Meetings and General Sessions

Monday, April 23, 2018  8:50 AM - 9:20 AM

Welcome, Color Guard and National Anthem

Jim Stromberg, Dana Wahlberg and Commissioner Mona Dohman

The St. Cloud Fire Service Color Guard will open the conference. Jim Stromberg (MC) will welcome everyone followed by Dana Wahlberg and Commissioner Mona Dohman giving remarks.

Monday, April 23, 2018  9:40 AM - 10:40 AM

Opening Keynote: Calming the Chaos

Jen McDonough (aka The Iron Jen), Motivational Speaker & Amazon Top 100 Author

Besides working in ever-changing work environments, our Every Day Heroes are fatigued, stressed out, and often times, are on their way to becoming burnt out from all the day-to-day pressures. These negative consequences can lead to dangerous and chaotic outcomes for not only the employees themselves, but also for their organizations, communities, and families. In this session, audiences will discover how to calm the chaos in their work and home environments using simple techniques that will empower them to overcome their obstacles.

Monday, April 23, 2018  12:10 PM - 1:10 PM

Lunch and Recognition

During the lunch, recognition will be given to several individuals.

Monday, April 23, 2018  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Statewide Emergency Communications Board Meeting (SECB)

This is an official meeting of the Statewide Emergency Communications Board. Observers are welcome.

Monday, April 23, 2018  4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Statewide Emergency Communication Board Meet and Greet

Meet SECB members and conference participants. Open to all conference participants and guests. An assortment of appetizers and beverages will be served.

Monday, April 23, 2018  4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Exhibits Open

The exhibit area in the Terry Haws Center not only features interesting vendor products and services, but is also where you’ll find access to demonstrations/tours of the inside exhibits.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018  8:00 AM - 9:20 AM

Keynote: Emerging Technologies and Capabilities

Ed Mills, Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology

Smart devices and broadband based transport technologies using Long Term Evolution (LTE, also known as 4G) are uniquely poised to provide responders with never before realized capabilities. For example, first responders now have a powerful platform at their fingertips to communicate, share data, improve situational awareness, stream video and so much more. Things that seemed impossible only 2-3 years ago are realities today helping to keep responders and communities safer. This session will feature technologies that are saving lives and protecting property today as well as technologies and capabilities that will be used in the near future.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018  8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

ECN Lab Schedule

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Emergency Communication Network will be providing a lab during the conference. Stop by the exhibit booth to listen to a five minute introduction of each of these topics followed by a chance to ask questions or discuss topics of interest to you. This is a fifteen minute session that you create by bringing your questions. What are your challenges? What do you need to know to do your job better? Let the vendors come to you!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018  12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch and Keynote: As We Look for Critical-Communications Answers, Let's Make Sure We Are Asking the Right Questions

Donny Jackson, IWCE Urgent Communications

Public safety, elected officials and government administrators are about to face a series of decisions concerning FirstNet and other communications technologies that promise to have significant budgetary and operational impacts during the next decade. Improve the odds of making the right choices by learning some key areas to explore when considering next-generation platforms.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018  11:15 AM - 12:45 PM

Lunch and Keynote: Public Safety in the IoT Age

Craig Coale, Senior Public Safety and Defense Advisor, Cisco Systems Smart Communities Organization

The future of public safety, security and resilience lies in the ability of public safety practitioners to access the entirety of the smart community’s digital infrastructure and exploit this massive amount of information for public safety purposes. Nearly every community has active initiatives to deploy more intelligent services such as lighting, parking, transportation, transit and/or video. Many of these are not for public safety use by intent. However, by aggregating and analyzing ALL of the community’s digital elements collectively, we become enabled to predict, detect, respond and recover to/from acute shocks and chronic stresses in a more effective and efficient manner.