Unveiling the Minnesota Broadband Vision #MNBroadband Conference

broadband visionThroughout the conference, attendees worked on creating a Minnesota Broadband Vision. (I wrote earlier about the process.) The penultimate activity of the day was to solidify the vision:

Everyone in Minnesota will be able to use convenient, affordable world-class broadband networks that enable us to survive and thrive in our communities and across the globe.

Once the vision was formulated, we got working on ways to spread the vision to policy makers, community leaders, well really everyone in Minnesota. Here’s a quick video of the ideas that emerged…


Moving Your Community Up the Tech Adoption Ladder: 2015 #MNBroadband Conference


Learn how Social Media Breakfasts, App Camps, industry sector initiatives and business technology promotion projects can positively influence the tech savviness of your own community. Hear about best practices for helping residents, businesses and key community institutions learn new skills and deploy new tech strategies.
Moderated by Karl Samp, Community Technology Advisors

Julie Foote, Market Development and Sales, MVTV Wireless
Maureen Ideker, Systems Director of Telehealth, Essentia Health
Kay Wruke, County Recorder, Martin County


Co-ops and Broadband Deployment: 2015 #MNBroadband Conference


Many of Minnesota’s best rural broadband services are provided by cooperatives. Find out if a cooperative model might work for your community, and how existing cooperatives might be your best bet for a public-private partnership.
Moderated by Shannon Heim, Senior Counsel, Dykema

Joe Buttweiler, Partnership Development Manager, Consolidated Telephone Co.
Stacy Cluff, Supervisor, IT & Network Security, Mille Lacs Energy
Joel Dahlgren, General Counsel, RS Fiber; Chief Risk Officer, United Farmers Coop
Kyle Oldre, Administrator & Emergency Management Director, Rock County

Note: I am hoping to upload video from this session over the weekend – but in the meantime I wanted to get the basic info out in a timely fashion.

Fueling Innovation via Creative Spaces: 2015 #MNBroadband Conference


Learn how to build an innovative community culture by creating a physical space where technologists, engineers, financiers and entrepreneurs can launch new ideas, applications and companies.
Moderated by Ann Treacy, Owner, Treacy Information Services

Betsy Bonnema, Founder, WORKUP (Willmar)
Matt Faris, Founding Member, Duluth MakerSpace
Dave Hengel, Executive Director, Greater Bemidji Inc. / LaunchPad


Fueling Innovation via Gigabit Broadband: 2015 #MNBroadband Conference


Broadband is the means; innovation is the ends. Learn how communities in Minnesota and across the USA are leveraging fiber networks to create and support economic and community development.

Moderated by William Wallace, Executive Director, US Ignite

Mark Erickson, EDA Director, City of Winthrop / RS Fiber
Neela Mollgaard, Executive Director, Red Wing Ignite
Sheila Haverkamp, Executive Director, Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corp.


Youth and Community Engagement – Use of Video and Storytelling: 2015 #MNBroadband Conference


As the first digital generation, young people can be a resource for creativity, capable of helping all citizens connect with appropriate broadband empowerment tools and resources. Learn how anyone can easily create and share online videos to tell stories, preserve culture, and more. Learn how rural communities can work together to begin sharing new discoveries and innovations.
Presented by: Frank Odasz, Lone Eagle Consulting


Forming Successful Broadband Partnerships: 2015 #MNBroadband Conference


Extending quality broadband to underserved and unserved communities often requires multiple partners to fill various roles in finance, operations, and ownership. Learn how your community can make smart decisions and create a successful partnership.
Moderated by Milda Hedblom, Consultant, Lawyer, Professor; Dain Consulting; Augsburg College

Danna MacKenzie, Executive Director, MN Office of Broadband Development
Dan Pecarina, President and CEO, Hiawatha Broadband
Shannon Sweeney, David Drown Associates, Inc.