2019 Spring Conference

Thursday, May 9, 2019 — 

This annual one-day tech conference in Brooklyn Park is attended by business, technology and industry leaders as well as technology influencers and technology strategists.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Here is what you’ll gain by attending:

  • New insights on big disruptive trends. Keynote speaker Michael Ljung will expose trends affecting our industries as discussed in Accenture’s Tech Vision 2019 report .
  • Breakout sessions that dive into the keynote themes. Each breakout period includes workshops for business leaders and for technologists, allowing you to easily find topics that help you grow in your role.
  • Cool tech you might not see every day. Check out premium VR with REM5, test ride in VSI Labs’ autonomous research vehicle, drive robots created by the Edina Green Machine and more!
  • A dynamic expo. Exhibitors are competing to wow you with their tech, demos and swag
  • Networking with leaders at all levels in all business sizes
  • A closing session that puts ideas into action. Executives from Seagate Technology, Target and Cargill share how they drive business outcomes using new technologies.

Registration Fees

Conference fee (thru May 8): $210/MHTA members, $275/non-members
Onsite registration (May 9): $285/MHTA members, $375/non-members

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Morning Keynote Speaker

Michael Ljung

Michael Ljung
Senior Managing Director and North America Intelligent Software Engineering Services Lead

Keynote: Are You Ready For What Is Next?

Companies are taking in a new world—one that tailors itself to every moment. It’s a world where products, services, and even people’s surroundings are customized, and where businesses cater to the individual in every aspect of their lives, shaping the very realities they live in. It won’t be long before the standout examples of today are the norm. Companies are already investigating the next generation of technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), distributed ledgers like blockchain, extended reality, and quantum computing. The message is clear: “keeping up with the digitals” won’t cut it for what’s coming next. Business leaders must set new goals in their sights as the world moves into the post-digital era.

Michael Ljung, a Senior Managing Director, leads the Intelligent Software Engineering business for Accenture in North America. Software Engineering because building future-ready systems requires architecture principles and engineering discipline; Intelligent Software because more and more systems rely on AI, automation, and analytics. Michael’s group of 7,900 includes technology architects, cloud native engineers, serverless programmers, devops experts, custom delivery leads, agile scrum masters, AI professionals, and data scientists. Working together, they help clients embrace what we call Exponential IT.

Michael has worked for clients in the public sector and Fortune 500, across industries. He also has extensive international experience, including helping set up the company’s component technology centers in southern France and London.

Closing General Session: Executive Panel Discussion
How do Accenture’s big themes affect Minnesota’s businesses? What’s the crossover between personalization and trust? How do we get the most out of new tech-enabled business models to drive faster growth? How can we all better serve our customers and build a workforce in Minnesota that sustains and nourishes our economy for decades? Tech leaders from across industries will tackle these and other questions in a closing panel designed to bring the themes of the day together and explore how they apply to multiple business contexts.

Robin Brown

Robin Brown
CIO & Group Business Relationship Manager/North America Protein

Robin has 24 years of IT experience in the agriculture, construction, healthcare, government, consulting, retail and financial sectors. Prior to Cargill, she was the VP & CIO at Mortenson Construction and held other senior leadership roles at UnitedHealth Group, Accenture, Best Buy, and Arcadia Financial. She is known for driving technology-enabled innovation, strategic business transformation, building global shared service capabilities, and transforming IT functions to be value-driven while fostering relationships between the Business, Operations and IT delivery.

John Morris

John Morris
Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Seagate Technology

John is responsible for accelerating technology partnerships with Seagate’s customers, and cultivating emerging customers globally. Prior to his current role, John was VP for Seagate’s hard drive and SSD product lines. He also served as VP of Design Engineering for Seagate’s enterprise development group, focusing on technical and strategic alignment with enterprise and cloud customers. Since joining the company in 1996, John has been a key contributor to many of Seagate’s core technologies. He holds 32 patents, primarily related to hard drive technologies.

Rachel Whitcomb

Rachel Whitcomb
Vice President, Supply Chain Technology
Target Corporation

Rachel and her global engineering team are responsible for building and operating over 50 technology products that enable Target’s global supply chain. From inventory planning and ordering through warehousing and logistics all the way to transportation of goods to the guest, these technology products are foundational to the total transformation of Target’s supply chain – a key part of the retailer’s strategy to leverage the stores network to provide elevated service to guests. In her 15-year tenure at Target, Rachel has played a variety of engineering leadership roles, supporting nearly every area of Target’s business.

Lisa Schlosser

Moderator: Lisa Schlosser
Interim CEO
Minnesota High Tech Association

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