Macalester To Host 2017 Macathon This Week

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“St. Paul, Minn. – 110 Macalester students making up 21 teams will work more than 24 hours non-stop during Macalester’s sixth Macathon, beginning at 4:30 p.m., Friday, November 10, and ending at 8 p.m. Saturday, November 11. Macalester students will compete for cash prizes and the opportunity for feedback from successful alumni entrepreneurs, technologists, and investors. No preparation work is allowed. Everything for the competition must be produced within the 24-hour period.”

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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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U of M – Carlson Names Amazon Recruiter Of The Year 2017

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“It wasn’t all that long ago that a Carlson School MBA student interacting with Amazon was a rarity. The company came to Minneapolis to recruit from the school’s Master of Arts in Human Resources & Industrial Relations Program, but didn’t heavily recruit MBAs. That’s no longer the case, thanks in large part to Dan Jedda, ’99 MBA and Amazon’s vice president of finance for digital, advertising, and corporate development.”

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The Secret to Fostering a Strong Startup Community Inside Your University

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By Rob Weber, Great North Labs

“Most colleges and universities are finding it very challenging to cultivate strong startup communities like those found at leading institutions like Stanford and Yale. But if we take a deeper look at these leading institutions, and how others are responding to this challenge, we can build a repeatable model to support the the rise of the rest.”

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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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Rochester Teens Develop App to Stop Texting and Driving

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“Some high schoolers from Rochester are trying to make Minnesota roads safer by targeting one of the leading causes of distracted driving: texting.  According to the CDC, 11 teens die every day from texting while driving. What started as a group of friends wanting to make a difference has transpired into a winning tool to help reduce distracted driving. The team of five girls created an app called “Via.”

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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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Stratasys Steps Up Student Outreach

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Screen Shot 2017-04-08 at 12.08.31 PMBy Dee DePass, Star Tribune

Stratasys Ltd. employees ran a marathon of sorts this week as they dashed to dozens of Twin Cities schools to introduce 3,500 students to the wonderment of 3-D printing.

The effort was the company’s first large-scale effort to instantly reach out to thousands of students about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). It culminated on Friday with 93 students visiting the company’s Eden Prairie headquarters in a partnership with the national black sorority Delta Sigma Theta.”

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32 High School Women Honored For Annual Aspirations in Computing Awards

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Screen Shot 2017-02-20 at 1.10.06 PM“SAINT PAUL (February 2017) – Advance IT Minnesota, the high-tech Center of Excellence in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, today announced the names of 32 high school students selected as winners and honorable mentions in the fifth annual Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Awards (AiC). The awards program honors young women in grades 9-12 for their computing-related achievements and interests in technology, and was started to support and encourage young women to pursue careers in technology.”

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The Iron Yard Coding School Pulls Out of Minneapolis

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The Iron Yard is winding down operations in Golden Valley this month, according to CEO Peter Barth.

Opened in January 2016, The Iron Yard became one of the few local aveneues for an immersive 12-week ‘coding school’ focused around front-end & back-end education for students to enter the workforce as junior programmers.

A final demo day next Wednesday will mark the end their run here, three cohorts and 19 students later.

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