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Digital State: The Story of Minnesota’s Computing Industry

Date of Event: 
Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 6:15pm to 8:00pm
University of Minnesota, 2-260 Keller Hall


For the Minneapolis/St. Paul Area

Free parking tickets will be handed out in the meeting.

Meeting   Announcement:


March 1st, 2018

5:30-8:00 p.m. at The University of Minnesota
5:30 start for networking, 6:15 start of meeting.

Keller Hall Room 2-260 (Look for signs)
Minneapolis, MN

A map is available here.

This Month’s Meeting:


Digital State:  The Story of Minnesota's Computing Industry

Speaker: Professor Tom Missa, Program for History of Science and Technology and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota

Misa has published 11 books in the history of technology including Digital State: The Story of Minnesota's Computing Industry [2013] (from which this talk is drawn) as well as Communities of Computing: Computer Science and Society in the ACM [2016] and FastLane: Managing Science in the Internet World [2015]. From 2006–2017 he directed the University of Minnesota’s Charles Babbage Institute and is currently professor in the Program for History of Science and Technology and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is also Vice President (and President Elect) of the international Society for the History of Technology. He is at work on a successor to Gender Codes: Why Women Are Leaving Computing [2010]. Website at 


This talk examines Minnesota as the country’s first computer-centered industrial district, which emerged beginning in 1946 with the Engineering Research Associates and around 1960 comprised its successor Univac, spin-off Control Data, home-grown Honeywell, and multinational IBM–Rochester. It identifies both shorter-term impacts of the state’s computer industry and longer-term consequences, and then makes an assessment of “lessons to be learned” in efforts to emulate the ‘Silicon Valley’ model.

Program Manager: 

Anthony Harder

Twin-SPIN Mission Statement:
The Twin-SPIN software process improvement network (SPIN) is a regional organization established in January of 1996 as a forum for the free and open exchange of software process improvement experiences and ideas. Representatives from industry, government, academia, other professional organizations, and consultants are welcome to participate. Our mission is to help sustain commitment and enhance skills in the area of software process improvement through an active program of networking and mutual support. The organization strives to serve as a source of educational and experiential information for its members, other SPIN organizations, and the general community of software professionals.  

Meetings are normally held on the 1st Thursday of each month from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Twin-SPIN is a non-profit organization and is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Center for Software Engineering (UMSEC). See

2018 Sponsors:

Facility Sponsor
University of Minnesota, Department of Computer Science and Engineering

$2,000 Sponsors
University of Minnesota Software Engineering Center (UMSEC)

$500 Sponsors

$100 Sponsors

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Best regards.   Hope to see you on March 1st  

Dick Hedger

Twin-SPIN Meeting Planner


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