Rapid City Day provides opportunities for participants in the 2017 World Finals to experience the cultural, historical, and technological aspects of South Dakota. Each participant may register for activities, selecting from five options, each of which is offered both in the morning and the afternoon.

Technology Innovation Seminar
The Technology Innovation Seminar is a new feature offered for the 2017 World Finals in Rapid City.  The Technology Innovation Seminar will be led by moderator, Dr. Steve Bourne, and focuses on three speakers who are leaders in global innovation in computer-related research and development.

Moderator:  Dr. Steve Bourne is Chief Technical Officer at Rally Ventures in Menlo Park, California.  He also is chair of ACM Queue, a magazine that he started in 2003.  He held senior engineering management positions at Cisco Systems, Sun Microsystems, Digital Equipment, and Silicon Graphics. Prior to that at Bell Laboratories, he designed the UNIX Command Language or “Bourne Shell.”  He is Past President and Fellow of the ACM and is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Emerging innovations In Additive Manufacturing – Rob Mudge
Robert P. Mudge is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of RPM Innovations Inc. (RPMI), Rapid City, SD, the world leader in powder-fed laser deposition technology for a wide range of critical applications including aerospace and defense.  The precision and intricacy of large 3D items is determined by RPMI proprietary software for additive freeform manufacturing. RPMI designs, builds, and sells the world’s largest controlled-atmosphere laser deposition systems.

Innovations in Serverless Computing – Bryan Cantrill
Bryan M. Cantrill is Chief Technical Officer of Joyent, Inc., San Francisco.  He pioneered innovations in public cloud computing and was among the first to embrace industrialized containers and serverless computing. In 2016 Joyent was acquired by Samsung, thus providing broader access to the next generation of container innovations and Triton cloud technology. Bryan is perhaps best known for his work on Dtrace that was created at Sun Microsystems for troubleshooting kernel and application problems on production systems in real time.

Making Money Using Math – Erik Meijer
Erik Meijer, Palo Alto, CA, is a Dutch computer scientist and entrepreneur. From 2000 to early 2013, he was a software architect for Microsoft where he headed the Cloud Programmability Team. He then founded Applied Duality, Inc. Erik is best known for his work on Haskell and the C# language. Erik is now at Facebook where he is responsible for the server infrastructure.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Visit the world-famous mountain carving of the faces of four presidents who led America to greatness at critical times in the development of the United States. The visit includes the visitor center with the history of the presidents, the sculptor’s studio, and an exhibit of how the carving was prepared.

Sanford Underground Research Facility Visitors Center

Explore the innovative SURF Visitors Center, the world’s newest underground research facility located in a former 8000 ft. deep gold mine.  The exhibits at the SURF Visitors Center describe the research experiments for the study of neutrinos and dark matter that are located a mile underground to provide the most minimal cosmologic background of any place on earth.

Rapid City Cultural Tour (walking tour)

Visit the Journey Museum exhibits that include the culture of the Native Americans, the history of pioneer settlers who developed South Dakota’s agriculture and industry, and the geologic formation of South Dakota. Explore the Dahl Arts Center which provides exhibits of modern, traditional, and innovative art created by leading artists across America. Complete a walking tour of Rapid City and locate the statues of 42 American presidents on the street corners of the downtown area.

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Museums

Experience the award-winning exhibits of the Museum of Geology and the James E. Martin Paleontology Research Laboratory at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, the engineering and science research university of South Dakota.  Exhibits at the Museum of Geology include mounted skeletons of dinosaurs, mammals, marine reptiles, and fish; rare fossils from the White River Badlands, arranged in time-specific dioramas; and mineral displays including the Hall of South Dakota Minerals, meteorites, and a fluorescent mineral room.  A visit to the Paleontology Research Laboratory provides a behind-the-scenes look at fossil preservation.