32 High School Women Honored For Annual Aspirations in Computing Awards

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Screen Shot 2017-02-20 at 1.10.06 PM“SAINT PAUL (February 2017) – Advance IT Minnesota, the high-tech Center of Excellence in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, today announced the names of 32 high school students selected as winners and honorable mentions in the fifth annual Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Awards (AiC). The awards program honors young women in grades 9-12 for their computing-related achievements and interests in technology, and was started to support and encourage young women to pursue careers in technology.”

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Minnesota Elementary School Program Introduces Girls to Coding

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By Gretchen Zampogna, Plymouth Magazine

Screen Shot 2017-01-31 at 6.24.49 PM“The share of women in the United States computing industry is less than 25 percent and shrinking. But Plymouth resident Kris Haagenson, a technology integration specialist for Robbinsdale Area Schools, is doing her part to counteract that trend.

Last year, Haagenson attended a Code.org training focused on getting girls into computer science. The training got her excited about introducing girls to coding — but “time is your enemy” in schools, Haagenson says. So she had a brainstorm: use recess time.”

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See Final Demos From Hack The Gap 2017

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Hack The Gap continues to grow under the leadership of founders Kristen Womack and Jenna Pederson.

At Hack the Gap 2017 last weekend, the third annual event, more than 100 women came out for two intense days in Minneapolis to pitch their ideas and work together on bringing them to life.   Five finalist teams demoed their work in Target Plaza Commons as we captured below:

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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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Minnesota Tech Exec of the Year 2016: Cheri Beranek

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Cheri Beranek is our Minnesota Tech Exec of the Year 2016

 
Clearfield’s success this year, with a stock price up ~48%, isn’t a flash in the pan for CEO Cheri Beranek, it’s the culmination of nearly ten years ongoing effort. If CEO of the decade was a thing, then Beranek is built to last.

Growth in the technology sector near and far has been made possible by fiber optical networks to the home, the office, the coffee shop, the hotel room, and everywhere in between.  Connectivity is everything in today’s world: we all want whatever we want whenever we want it. Oh, and make it even faster when there’s money on the line.

The higher level of connectivity, the more productive companies are. The communities where high speed broadband is available are the ones where the jobs are going and staying.  Behind the science of telecommunications, which we tend to just take for granted, is a local business that’s delivering success with the numbers to prove it.

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Minnesota Tech Community Champion 2016: Glafira Marcon

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Glafira Marcon is our Minnesota Tech Community Champion 2016

When Healthcare.MN was formed in 2013 by entrepreneurs and for entreprenuers, it marked a movement in Minnesota at the convergence of healthcare and technology. For two years, group founders — Pete Kane, Thompson Aderinkomi, and Solome Tibebu — built their meetup to fast become the place for health tech startups to gather, to learn, and to launch.

As time passed, so did their leadership. Kane and Tibebu gravitated to the coasts while Aderinkomi went all in on his fledgling startup.  Yet Healthcare.MN didn’t stagnate or wither away throughout these changes, instead, the growing pains have since brought out the best in this community under the new direction of volunteer Glafira Marcon.

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Perforce Hires New VP / General Counsel From Fredrikson & Byron

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screen-shot-2016-12-12-at-9-17-08-am“MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 12, 2016 — Perforce Software, a leader in software change and application lifecycle management solutions, today announced the appointment of Sara Kilian as Vice President and General Counsel.  With more than 11 years of corporate legal experience, Kilian comes to Perforce from Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., where she was a partner, and represented private equity companies, closely-held companies, and family-owned companies in various stages of a company’s life cycle.”

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Minnesota Ecommerce Startup Atique Launches A Pair of VR Apps

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screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-11-36-22-amBy Tyler Gieseke

A jewelry showroom that customers can explore from the comforts of home is a now a virtual reality, thanks to the launch of local startup Atique’s new apps on iOS and Android.

The free apps give online shoppers access to a 360-degree showroom using their smartphones just in time for the holidays. With a Google Cardboard or similar VR headset hardware, they can get the fully immersive three-dimensional VR experience.

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