MSP Innovation Community Event

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Elements Group attended the kickoff event of an Innovation Community networking event.   The event was hosted in downtown Minneapolis.   Some attendees where invited from out of state to join over the internet and there is talk of hosting ongoing events like these in different cities over time.  The event featured speakers showcase some cutting edge initiatives around the grand challenges our planet is facing.  There were also facilitated breakouts to drive network through various types of collaborative gaming.

The first event was a great success.  I made many new network connections and I’m looking forward to the next gathering.

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FBI InfraGuard Cyber Security

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Elements Group attends the FBI Infragard session on cyber security hosted at the Cargill auditorium in Hopkins Minnesota.  Speakers representing the FBI and corporate security representatives presented on many topics including:

  • Overview of the national Infragard Organization
  • Technology Governance
  • Risk Management
  • Command and Control

The examples provided on current day threats and impacts directly to Minnesota based companies was very informative.   The sessions also provided an overview of a number of cutting edge technologies and their implications to cyber security.

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FBI InfraGard – Securing Facilities

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Elements Group attends the FBI Infragard session on cyber security hosted at the Cargill auditorium in Hopkins Minnesota.  Speakers representing the FBI and security consulting representatives presented on many topics including:

  • Card Scanning Scams and Prevention
  • Security Facilities – Places of Worship

The complexity of security high publicly accessed facilities like places of worship was discussed breaking down the systems and organizations needed to be successful.

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Speaker at Singularity U – MSP Chapter Launch Event

Image 7-16-19 at 4.11 PMI had the opportunity to speak on trends in regional development of innovation ecosystems at the kickoff the the Singularity U Minneapolis-St. Paul chapter event.   The event was widely attended and hosted in the main auditorium of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Business.  I’m currently serving on the leadership team of the Singularity U local chapter.  This was the first public event of the chapter and featured multiple speakers on the topic of innovation.

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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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