughout the evening.  After the presentation, there was food and networking.

The announcement of Michael Langley stepping down as the head of the organization is a key turning point for the organization.   They are developing what they are referring to as a 2.0 strategy for the next evolution of their mission.   The search to replace Michael is already underway and is set to conclude in 1st quarter of 2019.

Overall the messaging was a year in review and showcased some tactical metrics of regional status.  Encouraging, was the continued development of data partnerships.  It is unclear the future direction that the 2.0 strategy may take the organization but evolution of regional development firms is normal and required.

I thought the event was well executed and the high attendance speaks to the interest level and desire for engagement by regional stakeholder.

 

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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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