2017 Spring Conference

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May 9 | 7:15 am | Minneapolis — 

150 companies and organizations are participating in this year’s MHTA Spring Conference, May 9 at the Minneapolis Depot Renaissance on Washington Avenue. The day will include 5 general sessions and 15 breakout sessions. You can read more and register to attend the conference through the links on this page.



Spring Conference will feature more than a dozen breakout sessions. Learn more about conference tracks below.

Breakout Sessions – 1 Breakout Sessions -2 Breakout Sessions -3 Tech Talks


Neel Kashkari

Neel Kashkari
Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank

Neel Kashkari is the 13th president of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank. He was born and raised Ohio and first worked as an aerospace engineer. Later he attended the Wharton School of Business and covered the technology security sector for Goldman Sachs. Ten years ago the Secretary of the Treasury tapped Kashkari to administer the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) during the financial crisis. Kashkari is currently a voting member of the Federal Reserve’s policy-setting panel.

Chris Wolf

Chris Wolf
VP & Global CTO

Keynote: Empowering Business Innovation and Agility

These days, business innovation and agility mean faster time to market with cool new ideas. The introduction of new business models and alternative delivery channels. And, of course, a mobile-first approach with an app for everything.

Your business is counting on IT to deliver the modern data center and cloud technologies that will help the company stay nimble and inventive. And if IT isn’t fast enough, business users will simply go to the public cloud for what they need.

You want to deliver the IT environment and cloud flexibility the business needs—but with the visibility, security, and governance your company requires. How can you do both?

Join us to explore IT strategies that deliver the flexibility and control you need to empower your organization’s innovation and agility.

Chris Wolf serves as CTO, Global Field and Industry at VMware. In that role, Chris is responsible for driving the execution and communication of the Office of the CTO’s vision, internally and externally, supporting VMware’s global field teams on all CTO evangelism and representing VMware’s technical vision to customers, partners and analysts. He also owns and manages the field CTO activities and helps drive the CTO Ambassador (CTOA) programs and industry-vertical CTO activities.

Brian Harry

Brian Harry
Product Unit Manager, Team Foundation Server

From Agile to Devops –  How can a science and tech company go from being a traditional “box” software company to a SaaS?  Hear from Brian Harry, Product Unit Manager for Team Foundation Server, and explore Microsoft Visual Studio’s transition from a multi-year software release cadence to continuous delivery from the public cloud.

Brian Harry is the Corporate Vice President for the Visual Studio Team Services organization.  He is responsible for the Visual Studio Team Services and Team Foundation Server product lines.  Harry worked at start up DaVinci Systems doing electronic mail software from 1988 to 1992. In 1992 Harry left DaVinci Systems with two others to create One Tree Software. One Tree, was a classic garage-type startup company that developed and sold SourceSafe (the same product that is now Microsoft Visual SourceSafe). One Tree Software was acquired by Microsoft in 1994.

After joining Microsoft, Harry worked in what was then the Tools and Databases division. For a couple of years he worked on SourceSafe and then on Microsoft Repository. In 1996 he and others began working on the problem of improving the approachability of API for the developer masses. Although this started as investigation of ways to extend COM it eventually grew into what we now know as the .NET Framework. Harry served as the Development manager for the Common Language Runtime and then as the PUM through the rest of the V1 and most of the V1.1 product cycle.  He has also previously owned the Application Insights and Kusto product lines.


John Cuningham

John Cuningham
Cuningham Group

Paul Sobanski

Paul Sobanski
Software Development Lead
Epic Systems Corporation

Infrastructure as a key factor in achieving firm goals

For more than 22 years, Epic Systems Corporation and Cuningham Group Architecture have been joining forces to bring the organization’s spirit of innovation and quality front and center. Epic Systems Corporation, the Midwest’s largest high-tech campus, understands the impact environment can have on clients, employees and guests to the campus.

Join leaders from each firm as they share how building infrastructure across the 900-acre campus directly supports the firm culture and positively impacts organizational goals including productivity, talent retention and attraction, and corporate marketing.

With completion of four phases and numerous support buildings, the growing campus is home to more than 10,000 employees and regularly hosts numerous on-site conventions each year.

With the fifth phase nearing completion; Epic System’s mission statement of “do good, work hard, have fun and make money” is evident across the 26 buildings that make up the 900-acre campus.  As future phases are being designed, Epic Systems Corporation and Cuningham Group continue its partnership of supporting productivity and creativity by creating a culture of collaboration and fun.

John Cuningham has been practicing architecture since his graduation in 1962 and in 1968 he founded Cuningham Group. His leadership, foresight and personal attention has helped grow and lead the firm to design some of the most innovative and exciting designs in the Twin Cities, as well as nationally and internationally.

While emphasizing the need to produce architecture well-aligned with the needs and values of clients, John believes good architecture contributes to community life. Creating such architecture requires engaging both the client and the community in a dialogue.

John’s community-based approach is further underscored by his personal passion for sustainable design. As the firm approaches 50 years in business, John continues to advocate creating memorable places that respect the earth — an advocacy he has upheld throughout his professional career and before the rise in recognition of “green design.”

John also taught architectural design for 18 years at the University of Minnesota. He currently serves on the University’s Alumni Board and also maintains a relationship with the College of Design where he is a popular guest lecturer.

Paul Sobanski leads Epic’s software development team tasked with improving hospital-based care. He aims to empower physicians and nurses with tools that let them focus on patient care and safety as well as help them highlight potential problems.  In his more than ten years with the company, Paul’s many roles have had him working alongside customer leadership, end users, and patients. His priorities are not only building high-quality software, but also shaping the teams and processes that ultimately lead to that end.


Dave Knox

Dave Knox

Keynote: Predicting the Turn

As a brand marketer, venture investor, and startup advisor, Knox provides a one-of-a-kind worldview into the changing relationship between disruptive startups and Fortune 500 companies. In his Predicting The Turn talk, Knox teaches the world’s largest companies how to foresee the future of their industry and respond to these new competitive challenges.

More speaker/topic announcements coming soon!
*Agenda subject to change.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
7:15 am – 5:30 pm

Minneapolis Depot Renaissance Hotel
225 3rd Ave S,
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Members: $210 | Non-Member: $275 | Student: $50

On-Site Pricing
Members: $285 | Non-Member: $375 | Student: $100

Save 20% if you buy 5 or more tickets!






Spring Conference Sponsors















































  • Alpha Video & Audio
  • Metropolitan State University
  • Thousand Eyes
  • Marsh & McLennan
  • Improving – Twin Cities
  • Computex Technology Solutions
  • New Horizons Computer Learning Centers
  • MentorMate
  • Contrast Security

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