Don’t Be SAD; the U of M’s Winter Light Show is Here to Help Cheer You Up

by Alex Skjong

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As the sun shines in increasingly small amounts (thanks, winter!), Minnesotans tend to seek out something — anything — luminous to chase away the seasonal doldrums. Thankfully, the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering has a bright and cheery cure for the gloom — the CSE Winter Light Show presented by Tesla Works.

Boasting more than 250,000 LED lights, 3D snowmen signs, lighted arches, and more cheer than you’ll know what to do with, the show promises winter dazzle that’s sure to make any heart grow at least three sizes. We chatted with Chris Walaszek, a sophomore studying computer science and the layout manager for the show, about the planning and presentation behind the spectacle. Unsurprisingly, it involves a bit more than finding that one. annoying. bulb. that renders an entire string useless.

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[Updated] Minnestar Announces Presenters for Minnedemo: Back to Campus

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Announcement for Minnedemo: Back to Campus

[Updated] Minnestar announced their lineup for Minnedemo: Back to Campus today. The event, which was postponed until February 20th, will take place at the Target Plaza Commons in Minneapolis.

The second annual Back to Campus Minnedemo will celebrate local student and recent graduate s as they demo their real working technology. Free tickets can be reserved here.

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Last Call: Minnedemo (Back to Campus) Applications Due Tuesday, November 5

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Announcement for Minnedemo: Back to Campus

Minnestar recently announced the return of Minnedemo: Back to Campus, a showcase of Minnesota student tech products, taking place on November 26, at the Target Plaza Commons. Applications for student presenters are due Tuesday, November 5 and can be found here.

Learn more about Minnestar’s show and tell demo event for students here.

MN Aspirations in Computing Empowers Girls in Tech

by Valerie Lockhart

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MNAiC empowers girls in techEmpowerment is often defined as, “the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights.” For young girls in our culture, it is sometimes difficult to find the empowerment to embrace their more technical side. But it is getting easier, and this is in big part to the work done by Minnesota Aspirations in Computing (MNAiC).

Organized in 2013, and run through the MN State IT Center of Excellence, MNAiC and its adjacent programs have empowered hundreds of young ladies to embrace their love of tech and pursue schooling and employment in our state’s growing tech industry. They do this through the teaching of in-demand tech skills, providing mentorship and peer support, and connecting students to internship and job-shadow opportunities.
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Best Buy Funds $2.5 Million Scholarship to Support Minnesota Students Pursuing Tech-reliant Careers

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Best Buy LogoMINNEAPOLIS, October 29, 2019 – Best Buy is teaming up with the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management to help create brighter futures and make earning a degree more accessible for students. The new Best Buy Scholarship includes $2.5 million in funding – one of Best Buy’s largest education endowment gifts ever – for students pursuing tech-reliant careers in business. This important and unique corporate gift is part of the university’s $4 billion Driven campaign.

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MN Entrepreneur Takes on National Cybersecurity

by Valerie Lockhart

Tyler Olson, Founder of Shyld, addressing cybersecurityTen years ago, we were introduced to Tyler Olson. At the time, Olson was launching one of his many successful ventures, SMCpros.com (now, Modern.Foundation). After interviewing Olson recently, I can see why it was said that, “…Tyler Olson is a passionate and amiable guy who isn’t afraid to get in front of hundreds of people to pitch himself and his business.” Olson has been involved in many different aspects of tech; He’s a consummate pro. And now, he’s focusing his eye toward cybersecurity.

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Lisa Schlosser Joins Technovation[MN] as Executive Director

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Technovation[MN]The stats on women in tech continue to look discouraging in 2019 with only 25 percent of computing jobs held by women, and turnover among those women more than twice as high as it was for men, according to the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). Technovation[MN] wants to change those stats by giving girls hands-on, entrepreneurial experience, and they’ve selected Lisa Schlosser to help them from her new Executive Director role. 

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St. Cloud’s New Tech High School Opens with Big Labs, Big tech and an Eye Toward the Future

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Via MPR News

“Students and visitors entering St. Cloud’s new Tech High School building are met with open spaces and natural light — a stark contrast to the crowded corridors of its century-old brick predecessor.

The design of the new $104.5 million high school, which opened this fall on the city’s south side, is also changing how teachers are preparing students for the workforce.”

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Student Technology Startups Featured at Macalester’s Idea Showcase Tonight

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Students participating in the Macalester Entrepreneurship program will have a chance to present their projects at the fourth annual Idea Showcase tonight at Macalester College in St. Paul. The Showcase highlights the students in the Macalester Summer accelerator and internship programs, MacStartups and MacNest, and will feature ideas ranging from self-regulating home hydroponics systems to a robot that will cut down on hospital’s expenses.

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