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The Opus College of Business is proud to announce EmTech St. Thomas, a series of activities at the intersection of emerging technology (EmTech), business and society.

There are opportunities for everyone – students, faculty, staff and our larger community. Some of the events will literally pop up in your daily life, while others will require you to sign up in advance.


Emerging Technology Conference

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (with reception to follow)

Schulze Hall, MPLS

Audience - Professionals, students, alumni, faculty, staff

The Emerging Technology Conference is a one-day event that provides professionals with an opportunity to closely explore the way tomorrow's technologies are impacting the business world. Attendees will hear experts share their knowledge on concepts such as Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Security, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Biotechnology. Students can attend at a discounted price of $50. The professionals' rate is $250.

Speaker: Chris Baggott, Fiona McEvoy, Senthil Kumaran, Corey Ganser, Eric Weaver, Greg Belcher, Vic Miller, Brett Brohl

Learn more and register at https://emerging.events/

Sponsored by: Opus College of Business

Conference organizer: Collective Fruitions


AI Showcase

LIB LL20, St Paul

Audience – All

There is so much hype about “artificial intelligence” – but what is it, really? Stop by the STELAR showcase space in the lower level of O’Shaughnessy Frey Library for some hands-on experience with AI and machine learning.  Meet our robots Nova and Loomo, learn about AI projects in development by our faculty, and share what you perceive are the promises and threats posed by AI.


OCB Digital Fitness Challenge with PwC

St. Thomas faculty, staff, and a handful of students are competing to improve their digital IQ during a 3-month challenge activity.  Using PwC’s proprietary Digital Fitness App, participants will develop their skills, mindsets, relationships, and behaviors related to digital and other emerging technologies.  The app serves up personalized, micro-learning opportunities that can be consumed on-the-go.  Prizes will be given to teams who engage with the app and improve their digital fitness the most. 


Audience - Invitation Only

05/01 - New Date

FinTech Panel Discussion with Minnovation Collective

4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.


Audience – All

Known within the Minnovation Collective as the FinTech Mafia, these local experts will share their knowledge and answer your questions related to emerging technologies in financial services.



Melissa Carmichael- Strategic Innovation Manager @ Bremer Bank

Allie Gonnering - New Business Development Specialist @ Thrivent Financial

David Ness- VP Innovation R&D at U.S. Bank


Dakota Crow- VP Innovation Design / Innovator-In-Residence @ U.S. Bank


PwC’s Essential 8 Technologies with Tony Anderson

10:20 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

MCH 100, STP

Audience – OCB Faculty and Staff

EmTech takes over the OCB Staff Meeting with Tony Anderson, who leads the Emerging Tech Research Group at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Chicago.  Tony will be explaining PwC’s Essential 8 Technologies.  This event is connected to OCB’s Digital Fitness Challenge.


12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

McNeely 111, STP

Audience – Undergraduates

AMA Club presents EmTech in Retail with Craig Herkert

Join the American Marketing Association in welcoming Craig Herkert as he discusses emerging technology in global retail and his time in the C-suite at Walmart and SuperValu.  All majors are welcome.  Lunch provided. 


"Hey Alexa"
Google AI Build-A-Thon

Build an Alexa-type smart speaker in about 90 minutes with the help of EmTech.  While you're at it, discuss the ethics of AI. You can build a smart speaker alone or in teams of up to 4 people.  Sign-up for a time slot at http://tinyurl.com/Google-Buildathon

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

ASC create[space], STP

Audience – Students


Virtual Reality Pop-Up with St. Thomas Student Enzo Vinholi

Inspired by his grandmother’s diagnosis, St. Thomas student Enzo Vinholi ’21 launched his business “Like It Was Yesterday” to use VR as a way to fill the memory voids of those battling the early stages of Alzheimer’s. Come meet Enzo and experience the world he has created using VR to enhance the lives of individuals struggling with a debilitating disease.

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

MCH 1st Floor Lobby, STP

Audience – All


Virtual Reality Pop-Up with OPUS Group

Virtually experience the new St. Thomas residence halls and chapel renovation while learning how OPUS Group uses VR technology in their business.

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., MCH 1st floor lobby, STP

4 p.m. - 6 p.m., SCH skyway, MPLS

Audience – All


Stakeholder Dialogue: Ethics in a Digital Technology Era with Farhad Manjoo

4:30 – 7:00 p.m.

SCH Auditorium, MPLS

Audience – Open to public, seats limited – registration required – More info and sign-up

This year’s keynote speaker is Mr. Farhad Manjoo, a columnist for The New York Times. Mr. Manjoo will explore how we overcome the ethical challenges of increasing technology in our working world.


Innovation Challenge at
US Bank

12:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

US Bank Innovation Center, Richfield (Bus provided from STP)

Audience – Students (40 max.)

Spend a Friday afternoon in the US Bank Design Studio (bus provided from STP campus).  Over lunch, learn about emerging technology and trends in financial services from experts at Microsoft and US Bank.  Then work in teams to solve a challenge currently faced by US Bank using the Microsoft technology you just learned about.  No coding or engineering knowledge required, and there will be plenty of experts on hand to explain the technology.  Finally, engage in a friendly and fun pitch competition before returning by bus to campus.  This event is limited to 40 students from any background.  Sign up at http://tinyurl.com/US-Bank-Innovation-Center


Master's Pub:  Prototyping - Design Thinking In Action with Corey Ganser

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.


Audience – Graduate students, alumni, faculty and staff- More info and sign-up)

EmTech takes over Master’s Pub with Corey Ganser, a technology consultant who previously worked at Apple as an Engineering Program Manager,  Corey will share the inside scoop about the rapid prototyping new technology.