Weekly Events Roundup – December 15

by Valerie Lockhart

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TECHdotMN EventsMonday is almost here, and it’s time to check the events calendar for what’s happening this week in MN Tech!

Tuesday, December 17th, the morning begins with Coffee and Conversation – Launch Minnesota. Get to know a little more about the program, the available funding, and the new Directors.

Later in the day, check out a great panel discussion with Founder Friendly Ways to Get Started. Featuring Rob Walling of TinySeed and host of the “Startups for the Rest of Us” podcast, as well as a crew of panelists with incredible backgrounds from across the MN Founder scene. It’s sure to be an enlightening discussion.

Wednesday, December 18th, the ladies from The Coven bring you Make it Werk: The Coven, which will highlight their journey to incredible success, just days before the opening of their new St. Paul location!

Thursday, December 19th, Prime Academy hosts a discussion with Thomas Kline. He will cover “How to Design, Develop, and Implement Solutions” in order to have better outcomes and relationships with your customers.

If you know of any events that just should not be missed, please take a moment to add them to our weekly calendar.

Have a magnificent week!

The Wheels on the Bus Are Tracked and Tracked, All Through an App

by Alex Skjong

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When I was a kid, my tiny school system of three towns in Minnesota’s extremely windy Todd Bouman homeland beautiful southwestern corner had — and this is a generous estimate — about six bus routes. Day after day, those yellow beasts would scoop up young RTR Knights dotted across the countryside and shuttle them, shuttle us, to school.

“It was a simple time,” I just said to myself while wistfully staring out the window.

What’s not so simple is keeping track of around 400 bus routes that shuttle 25,000 students every day. Stacked end to end, 400 buses would stretch nearly three times the length of my hometown. And 25,000 students? Trying to cram that many kids into my old gym would undoubtedly cause more damage to the floor than the time our conference rivals poured hog manure on it (which remains the most Southwestern-Minnesota vandalism act in history).

But 400 bus routes and 25,000 students are exactly what Minnesota Public Schools (MPS) handles every school day.

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ACT Event to Highlight the Melting Pot of MN Tech

by Valerie Lockhart

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ACT Event - App EconomyTomorrow night, ACT | The App Association will be stopping into town to learn a little more from local app developers. Their event, Developed: The App Economy Tour, will be held at Finnegans Brew in downtown Minneapolis at 5pm. The night of “brews and views” will include a panel discussion with legislators, developers, and tech community experts surrounding innovations driving the current app economy. Panelists will include Congressman Dean Phillips (CD3) and Jacquie Berglund, founder of Finnovation Lab.
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New Forge North Council Brings Together Local Leaders to Fuel Growth

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Forge North Leadership Council

Forge North, a strategic initiative of the Greater Minneapolis-Saint Paul region’s economic development partnership, has announced the formation of a new leadership council to help accomplish their ambitious 2030 goal of making the Greater Minneapolis-Saint Paul region the best place for people from every background to start and scale ventures that build wealth by solving global challenges.

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Tech Impact Day Offers Tools and Help for Local Nonprofits

by Valerie Lockhart

Tech Impact Day for Nonprofits

Working in a nonprofit usually means finding alternative ways to make things happen. Employees typically wear multiple hats, and projects are pulled together on a shoestring budget. What normally isn’t lacking are passion and dedication. Tech Impact Day, coordinated by Hands-on Twin Cities, brings together nonprofits that need some kind of technical problem solved, and pro bono technologists willing to help them find a solution. This combination results in techies getting to do what they do best, and nonprofits getting the tools they need, so they can focus on helping more on their mission. Win-win.
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2nd Annual Graveti Summit in Minneapolis Next Week

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graveti summit advertNovember 2, Graveti: MN will be hosting their 2nd annual Graveti Summit. If you’re unfamiliar with the group, it was started by Alex Rodriguez, with a mission to expose underrepresented groups to the tech and startup scene in the Twin Cities. Rodriguez started the group while he was serving as the 2016 Google Entrepreneur in Residence for Minneapolis. Focused primarily on people of color, Rodriguez and his team host monthly meetups which introduce successful entrepreneurs to the larger community, provide pitch event opportunities for members, and give them a chance to regularly connect and network with each other.

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Recap of the 2019 Twin Cities Startup Week Awards

by Valerie Lockhart

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Twin Cities Startup Week Awards Attending CoupleTECHdotMN is proud to have co-sponsored this year’s Twin Cities Startup Week Awards, held Thursday, October 16th at the Science Museum of Minnesota. The evening was such a great wrap-up to an amazing week of celebrating the innovators, makers, and entrepreneurs of MN. Nancy Lyons of Clockwork was an energetic, hilariously poignant emcee, and SuperBrush427 spun tracks that really set the groove for the evening’s festivities. Announcing and awarding each of the categories were the winners of last year’s “Newbie” award, the Coven, and Dominic Iannazzo of Ernst and Young gave the welcome kickoff. Read More »

NW Minnesota County First in State to Use Video Chat for 911 Calls

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An example of a citizen outreach page of Carbyne's video 911 software.

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Later this month, emergency dispatchers in northwestern Minnesota will be able to get a closer glimpse of what’s happening on the other side of the cellphone during a 911 call. The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office is in the process of installing technology that will allow cellphone callers to stream live video and audio to dispatchers when they call 911 for help.

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Disruptive Payment Solution Sezzle Completes Initial Public Offering On Australian Exchange

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Sezzle“MINNEAPOLISJuly 30, 2019 /CNW/ — Sezzle, Inc. (ASX: SZL), the highest consumer-rated interest-free installment payment solution, today announced it is now a publicly-traded company on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). The capital raised will fund Sezzle’s continued focus on identifying and capturing future growth opportunities through the expansion of Sezzle’s retail merchant base and product offering, including funding for product development and engineering, sales and marketing, data sciences, merchant and customer support, and general administration.”

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Eagan HQ ConvergeOne Is Doing A Reverse Merger To Go Public On NYSE

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Via News Release

“NEW YORK and EAGAN, Minn., Feb. 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Forum Merger Corporation (Nasdaq: FMCI) (“Forum” or the “Company”) announced today that Forum intends to transfer the listing of its common stock and warrants to the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”) (NYSE: ICE) from the Nasdaq Capital Market (“Nasdaq”) following the completion of its announced business combination with ConvergeOne, which is expected to close on or about February 20, 2018.”

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