The Digital Decade
Ten years ago, way back before government officials were tweeting their private parts or anyone could plus one their Google, an intrepid group of Minnesotans inaugurated the Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association's annual Summit. This was a very complex, new conference from a three-year old association with less than 500 members. This was a dare, a risk, a mammoth outpouring of volunteering love. And it took place right before the first dot-com explosion. In other words—a brilliant beginning. Because ten years later, the MIMA Summit is the largest annual marketing and technology conference in the Midwest, hosted by the oldest interactive marketing association in the country. A testament, if you will, to the pioneering intent of MIMA's founders, early sponsors and supporters, and most important—the amazing marketing and interactive talent living and working in Minnesota.
We Made Something Incredible
We - the community of developers, technicians, producers, writers, designers, UXers, content strategists, project managers, film directors, account managers, brand leaders, media planners, investors, lawyers and even the Master Social Media Guru Pundit experts - have created and nurtured an awesome marketplace. The talent in Minnesota that defines, funds, creates and sustains game-changing business ideas is second to none. And throughout this past decade, the MIMA Summit has come around each year to remind us of the strength and vitality of our community. I'm lucky to be involved in this association at this point in time. I am inspired by our association's abilities over the past decade to continuously build an annual event now serving over 1,200 people. An event with national appeal, that celebrates the story of Minnesota's powerful and growing interactive marketing industry.
A Continuing Mission
The tenth annual MIMA Summit, on Tuesday October 11 and Wednesday October 12, promises to continue MIMA's overarching mission—to elevate talent—by providing an incredible roster of useful insights, focused passion and spirited dialogue. You'll walk in with an incredible array of over 50 speakers, panels and session to learn from, including keynotes by Wired's Chris Anderson and Google's Avinash Kaushik. You'll walk out inspired—and not just by the talent elevating your talent. Ticket prices for the 2011 MIMA Summitare still being sold at 2009 prices, easily the best value for any conference of this size and scope. I hope you will spread the word and plan to join us as we celebrate the digital decade: what happened, what's next and why it matters.
— Tim Brunelle