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Minnesota Morning: Hack The Gap, Amazon Minneapolis Office And The Iron Yard Demo Day

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Facebook’s “On This Day” shows me that many years this has been a cold week in Minneapolis… looks like I’ve posted a number of thoughts and photos of very cold days. That seems to parallel a local weather report I heard that this is historically the coldest week of the year. NOT this year. While we have been colder than average for much of the past month, we are experiencing a couple of +40F days and the extended forecast is above normal.

Thank you January Thaw…

Hack The Gap

This past weekend Hack The Gap was hosted at Target Commons and while I planned on attending Demo Day I stayed away with a head cold. It was fun to watch the Twitter and Instagram streams… there were a lot of posts. To catch up on the event check out:

And some write ups:

A quick note to the Sponsors of Hack the Gap… Thank You. I have supported the previous events and will do so again in the future. If you are reading this and want to be supporting women in technology send me an email and I will do introductions for you paul@mnheadhunter.com 

Amazon Minneapolis Office

The StarTribune has this article from last Friday Amazon takes office space in T3 building in North Loop. As best I can tell this is the first conformed report of a signed lease. The Business Journal has this at the end of October Amazon nearing lease for North Loop’s new wooden office building (may require subscription). The rumor has been that Amazon will have around 40,000 sq ft of space. That will hold wayyyyy more than the original 100 team mentioned last summer.

The Iron Yard Demo Day

The Iron Yard Minneapolis has announced it’s next Demo Day… here is the “save the date”:

Join us at The Pitch after work to witness the culmination of 12 weeks of intensive training at The Iron Yard. Our Front-End Engineering with JavaScript and inaugural Back-End Engineering with Java classes are excited to demo their final projects to you, the Twin Cities tech community.

Grads will walk you through their applications and answer your burning questions. If you're looking to hire, are curious about code schools, or simply want to support the tech community, this is the perfect event for you.


  • Feb 22, 2017 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm


  • The Pitch, 807 Broadway Street NE Suite 310 Minneapolis, MN, 55413

The evening's itinerary:

  • 5:30 - Arrive, mingle
  • 5:45 - Welcome from The Iron Yard staff & Overview of Programs
  • 6:00 - Demos begin! Talk 1-on-1 with our engineers, engaging them in conversation and asking questions about their applications.

Enjoy drinks while chatting with our graduates, instructors and staff!

Thanks for joining, we can't wait to see you there!

Once the registration page is live I will post a link here and an in future blog posts.

A bonus photo:

Downtown Minneapolis, January Thaw, Hennepin Avenue Bridge


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