Wednesday, September 23, 2020
During this pandemic, we hear the refrain over and over “I can’t wait to get back to normal.” There is an honest and earnest feeling behind that sentiment, however, we have been asking ourselves - is “normal” what we want to get back to? In many ways our past “normal” was not nearly good enough and even exasperated many of the problems we are facing during this pandemic. In this session we’ll outline some of those not-so-good “normals,” how they put us in a worse situation relative to an international crisis and how we have the opportunity to “get back to better” through acknowledging the bad, identify technology and non-technological solutions to address a better tomorrow by making our cities smarter and more responsive to our communities. “Smart North” is a collaboration of people working in and around smart city development thinking deeply around how our cities and communities can better work together and more efficient in building a better normal.
Thursday, September 24, 2020
The restaurant business was already tough. The transformations of 2020 brought desperation and anxiety to the forefront of day-to-day operations. In this conversation explore how restaurant owners in St. Paul used design, technology and customer experience to survive and thrive.
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