Silicon Prairie News

2203_25b1fe784b_small May 6, 2011 by John T. Meyer

Detroit Last week, I was able to attend and speak at the FutureMidwest conference in Detroit. The conference was made up of about 800 designers, developers, marketers, and creatives across the Midwest (primarily Michigan natives). Like Big Omaha, FutureMidwest is in its third year, has a cow for a mascot, and put together an awesome event that really captured … read more

2182_548f8c341b_small May 6, 2011 by Danny Schreiber & Brittany Mascio

Published every Tuesday (four days late this week), 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

2197_da9cba5342_small May 5, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha With the final additions of United States Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra and Startup America Partnership's Erich Broksas to the lineup, we are pleased to unveil the full list of our Big Omaha 2011 speakers. Here's this year's schedule including locations, parties and speaker times. In the coming week we'll have more information on the three parties (each open to the public), sponsors and art installations that are a part of this year's event. read more

2196_f27a57a820_small May 5, 2011 by Kate Ellingson

Lincoln Young entrepreneurs, students and professionals from the Lincoln business community were all ears when the Entrepreneurship Committee from Lincoln’s Young Professionals Group put on its latest event at the Raikes School on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. John Wirtz, COO of Hudl, interviewed Steve Kiene, managing director of Nebraska Global, and Kiene talked about his background, startup experience and tips for new entrepreneurs. … read more

2199_13fc508a69_small May 5, 2011 by Jeff Slobotski

Omaha We're excited to announce two amazing speakers to the slate for Big Omaha: United States Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra and Startup America Partnership's Erich Broksas. Chopra, who serves as an assistant to President Barack Obama and associate director for technology within the Office of Science and Technology Policy, will speak on the administration's innovation agenda. Following his presentation, he will field questions in … read more

2193_26d1486a34_small May 4, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholders meeting has come and gone, and with it so have the Nebraska Furniture Mart discounts that I, a proudly parsimonious purchaser, will kick myself until next year for missing. But fear not, fellow unfulfilled bargain hunters: there’s still value to be gleaned from last weekend’s Woodstock for Capitalists, and I don’t just mean the ongoing Borsheim's bargains, which will only be utilized by yours truly in the unlikely event … read more

2191_68cb43c5a3_small May 4, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha Since collaborating to launch a virtual townhall website last month, the city of Omaha and local startup MindMixer have found Omahans to be, in a word, engageable. Two weeks removed from the April 20 launch of, MindMixer founder and CEO Nick Bowden said the website has experienced growth unparalleled by similar sites his company has launched in other cities. "The rapid pace of user growth, on average more than 70 new users per day, is pretty extraordinary," Bowden said … read more

2195_2bfe9d2ff8_small May 4, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Ames Once again, young Nathan Hidajat has made the local technology news, this time as a regional finalist in the "Doodle 4 Google" competition. In March, the internet giant invited students in grades K-12 to submit a drawing along the theme of "What I'd like to do someday..." Hidajat's entry, which related directly to the charity: water campaign that we've covered on this site, was originally published on his site March 11 with this description: "What I’d like to do someday … read more

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