Minne Inno Approved is a curated calendar that tracks the best events happening in the Twin Cities each month. Like what you see? Great. We update this calendar every week, and as additional events pop up on our radar. Are we missing something? Reach out if there’s a certain event you want to see on this calendar.

WEEK 1: JAN. 1–7

Tuesday, Jan. 2
Event: Blockchain 101

  • Location: Real World One, 475 Cleveland Ave. N., Suite 103, St. Paul
  • Date/time: Tuesday, Jan. 2, 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
  • Event type: Demo
  • Price: Free

Join Blockchains in the Real World as the group discusses Bitcoin, ICOs and other uses of blockchain. The introductory discussion will be followed by demos and discussions of specific cryptocurrencies like Litecoin and Ethereum.

Wednesday, Jan. 3
Event: TC Hack Night

  • Location: Livefront, 2913 S. Harriet Ave., Minneapolis
  • Date/time: Wednesday, Jan. 3, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Event type: Hack session, networking
  • Price: Free

Hackers and techies of all skill levels gather at Livefront on the first Wednesday of each month for a casual, speaker-free hack session. Bring a project you’ve been working on and receive help from community members.

Thursday, Jan. 4
Event: Hackers & Founders Minneapolis

  • Location: Sisyphys Brewing, 712 Ontario Ave. W., Minneapolis
  • Date/time: Thursday, Jan. 4, 7:00 p.m.– 10:00 p.m.
  • Event type: Networking/Happy hour
  • Price: Free

“Hackers meet hackers, hackers meet founders, founders meet co-founders. Talk startups and tech, help each other out. No speaker, no BS, just interesting people working on interesting things catalyzing the local tech startup scene.”

Sunday, Jan. 7
Event: Hack the Gap Demo Day

  • Location: Target Plaza Commons, 1011 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
  • Date/time: Sunday, Jan. 2, 12:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
  • Event type: Demo
  • Price: $10

Hack the Gap is Minnesota’s women-only hackathon. Join the participating programmers on Sunday, January 7 at Target Commons in Minneapolis as they showcase what they created over a weekend of hacking

WEEK 2: Jan. 8–14

Tuesday, Jan. 9
Event: Midwest Pantry’s Morning Meetup

  • Location: Carma Coffee, 520 NE Lowry Ave., Minneapolis
  • Date/time: Tuesday, Jan. 9, 7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
  • Event type: Networking
  • Price: Free

“Morning Meetups are held monthly on the second Tuesday each month in 2018. These events are completely unstructured with no topic or agenda so that food entrepreneurs can simply get together to socialize and use the time together as desired. We encourage attendees to come with samples of products if you’d like to get feedback from your peers, questions about business problems you are facing, and resources to share with others.”

Event: MPLS Junior Devs Monthly Meetup

  • Location: Prime Digital Academy, 301 S. 4th St., Suite #577, Minneapolis
  • Date/time: Tuesday, Jan. 9, 6:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
  • Event type: Networking/Hack night
  • Price: Free

“This event is for aspiring and less experienced software engineers to meet, learn from, and share experiences with one another.”

Wednesday, Jan. 10
Event: Free HTML & CSS Workshop at Prime Digital Academy

  • Location: Prime Digital Academy, 301 S. 4th St., Suite #577, Minneapolis
  • Date/time: Wednesday, Jan. 10, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • Event type: Learning session
  • Price: Free

“Join Prime Digital Academy’s instructors as they discuss HTML and CSS, the building blocks for what is seen on the Web. In this course, we will introduce the main concepts of the Web, how it is seen, and then use that knowledge to build our first website(s). Our target attendees for this event are people who are curious about creating content for the internet, but are not really sure where to get started.”

WEEK 3: Jan. 15-21

Wednesday, Jan. 17
Event: Twin Cities Sports Tech Startup Panel at SportsEngine

  • Location: SportsEngine, 807 Broadway St. NE, Minneapolis
  • Date/time: Wednesday, Jan. 17, 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
  • Event type: Panel
  • Price: Free

“We’re assembling local sports-tech entrepreneurs who are actually doing it. Ranging from pre-revenue to cash flow and everything in between, this group will share what works, overcoming those little bumps, and how decisions are made.”

Event: Minnesota Artificial Intelligence Meetup

  • Location: TPC of the Twin Cities, 11444 Tournament Players Pkwy., Blaine
  • Date/time: Wednesday, Jan. 17, 6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
  • Event type: Networking, discussion
  • Price: Free

Twin Cities artificial intelligence enthusiasts are invited to participate in this monthly meetup. Members will discuss current projects they’re working on and host a discussion of general AI topics.

Thursday, Jan. 18
Event: IoT Fuse Monthly Meetup

  • Location: Real World One, 475 Cleveland Ave. N., St. Paul
  • Date/time: Thursday, Jan. 18, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • Event type: Networking
  • Price: Free

“We are planning the 2018 events and want your input. This is going to be mostly a networking event forum to listen to our amazing community. Join us and let us know what you’d like to see talked about or demoed.

Event: MSP Mingle: Connecting Diverse Professionals

  • Location: Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 W. Kellogg Blvd., Discovery Room 120, St. Paul
  • Date/time: Thursday, Jan. 18, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
  • Event type: Networking
  • Price: Free

Travelers and the Science Museum of Minnesota will host a networking event for professionals of color looking to help the community thrive. As part of the event, attendees will have the opportunity to explore the Science Museum.

Saturday, Jan. 20
Event: MN Futurists: Blockchain, Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies and the Future

  • Location: Bloomington Knights of Columbus Hall, 1114 American Blvd. W., Bloomington
  • Date/time: Saturday, Jan. 20, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Event type: Networking, discussion
  • Price: Free

During this meeting, organizers will cover the basics of these technologies and provide an overview of what some different projects are doing with these technologies. No previous knowledge is required.

WEEK 4: Jan. 22-28

Tuesday, Jan. 23
Event: COCO’s Google Demo Day Pitch Competition

  • Location: COCO Downtown, 400 S. 4th St., Suite 401, Minneapolis
  • Date/time: Tuesday, Jan. 23, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • Event type: Pitch competition
  • Price: Free

Join members of the Twin Cities startup community at COCO’s location in the Minneapolis Grain Exchange for a pitch night. Five startups will square off for a chance to pitch their product at Google Demo Day later this year.

Wednesday, Jan. 24
Event: Minne Inno’s 50 on Fire

  • Location: WeWork Capella Tower, 225 S. 6th St.
  • Date/time: Tuesday, Jan. 23, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • Event type: Awards celebration/the most fun you’ll have in January
  • Price: $25-30

Minnesota is full of talented, energetic entrepreneurs that are building the local startup community. We wanted to celebrate them. Join us at WeWork on Wednesday for food, cocktails and one heck of a party. Learn more about the nominees here.

Thursday, Jan. 25
Event: TechBeers Twin Cities

  • Location: New Bohemia, 2730 Snelling Ave. N., Roseville
  • Date/time: Thursday, Jan. 25, 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • Event type: Happy hour, networking event
  • Price: Free

Come meet other technology folks from the area, share a drink, a story and a laugh with them. We’re moving out of the city core and up to Roseville to stay away from the Super Bowl nonsense.

Weekend Hackathons
Event: MinneHack

  • Location: Coffman Memorial Union, University of Minnesota, 300 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis
  • Date/time: Friday, Jan. 26 – Sunday, Jan. 28
  • Event type: Hackathon
  • Price: Free for students

“MinneHack is a hackathon that welcomes hackers from around the country — a 24-hour event where you can compete, create, and collaborate to make something amazing. Teams have 24 hours to identify a problem, implement a technical solution, and pitch to industry professionals.”


  • Location: Rapson Courtyard, University of Minnesota
  • Date/time: Friday, Jan. 26 – Sunday, Jan. 28
  • Event type: Hackathon
  • Price: $25–30

“Join 200+ designers, artists, developers, and writers from around the Midwest to celebrate the art of creating video games at the fourth annual Gamecraft, GLITCH’s locally hosted site for the 48-hour Global Game Jam.”