Minot State announces NoDAKoN 2023 events

MINOT, N.D. – Minot State University College of Business, in partnership with business information technology faculty and students, the MSU SWIFT Club and the Computer Science Club, have announced the events at NoDAKoN 2023 on Oct. 24-26.

The cybersecurity-themed event is in its third year and has expanded from a one-day conference into a three-day event featuring the First Western Bank & Trust College Day (Oct. 24), SRT Tech Day (Oct. 25) and Cybersecutiry Summit (Oct. 26).

“We are excited to offer a multi-day cybersecurity awareness event for college students, high school students, and the Minot community,” said Kristi Berg, chair, business information technology. “The importance of cybersecurity cannot be overstated. Our goal with this event is to empower the greater community with skills and knowledge to remain vigilant when it comes to cybersecurity.”

The First Western Bank & Trust College Day on Tuesday, Oct. 24 will be geared towards current Minot State students. The day’s events are planned by Minot State’s SWIFT Club and Computer Science Club and will feature a workshop, speakers, free food, and prizes in the Swain Hall Third Floor Commons.

“College day is all about the MSU students,” said Sam Aannerud, Minot State student in management information systems. “The SWIFT club, BIT advisors, and students have connections across North Dakota and invited them to be a part of this event. We will have five speakers and a workshop to show students what jobs, companies, and possibilities are out there in IT and cybersecurity field. No two speakers will be the same and there is a lot that can be learned from these brilliant speakers.”

The Minot State College of Business is excited to see the return of Tech Day in the form of SRT Tech Day on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at the Minot State Student Center Conference Center. This annual event showcases Minot State business education students and area secondary business students as they compete in various business and technology related competitions. This will be the 23rd installment of Tech Day, but the first since 2019 as the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted the annual schedule.

“We look forward to hosting Tech Day and showcasing the business talents of our area high school students,” said Jan Repnow, assistant professor, business information technology. “We have a great lineup of hands-on business and technology related workshops as well as recognition of the top three award winners in each category of academic business competitions. Tech Day is always a great day on our campus!”

Approximately 125 students from 14 area schools will compete in events such as accounting, business communication, business law, desktop publishing, document production, introduction to business, presentation software, and spreadsheet. Following the competition, all students will participate in unique workshop/demonstration opportunities from across campus including SWIFT Club, Computer Science Club, marketing with MSU Marketing Director Cole Krueger, leadership with Looyenga Leadership Center Director Jim Sturm, nursing simulations, athletic technology, and drone technology with the MSU Division of Science.

On day three, NoDAKoN’s Cybersecurity Summit will be free and open to the public and will run from 12:30-3 p.m. at Ann Nicole Nelson Hall and the McFarland Gallery in Old Main. The summit will feature a keynote address from Mark Gorenflo, chief of staff/director of innovation and economic development at the North Dakota University System; a panel with experts including entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and state government officials; and a networking/appetizer reception.

“Minot State has made considerable progress in the cybersecurity offerings available to students. The evolution of the NoDAKoN event ties right into this progress by furthering knowledge for college students with specialized speakers and workshops and providing opportunities for high school students to showcase their talents while exploring tech and cyber related opportunities on campus. Wrapping up the event with a Cybersecurity Summit for the greater Minot community is exciting. In a world where cyber threats are ever evolving it is crucial to bring awareness and MSU is taking the lead in education,” Berg said.

For more information and a full schedule of events, see Minot State’s NoDAKoN 2023 WEBSITE.

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Published: 10/17/23   

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