MIMA, the Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association, held one of its February events, and Shareology was there:
Panel: 2010 DIGITAL PREDICTIONS AND THE STATE OF EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES
Social marketing, cloud computing, geo-location, oh my. It’s a new year. In what new technology should we invest our time and energies to stay innovative and connect with our communities? What worked in 2009 and what flopped? How do you know which technologies are hype, and which could make or break success in 2010? Join experts and entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley, the Minneapolis Start-up Community, and the Fortune 500 Community for a rousing discussion on emerging technologies and predictions for the future of start-ups, tech and integrated marketing.
We’ll review current predictions for 2010 and review past technology predictions in 2009, including social media’s and mobile’s connection to geo-location and real time, cloud computing, Silicon Valley trends, the start-up community’s pulse and the Fortune 500 mix.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Kim Garretson (Panelist)
Kim is Partner, Ovative Group, “Realizing Innovation” to your network. Kim leads the Ovative group in partnership with Dale Nitchke, recent President of Target.com and Sev Maynard, recent digital media, entertainment and mobile strategy leader for Best Buy. Ovative/Group hosts a series of senior executive dialogue events that focuses on “operationalizing” trends presented by early-stage company founders.
Alex Hawkinson – Founder and CEO of Mural Ventures (Panelist)
Alex is Founder and Chief Executive Officer, CloudProfile. In his career, Alex has started and helped build a few companies and has learned a lot of lessons along the way. What was most significant was the realization that small businesses need help in embracing the web. He created CloudProfile to address this problem and to help small businesses leverage the web to be found by and engage prospects and customers.
Robert Stephens, Founder and Chief Inspector for The Geek Squad. His goal for The Geek Squad is to achieve complete world domination as the technology services brand. He has been with Best Buy’s Geek Squad for 16 years.
Douglas Pollei – VP, Internet Strategy and Corporate Development, IKANO (moderator)
Doug is Vice President Strategy and Corporate Development, IKANO Communications. In his role, Doug develops strategic opportunities for growth with selected vendors, venture capital portfolio companies and industry networks.
Below are some of the photographic memories:
Sini Ross, Sexton Strategic
Ben Wallace, MIMA Board
Panel: Robert, Alex, Kim Moderator: Doug
Graeme Thickins, an iPhone and a rubber band
After the Panel networking: Kim Garretson and Greg Swan
Shareology does not pretend to understand everything she hears at MIMA; she can say that the last two MIMA events have been superb ways to find out what’s going on now and in the future. Way to start the year, Tim Brunelle and Board!
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Kay Roseland @KayLoire