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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Newly Formed STEM Nonprofit CodeKitty Gears Up To Teach The Teachers

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By Chris Luger

Within the technical community we will often hear a phrase ‘train the trainer’, which is the primary goal of recently formed Minnesota non-profit Code Kitty.

This 2017 Twin Cities Startup Weekend for Education winner was formed to train teachers and educators with the skills to comfortably bring robotics and coding into their classroom.

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Upcoming CodeSwitch Hackathon Seeks Social Impact

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CodeSwitch is happening again in Minnesota on September 23-24 at the historic Union Depot in downtown St Paul.

“CodeSwitch harnesses inclusion, data, and technology, empowering people to solve problems for their own communities in new ways. Creative minds come together at CodeSwitch to create smart, simple, sustainable solutions with positive social impact,” explains Casey Helbling of Software For Good, an event organizer.

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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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