The Con Phenomenon: Minnesota’s Tech Conventions

Posted October 16, 2014 | By csponline

The Con Phenomenon - Minnesota Tech Conventions

If you are interested in a career in the information technology industry, it’s probably no surprise to you that Minnesota is rapidly growing into a Midwest tech hub. In fact, the state ranked first in TechAmerica Foundation’s electromedical equipment manufacturing employment category. As reported in their publication Cyberstates 2013, which covers tech employment, wages and other economic factors on both a national and state-by-state basis, Minnesota has an ideal number of tech companies and workers for a successful market.

In 2012, for example, our state employed 124,000 tech professionals, while tech industry employment accounted for 5.5% of all private sector employees. Even more promising, tech workers had an average wage of $84,000, a number that is 76% higher than the average private sector wage of $48,100. Earning a degree from an information technology program is a good first step to becoming a part of one of Minnesota’s most valuable industries.

Because technology is such a popular industry in the state, there are many tech conventions happening throughout the year. These conferences are an excellent way to learn about the latest developments and find out about new products and services— not to mention opportunities to network with potential employers, clients and customers. We’ve put together a guide to some of the best tech conventions in Minnesota.

TIES Education Technology Conference

This convention takes place in February each year in St. Cloud, Minnesota. It is geared toward technology professions in an educational format. Generally, this conference is more about exploring tech information and innovation than training. TIES is an educational technology collaborative that offers cutting-edge school administration software and hardware. Their Internet and professional development services are designed by educators specifically for the education industry.

MHTA Conference

This convention takes place in Minneapolis and is sponsored by the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA), which is an innovation and technology association that helps direct technology issues to Minnesota’s state capitol. MHTA also fosters community among Minnesota’s tech industry. The conference serves as a networking opportunity for both technology producers and users. Session content is driven by members.

Nonprofit Technology and Communications Conference

The 2014 Nonprofit Technology & Communications Conference takes place in Minneapolis. It introduces you to tech trends and tools that are newly released and still in development. The convention covers nonprofit strategies, big data, cloud computing, game-based learning, website design and many other topics. It is ideal for both entry-level and advanced technology professionals.

Library Technology Conference

This convention takes place in St. Paul, on the campus of Macalester College. It provides an opportunity for learning about the changing technologies involved in the library and research disciplines. Topics are centered on how libraries are using technology to create new ways to manage resources. The Library Technology Conference features keynote presentations, lecture-style sessions, panel discussions and hands-on workshops. It is ideal for anyone who is interested in how technology is affecting academia.

MTEEA LogoMinnesota Technology and Engineering Educators Association Conference

MTEEA is a professional organization of technology education, engineering and industrial technology teachers in Minnesota. It is affiliated with the International Technology Educators Association, which promotes technological literacy through the teaching of technology and engineering and the promotion of professionals in both industries. The MTEEA convention takes place in St. Cloud and prominently features tech education components.

Attending any of these events is a great way to get involved in the technology industry while you pursue your degree.


Information Technology at Concordia University, St. Paul

Our online Bachelor of Arts in Information and Technology Management program combines technical and business learning into a comprehensive, real-world degree. Information technology professionals will learn to find technical solutions to tasks from a strategic, business-driven perspective. You’ll also gain insight into the fundamentals of business so that you can streamline operations and improve efficiency in the workplace.

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This program is offered in both 100 percent online and blended formats that combine traditional and online learning methods. It’s possible to complete your bachelor’s degree in about 18 months as part of this accelerated degree track.  A wide variety of tech careers will be open to you after graduation, including the following:

  • IT strategist
  • Project manager
  • Systems architect
  • Program manager
  • Security architect

Visit our program page now to find out more about this valuable, flexible degree and how it can help you take advantage of Minnesota’s thriving tech culture.