About the Conference

Tech Connect is where Minnesota’s technology leaders gather to learn and connect. The future of tech is happening at Tech Connect.

MnTech is excited to bring this event back in person to the Saint Paul RiverCentre on Thursday, May 5. The agenda includes three general sessions, discussion rooms, breakout sessions, an expo, and more on topics most pertinent to the technology community in Minnesota.

Tech Connect is attended by organizations of all sizes, and is geared to Minnesota tech and business leaders, tech influencers, tech strategists, and future tech leaders currently pursuing STEM careers. Tech Connect provides a great opportunity to showcase the rich diversity of Minnesota’s tech ecosystem. Attendees gain new ideas, tips, and best practices they can take back to their own organizations.


COVID-19 Protocol. MnTech considers health and safety a top priority as we make plans for this in-person conference. MnTech will follow the state and local guidelines in place at the time of the conference, which are subject to change as pandemic conditions evolve.


Opening Keynote

Accenture Martha Cotton

Martha Cotton
Managing Director and Global co-Lead
Fjord, part of Accenture Song

Fjord Trends is Accenture Song’s annual report that looks at human and consumer behavior changes over the past year, and maps the trends we believe will impact business, design and tech in the next 12 months and beyond. An exploration of opportunities, we examine the changes thrust upon us, the innovations we’ve seen emerge, and set out how we move forward from here.

Fjord Trends 2022 collectively tell a story of people and their relationships with the planet, technology, brands, and each other. A unique set of challenges and opportunities arose for businesses in 2021, including supply chain issues, explosive new technologies, dramatic evolutions in people’s view of themselves and their priorities, and the realization that we can no longer behave as though people were separate from nature.

What matters now is how organizations respond to the evidence-based observations we’ve crowdsourced from more than 2,000 designers and innovators in Fjord studios around the world.

Mid-Day Keynote

Jack Uldrich

Jack Uldrich
Global Futurist
Speaker, Author

The Pandemic has catapulted the world into a future of deep change. In this engaging, provocative, and insightful keynote session, acclaimed global futurist and best-selling author Jack Uldrich will not only discuss how Coronavirus is transforming the world of tomorrow, he explains why it is accelerating many of the trends that were already at work prior to the pandemic.

History reminds us that great crises produce great change–as well as great opportunities. To take advantage of these extraordinary opportunities, businesses must position themselves now to operate in a world where “business as unusual” is the new “usual.” This session will help leaders leverage ten “unconventional” techniques to succeed in today’s–and tomorrow’s–transformational times.

Executive Roundtable

Executive Panelists:
Teddy Bekele, SVP and CTO, Land O’Lakes
Julie Durham, CTO, UnitedHealthcare
Amy Hutsell, VP, Strategic Planning & Digital Operations, Thomson Reuters
Jake Krings, VP – Marketing & Merchandise Engineering, Target

Facilitated by Jeff Tollefson
President & CEO
Minnesota Technology Association

In this closing session, Jeff Tollefson will facilitate an executive panel discussion with technology leaders from Optum, Land O’Lakes, Target, and Thomson Reuters on the challenges and opportunities that lie before us as a tech community. A broad spectrum of topics will be covered, from how companies are leveraging technology tools and platforms to power digital transformations, to how organizations are accessing, developing, and retaining the talent needed to successfully drive these initiatives, and more.

SPECIAL GUEST: Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter

Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter

Mayor Carter will join us at the opening session to share how the City of Saint Paul is committed to a tech-forward future.


Fees & Registration

Tech Connect Conference Fees

  • MnTech members: $225
    Not sure if your company is a member? Check our member listing
  • Non-members: $325
  • Discounts available for purchases of 10 or more tickets
  • Student pricing available for full-time students pursuing a STEM career

For group or student discounts, and all other questions on tickets, please contact Patty Carruth at patty@mntech.org

Registration fee is 100% refundable if cancellation is received on/before April 27, 2022.   Cancellations made between April 28 and May 4 are refundable less a $50 administrative fee.  Cancellations or no shows on May 5 are non-refundable. Please contact Patty Carruth at patty@mntech.org.

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