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6659_3bc08a6349_small April 2, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Cedar Rapids Last month Omaha joined the list of international CoderDojos, hosting an event attended by nearly two dozen 13- to 17-year-olds in Omaha's Old Market. Now another Midwestern city—Cedar Rapids—is adopting an open source, volunteer-led program that teaches kids to code, too ... read more

6540_23283b8b89_small March 4, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Cedar Rapids When he pitched the idea Friday evening at the inaugural Startup Weekend Cedar Rapids, Zach Sanderson—who previously worked as a sports photographer at Stanford University—simply thought it would be cool to create a digital alternative to traditional baseball cards. "Stanford's baseball team didn't print cards because it was too expensive and by the time they’re printed, the season is almost ... read more

6534_189407e58f_small March 2, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Cedar Rapids The inaugural Startup Weekend Cedar Rapids kicked off Friday evening with more than 100 people gathering at the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance to hear the event's 68 attendees pitch 35 ideas. While nine teams originally were formed on Friday, David Tominksy—one of Startup Weekend Cedar Rapids' organizers—says only eight continued through Saturday… read more

6501_14190a7236_small February 19, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Cedar Rapids After months of planning, organizers behind Iowa's first 90-day startup accelerator are taking another major step in its planning: applications for the inaugural class of the Iowa Startup Accelerator opened Wednesday morning ... read more

6481_d94c9663ec_small February 17, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Cedar Rapids It's been more than a year since a Startup Weekend has been hosted in Iowa's Creative Corridor. Later this month, a number of Cedar Rapids' community entities and leaders are coming together to change that with Startup Weekend Cedar Rapids…  read more

6350_e5d7c348ea_small January 4, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Cedar Rapids Best meal I’ve had in Cedar Rapids: Southwest grilled chicken with corn salsa, sweet potato, and corn bread—at my parent’s house. Dad’s a great cook! read more

6317_b7158cf83c_small December 13, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Cedar Rapids (Guest post by Ben Anderson) When I set out to create Bandwidth Pool, a complex online bidding website, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to do it alone. I don’t have any practical experience designing, developing or generally understanding the components that comprise a complex web application. Because of the lack of programming experience, outsourcing the build of my website to a development firm was the best option...  read more

December 11, 2013 by Megan Bannister

Cedar Rapids Last week the Entrepreneurial Development Center (EDC) announced that the Iowa Seed Fund II made a $150,000 investment in iCONNECT, a marketplace for on-demand video interpretation services. Founded in 2012 and acquired in January by ... read more

6210_416a6bdeef_small November 6, 2013 by Megan Bannister

Cedar Rapids School has been back in session for awhile, but you won't find students in the Big Ideas Group hitting a mid-semester slump. On any given day one student may be recording an album while another gears up to participate in the Google Science Fair. In August the supplemental education program, formally called the Big Ideas School, was absorbed into the Cedar Rapids Community School District, meaning that any student within that district can enroll free of charge... read more

6213_0d9c58e06c_small November 6, 2013 by Megan Bannister

Cedar Rapids During 1 Million Cups Cedar Rapids this morning, organizers of the Iowa Startup Accelerator announced that—likely beginning in January 2014—the group will sponsor a broadcast of 1 Million Cups across the state. “The startup culture is strong in many communities around Iowa, but for the most part they are operating independently,” said Eric Engelmann ... read more

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