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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Rise with the Guys: Motivational Conference

IMG_6881 2I attended the “Rise with the Guys,” annual motivational conference hosted in Eden Prairie Minnesota.   This conference had over 4000 people in attendance, including over 1000 youth and was streamed live to a wide number of other remote locations.

The event featured a number of professional sports athletes who shared their life stories around their career successes and challenges.   These athletes had risen to the tops of their professionals and yet hit major life obstacles throughout their career that could have derailed the rest of their lives.   The stories of determination, faith and residency were fantastic learnings for all.

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Minnesota Global: Growing MN Internationally

 

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Elements group attended the Global Minnesota event hosted at the Roseville Library.  The focus of the event was to discuss the future of Minnesota and how it could grow to be on the global stage in terms of brand, business and overall attraction.   A broad range of diplomatic, government, business and education speakers addressed the group to talk about both the challenges and opportunities facing Minnesota.   The event then broke into work group with audience members collaborating to work on a set of exploratory questions and reconvening for a summarization of the learnings.

Some of the key take aways:

  • Minnesota has a large opportunity to lead in many industries if it takes the initiative and has clear and inclusive planning.
  • We currently do not have a good vision of our future or leadership in place.
  • Our education systems are failing and not remaining relevant.   Need to look at new models of education and life long learning.
  • Building the right environment of learning, industry, and opportunities is key to retaining and attracting the future generations if we want to continue to grow and not stagnate.
  • We are already facing huge talent shortages.
  • Culture could be our greatest challenge in adapting to the future.

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This was the kick-off event for an ongoing exploration by Global Minnesota.

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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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