2017 New Directions in Technology: Building Bridges Between Academia & Industry Conference

Each year Advance IT Minnesota, Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence,  invites industry professionals, Minnesota State faculty members, and academic leaders to convene and explore emerging employer needs, identify specific implications for student learning outcomes, and develop replicable roadmaps for department and institutional implementation.

We are pleased to invite you to the 2017 New Directions in Technology: Building Bridges (NDiIT) conference, taking place May 17 – 19, at Winona State University.

Join fellow faculty members and industry leaders in beautiful Winona, MN, to explore and shape the dynamic future of information technology curriculum at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and industry technologists are invited to attend sessions on various topics, with special focus on the following subjects

Shared Infrastructure

Explore the tools, resources, and infrastructure needed to enhance the student’s learning experience.

Curriculum Development

Discuss the evolution towards competency based curriculum, embedded prior learning assessments, and the best practices for curriculum development.

Faculty Development and Engagement

Discover and share innovative approaches to attracting, developing, and supporting the best faculty.

Additionally, conference attendees will have access to industry learning opportunities lead by leading technologist and covers global needs in the following areas

Agile/DevOps Education

Review state-of-the-art curricula and teaching approaches, engaging in efforts to renew and enhance IT programs and courses.

Analytics/Data Science

Evaluate the demand for curriculum related to data science and business analysis, focusing on curriculum design, career pathways, and experiential learning opportunities.


Assess the current research on cyber-security education and create course guidelines based on the National Institute for Cyber-security Education framework, while exploring industry-engagement opportunities.

This FREE conference can also be used to fulfill your professional development credits!

Conference Schedule

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (Somsen 321)

Lunch – Winona Tech Leadership Group
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12:30 PM - 1:00 PM (Somsen Engagement Center)

Registration for Industry and Business Leaders
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1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (Auditorium - 2nd Floor)

Panel – Journey to Agile/Dev Ops – Jason Baker, Spok & University of St. Thomas; Kelly Sauke, Fastenal; Zenta Ahrens, IBM; Jim Ahrens, IBM; Wayne Carrigan, IBM
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2:45 PM - 4:00 PM (Auditorium - 2nd Floor)

Panel – Agile and Data Analytics Hiring Trends – Jason Baker, Spok & University of St. Thomas; Hasan Mir, Mayo; Matt Hoenk, TEK Systems; Nick Von Bokern, TEK Systems
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4:00 PM - 5:15 PM (Auditorium - 2nd Floor)

Panel – Security – Terry Delahunt, Boston Scientific; Harry (Al) VanCourt, US Bank; Ted Wallerstedt, US Bank
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8:00 AM - 8:30 AM (Somsen Engagement Center)

Check-in and Light Breakfast
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8:30 AM - 9:00 AM (Auditorium - 2nd Floor)

Welcome (Wilson Garland, Executive Director) and Opening remarks (Scott Olson, WSU President)
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9:00 AM - 9:45 AM (Auditorium - 2nd Floor)

Keynote Speaker – Tom O’Neill – CEO, the Nerdery
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM (Auditorium - 2nd Floor)

Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence –The New IT College Graduate
Amy Lane, Fusion Director and Principal Investigator, Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence
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10:30AM - 11:45 PM (Auditorium - 2nd Floor)

Industry Panel – Q&A – High Speed Internet Panel / Cloud Discussion-President Scott Olson, Dan Pecarina-HBC, John Goodman-A-Vu Media, Matt Schmit-MN Rural Equity Project, Michael Munoz-RPS
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11:45 AM - 12: 45 PM (Auditorium - 2nd Floor)

Lunch and Security Panel – Rick Velasquez-Federated Insurance and Toby Schmidt-WSU
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12:45 PM - 2:00 PM (Auditorium - 2nd Floor)

Panel Discussion – Learning Infrastructures – RITA Consortium – Director, Michael Olesen, Pine Technical and Community College Ben Franske, Inver Hills, and Ken Graetz, Winona State and Tom Tippel of Federated Insurance.
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Auditorium - 2nd Floor)

Panel Discussion – Curriculum Development Framework – Wilson Garland, Executive Director, Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence, Kathe Kacheroski, Academic Director of Direct Assessment, Capella University
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3:00 PM - 3:45 PM (Agile/DevOps-Somsen 321, Cybersecurity-Somsen 330, Data Analytics-Somsen 312)

Theme Presentation – Faculty Development – Residency Project –
Tiffni Deeb, CIO Minneapolis Community and Technical College; Wilson Garland, Minnesota State IT Center of ExcellenceBreak and Discipline Specific Faculty Meetings

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3:45 pm - 5:00 PM (Auditorium - 2nd Floor)

Break and Discipline Specific Faculty Meetings
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8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Review of General Session Pitch Guidelines – Wilson Garland & Janice Aanenson – (please submit PPT Pitch Projects to Janice.aanenson@metrostate.edu)
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9:00 AM - 9:45 AM (Auditorium - 2nd Floor)

Keynote Speaker – Charlie Betz, Dynamic IT Curriculum Workbook- Project Team Vision of Use
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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Auditorium - 2nd Floor)

Hour 1 General Session Pitch: Faculty may pitch projects or grant efforts they wish to pursue and solicit faculty partners
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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Third Floor Classrooms)

Hour 2 Teaming Breakout: Work with faculty partners in separate breakout sessions to build teams and outline a plan of action (proceed to announced rooms)
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Conference Lodging Details

A block of rooms are available under Agile and New Directions Faculty Conference at the Riverport Conference and Event Center in Winona, MN. To reserve your room, please contact the Riverport Riverport Conference and Event Center at: 507-452-0606 or book online now!