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How will AI disrupt Minnesota? Find out at MinnPost Festival

With experience from the public and private sectors, our panel of experts and entrepreneurs will dig into how AI will reshape life for Minnesotans in the years ahead.

On Sept. 22-23, MinnPost Festival will bring can’t-miss conversations with national and local guests exploring a range of issues surrounding civic life in this moment.

Today, we’re spotlighting one of our featured sessions, AI in Minnesota. In less than a year, AI has quickly emerged as the most disruptive technology we’ve seen in more than a decade. With experience from the public and private sectors, our panel of experts and entrepreneurs will dig into how AI will reshape life for Minnesotans in the years ahead.

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This panel will feature Sharon Kennedy Vickers, Dan Mallin and Michelle Tran Maryns and will be moderated by Nancy Lyons.

Sharon Kennedy Vickers is an award-winning technology professional with 25 years of experience envisioning and leading equitable implementation of transformative digital solutions. Kennedy Vickers is the CEO of Software for Good, an agency that builds technology that enables companies, nonprofits, and government agencies to solve some of the world’s toughest problems by understanding the human needs of the people and communities it will touch.

Dan Mallin is a force in technology-based entrepreneurship, creating transformative tools that serve the needs of Fortune 1000. Today, Mallin serves as founder and CEO of Lucy, the world’s leading AI-powered answer engine. Lucy was created in 2016 to solve one of the most urgent and overlooked problems that exists in every organization: the daily scavenger hunt for information.

Michelle Trans MarynsMichelle Tran Maryns is founder and CEO of We Sparkle Co., a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) social enterprise building a stronger and more inclusive economy by equipping underestimated entrepreneurs with the AI-powered tools they need to succeed now and into the future.

Nancy Lyons, CEO and co-founder of Clockwork, understands that humans are the hardest part of work. She’s been building teams and leading clients through culture change (and evolution) for more than 20 years by challenging people to harness the human side of business. She is the author of the Amazon bestseller “Work Like a Boss: A kick-in-the-pants Guide to Finding (and Using) your Power at Work.”

This panel is on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 10:50 a.m. and is a breakout session only open to VIPs, sponsors and paid passholders. All Saturday sessions will be held at The 1893 at the Historic Grain Belt Office.

Festival passes

To get into AI in Minnesota, purchase your All-Access Festival Pass now! All-Access passes get you first-come, first-served access to all of our panels on Saturday, Sept. 23, and the keynote session with Samantha Bee on Friday night. All-Access Festival Passes are $85, with discounts available for MinnPost members, educators, nonprofit and government professionals and students. (Thanks to Minneapolis Regional Chamber for sponsoring the student rate!) Free passes are also available, but only get you access to a few select panels, not including AI in Minnesota.

To be eligible for the MinnPost member discount, become a member today.

No matter how you register, you’re supporting MinnPost’s nonprofit newsroom and keeping our in-depth local coverage freely available to our community — no paywall, no subscriptions.

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In addition to AI in Minnesota, we’ll have the following sessions:

  • Keynote with Samantha Bee (Friday paid session)
  • A Conversation with Gov. Tim Walz (Saturday free session)
  • Third-Culture Cuisine in Minnesota (Saturday paid session)
  • Black Entrepreneurship in Minnesota, sponsored by Clockwork (Saturday free session)
  • AI in Minnesota (Saturday paid session)
  • Main Street Renaissance in Greater Minnesota (Saturday paid session)
  • The Minneapolis Sound, from Prince to Today (Saturday free session)
  • Black Maternal Health in Minnesota (Saturday paid session)

We hope you’ll join us for this year’s edition of MinnPost Festival. Be sure to watch for more additions to the lineup and check out all the details at


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