Silicon Prairie News

3986_a619763167_small April 16, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines Silicon Prairie News: After you'd spent years working in public relations on both coasts, what drove your decision to move to Des Moines and set up shop there in 2007? | David Splivalo: I established a great working relationship with one of my first Iowa clients, Palisade Systems. Their CEO went out of his way to recommend my firm’s services to other local tech firms, and so I began to acquire more Midwest business. Based on this growth, coupled with my belief … read more

3971_daa6007072_small April 16, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Startup Weekend Kansas City's opening pitches took place Friday night, but the event's opening pitchers — or pints, at least — were enjoyed Thursday at The Cashew, where Startup Weekend Kansas City (SWKC) sponsored the first Silicon Prairie News Meetup this year in Kansas City. Throughout the evening, an estimated 100 people made their way to the … read more

3983_c08201dba4_small April 16, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha Omaha Food Fight, an app that challenges users to guess the cleanliness of local food establishments, won first place over the weekend at the inaugural Hack Omaha, a programming competition, in the style of Startup Weekend, that required teams to base their projects on datasets of public government information. The event, produced and hosted by the Omaha World-Herald, brought out more than 50 developers, designers, journalists and civic instigators. The World-Herald supplied datasets to the competitors and required each project be, in the spirit of the event, open-sourced. … read more

3978_f02f3aa8a2_small April 16, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Carrie Royce sees a world of potential when she watches her 8-year-old son, Walter, and his pack of tech-inclined pals eschew sports and other pursuits in favor of video games, computers and electronics. "They're the next Apple, right?" Royce says of the youngsters. "If you prepare them for that." Royce and a pack of her tech-inclined pals spent the weekend working on a project designed … read more

3980_f1e9407d2d_small April 15, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

From your friends on Facebook to the hosts of The Today Show, it seems everyone – well, those who account for one of 4 million video views in six days – is talking about "Caine's Arcade," a short film documenting the imagination and entrepreneurial spirit of a nine-year-old boy in East Los Angeles. A Los Angeles Times' article captured the latter of those qualities of Caine Monroy, the film's … read more

3979_63a1a6c7c2_small April 15, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City The finish line is in sight for the 12 teams of the 54-hour business-building sprint that is Startup Weekend Kansas City. Those teams will conclude a whirlwind weekend by delivering pitches for their products this evening at the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Board Room at Union Station. Spectator tickets … read more

3976_d9b564ae6d_small April 14, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Swelling skies appeared likely to put the breaks on outdoor activities at any moment this afternoon in Kansas City, Mo., but that certainly didn't slow the speed of progress inside the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Board Room (left) at Union Station. There, 12 teams and 98 participants in total busily built their ideas during the second day of Startup Weekend Kansas City. The dozen teams formed Friday night in support of the most popular ideas presented during Startup Weekend's opening … read more

3977_2f14167263_small April 14, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Hack Omaha, a weekend programming competition during which participants are challenged to turn a local dataset of public government information into something useful, is off and running with more than 50 developers, designers, journalists and civic instigators gathered in the Omaha World-Herald building's first and second floors. The inaugural event kicked off Friday … read more

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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.