Silicon Prairie News

2723_2d8acb14ee_small August 16, 2011 by Guest Contributor

Iowa City The inaugural BarCamp ICR was held on Saturday at the Iowa City Public Library. We couldn't have had a better event! We met over 100 attendees and our day was extended hours longer due to many more people wanting to talk than we could have imagined. Just three minutes after opening up the grid for talks, we had the entire schedule filled for the day. Our deepest thanks goes out to our attendees, speakers, sponsors, organizers and volunteers … read more

2717_66ed3a2b9a_small August 16, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Lincoln As the inaugural Don’t Panic Labs summer internship program drew to a close with presentations on Monday at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Kauffman Center, it became increasingly clear the extent to which the interns had run the asylum for the last three months. If it wasn’t evident by their sheer numbers alone — Don’t Panic labs … read more

2703_50ba9f5033_small August 16, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Published Tuesdays and Thursdays, Prairie Moves keeps our readers informed about career moves, media coverage, product development, and more from the companies and individuals we cover on Silicon Prairie News. If you or your company would like to submit one of the items below for our next Prairie Moves post, please email And if you have suggestions … read more

2715_64af52e8c6_small August 16, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha In a show that featured a cavalcade of cameos and non-stop nostalgia, the Weekly Wrap-Up celebrated its 100th episode Friday, live from the Silicon Prairie News third birthday bash. Admittedly, it’s taken us a little longer than we would have liked to post this video of the show, but, hey … sometimes that’s the price you pay for partying with Analog the Prairie Dog. In the centennial episode, Jeff and Dusty touched briefly on Thinc Iowa. But, more than bringing their traditional take … read more

2720_cdbb68dd9e_small August 16, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Tune in today at 2 p.m. CDT for Episode 51 of PrairieCast streaming live from Des Moines. We'll be joined by West Des Moines attorney Rush Nigut, the founder of NotifyWorks and Michael Stacy, one of Silicon Prairie News' editors in Omaha. Discussion topics will include new kid-friendly apps in the region like PikuZone and Bumble phone, the Mayors Innovation team in both Kansas Citys and the Chris Pirillo meetup. PrairieCast is … read more

2704_ba9c0d01bb_small August 15, 2011 by Brittany Mascio

Omaha With ice cream, cake and good company, we celebrated three years of Silicon Prairie News on Friday. Thanks to all the friends and family from the region who stopped by to join us. We appreciate all the warm wishes and look forward to another great year on the Prairie. And a special thanks to those who stopped by with ice cream toppings or small gifts or props for our mascot, Analog the Prairie Dog – Kate Ellingson brought a bib and Brittany … read more

2709_d44a6f071b_small August 15, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines In case you didn't catch wind of it through our announcement last week or via the Facebook event page, let this serve as a friendly reminder that Chris Pirillo is stopping by Amici Espresso (206 6th Ave.) for a meetup tonight from 5:30-8:30. Pirillo, the Des Moines-born founder of the Lockergnome blogging network and the Gnomedex conference, now lives in Seattle but has made time for get-togethers with tech enthusiasts in his hometown on trips back to Iowa over the years. For Gnomedex, which Pirillo started in 2001 and organized for the 10th time last year, change is coming. … read more

2708_10e36b0857_small August 15, 2011 by Jeff Slobotski & Geoff Wood

Des Moines Oh boy, it's finally here! Tickets for our inaugural Thinc Iowa event are now on sale! We couldn't be more excited to bring an exciting new event to the Silicon Prairie. As we announced back in June – "Thinc Iowa is our next big thing" – we're bringing an important conversation to Des Moines about how startups and established … 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.