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5668_2bb10abf7d_small May 6, 2013 by Brittany Mascio

Omaha This year, as we focus on making the Big Omaha experience the most memorable and most engaging yet, we've gamified a bit of the conference with opportunities for our attendees to win fun and practical prizes this week. Below are a few of the goods up for grabs during the conference festivities. | The FNBO Scavenger Hunt: Thanks to our sponsor, First National Bank (FNBO), we're adding a Twitter scavenger hunt to the mix. During our two … read more

5662_649d50e13f_small May 5, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Omaha Almost five ago, I was having a beer at Crescent Moon with a man I'd never met before. His name was Jeff Slobotski. He was pitching me his concept for Big Omaha. He had recently partnered with Dusty Davidson (who I knew from his web development shop Brightmix) to launch Silicon Prairie News, a media site centered around celebrating entrepreneurial efforts in the Midwest. Big Omaha was to be the in-person manifestation of their ideas—an event … read more

5622_4d95916c46_small May 2, 2013 by Brittany Mascio

Omaha Big Omaha inspires giant ideas, and this year we're adding a simple and expressive design twist to those ideas by incorporating high fashion. It's a design theme we can't wait to display in the experimental elements at our fesitivites that take place next week and one that will help make Big Omaha 2013 the most fabulous conference on innovation and entrepreneurship. We invite you to join the party fun. … read more

5636_50dafaef94_small April 30, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Omaha Oxide is honored to have had the opportunity to work with the fine people over at Silicon Prairie News for all five years of Big Omaha. During this time, the Giant Cow has taken on a variety of forms. From the literal Giant Cow illustrations of year one and two, to the completely conceptual letters to the Cow of year four. For this year, we wanted to capture the feeling of being the next big thing. Of being glamorous and—dare we say—fabulous. Taking our … read more

5623_dc1e82485b_small April 29, 2013 by Brittany Mascio & Caleb Ulffers

Omaha Turning former inmates into entrepreneurs, creating an online social space for dogs, growing mushrooms in a kitchen and taking an email inbox to zero are just a few of the tasks performed by the companies of our Big Omaha 2013 speakers. To help you get to know the speakers better we've rounded up their bios, compiled recent media and linked to their Twitter handles and company websites. … read more

5621_550ef2e049_small April 29, 2013 by Brittany Mascio

Omaha The Silicon Prairie News team has been working hard and reflecting on the experiences of the past four years to make Big Omaha 2013 our best event yet. With a speaker lineup that's sure to inspire attendees, a freshly remodeled conference home and a few suprises up our sleeve for the commemorative year, we can't wait to finally share the event's full schedule. Below you'll find our comprehensive agenda … read more

5603_e3390bdc41_small April 23, 2013 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha At my first Big Omaha I landed a job, but it wasn't with another attendee or sponsor, it was with the company behind the event, the less than one-year-old Silicon Prairie News. Six years ago, I worked in the same office building as Jeff Slobotski, and at least once a week, I'd make my way over to his desk to chat startups and hear the latest on the "web 2.0 / social media conference" he and his co-founder Dusty Davidson were planning. I was … read more

5604_d46dddbe55_small April 23, 2013 by Brittany Mascio

Omaha If you caught Shane Mac's Big Omaha attendee reflection post, nearly half of his most memorable moments happened with our speakers. They learned from one another, had a bit a fun together at our after parties and even collaborated on projects beyond the event Interaction like Shane's is not just a coincidence for some, it has become the norm for many at Big Omaha. We're excited today to announce our final speakers who will become those individuals that attendees will get to know and create new … read more

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