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Des Moines August 29, 2013 by Silicon Prairie News Only 14 days until Big Omaha. Get your tickets before they sell out!

Not able to join us at Hoyt Sherman Place tonight for the inaugural Silicon Prairie Awards? Not a problem. You can still catch our second annual event from afar thanks to our live stream sponsored by Wellmark.

**If you can make it to Hoyt Sherman by 7 p.m., come on down! Tickets are available at the door.**

The awards show and community celebration gets under way tonight at 7. It'll open with brief remarks from our team followed by the unveiling of the 12 Silicon Prairie Awards winners, with a keynote from Dave Knox, chief marketing officer at Rockfish and co-founder of The Brandery.

Tune in above and follow the Awards conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #SPAwards.

The Schedule

Mobile App of the Year

This app featured a notable design and user interface, broke the mold for what we’d expect from a mobile app or reached a high number of downloads.

Service Provider of the Year

This lawyer, accountant, marketer or other service provider made things happen for startups, simple as that.

Innovation of the Year

This product prototype, release or advancement made people look twice because it broke a mold, introduced a new way to solve a problem or challenged a status quo.

Technologist of the Year

This team member, freelancer or consultant made a significant contribution toward development of a startup’s product.

Student Entrepreneur of the Year

This student or group of students—college undergraduate or younger—built a notable business, launched a praise-worthy app or created an impactful entrepreneurial initiative.

Executive of the Year

This C-level executive, president or founder led a startup to the next stage, hit milestones and overcame odds. 

Keynote Speaker: Dave Knox

Dave Knox, chief marketing officer at Rockfish and co-founder of The Brandery, is our keynote speaker for the second annual Silicon Prairie Awards. Knox has transformed several brands through digital marketing at Rockfish and is currently helping to build the startup community in Cincinnati through The Brandery. Rockfish is a full-service digital innovation partner that drives business for some of the world’s largest brands, including Walmart, Banfield Pet Hospital, Ciscod, P.F. Chang's and The Travel Channel.

Designer of the Year

This team member, freelancer or consultant made a mark on a startup's product by providing an amazing user experience or beautiful design.

Silicon Prairie Ambassador

An individual from the region who has moved away but continues to advocate on behalf of the Silicon Prairie community.

Silicon Prairie Champion

An individual, company or organization that selflessly gave their time, resources or expertise to advance the Silicon Prairie community.

Investor of the Year

More than funding, this investor provided the all-around package, being a connector and champion of their portfolio startups.

New Startup of the Year

The new kid on the block that quickly made a name for itself, and for good reason.

Startup of the Year

The startup everyone was talking about. The one that made marked progress toward solidifying its success, having an all-around banner year.

Credits: Live stream provided by Quadrant5.

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The polls are open!

Through August 22, help us decide the winners of our inaugural Silicon Prairie Awards, which will recognize 12 companies and individuals. You can vote once per day per category.
Winners will be announced live on stage at
our August 30 event.