Silicon Prairie News

3764_5bf6043f98_small March 8, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines The doodle cloud team appears determined to not to let its momentum fizzle following a first-place finish over the weekend at Startup Weekend Des Moines. In fact, the gang's gone as far as offering hot air balloon rides to help its idea become a reality … but more on that in a moment. doodle cloud, an iOs app that lets users (usually children) photograph clouds, decorate those photos and share them with … read more

3762_2fb14d3b5d_small March 8, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Kansas City A contest to pick the name of a new Kansas City conference on innovation and entrepreneurship has ended. The organizations behind it, Think Big Kansas City and the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, announced today it will be called IgniteKC. The new conference is a combination of two other events – the Chamber's Innovation Conference and Think Big's Think Big Kansas City – and will be held on June 20 at H&R Block's corporate … read more

3759_8fd9c65a57_small March 8, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Lincoln With a smorgasbord of apps to assist would-be diners in locating somewhere in the neighborhood to break bread, why aren't there similar applications to aid police officers in finding and deterring bad? Back when Lincoln Public Safety Director Tom Casady was the chief of the Lincoln Police Department, he began to ponder that problem. Now, thanks to technology developed at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a solution will soon be made available to police … read more

3761_b24eda0a2c_small March 8, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Des Moines To wrap up our coverage of Startup Weekend Des Moines, we've edited down our video of Sunday's three-hour final pitch session to an hour and fifteen minutes, presenting all 16 team pitches and the award ceremony to top it off. Here are winners of the weekend, as selected by judges Ben Milne of Dwolla, Mike Colwell of Business Innovation Zone, Milt Milloy of Springboard Consulting & Capital, and Tej Dhawan and Christian Renaud of StartupCity Des Moines on the criteria … read more

3746_3c770cdc73_small March 8, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Austin "Spring break for nerds" is about to begin – er, I mean – South by Southwest Interactive starts Friday in Austin. The annual event, one of three events that make up the 10-day South by Southwest festival, will bring together nearly 20,000 people from around the world for five days of panels, presentations, parties and discussions around what's happening on or with the web. Amidst its dense crowds, in-depth talks and free drinks, more … read more

3755_a7a434d134_small March 7, 2012 by Chris Wolfgang

Omaha With a history of software consulting and entrepreneurship (think Tripleseat and, oh yes, Silicon Prairie News), Dusty Davidson, 31, is moving on to his next project: Layeredi. Still only four months old, Layeredi, short for Layered Innovations, is a platform for managing mobile marketing campaigns. Currently. "The long-term vision is to provide a suite of tools for marketers to manage their campaigns in one place," Davidson said. "The toolsets out … read more

3757_57b777ec44_small March 7, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Westwood Silicon Prairie News: As someone who's been on both sides of the press release process — writing them and writing stories based on them — what are a few guidelines you follow for crafting an effective press release? | C.J. Moore: I look at press releases just like I look at a news story. You need a good lede; you need good information and you need to tell a story. Usually there’s going to be some cheerleading in most press releases, but if you can distance yourself (I put on my journalism hat), it’s easier to figure out what’s the important information people need to know. The one big difference is sometimes an exec wants to change a quote, and I would never give a coach or athlete that opportunity. That was an … read more

3754_a46d781f69_small March 7, 2012 by Geoff Wood

One of the new series we kicked off for 2012 has proven to be among our most popular. Today, we are excited to announce that Prairie Portraits, which runs three times each week to showcase some of the less-recognizable … read more

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