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COCO Skill Faire

March 19, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

We’re bringing back a classic: a good old-fashioned Saturday unconference!

Do you like MinneBar? Remember UnSummit? Yup, it’s like that. An all-day knowledge fest in which you can teach (and learn) just about anything. (Jump below to see the proposed sessions)

What interests you? Tech? Business? Startups? Drones? History? Single-malt scotch?

At this event, you can bring your passions and share them with others. In true unconference style, the day won’t have a set agenda, but will have lots of time slots that you can help fill with classes, presentations, workshops, demos, panels, conversations — or whatever! You can present, teach, coach…or just flit from session to session and soak up new knowledge.

We’ll order in food and drinks. You bring the curiosity and content!

After you register, we’ll send you a link to the session proposal form. No reasonable sessions will be refused! Final session schedules will be shared in the weeks prior to the event. On the day-of, open slots can be filled on the spot with whatever hairbrained ideas people have.

Proposed sessions

  • Don’t F*%k Up Your Startup (or Your Life) – Real world advice for start ups, solos and everyone who charges $ for things/services. —Davis Senseman, Davis Law Office
  • Getting Off the Dime: How to Stop Being a Wantrapreneur —Don Ball, COCO
  • Sometimes the Weatherman is Right: How to Forecast a Powder Day —Andrew Murray,
  • The Art of Thinkdoing, or How to Be a Culture Maker —Chris Cloud, 
  • Introduction to Business Model Mapping – Extending the Lean Startup and Business Model Canvas approaches to generate and validate your business model and business plan. —John Leschke, BME, MBA, PhD.
  • The Future of the Web: 2016 and Beyond – The Web is changing at an incredible rate. Where are we headed? What could the future look like? We’ll take a exciting journey into what these changes are and at the same time explore the massive implications they could have in all of our lives. — Andrew Robbins, Simpleblend
  • You’re Not an Investor, Quit Acting Like One – legal and practical advice for the inevitable question: “Will you do this work for equity?” —Davis Senseman, Davis Law Office
  • Why Peruvian Cuisine is the Best in the World (with mouthwatering pictures) —Don Ball, COCO
  • Less Scrumming, More Learning – With every additional feature you add, do the testing timelines get longer and longer and make it more difficult to push releases out as quickly? This session will help you focus on optimizing the software development lifecycle and processes by using constraints on purpose and taking a test-first approach. —Kristen Womack,
  • Mind Your Manners – In a competitive business world, one way to separate yourself from the noise and crowd is to bring a higher level of service and attention to those magical “little things” like good manners.  The people who appreciate your good manners and etiquette will be those who will do business with you the longest and you will have the most fun too. —John Cosgrove, VoiceHive
  • Do I have to go to work today? – How to motivate yourself as a solopreneur. Bust common myths about working solo whether at a home office, a co-working space or somewhere in between. Judy Jossi has been “going to work” without really going for 15 years. — Judy Jossi
  • Coming Home to Alexa and Siri; The Future of Voice Technologies in the Home and Beyond – This will be a panel discussion with two special guests — Alexa and Siri. We’ll take a deep dive into the latest in voice technologies and explore the future directions of these platforms. How are these two ladies being positioned in the home automation space? What is the potential for business? If you’re a developer, how can you write your own programs? If you’re not a developer, how can you write your own programs? It’ll probably get weird, cuz AI. We’ll definitely have a bit of fun asking both Alexa and Siri tough questions about life, love and the universe. — Rosie Hoyem
  • Making Things Pretty (for Non-Designers) – Lindsi Gish

Submit a session of your own (be sure to register, too!)

Agenda (subject to change)

  • 8-9 a.m. Arrive – coffee & pastries
  • 9:00 – Welcome & intro
  • 9:30 – 1st session (1 hr)
  • 10:30 – 2nd session (1 hr)
  • 11:30 – Lunch!
  • 1:00 – 3rd session (2 hr)
  • 3:00 – 4th session (1 hr)
  • 4:00 – Happy hour! (location TBD)


March 19, 2016
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


COCO Uptown
1010 W. Lake St.Suite 100 (Lake St. entrance)
Minneapolis, MN 55408 US