- Smart Cities/Smart Buildings | Connectivity Core by Matrix-NDI
Welcome to Minnesota Innovators' monthly Smart Cities meetups emceed by Ben Wallace ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/linkpositive/ ) featuring a new cast of smart tech hosts each month from the Minnesota ecosystem.
The meetups will highlight MN organizations and companies in the Smart Cities space that lead the development of the vision, adoption, and deployment of connected devices, systems, buildings, cities, and people that create Smart Cities making life and business better with data and automation.
Our featured presenter:
Frank Millo: VP of Sales & Marketing
Jason Cardwell: Account Executive
Based in Plymouth, MN, Matrix-NDI offers turnkey, cutting-edge solutions to support customers of all sizes and from every industry, across the U.S..
Specialties: Structured Cabling, Cloud and Hosted solutions, Voice and Contact Center Solutions, Telecom Choices, Facial Recognition, PoE Lighting, IT Networking Design and Deployment, IT Security, Premise Security, and Managed Services to support all of it. We can implement our solutions and services nationwide to push your business forward. Our Sales, Engineering, and Project Management teams will work hand-in-hand with your team to customize a solution that works with your budget and timeline.
Topic: Smart Cities & Buildings: Connectivity is Core by Matrix-NDI
University Enterprise Laboratories (UEL) https://www.uelmn.org/
1000 Westgate Drive
Saint Paul, MN 55114
UEL South Conference Room
Park & Enter on the south side of the building
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM CST
General Assembly Twin Cities https://generalassemb.ly/locations/minneapolis
- Mobile Twin Cities: A Panel Discussion on Mobile Trends and Developing for Them.
A Panel Discussion on Mobile Trends and Developing for Them.
Tech Futurist and Director of Digital at Fallon, Greg Swan, is joined by BuzzFeed Mobile Developers and Technicians Paul Marino, Sebastian Celis, and Dan Tann.
Together they will identify some the hottest trends in mobile, discuss their impact and talk about developing products that address those trends. Everything from foldable screens to user privacy, the panel will dig into the challenges, rewards and risks of developing "on the cutting edge" of mobile related technology. Join us for this lively roundtable.
About Greg Swan
Greg is a nationally-recognized thought-leader, brand strategist and creative team leader who blends experience with creativity, emerging technology, earned engagement and social media for Fortune 500 brands.As head of digital/social at Fallon, Greg leads a team devoted to building creative engagement strategies for brands rooted in consumer habits, creative technology, social networks, and the culture engine that knits them together.
About Paul Marino
Paul is a Senior Software Engineer at BuzzFeed. He has been developing on the Android platform for 5+ years and works closely with brands like google and Samsung. He previously worked as a freelance developer and has an extensive background in music. For nearly a decade, Paul ran his own music production studio and has received awards and nominations for his work as a producer and audio engineer.
About Sebastian Celis
Sebastian Celis is the lead iOS engineer at BuzzFeed and has been doing mobile development since 2009. When he isn’t hacking in Swift, Sebastian can be found biking around the lakes and playing pinball with his son.
About Dan Tann
Dan Tann is a Senior Software Engineer at BuzzFeed and has been with them for over four years. He has worked on multiple projects at BuzzFeed and he is currently working on their Tasty Android app. He holds a Bachelors of Computer Science degree from Metropolitan State University.
- Re-Branding User Retention at InboxDollars
Mark Prondzinski, Director of Product at InboxDollars, will share his experience guiding an established web and mobile business through a user retention "Re-Branding". Mark will explain how analyzing and improving retention at InboxDollars became an exercise in moving beyond the standard metric definitions (e.g. DAUs, Churn Rate, LTV) and instead focused on crafting a retention model based upon the unique needs of audiences both internal (employees) and external (users).
Mark has over 20 years experience designing, building, and growing interactive web and mobile applications. He learned to write code and built his first website in 1995 after being introduced to the web from his tech-forward uncle. During his career, Mark has designed web and eventually mobile experiences for many local brands including Pillsbury, Allina Health System, and Parasole Restaurant Holdings. In 2014, Mark joined InboxDollars as Director of Product, overseeing the company's international Product Strategy on web and mobile app.
Founded in 2000, InboxDollars is an online rewards club that pays members cash for their online and mobile activities. Along with SendEarnings.com, InboxPounds.co.uk and DailyRewards.com, InboxDollars connects consumers and advertisers in a way that benefits both by rewarding its members for their everyday activities - such as reading emails, taking surveys, playing games, and signing up for offers. InboxDollars currently operates an iOS and Android mobile app with over 2.5 million combined installs.
- Mobile Twin Cities: Mobility and Smart Technologies with Sabina Saksena
Sabina Saksena, Founder/CEO at Cytilife, Inc. will share her experience and vision of the smart campus and spaces, and how mobility coupled with smart technologies can transform the quality of our lives everyday, and ability to make smarter and impactful decisions.
Sabina has 25 years of corporate experience having worked at the Tata Group, The Coca Cola Company, PwC, GS1 US, and across 3 continents and 4 industries. She is now busy growing her second entrepreneurial venture, Cytilife, a Smart Campus company, that is leveraging IoT and AI to help turn large campuses with finite information and physical infrastructure, such as colleges, corporate complexes, senior living, hotels etc into smart spaces, by providing highly personalized, real time, contextual information to thousands of people who live, work and play there, to help them better use of their time and to make smarter and healthier decisions everyday.
- Mobile Twin Cities: "What Mobile Means Now" with Mike Bollinger
"What Mobile Means Now" with Mike Bollinger - Founder, LIvefront
Mike will discuss what the future of mobile means for product design and how organizations should think about mobile design strategy when building or expanding their digital products, thinking beyond just a mobile app on a phone.
Mike Bollinger is an explorer and entrepreneur. He is founder of Livefront, a mobile software design & development firm, and co-founder of TECHdotMN, a media group covering technology news in Minnesota. With over twenty years of experience in software design and engineering, he has helped launch mobile products for Fortune 500 companies and startups alike. His love for international travel and photography inform his approach to creating beautiful, simple design experiences for people in motion.
Food and beverages will be served at 6:00pm. Presentations begin at 6:30pm.
- Mobile Twin Cities: Actions on Google and Action at WWDC
Join Mobile Twin Cities for two presentations at our next meeting on July 10th, 2018.
Building "Actions" for the Google Assistant with Actions on Google and Dialogflow.
Actions on Google lets you extend the functionality of the Google Assistant with actions. Actions let users get things done through a conversational interface that can range from a quick command to turn on some lights or a longer conversation, such as playing a trivia game. Paul shares his work building these actions as well the use of Dialogflow
Paul is a Senior Software Engineer at BuzzFeed, currently working on their Android team. He has been developing on the platform for 5+ years and previously worked as a freelance developer. He also has an extensive background in music. For nearly a decade, Paul ran his own music production studio and has received awards and nominations for his work as a producer and audio engineer.
How I spent My Time at WWDC
Josh Walker will give a quick recap of all the latest announcements from Apple from their annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). Including new apps and user features, and what new frameworks and API’s developers are excited to start using. In addition, he’ll provide some insight about what it is like to be there in San Jose with all the happenings.
Josh is a Sr Mobile Engineer at BuzzFeed with over 8 years experience in iOS development and 20 years software development experience. He is passionate about technology, soccer and travel when he can find the time.
See you at the next Mobile Twin Cities
Food and beverages will be served at 6:00pm. Presentations begin at 6:30pm.