Big Omaha 2012 tickets now on sale!
David Hauser welcomes attendees to Big Omaha 2011 at KANEKO in Omaha's Old Market district.
Big Omaha 2012 tickets are now on sale! We kick off today with the opportunity to purchase a new season pass, guaranteeing the purchaser a ticket to both of our premier events, Big Omaha 2012 and Thinc Iowa 2012. On Friday, we'll open up sales of individual Big Omaha 2012 tickets.
At the Silicon Prairie News offices, this is a day we look forward to each and every year. We are so excited to find out who we'll be meeting when our Big Omaha attendees join us in downtown Omaha, May 9-11.
In response to the overwhelming support of Big Omaha and demand for tickets, we've made changes to this year's ticket sales. The introduction of the Prairie Pass (currently on sale!) not only guarantees you a seat at our two most popular events, it also provides a 10 percent discount on the ticket cost. Thinc Iowa will take place in downtown Des Moines, October 10-11, and this year will feature a similar theme as Big Omaha, focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship. (Note: If you purchase a Prairie Pass and can't make it to Thinc Iowa – well, we'll be sad – you have the ability to transfer the name on the ticket one time by August 1 for no additional cost.)
On Friday, individual Big Omaha ticket sales begin at 11 a.m. CDT with the release of our first batch of 100 tickets. More tickets will be released next week, as well, and on Thursday afternoon we'll begin to take names on our waitlist. If you do find yourself on this waitlist, don't fret. Portions of Big Omaha 2012 will be livestreamed to fully engage the whole Big Omaha community and truly connect both on and offline audiences.
When you register, please double check the details in the event description, but if you have any questions, as always, feel free to send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get you all squared away.
Big Omaha Experience
What will happen the two and half days of Big Omaha? Glad you asked! Here's what in store:
- 54 hours jam-packed with inspiration, motivation and incredible networking
- 14 of the nation's best and most innovative entrepreneurs on a one-track stage at KANEKO, the single location that harbors all conference activity
- 3 official Big Omaha parties and an exclusive happy hour
- 2 provided lunches (they're delicious!)
- 2 complimentary continental breakfast spreads (muffins, FTW!)
- 1 complimentary snack and beverage bar to keep you fueled and hydrated
Welcome our first five speakers!
As we continue to release tickets, we'll reveal more speakers and conference details - giving you just a little more to anticipate when the conference arrives in May. Look for our full slate of 14 speakers to be announced in the coming weeks, and stay tuned to Silicon Prairie News to see how the conference details and site continues to evolve. Without saying, we're thinking it'll be something well, pretty big. Hold tight.
Now, without further ado, here's a first look at a few of those incredible speakers on the 2012 slate. Stay tuned for the next wave of speaker announcements, and get to know our first five speakers just below.
Sarah Prevette is the Editor-in-Chief at BetaKit, a Sprouter initiative. A serial entrepreneur and vocal evangelist for startups around the world, Sarah is the founder of Sprouter, which was acquired by Postmedia Network Inc. in 2011. She has been featured in publications including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Wired Magazine and is an active advisor to several emerging companies. Her advice can be found in the Financial Post and on on BNN’s hit entrepreneurship show "The Pitch."
Brian Wong is the founder of kiip, a mobile rewards network, backed by True Ventures. He was recently honored in the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30, and was also lauded in Mashable as one of "The Top 5 Young Entrepreneurs to Watch". Techcrunch and the Wall Street Journal called Brian the "youngest person to ever receive funding by a venture capital firm". Before starting kiip, Brian was responsible for key publisher and tech partnerships at the social news website Digg.com.
Mena Trott co-founded Six Apart (now SAY Media) with her husband in 2001 and helped bring blogging to the masses with Movable TypePad, TypePad and LiveJournal. She has been blogging in various forms ever since and currently, she is a member of the Say Media Board of Directors. In 2010, she began sewing her own clothes and started the blog, The Sew Weekly, to document her weekly progress and has grown from a personal blog to a sewing community.
Ben Lerer is the co-founder and CEO of Thrillist Media Group, a digital media company converging leading men’s lifestyle brand Thrillist.com; members-only shopping club JackThreads.com; and local experiences platform Thrillist Rewards. The three brands collectively reach over 4 million daily subscriptions, targeting a young, urban male demographic locally and nationally, online and offline, through content and commerce.
Michael Karnjanaprakorn is the CEO/co-founder of Skillshare, which is a community marketplace to learn anything from anyone, anywhere. Prior to Skillshare, he led the product team at Hot Potato (acquired by Facebook) and developed products and services that organized the creative world at Behance. He is also an advisor to Collaborative Fund and 2012 TED Fellow.
Credits: Photos by Malone & Company. Big Omaha branding and identity by Oxide Design. Speaker photos provided by Prevette, Wong Trott, Lerer and Karnjanaprakorn, respectfully.