Tech Talk

By the Minnesota Technology Association

February 15, 2024 • 3:30 - 6:00 PM

Tech Talk

By the Minnesota Technology Association

February 15, 20243:30 - 6:00 PM

Tech Talk is a quarterly event hosted by the Minnesota Technology Association that brings you presentations from some of the brightest minds in the science and technology field in Minnesota. Each presenter will share a unique story that illuminates their innovative work, a new discovery, an organizational breakthrough, or a personal achievement. Tech Talk is where leaders share, learn, and connect.

Event Information

Location: Science Museum of Minnesota
Address: 120 W Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, MN 55102
Date: February 15, 2024
Time: 3:30 – 6:00 PM


Tickets to this Tech Talk can be purchased using the form below. Members of the Minnesota Technology Association receive 50% off their ticket price.

Member Price: $20
Non-Member Price: $40


3:30 PM – Check-In

4:00 – 5:15 PM – Presentations

5:15 - 6:00 PM – Refreshments and conversation


Al Porter

Presentation Summary:
AI and the creative process: how one artist has combined the power of AI to expand their self-expression and production as a creator. Al Porter has successfully merged AI and digital technology into his abstract painting process in the traditional mediums of oil and acrylic. He will share his approach and how AI has inspired him to generate more art and engage more fully as an artist in the realms of curiosity, discovery, and exploration.

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Beth Elliott

Presentation Summary:
Why do transformation programs fail? People often believe that successful strategies and solutions can be created simply by understanding the needs of users. While that’s a piece of the puzzle, leaders need to account for the broader ecosystem of people in their organizations to drive transformations that stick.

Organizations are inherently human, complex, and riddled with interdependences. Ignoring the problems, pain points, and gaps of the broader organization could spell disaster for your solution. During this session, Beth will discuss a system approach to human-centered design to help you manage risk and design strategies and solutions that work for your users AND your organization.

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Joseph Block

Presentation Summary:
What can a business do with a drone?  This presentation will explore how drones are being used today in various industries, highlighting the unprecedented opportunity for businesses both small and large to capture aerial data, gain additional situational awareness, and transport goods at low altitudes, as well as the new revolutionary aircraft designs that are set to transform the way people and cargo are moved within cities and between regions.

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Sean Masterman

Presentation Summary:
Discover the potential of emerging technologies, including the use of AI, to drive better educational outcomes and what you can do to support the radical shift in our approach to education that will be required for our young people to thrive in the fourth industrial revolution.  Dr. Sean Masterman, Ed.D will share the exciting potential of emerging technologies in the classroom to individualize learning to meet the needs and capabilities of each student along their learning journey. He will also illuminate the critical importance of changing the way we teach if we are to effectively prepare our students for the challenges of the new economy. He will challenge the audience to take action at the local, state, and national level to support our schools with the resources needed to ensure we remain competitive and leverage the potential for dramatic changes in how we teach.

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Ron Huesman

Presentation Summary:
What is the value of a four-year degree? How can colleges demonstrate that what they offer is worth the effort and expense? Is it an equalizer for students from various socioeconomic, demographic, and geographic backgrounds? Attempting to answer this question was the challenge put forth by the University of MN and accepted by Ron Huesman and his colleagues. Ron will share his teams’ creative approach to leveraging disparate data sources to gather information across a longer time horizon to begin to develop a more valid perspective on the outcomes of a bachelor’s degree.

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Interested in Presenting?

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