An opportunity for educators and industry to interact to influence the direction of IT higher education.


Keynote: The Future of IT Education: Crisis and Challenge

In this talk, Forrester Principal Analyst Charles Betz will discuss: 

  • Current computing program structures and guidance, and their limitations
  • The massive shift from “project” to “product” as a basis for IT operating models
  • The increasing convergence of “dev” and “ops” concerns in digital product management
  • Chaos, SRE, and resilience engineering: the new operations

How post-secondary educators can embrace these new trends and update their courses for 21st-century relevance

This is a time of profound and challenging change for digital and IT educators worldwide. A new digital native paradigm for delivering IT is consolidating, based on Cloud-native, Agile, DevOps, and Lean approaches. Current IT and IS curricula are in too many cases obsolete, based on discredited paradigms such as waterfall development and process-centric operating models. Hiring companies are taking note, and now is the time for IT/IS educators to comprehensively re-evaluate their programs and instructional choices.

Request Funding for a Summer/Fall 2020 IT Project!

Monday, May 18th, 2020 & Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

at North Hennepin Community College

Registration is Now Open

Potential industry guests include (but not limited to): Microsoft, Amazon, Google, VMWare, REDHAT, GetLab, NetLab, Cloudies, the Nerdery and more!

Don’t Miss Out

Each May, the Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence invites industry professionals, employers, and Minnesota State faculty members to convene at our free IT conference.

We offer this as an opportunity to explore emerging employer needs, identify specific implications for student learning outcomes, and a chance to collaborate.  And, best of all – it is all free.

Do not miss this amazing and fun chance to come together for learning and growth in the quickly changing and always growing tech field.

For more information on attending, sponsoring, or speaking at New Directions, please contact:

Janice Aanenson