Plugged In: October 2014

Plugged In: October 2014

The best opportunities for networking in October.

Celebrate Rise Fundraising Gala
Rise, founded more than 40 years ago, helps individuals with disabilities or other barriers live independent lives. More than 400 community supporters are expected to attend this year’s gala event, sponsored by Pentair, with WCCO-TV’s Jason DeRusha as the guest MC. Event includes dinner and recognition for “rise’ing stars” and “champions of the mission,” plus a live auction. 5 p.m., $75, Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park, 763-783-2832,



StartUp Grind Minneapolis
With high-profile marketing stints at Nike, Levi’s and Facebook, Macalester graduate Rebecca Van Dyck leads this fireside chat hosted by StartUp Grind, a networking organization for local startup employees and entrepreneurs. Come early to mingle with other entrepreneurs. 6:30 p.m., $15-$20, Janet Wallace Fine Art Center, Macalester College, St. Paul,


Twin Cities Code Camp 17

Join hundreds of IT pros from around the Twin Cities at this event. Speakers come from firms such as Microsoft and General Mills. Session topics include new coding platforms, security tips, and taking your app global. Send your programmers to this code camp to learn the latest from local experts. 8:30 a.m., Free, Keller Hall, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis,


Cyber Security Summit

With speakers from the nation’s front lines of cyber security, including Stewart Baker, former assistant secretary of homeland security. This summit, sponsored by Symantec and law firm Maslon, is for tech professionals, business executives, managers, lawyers and policymakers. Learn how to combat the complex and growing problem of cyber security to ensure your business information is protected. Session topics include password security, cyber resiliency, and liability. 5:30 p.m. Mon., 7 a.m. Tues., $149-$779, the Commons Hotel, Minneapolis, 763-548-1313,


Outstanding Directors Awards

Hosted by TCB, this event honors outside directors for excellence as board members. This year’s honorees are: Kathy Higgins Victor, Centera; James Campbell, Wells Fargo; Chris Policinski, Land O’Lakes; Sally Smith, Buffalo Wild Wings; and John Somrock, Delta Dental. Sponsors include KPMG, UnitedHealth and Fredrikson & Byron. 5:30 p.m., $110, Hilton Minneapolis, 612-336-9288,


MedTech World

Attend this expo and conference packed with innovative products and a full schedule of top speakers. The conference features speed networking opportunities and breakout sessions on everything from best practices to 3D printing. There’s also a chance to participate a design challenge workshop. Speakers include experts from St. Jude Medical and Medtronic. 8:30 a.m., $179-$899, Minneapolis Convention Center, 310-445-4200,

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