Open Source North

OSN Appreciation & Kickoff Happy Hour

Join us for a complimentary happy hour on Thursday, November 3, at Brookview in Golden Valley.

In appreciation of past support and to kickoff #osn2023, please join us for a complimentary happy hour on Thursday, November 3. Attendance is free, but registration is required. Space is limited. Drinks and appetizers provided.


OSN Appreciation & Kickoff Happy Hour

Brookview (Basset Creek Room), Golden Valley

5:00 Welcome & Networking

6:00 – 6:30 Panel Discussion, “Building Communities: Inside and Outside an Organization”

7:30 Wrap up


“Building Communities: Inside and Outside an Organization”

As part of the happy hour, OSN will have a 30-minute panel discussion. The panelists are:

  • Maria Ploessl, Minnestar
  • Annie Greenawalt, SPS Commerce
  • Todd Gardner, TrackJS
  • Paul DeBettignies, Minnesota Headhunter


Maria Ploessl

Executive Director, Minnestar

Maria Ploessl serves as the first Executive Director of Minnestar, a nonprofit organization committed to building, nurturing and engaging those interested in technology through meaningful connection. In her role, she works to promote the strategic vision and growth of the organization, while developing events and experiences that bring the MN tech community together. She also serves on two strategic initiatives of Forge North: as a member of the Racial Equity project, and the chair of the Forge North Entrepreneur Support Organization group, convening leaders of organizations in the MN tech and entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Recently she served as the Operations Chair for the TechnovationMN board of directors, supporting the great work in inspiring girls and nonbinary youth to make an impact in their community using technology. She also served as a member of the Tech Steering Committee for Make. It. MSP, working on attraction and retention of tech talent to the region, and served as the Interim Board Co-Chair for Forge North, a coalition dedicated to making MN the problem-solving capital of the new economy.

She has over 10 years of program management, administration, and community engagement experience in the nonprofit and education sector. She is a former educator with Minneapolis Public Schools, and was selected as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Bragança, Brazil where she developed university-level educational programming and events.

Annie Greenawalt

Manager II, Technology Training, SPS Commerce

Annie Greenawalt has 15+ years of experience in facilitation, instructional design, and developing blended learning strategies for non-profit, healthcare, and technology-focused organizations. She currently leads the Technology Learning Services team at SPS Commerce. Annie loves learning culture and is constantly on the lookout for innovative ways to incorporate her learners on the journey to a solution that integrates emerging technologies while staying true to the basics. She spoke at OSN this year as one of the key organizers for TechJam, the internal learning event at SPS Commerce, and is looking forward to sharing and learning from others at this event.

Todd Gardner

President and Co-Founder, TrackJS

Todd Gardner is a software entrepreneur and developer who has built multiple profitable products. He pushes for simple tools, maintainable software, and balancing complexity with risk. He is the cofounder of TrackJS and Request Metrics, where he helps thousands of developers build faster and more reliable websites. He also produces the PubConf software comedy show.


Paul DeBettignies

Principal, Minnesota Headhunter, LLC

Paul is the Principal of Minnesota Headhunter, LLC and his activities include being an Evangelist and Advisor who builds teams with startups and tech companies, creates recruiting strategies for Fortune 500 clients and a frequent local and national speaker and article contributor on recruiter, HR, career, networking and social media topics.


Register Now!

Attendance is free, but registration is required. Space is limited, so register today!