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Emerging Technologies North

A 501(C)(3) Providing Education to the Upper Midwest Emerging Technology Community.

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How We Got Here

Back in 2015 we saw a need for a new kind of technology group. One that was specifically focused on an emerging technology at the time called the "Internet of Things" ( IoT ).

We went to work forming our non-profit, and setting our sites on building a unique community that was a bridge between makers, entrepreneurs and engineers with those of investors and executives. The result was the largest IoT community in the United States, IoT Fuse. We hosted conferences, monthly meetups and hackathons that served thousands of people in Minnesota and beyond.

On January 1st, 2020, we took the organization to the next level and began focusing on all emerging technologies and rebranded ourselves as Emerging Technology North.


"Go Big or Go Home" is what we believe in and are thrilled that you are interested in what we have to offer! We will be continuing to serve those of all ages in the community who are interested in plugging into those who are working in the exciting field of Emerging Technologies.

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Monthly meetup on Applied Artificial Intelligence

Applied AI is a monthly meetup that develops Minnesota’s next generation of experts by educating citizens of all ages in the tools, processes, and applications that are needed to implement solutions that use Artificial Intelligence (AI). The organization runs regular events that involve training, learning and sharing real-world projects where AI is applied to solve problems that impact our lives.

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Lori Ryan - Empowering Us With the Foundational Knowledge of AI
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Lori Ryan - Empowering Us With the Foundational Knowledge of AI

The conversation this week is with Lori Ryan (https://www.linkedin.com/in/loridruskinryan/) . Lori is the creator of Lorignite.com (http://lorignite.com) an artificial intelligence hub aimed at making AI more accessible. Additionally, with more than 20 years of experience in local TV news production, she's honed her skills in identifying and conveying what people care about in an easy to understand manner. And this skill set has allowed her to curate content on Laurie Ignite and help people navigate the rapidly evolving landscape of AI. Her extensive background in IT project management includes working with Fortune 100 companies across the globe, Implementing technology solutions and managing complex projects. If you are interested in learning about how AI is being applied across multiple industries, be sure to join us at a future AppliedAI Monthly meetup (https://appliedai.mn/) and help support us so we can make future Emerging Technologies North (https://emtechnorth.org/) non-profit events! • Emerging Technologies North (https://emtechnorth.org/) • AppliedAI Meetup (https://appliedai.mn/) Resources and Topics Mentioned in this Episode • Lorignite.com (http://lorignite.com) • The Mel Robbins Podcast (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-mel-robbins-podcast/id1646101002) • The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins (https://www.melrobbins.com/5secondrule) • AISALON (https://aisalon.ai/) • Lab651 (https://lab651.com/) • AI Futures An Anthology by Kyle Shannon (https://www.amazon.com/AI-Futures-Anthology-Cyndi-Coon/dp/B0CT5HLWJV) Enjoy! Your host, Justin Grammens (https://www.linkedin.com/in/justingrammens/)
Rajeev Bukralia - Applying AI to the Right Problem at the Right Time
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Rajeev Bukralia - Applying AI to the Right Problem at the Right Time

The conversation this week is with Rajeev Bukralia (https://www.linkedin.com/in/bukralia/) . Rajeev holds the position of a tenured associate professor and the graduate coordinator in the Department of Computer Information Science at Minnesota State University, Mankato.He specializes in AI data science and IT strategies and serves as the founding director for the MS Data Science program. He's also currently focused on investigating responsible AI including the ethical implications and XAI Otherwise known as explainable AI. He is the founder and advisor of Dream, a prominent student organization focused on AI and data science, which has over 300 members. His commitment to student success and professional contributions have been recognized through various fellowships and awards. including the Minnesota State Outstanding Educator Award. If you are interested in learning about how AI is being applied across multiple industries, be sure to join us at a future AppliedAI Monthly meetup (https://appliedai.mn/) and help support us so we can make future Emerging Technologies North (https://emtechnorth.org/) non-profit events! • Emerging Technologies North (https://emtechnorth.org/) • AppliedAI Meetup (https://appliedai.mn/) Resources and Topics Mentioned in this Episode • DREAM (https://cset.mnsu.edu/youbelong/student-organizations/dream/) • Explainable Artificial Intelligence (https://www.darpa.mil/program/explainable-artificial-intelligence) • ACID framework (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ACID) • Base Framework (https://chenhuijing.com/blog/intro-to-base-framework/) • Hadoop Ecosystem (https://www.analyticsvidhya.com/blog/2022/10/hadoop-ecosystem/) • Spark (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apache_Spark) • The Coming Wave by Mustafa Suleyman (https://www.amazon.com/Coming-Wave-Technology-Twenty-first-Centurys/dp/0593593952)   • Midwest Undergraduate Data Analytics Competition (https://www.mudac.org/) Enjoy! Your host, Justin Grammens (https://www.linkedin.com/in/justingrammens/)
Pete Edstrom - Using AI in Your Product and Educational Journey
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Pete Edstrom - Using AI in Your Product and Educational Journey

The conversation this week is with Peter Edstrom (https://www.linkedin.com/in/peteredstrom/) . Peter is a proactive, methodical leader and team player with 24 years of software experience, adept at building teams and fostering organizational alignment to solve complex business and software problems. He's skilled in product management, agile development, and process improvement, with a track record of collaborating with various teams. To create meaningful change in the organization.Throughout his career, he's had a diverse, wide range of experiences from designing a public media multi touch book for the iPad and also working on a government bioterrorism alerting platform. He's currently a Director of Technical Product Unified Enterprise Search at Optum (https://www.optum.com/en/) . If you are interested in learning about how AI is being applied across multiple industries, be sure to join us at a future AppliedAI Monthly meetup (https://appliedai.mn/) and help support us so we can make future Emerging Technologies North (https://emtechnorth.org/) non-profit events! • Emerging Technologies North (https://emtechnorth.org/) • AppliedAI Meetup (https://appliedai.mn/) Resources and Topics Mentioned in this Episode • Optum (https://www.optum.com/en/) • Behavioral Grooves (https://behavioralgrooves.com/) • Sora (https://openai.com/sora) • Pomodoro Technique (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomodoro_Technique) • Unconfuse Me with Bill Gates (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/unconfuse-me-with-bill-gates/id1695132549) • Exhalation by Ted Chiang (https://www.amazon.com/Exhalation-Stories-Ted-Chiang/dp/1101947888) • Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang (https://www.amazon.com/Stories-Your-Life-Others-Chiang-ebook/dp/B0048EKOP0) • Accelerando (Singularity) by Charles Stross (https://www.amazon.com/Accelerando-Singularity-Charles-Stross/dp/0441014151) • The Age of Spiritual Machines by Ray Kurzweil (https://www.amazon.com/Age-Spiritual-Machines-Computers-Intelligence/dp/0140282025) • Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi (https://www.amazon.com/Never-Eat-Alone-Expanded-Updated/dp/0385346654) • Atomic Habits by James Clear (https://www.amazon.com/Atomic-Habits-Proven-Build-Break/dp/0735211299) Enjoy! Your host, Justin Grammens (https://www.linkedin.com/in/justingrammens/)
Tim Bornholdt - How to Explore and Use Artificial Intelligence Products
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Tim Bornholdt - How to Explore and Use Artificial Intelligence Products

The conversation this week is with Tim Bornholdt (https://www.linkedin.com/in/timbornholdt/overlay/about-this-profile/) . Tim is an AI strategist where he looks to help organizations figure out how to deploy AI solutions that actually provide value, especially in the climate or healthcare space. Tim is an experienced podcast host himself, and public speaker. He gave a TEDx talk in 2023 where he encouraged people to not be intimidated by artificial intelligence. He's hosted 120 episodes of a podcast called Constant Variables and has spoken at places like the Applied AI Conference. Open Source North and Twin Cities Startup Week. If you are interested in learning about how AI is being applied across multiple industries, be sure to join us at a future AppliedAI Monthly meetup (https://appliedai.mn/) and help support us so we can make future Emerging Technologies North (https://emtechnorth.org/) non-profit events! • Emerging Technologies North (https://emtechnorth.org/) • AppliedAI Meetup (https://appliedai.mn/) Resources and Topics Mentioned in this Episode • The Jed Mahonis Group (https://jedmahonisgroup.com/) • TurnSignl (https://www.turnsignl.com/) • Kwikly (https://joinkwikly.com/) • VSI Labs (https://www.vsi-labs.com/) • Constant Variables (https://constantvariables.co/) • Soulful: You in the Future of Artificial Intelligence by David Espindola (https://davidespindola.com/soulful/) • Don’t be intimidated by AI - help shape its future | Tim Bornholdt | TEDxStCloud (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4TIG9LI5qI) • TimBornholdt.com (http://timbornholdt.com) • Every.to (http://every.to) Enjoy! Your host, Justin Grammens (https://www.linkedin.com/in/justingrammens/)
Donna Herbel - Your Path to Becoming an AI Tech Hobbyist
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Donna Herbel - Your Path to Becoming an AI Tech Hobbyist

The conversation this week is with Donna Herbel (https://www.linkedin.com/in/donnaherbel/) . Donna is the founder and chief igniter of Blue Phoenix Learning, where she provides speaking, training, coaching, and consulting services on the topics of leadership, using technology to streamline processes and improve communication and talent development strategy. Additionally, she is the co-founder and COO of Savii, where she works to advance Savii's mission to provide employer sponsored health insurance options to employees that are simple to understand and implement. Donna says that her purpose is to be a force for good, supporting individuals and organizations in achieving their most compelling goals. If you are interested in learning about how AI is being applied across multiple industries, be sure to join us at a future AppliedAI Monthly meetup (https://appliedai.mn/) and help support us so we can make future Emerging Technologies North (https://emtechnorth.org/) non-profit events! • Emerging Technologies North (https://emtechnorth.org/) • AppliedAI Meetup (https://appliedai.mn/) Resources and Topics Mentioned in this Episode • Blue Phoenix Learning (https://bluephoenixlearning.com/) • Savii (https://savii.ai/) • Zork (http://textadventures.co.uk/games/view/5zyoqrsugeopel3ffhz_vq/zork) • Zaxxon (https://www.free80sarcade.com/zaxxon.php) • Synthesia (https://www.synthesia.io/) • The Worlds I See: Curiosity, Exploration, and Discovery at the Dawn of AI by Fei-Fei Li (https://www.amazon.com/Worlds-See-Curiosity-Exploration-Discovery-ebook/dp/B0BPQSLVL6) • AI Dungeon (https://aidungeon.com/) • ELIZA effect (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ELIZA_effect) • NotebookLM (https://notebooklm.google/) Enjoy! Your host, Justin Grammens (https://www.linkedin.com/in/justingrammens/)
Jim Wilt - Using AI to Make a Difference in How You Work
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Jim Wilt - Using AI to Make a Difference in How You Work

The conversation this week is with Jim Wilt (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jimwilt/) . Jim is a technology executive focused on innovations in aerospace, manufacturing, health, fintech, and retail, just to name a few. Today he focuses, though, on generative AI, augmented software, and platform modernization through engineering empowerment on cloud-native platforms leveraging automated code generation. If you are interested in learning about how AI is being applied across multiple industries, be sure to join us at a future AppliedAI Monthly meetup (https://appliedai.mn/) and help support us so we can make future Emerging Technologies North (https://emtechnorth.org/) non-profit events! • Emerging Technologies North (https://emtechnorth.org/) • AppliedAI Meetup (https://appliedai.mn/) Resources and Topics Mentioned in this Episode • Remote Desktop Protocol (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remote_Desktop_Protocol) • Quantum computing (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_computing) • International Council on Systems Engineering (https://www.incose.org/) • Microsoft Copilot (https://copilot.microsoft.com/) • Bayesian search theory (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayesian_search_theory) • Harnessing Generative AI in Enterprises: The Dual Power of Knowledge and Prompt Engineering (https://www.architectureandgovernance.com/uncategorized/harnessing-generative-ai-in-enterprises-the-dual-power-of-knowledge-and-prompt-engineering/) • Knowledge engineering (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knowledge_engineering) • Codefreeze (https://codefreeze.fi/) • Soulful: You in the Future of Artificial Intelligence by David Espindola (https://davidespindola.com/soulful/) • Architecture & Governance Magazine (https://www.architectureandgovernance.com/) Articles & Books • Architecture & Governance Magazine (https://www.architectureandgovernance.com/?s=James+Wilt) • Tractor, Farmer, and Generative AI (https://www.architectureandgovernance.com/applications-technology/the-tractor-farmer-and-generative-ai/) • Fragile Systems (https://www.architectureandgovernance.com/applications-technology/what-to-do-about-fragile-systems-part-1/) • Innovator's Dilemma (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2615.The_Innovator_s_Dilemma) • Blue Ocean Strategy (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4898.Blue_Ocean_Strategy) • Our Iceberg is Melting (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/419461.Our_Iceberg_Is_Melting) • Switch: How To Change When Change Is Hard (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6570502-switch) • The Platinum Rule (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/121911.The_Platinum_Rule) Enjoy! Your host, Justin Grammens (https://www.linkedin.com/in/justingrammens/)
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“Welcome to the Applied AI Podcast where Justin Grammens and the team at Emerging Technologies North have conversations with experts and thought leaders in the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning. In each episode, we cut through the hype and dive into how these technologies are being applied to real-world problems today. We hope that you find the conversations educational and applicable to your industry and don’t forget to connect with us to continue the conversation at AppliedAI.MN. Enjoy!”

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We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit with the mission to help the upper midwest succeed in advancing the user of Emerging Technologies of ALL ages.

Please consider giving a charitable donation of any amount to help us with our programming and education of students and professionals of all ages in 2020.

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Live and Virtual Events!

Here is just a small sample of the in-person events that we've hosted in previous years and will continue to practice safe and healthy distancing by having virtual events in 2020. We have a lot of awesome programming coming and are excited to see you soon!

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The Emerging Technologies North Team

Get to Know Us

Our passion for creating meaningful connections and building communities is what sets us apart. The Emerging Technologies North team believes that we can all both be good teachers and students of each other. To learn more about the incredible Emerging Technologies North team, please have a look below.

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Justin Grammens

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Emily McCarthy

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"Let’s go invent tomorrow instead of worrying about what happened yesterday."

- Steve Jobs

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