Silicon Prairie News

4141_4371cab93d_small May 11, 2012 by Royce Haynes

Omaha From quirky facial expressions to cheerful smiles, photos captured in the Big Omaha photo booth showcase friends, colleagues and cities that make up the Big Omaha community. Thanks to the work of Malone & Company, the photos have been posted online, but we've picked out a few here to give you a flavor of this year's wackiness. If you've missed making an appearance in one of the photos so far, make sure either jump in the booth at KANEKO … read more

4119_6e4c6721f2_small May 11, 2012 by John T. Meyer

Omaha Every year at Big Omaha there seems to be one speaker that unites the hearts of every person in the room at KANEKO. This year at Big Omaha 2012, I have a feeling that Charles Best was that speaker. Best is the founder of, a nonprofit organization that provides a simple, personal and accountable way for people to address educational inequity. Best crafted the story of the origin of his non-profit while also inspiring and … read more

4149_fd21d17b17_small May 11, 2012 by Guest Contributor

Omaha (This is a guest post by Andy Peters.) Why build an App for #BigOmaha? A lot of people use it as their program. SPN Trusts us. (Like Oxide Design Co.) We like putting what we learn year over year to a test. We have done the app for four years now. We love doing it, and it proves a good challenge to our skills year over year. This year, the conference had a completely artistic (in my view) approach to the branding. It was important to us that not only did the … read more

4118_8987efa3ee_small May 11, 2012 by Patti Vannoy

Omaha Three years ago this Mother's Day weekend, Brian Wong paid a sad surprise visit to his mom in Vancouver; he'd just been laid off from his business development gig at Digg. This year, the newly-21-year-old is 18 months into founding Kiip, which has 35 employees in New York and San Francisco and has given 40 million rewards for achievements in games. Lucky? "Luck is supposed to be, like, you can't control it," he said on Friday morning … read more

4144_d9cce7d4de_small May 11, 2012 by Danny Schreiber & Brittany Mascio

Omaha As Yogi Berra famously said, "It ain't over till it's over." And though today's Big Omaha speaker presentations wrap up around 5, the finale of our annual event doesn't begin until 9 p.m. when our two sporty sponsors, Under Armour and Hudl, serve up the closing party. Open to the public, the party will be at House of Loom, a popular new nightspot in downtown Omaha. And like all of Big Omaha, it'll … read more

4108_5f4b763ea3_small May 11, 2012 by John T. Meyer

Omaha Throughout Big Omaha 2012, mentions of "interconnectedness" have been hard to miss. Interconnectedness is a major theme for Big Omaha 2012, and one local company with some Big Omaha history is helping spread that theme. What Cheer, an Omaha-based web strategy and design company, is back with … read more

4140_557db8e00d_small May 11, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Omaha Badges? You don't need no stinkin' badges. You don't have to be a Big Omaha 2012 badge-holder to take in every talk from the second day of our conference. All you need for that is our live stream. As we announced earlier this week, we're streaming every talk of Big Omaha this year. The live stream, a first for Big Omaha, is brought to you thanks to the generous support of Hayneedle. Watch the Big Omaha live stream here You can refer to the schedule below for an idea of who will take the stage today at … read more

4136_b82906fd47_small May 11, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha As we begin Big Omaha day two, we're excited to announce the late addition of Kevin Hale, co-founder of the online form builder Wufoo, a Y Combinator seeded startup acquired by SurveyMonkey in 2011. When Wufoo launched, it aimed to beat out the existing form builders with an exceptional user experience, something it ultimately succeeded at doing. So much so, in fact, that it earned distinction by the "the king of usability," Jakob Nielsen, as one of the best application UIs of 2008. More than props, it also earned revenue early on, with its model of attracting users with a simple elegant free app and converting them … read more

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Winners will be announced live on stage at
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