GeekSquad Academy Seeks Tech Camp Partners In Minnesota

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Geek Squad Academy, a Best Buy signature community outreach program, is now accepting applications from nonprofits, schools, libraries and other community groups to host free two-day tech camps for youth this year.  Together, we’ll teach thousands of additional kids across the country the tech skills they need to inspire future education and career choices.”

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CaringBridge Founder Sona Mehring Will Retire This Year

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By Patrick Kennedy, Star Tribune

Sona-Mehring-PhotoSona Mehring, founder of CaringBridge, will retire from the social network she created that hundreds of thousands of people have used to convey their journeys through health troubles and triumphs.

Mehring started the Eagan-based nonprofit organization 20 years ago to help friends share information about a premature baby. Predating Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, CaringBridge is now widely seen as a positive space online for people to gather, communicate and coordinate the care of people they love.”

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Nominations Open For 2017 Dot.Org Awards

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screen-shot-2016-12-19-at-11-03-22-am“ST. PAUL, MINN – The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Dot.Org Awards in the areas of Creative Campaign, Program Delivery and Website Redesign. The awards, presented since 2007, recognize Minnesota nonprofit organizations that are utilizing technology in innovative, inspiring ways to advance their missions and connect with the communities they serve.”

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How MinneAnalytics Reinvests Into The Local Tech Community

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MinneAnalytics is proud to to announce the recipients of two scholarships created for Minnesota’s next generation of data scientists and analytics professionals. The 2016 Scholars for Big Data, Analytics and Data Science are Bailey Perry of University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and Daniel Peters of University of Minnesota, Duluth.”

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Best Buy Doubles Down On Community Reinvestment

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“MINNEAPOLIS — More of the nation’s underserved teens will have access to free technology tools and training as Best Buy today announces plans to add nine new Best Buy Teen Tech Centers to its year-round support network in 2017. The announcement was made just as the company officially opens its newest Teen Tech Center in Denver, Colorado today.”

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3M & Mia Award $50k In Art + Tech Competition

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“Minneapolis, MN, November 28, 2016— The Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) is pleased to announce the winners for the Museum’s 3M Art and Technology Award competitionMolly Reichert and Ben Arcand.

The award, launched in 2015, recognizes artistry and innovation among individuals working in the field of technology. Reichert and Arcand, of the Twin Cities, have been awarded $25,000 in prize money and an additional $25,000 to support the development of their invention, under the working title of “Divining Rods”. The project is a technology-based reimagining of the ancient tools once used to find things of value – such as precious gems or fresh water.”

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Used Electronics Retail Market Boots Up In The Twin Cities

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By John Ewoldt, Star Tribune

screen-shot-2016-11-19-at-10-01-04-amAmanda LaGrange dumped the title Tech Dump. When the CEO of the nonprofit Tech Dump, a St. Paul-based collector and recycler of used, obsolete and damaged electronics, decided to open a new retail store to sell them, she figured “Tech Discounts” would be more enticing.”

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Tech Problems Plague Give to the Max Day

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By Marianne Combs, MPR News

screen-shot-2016-11-17-at-12-02-20-pm“GiveMN, the organization that runs Minnesota’s Give to the Max Day, announced Thursday morning that its website wasn’t working properly.

Explaining that Minnesota’s “generous spirit has overloaded the GiveMN servers for our website,” the organization said it had switched to a backup donation form and was still able to process contributions.”

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MNSure Comes Crashing Down…Again

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By Christopher Snowbeck, Start Tribune

screen-shot-2016-11-01-at-11-28-27-am“The health insurance shopping season got off to a rough start Tuesday with complaints and technical difficulties at the MNsure website and a report that the MNsure call center was targeted by robocallers tying up phone lines.

The website at the state’s health insurance exchange opened for business at 6 a.m., and MNsure officials said roughly 1,200 signed up for coverage within the first two hours.”

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