2017 Spring Conference

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May 9 | 8:00 am | Minneapolis — 

Each year MHTA hosts a gathering of 700 science and technology leaders and professionals that highlights local companies, their breakthroughs and the people behind them. This year’s conference will be held at the Minneapolis Depot Renaissance and feature more than 15 breakout sessions and 40 exhibitors in addition to our keynote speakers. Conference tracks will focus on digital transformation, cybersecurity and Minnesota’s leadership in the next wave of innovation.

If you are interested in speaking, submitting an idea or sponsoring Spring Conference let us know by contacting organizers at news@mhta.org.



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.

From Agile to Devops –  How can a science and tech company go from being a traditional “box” software company to a SaaS.  Explore Microsoft Visual Studio’s transition from a multi-year software release cadence to continuously delivery from the public cloud.


Spring Conference will feature more than 15 breakout sessions. Learn more about each conference track below.

Digital Transformation
Science & Tech Leadership

More speaker/topic announcements coming soon!

Tuesday, May 9, 2016
7:00 am – 5:30 pm

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

Early-bird pricing (ends April 11, 2017)
Members: $160 | Non-Member: $220 | Student: $50

Regular Pricing
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!


Watch a rebroadcast of the 2016 event here.

Thank you to our sponsors!

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Gain visibility for your organization by becoming a sponsor! Click here to purchase sponsorships or contact us (news@mhta.org) for more information.


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