Silicon North Stars Launches Crowdfunder To Send TC Students On A Silicon Valley Field Trip

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By Anna Hensel, Venture Beat

“Five years ago, husband and wife Steve and Mary Grove, directors of Google News Lab and Google for Entrepreneurs, respectively, wanted to find a way to use their connections in the tech industry to give back to Steve’s home state of Minnesota.

The pair launched Silicon North Stars, a nonprofit organization that aims to introduce tech to Minnesota high school students — primarily those from minority and underrepresented backgrounds. In concert with Giving Tuesday, the pair has launched a $10,000 crowdfunding campaign to help cover some of the costs of their annual program.”

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3M + Mia Award Offers $50k Through Art and Technology Competition

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“$25,000 in prize money and an additional $25,000 in development support, connections to industry expertise, resources and more.

The 3M Art and Technology competition recognizes artistry and innovation in the field of technology. As partners with shared interest in how technology, design and experience come together to enrich arts and culture, 3M and Mia are pleased to collaborate on this exciting program. Thanks to 3M for their generous financial support of this program.”

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MESA’s Minnesota Tech Mentoring Model Keeps Expanding

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MESAThe most qualified advice comes from those who have been there and done it before — nothing less will cut it in business.

It’s that ethos fueling the growth of Minnesota’s Emerging Software Advisory aka MESA as their mentor-to-mentee reinvestment model keeps expanding.

One by one, MESA is spreading throughout the Minnesota startup scene, so we checked in to learn the latest since the launch of “Seed” earlier this year:

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[Updated] Best Buy Expands After-School Tech Program

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Updated 10/25 3:00pm CDT: “Best Buy announced that by 2020 it will prepare 1 million youth per year for tech-reliant jobs through intensified training and career-readiness programs.”

By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO, AP

“Best Buy is expanding an after-school tech program for underprivileged teens as it hopes to create workers with the skills to serve increasingly savvy shoppers as well as groom future inventors who can help fill its stores with new gadgets.

The Minneapolis-based chain said Wednesday the number of tech centers will grow to 60 from 11 over the next three years. The centers, hosted by nonprofit organizations with strong financial support from Best Buy, let teens explore technology such as robotics and 3-D printing.”

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Tech Dump Crosses 20 Million Pounds Of Processed E-waste

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By Neal St. Anthony, Star Tribune

Tech Dump, the nonprofit electronics recycler that also provides employment for people with criminal-and-substance abuse backgrounds, said it has processed 20 million pounds of e-waste since the enterprise was founded in 2011 by a couple online retail-business partners who wanted to start a jobs program and help reduce the backlog of material that is dangerous when landfilled or incinerated.”

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Best Buy Pumps $2 Million Into ‘Teens & Tech’ Nonprofits

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“For a half-century, Best Buy has been a catalyst for the rise of technology as a means to improve virtually every aspect of our lives. As society becomes more reliant on technology, it is critical for youth to develop the necessary skills to be prepared for the jobs of the future. Over the next decade, nearly 80 percent of all jobs will require tech skills.”

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At Code Switch, Techies Tackle Social Justice

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By Miguel Otárola, Star Tribune

“If you’re going to solve the biggest problems facing the state, you’re going to need some computer help.

That’s the vision behind Code Switch, a two-day hackathon where people use data and technology to create projects aimed at addressing inequity in Minnesota. Hundreds gathered in the second floor of the Union Depot in St. Paul for the first day of the event Saturday.”

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Minnesota Marketing Tech Org MnSearch Names Jolina Pettice President

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“Minneapolis – September 19, 2017 – The Minnesota Search Engine Marketing Association (MnSearch) announced today it has appointed its first female president, Jolina Pettice. As President, Jolina will help underscore the importance of gender diversity in marketing tech, and aims to inspire other women to get involved in this community.”

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