Silicon Prairie News

2221_da3a91a512_small May 11, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha Haven't had time to do your homework on all of this year's Big Omaha speakers? Not to worry; we can help you cram. We've combed the world wide interwebs to come up with a couple of stories, interviews, videos or otherwise noteworthy nuggets on each of our Big Omaha presenters so that you can brush up before you sit down at Kaneko on Thursday morning. …  read more

2225_6238e49cf3_small May 10, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Omaha On the eve of Big Omaha 2011, we can't be more excited to formally thank the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for stepping forward as the premier sponsor … read more

2223_d2d2cd484a_small May 10, 2011 by Royce Haynes

Kansas City The gaming industry is a tough cookie to bite into, especially with big game producers like EA and Nintendo. But Vicinity Games is not backing away from creating multiplayer video games for XBox and other game consoles. Last October, Nate Allen and Mike Koporc started Vicinity for the purpose of not only developing games but also serving as a "beacon" for video game development in Kansas City. One of few gaming studios on the Silicon Prairie, Vicinity makes local, multiplayer games that cultivate a social experience, like in Mario Kart 64, Gauntlet Legends or Castle Crashers. That active engagement between gamers is key to Vicinity's mission. Plus … read more

2224_0a4fced1e9_small May 10, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines On this week's PrairieCast Andy Brudtkuhl and I were joined by guests Jeff Slobotski, co-founder of Silicon Prairie News for the second annual Big Omaha preview show! read more

2220_08999add8f_small May 10, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines The latest project from the creative team at Des Moines-based application development company BitMethod is a new podcast called "The Flyover Effect." The podcast debuted Monday, and the first episode featured an interview with Tara Hunt, CEO and co-founder of Montreal-based Buyosphere. In this episode, BitMethod's Dan Shipton and Scott Kubie … read more

2214_7aac14d0d1_small May 10, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha Editor's Note: This blog post, which was originally published on Ben Lueders' business blog, Fruitful Design, on Friday, recaps the process he undertook to enter What Cheer's Color Contest for a Big Omaha ticket. Ben has given us permission to re-post it here, which I asked him for because I think his drawing is a lively snapshot of a few Silicon Prairie personalities (including our own Analog the Prairie Dog) and because the story behind his drawing is a fun one. read more

2215_35956aba3a_small May 9, 2011 by Brittany Mascio

Omaha With the Opening Party presented by Rackspace kicking Big Omaha off on Wednesday, the mood will be set for the first day of presentations on Thursday. After a full day of speakers, including Aneesh Chopra, Shervin Pishevar and Sarah Lacy, day one will wrap up at KANEKO (1111 Jones St.) and pick up with the post-party at The Slowdown (photo, left, from Starting at 7:30 p.m., conference-goers will have the opportunity to grab a front-row spot for The Hood Internet Concert presented by Microsoft BizSpark. Doors will open to the public at 8 p.m., and tickets will be available at the venue … read more

2219_b12f95f85b_small May 9, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Tune in tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. CDT for Episode 37 of PrairieCast, our second annual Big Omaha preview show! We'll be joined by Silicon Prairie News and Big Omaha cofounder Jeff Slobotski to talk about all things Big Omaha, from the speakers to the community to the parties. Slobotski will talk … read more

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