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Annual Conference 2020

Online · October 6-29

We invite you to join us this fall for a next generation broadband-enabled, broadband-focused conference.

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Interesting times require innovative solutions!

The world is in flux and broadband seems to be at the center of it. The COVID-19 pandemic and guidelines on social distancing are creating the need and opportunity to learn how to do things differently, often with an online element. Meanwhile, the internet and social media are allowing people from all over the world in real time to witness and participate first-hand in the movement to end racial inequities in Minnesota and nationwide.

From telework to distance learning to keeping in touch with family and friends; from citizen journalism to starting a movement online; one thing is certain – access to broadband and the skills to use it is more important than ever.

We have decided to lean in, to take advantage of the technology we’ve been promoting for so long to meet the educational, professional, and civic needs of the attendees and hopefully demonstrate new ways to work and meet that you can bring back to your community.

The conference will be entirely virtual – but that doesn’t mean a series of online lectures. While we have planned a few traditional presentations, we have also created opportunities for discussion and collaboration, such as:

  • Custom meetup/mentoring sessions where you can meet online with potential partners and/or experts in broadband adoption and deployment.
  • Learning Cohorts (small groups) to connect you with other attendees to bounce ideas and traverse an online event throughout the conference.
  • Exciting keynote speakers with the option to ask questions in real time or later, including Shirley Bloomfield of NTCA, Roberto Gallardo from Purdue Center for Regional Development, and Deb Socia from The Enterprise Center.
  • Opportunities for small group discussion.

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From the Blandin on Broadband Blog

MN Broadband Conference Highlight: Digital Inclusion Showcase Agenda 2020

Sep 23

The fall broadband conference is two short weeks away! We are excited to share more details, and today we unveil the Digital Showcase lineup. We will kick-off the conference on the morning of October 6 with brief (10 min) demonstrations, stories … Continue reading

MN Broadband Conference Special Session Announcement: Tom Friedman Book Club – Thank you for being late

Aug 31

Pleased to announce one of those “special sessions” we’ve been promising as we move online for Broadband 2020: Connected We Stand, the fall broadband conference <drum roll please> an online book club to prepare us all for keynote speaker, Tom … Continue reading

Keynote Speaker Announcement: Tom Friedman joins the MN Fall Broadband Conference

Aug 31

Moving the fall broadband conference (Broadband 2020: Connected We Stand) online presented an opportunity for us to think beyond the broadband industry for speakers. I’m excited to announce that the next keynote speaker has graciously found time to “come back” … Continue reading

Keynote Speaker Announcement: Deb Socia joins the MN Fall Broadband Conference

Aug 25

The MN Fall Broadband Conference (Broadband 2020: Connected We Stand) is getting closer and I’m delighted to share news of another one of our Keynote speakers… Deb Socia is President and CEO of The Enterprise Center, a nonprofit that pushes … Continue reading

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