Planting seeds


As Minnesota’s tech industry continues to blossom, so goes the opportunities to introduce and educate the next generation of programmers, engineers and hackers.

Money aside, anyone — and everyone — can do something to contribute, give back, and reinvest to help ensure an industry future that is prosperous 5-10-15 years out.

Three emerging Minnesota tech initiatives to consider supporting today include:

CoderDojo a global collaboration providing free and open learning to young people, especially in programming technology. A group of passionate and committed local technologist have began to self organize and create a local chapter. Volunteer programmer mentors are being recruited to serve at a number of upcoming events.

Contact: Matt Gray;


Tech IT Out! MN is an interactive 50 minute presentation for 8th-12th grade students in the seven-county metropolitan area of Minnesota where IT professionals provide an inspiring message about technology education and career opportunities. Over a year in the making through Advance IT Minnesota and many IT industry partners, a diverse roster of tech volunteers are currently sought to  deliver such presentations in local schools and surrounding businesses.

Contact: Russel Fraenkel;


High Tech KidsHigh Tech Kids delivers fun, hands-on science, engineering and technology programs and events that inspire Minnesota kids in their formative years. High Tech Kids organizes FIRST LEGO League and Renewable Energy Challenge for Minnesota. Technicians, judges and coaches are wanted for various ongoing volunteer opportunities.

Contact: Cheryl Moeller;


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