Minnestar Names Maria Ploessl As First Executive Director

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Minnestar, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to creating experiences where the passion and potential of the Minnesota technology community come together, has announced the selection of Maria Ploessl as its new Executive Director.

Maria will serve as the first Executive Director of the organization, working to promote the overall growth and sustainability of Minnestar.”

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Silicon North Stars To Host Inaugural Minnesota Demo Day At CoCo

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Looking for the next generation of Minnesota techies? 

They will be right in front of us when Silicon North Stars hosts their inaugural Minneapolis Demo Day at CoCo’s downtown venue August 3rd.

16 Twin Cities 9th grade students will form teams and pitch their unique business ideas for solving a relevant social problem using technology in front of a live community audience.

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How Best Buy’s Academy Preps Students For The Tech Jobs Of Tomorrow

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“MINNEAPOLIS – Students are grooving and filling up on the fun. This is the Best Buy Geek Squad Academy. Andrea Riehl, Geek Squad Academy’s Program Manager, says nearly 77 percent of jobs will require tech skills over the next decade. Exposing children to technology who don’t have access to devices or the internet will hopefully help fill the gap.”

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Local Software Engineer & Open Data Champion Tony Webster Awarded

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“The Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists is excited to announce Tony Webster, a public records researcher and data activist, as its 2017 Peter S. Popovich Award winner. Webster’s dogged work to make government more transparent exemplifies the spirit of the award, which honors those who fight for First Amendment rights.”

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Graveti’s Inaugural Summit Is Going Down In Minneapolis Next Week

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Grassroots tech group Graveti is hosting their inaugural summit next Thursday at CoCo in Uptown Minneapolis to focus on increasing tech entrepreneurship among underrepresented demographics. 

“We’re doing this to provide a platform for practicing and emerging entrepreneurs to learn strategic ways to start, grow and manage their business and navigate the tech industry,” explains Graveti cofounder Alex Rodriguez.

Attendees can expect a diverse and qualified lineup of speakers, some local, others national:

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Best Buy Adds 4 Teen Tech Centers in Minnesota

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Best Buy is growing its network of after-school tech programs for teens by adding four new locations in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. That makes for 15 Best Buy Teen Tech Centers across the United States. The free centers are open year-round and give underserved teens hands-on access to the latest technology.”

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The 4th Annual Appapalooza Features Young Women In Tech

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“On May 7, 250 middle school and high school girls will converge at the Minneapolis Convention Center to compete at the 4th annual Appapalooza. Appapalooza is Technovation[MN]’s Regional Pitch Event of Technovation, a global technical entrepreneurship program. The event is free and open to the public, claim your tickets here; in total, 63 teams will pitch their apps at Appapalooza.”

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