MHTA Spring Conference: April 30, 2013

The Minnesota High Tech Association just announced their grand finale speaker for the MHTA Spring Conference – Jim Link…

In his presentation, “The New Creativity,” Link will strip the mystery from creativity and reveal it for what it is—a skill and discipline that with some effort, anyone can master. MHTA’s Spring Conference will be April 30 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Registration is available.

Link started one of the world’s first idea companies in 1994. Since then, he has brought new thinking to more than 100 companies across 160 different product and service categories.

Developed over thirty years of hands-on new product innovation, Link’s approach to creativity has attracted many of the world’s biggest corporate innovation leaders, including 3M, Cargill, General Mills, New Holland, and Nestle. His carefully developed methods have brought proven success and his engaging speaking style consistently earns him rave reviews.

Earlier they announced Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly as the keynote…

The Minnesota High Tech Association has announced Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly will keynote the upcoming MHTA Spring Conference. Joly will discuss the importance of innovation as well as leadership lessons learned throughout his tenure at some of Minnesota’s most prominent companies, including Carlson. …

According to his biography, Joly led the restructuring and growth of Vivendi’s video game business from 1999 to 2001, which included the development of a massive online presence with Diablo II and then World of Warcraft. He later oversaw the highly complex integration of Universal and Vivendi’s media assets in the U.S., and was part of the team that led the successful restructuring of Vivendi in 2002 to 2004.

I like the focus on ideas and innovation. Innovation has been a core part of the MIRC and now Blandin Broadband Communities (BBC) projects for a few years now. The participating communities use a modified version of the Intelligent Community Forum framework that builds local economic development on: knowledge workers, digital inclusion, infrastructure, marketing and innovation. It will be fun to learn more about both speakers’ perspective on ideas.

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Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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