TECHdotMN, 26 Letters, and Structural Introduce A Diversity and Inclusion Study Of Minnesota Tech

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We’re teaming together with 26 Letters and Structural to research and assess diversity and inclusion (D&I).

This shared pursuit represents a first of its kind scientific approach to holistically and objectively understanding the D&I environment among Minnesota’s technology industry at large.  Some key questions we are seeking to answer include:

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App Aims To Reduce The Chance Of Bad Outcomes With Police

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By Emma Sapong, MPR News

“In June of 2016, Mondo Davison was driving on Interstate 94 in St. Paul at 3 a.m. when a police car’s lights began flashing behind him. It was just seven months after Minneapolis police officers had shot and killed Jamar Clark. The deaths of other African-Americans at the hands of police had filled headlines and fueled protests around the country. Davison is also black. “

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Lunar Startups Seeks Applications

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“ST. PAUL, Minn., April 30, 2018 – Earlier this year, American Public Media announced the launch of the Glen Nelson Center and its first program, Lunar Startups. Supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the new program – dedicated to supporting underrepresented entrepreneurs leading high growth startups – is seeking applications for its inaugural cohort beginning today and lasting until Friday, June 1, at lunarstartups.org.”

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Meet The Man Behind Twin Cities Voter Guide MSP Votes

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By Peter Callaghan, MinnPost

“Sure, it’s a cliche and all, but for Ryan Johnson necessity did breed invention. Johnson is the guy who built and maintains MSP Votes, a data-driven guide to elections created last spring to track the Minneapolis municipal election, and which is now looking to do the same with local races on the ballot this year.”

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APM & Knight Foundation Team Up On ‘Lunar Startups’ Incubator At Osborn370 In St. Paul

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“St. PAUL, Minn., Feb. 20, 2018 – This summer, American Public Media (APM) will look to expand the horizon of rising entrepreneurs and contribute to business development in St. Paul with the launch of a new and philanthropy-backed innovation center, The Glen Nelson Center, in addition to a startup incubator supported in part by $1 million from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.”

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Crowdsourced 3M Art + Tech Award Grants $50k For Mia Mobile App

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screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-12-13-06-pm“MINNEAPOLIS—February 7, 2017— The Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) is pleased to announce the winner of the 2018 3M Art and Technology Award: “Riddle Mia This,” a mobile app proposed by technology architect Colin McFadden and digital preservation specialist Samantha Porter of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. McFadden and Porter will receive $50,000 toward the development of the project, which is an app that turns the museum into a puzzle room, providing a new, interactive way to deepen visitor engagement with Mia’s collection.”

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MinneAnalytics Ups The Ante On Reinvestment This Year

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MinneAnalytics, the nation’s largest regional analytics community and events organization, announced today it has approved $100,000 in investments for data science education initiatives in 2018.

The funding marks an increase from the $62,900 it invested in 2017 and continues the organization’s objective to increase its funding of education initiatives each year.”

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Tech Nonprofit Minnestar Adds Three New Board Members

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“We are very excited to announce three new additions to the Minnestar Board of Directors: Kristin Dean, Lindsi Gish, and Damien Riehl. Each individual comes with a wealth of experience in their field, as well as a true passion for the Minnestar and the Minnesota technology community.”

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