MHTA Foundation Bids & Bytes Benefit

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September 12 | 4:30 pm | Minneapolis — 

The Minnesota High Tech Foundation’s Bids & Bytes Benefit is the 2017 technology fundraiser for everyone to attend — do business with the best in Minnesota and support STEM workforce development in one night!

Donating to the MHTA Foundation is an investment in the future of Minnesota’s workforce. Together, we can pool our resources and excitement to become a top-competing state for technology business, which we’re accomplishing in three ways, by:

  • Educating and supporting students through our STEM scholarships and hands-on experience,
  • Communicating the need for STEM-educated college graduates, and
  • Partnering with the local science and technology community to build strong connections and resources.

Our evening at the Aria Theater will provide opportunities to mingle with C-suite leaders from the biggest and strongest technology companies in Minnesota. During the networking period, there will be a chance to meet the students and organizations impacted by this work. You will also be able to take part in a number of fun activities and competitions, like battling robots, racing sail cars, or beat the clock to assemble your spaceship!

As the evening progresses, those interested can bid on C-suite auction experiences and watch the results come in live at the event. Auction items last year included a suite at Target Field, a tour of the Optum Experience Center, an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Minnesota Science Museum, lunch with Ecolab’s CTO, and more!

Make a difference and support the future success of Minnesota – and your organization – by participating in the benefit and donating to the MHTA Foundation.

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Social Hour Activities:

Before the benefit’s main activities, attendees will be able to participate in some thrilling and challenging competitions. These activities are provided by the MHTA Foundation’s non-profit partners in STEM education and workforce development.

Participants can purchase tickets to participate in the competitions against other attendees. The Foundation’s past and current scholarship winners will assist with running the contests. You can meet the students who benefit from your generous contributions, compete in a exciting bout, and win a unique prize.

The Bell Museum
The Bell Museum of Minnesota dares attendees to take their Astronaut Glove Box Challenge. Participants will wear gloves and attempt to assemble puzzles or work with nuts and bolts in the shortest time. The Bell Museum is dedicated to igniting curiosity and wonder, exploring our connections to nature and the universe, and creating a better future for our evolving world.

High Tech Kids
High Tech Kids is providing an electrifying competition where you can square off against other benefit attendees in a mechanical challenge. Players use robots to compete against each other to gather as many game pieces while blocking their opponent’s robot. High Tech Kids delivers fun, hands-on science, engineering and technology programs and events that inspire Minnesota kids in their formative years.

The Works Museum
The Works Museum will present an engineering design challenge, Sail Cars. Benefit attendees can customize a sail car and test its performance, then improve and re-test or participate in a race. The Works Museum serves over 46,000 students per year in its programs. The Museum is an MHTA Member whose mission is to inspire the next generation of innovators, engineers, and creative problem solvers.


Behind the Scenes Customized Tour at MSP Airport

Custom tour hosted by MAC Commissioner and Thomson Reuters EVP/CIO Rick King. From baggage claim to the tower, guests will see how MSP airport operates in this special, behind the scenes tour. The winner will choose which places to visit from a wide variety of airport areas. This opportunity is open for 2 winning bids (6 guests for each tour).

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Offered by Rick King
Thomson Reuters


Music and Dinner for Four

An evening out for four including a live performance by Commissioner Tom Baden and his band. Dinner to follow featuring wood fire cooking with a variety of hand-crafted cocktails.

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Offered by Tom Baden
Commissioner and Chief Information Officer
Minnesota IT Services, State of Minnesota


We will also be announcing more details on experiences available for bidding from:

  • Anudeep Parhar, CIO – Entrust Datacard
  • David Harkness, CIO – Xcel Energy
  • Cris Ross, CIO – Mayo Clinic
  • Kim Skanson, President, Cargill Business Services

More information and experiences coming soon!

September 12, 2017
4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

4:30 PM – Registration, Networking, and Social Hour Activities
5:30 PM – Welcome & Auction
6:45 PM – Meet the Students
7:30 PM – Event Concludes

105 North First Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401

Individual Tickets: $65
Individual + Guest Tickets $120 (save $10!)

*NOTE: BidPal does not support Internet Explorer. Please use a different browser to purchase tickets (Chrome or Edge recommended)

Thanks to our Sponsors!

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Supporting Sponsors:

Baker Tilly







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Optimity Advisors



St. Jude Medical



Thomson Reuters




ThreeBridge Solutions



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