Tech Careers 1.0

Code to Connection: Crafting Meaningful Relationships

Featuring a Happy Hour & Presentation from Steve Buchanan

About the Event

Tuesday, September 26 • 3:00 – 5:30 PM • ECMC Group Headquarters

Join us for the final Tech Careers 1.0 gathering of the year! This event is an excellent opportunity to connect with fellow early-career tech professionals and industry leaders, foster community, and gain insights from our speaker, Steve Buchanan. Steve will delve into the significance of crafting meaningful relationships and share invaluable strategies for establishing, maintaining, and growing professional connections. Don’t miss out—reserve your spot today!

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About the Speaker

Steve Buchanan: 

Steve Buchanan is a Principal Program Manager with Microsoft focused on improving the cloud. He is a Pluralsight author, the author of eight technical books, Onalytica’s Who’s Who in Cloud?-top 50, and a former 10-time Microsoft MVP. 

He has presented at tech events including, DevOps Days, Open Source North, Midwest Management Summit (MMS), Microsoft Ignite, BITCon, Experts Live Europe, OSCON, Inside Azure management, and user groups. 

Steve has been a guest on over a dozen podcasts and has been featured in several publications including the Star Tribune (the 5th largest newspaper in the US). He stays active in the technical community and enjoys blogging about his adventures in the world of IT at

Explore Speaker Interviews and Publications: 
Pluralsight Spotlight: Steve Buchanan on upskilling, hybrid and multicloud, and impostor syndrome
Steve Buchanan’s Amazon Author Page
Steve Buchanan’s Publications at O’Reilly
Star Tribune: “Twin Cities ‘technologist’ sees expanding future for young minorities in IT”

Event Details

Event Schedule

2:45 PM: Check In begins
3:00-4:00 PM: Networking: happy hour, refreshments, and appetizers
4:00-4:30 PM: Speaker chat with Steve Buchanan, moderated by Ismail Ali
4:30-5:00 PM: Audience Q&A
5:00-5:30 PM: Additional networking to close the event

Arrival Instructions:
    • To access the 111 Washington building: Enter the building on the corner of Marquette Avenue and Washington Avenue
    • In the (street level) lobby, use the escalator or elevator to move up to the lobby on the 2nd floor
    • You will be greeted at the 2nd floor (skyway lobby) and escorted to the 15th floor for the event (please have your photo ID handy)
    • Stop by the MnTech table to grab your name tag.

Date: Tuesday, September 26
Time: 3:00-5:30 PM
Location: ECMC Group Headquarters (111 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401)

Parking and Transit

Parking options with daily rates:
Hennepin Avenue Ramp: 25 1st Street North Minneapolis, MN 55401
Gateway Parking Ramp: 400 3rd Street South Minneapolis, MN 55415

Bus options:
MetroTransit offers a number of bus options, with stops generally within two blocks.


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About Tech Careers 1.0 & This Event

This event is designed for technology professionals who are in the first five years of their careers, but it is open to anyone interested in progressing their technology career. The event includes a Q&A session where attendees can ask questions and get advice and insights from industry experts and senior leaders. Additionally, attendees are encouraged to complete an anonymous survey on their experiences as early-stage employees. This survey will provide valuable feedback and insights, shaping the event’s content, and making it more beneficial for all attendees.

To make the most of the event, it is recommended that attendees arrive on time, take advantage of the networking opportunities, engage with the speakers and other attendees, and come prepared with any questions they may have about advancing their technology careers. Also, remember to complete the anonymous survey; it will help shape the event’s content and make it more beneficial for all attendees.