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

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screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-12-13-06-pmVia News Release

“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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Twin Cities Lags Nation In Minorities In Tech Jobs

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jiwd4jwr_400x400By Neal St. Anthony, Star Tribune

“Twin Cities minority employment is growing about three times as fast as the market for professional-technical fields in recent years, as I pointed out in a Monday column about Atomic Data’s efforts to diversify the local IT business.  However, the Twin Cities still lags the nation as whole.”

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Bunker Labs Launches Minneapolis Chapter For Entrepreneurial Veterans

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Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 9.06.35 AMBunker Labs expanded its footprint into Minneapolis this summer to provide a peer-learning environment for military veterans turned entrepreneurs. 

Originated in Chicago 2014 by Todd Connor, the nonprofit org is building a national network run by local leaders — each of them military-veterans — in communities across the Country.

Their mission is to inspire, educate and connect entrepreneurial and innovative military veterans.

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