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6572_8ebc3c6edc_small March 10, 2014 by Joey Wolfe

Omaha No matter the genre, music attaches us to our experiences. It adapts to the stages of life, becoming our soundtrack while having the ability to motivate, comfort, delight and inspire us. It may most easily play unnoticed in the background, but it's front and center to someone like DJ Skee. Over the past decade, DJ Skee has helped shape the popular music scene. Named to Billboard magazine's influential “Power Players: 30 Under 30" in 2010, he has collaborated with artists such as Jay Z, Katy Perry ... read more

6562_c3a4d6c295_small March 10, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Omaha (Guest post by Andy von Dohren) We've come a long way in the first two weeks. We started out small, only coding in Ruby on the command line. Our first assignment was to write a small program to keep track of pets for a humane society... read more

6566_e0d55185fb_small March 7, 2014 by Katrina Markel

Omaha A local politician hopes involvement in a nationwide app challenge will get Omaha high schoolers' creative juices and spur an interest in coding. Congressman Lee Terry of Omaha recently announced the 2014 House of Representatives Student App Challenge, a contest designed to spark interest in STEM careers among American high school students… read more

6560_c9da6a855d_small March 6, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha The third-annual Midwest Entrepreneurship Conference will return to Omaha April 4-5 and features presentations from more than 10 successful entrepreneurs under 30 who have launched a new business in or shortly after college as well as seasoned entrepreneurs who will share their experiences. Mike Schultz, co-founder of RAIN Group and author of Rainmaking Conversations, is the conference's keynote speaker. Schultz is a world-renowned consultant and sales expert named the ... read more

6550_c2a6458b25_small March 6, 2014 by Caleb Ulffers

Omaha Today we're thrilled to announce the next four speakers joining the 2014 Big Omaha lineup. Kevin Rose (@kevinrose) is the founder of Digg, co-founder of Revision3, Pownce and Milk, and general partner at Google Ventures ...  read more

March 5, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha Two Nebraska accelerators, NMotion in Lincoln and Straight Shot in Omaha, have application deadlines looming. Applications for NMotion, a 14-week summer program with an emphasis on high-growth software and technology-based startups in agriculture, healthcare, education… read more

6541_778940596f_small March 3, 2014 by Joey Wolfe

Omaha The choice to become a full-time artist doesn’t come without risk. Lack of recognition and an inability to reach the right audience are fears all artists can sympathize with. However, the thought of being anything but an artist is unbearable for many. Alexis Tryon is the co-founder and CEO of Artsicle, a website created to showcase creative work. Named “Gallerists to the People” by The New York Times, Artsicle connects consumers and artists around the globe. Through the online format, Alexis enables visual artists, including painters ... read more

6529_2730a6fac2_small February 27, 2014 by Joey Wolfe

Omaha A Silicon Valley technologist for more than 20 years, Jason Johnson’s career is marked with accomplishments that help make the world a more connected place. Jason is the co-founder and CEO of August, the makers of the sleek Smart Lock that gives consumers a secure, simple and social way to manage the locks of their home or office electronically and remotely. Now he joins the slate of Big Omaha speakers with a depth of knowledge and experience that we think will elevate you in your own endeavors… read more

6523_50c340f8d8_small February 27, 2014 by Caleb Ulffers

Omaha The Big Omaha experience isn't contained to the stage. It continues down the halls, at parties, on your phone and in the streets as artists display unique works of art and exhibits. These enhance the connection and feel of the conference, encouraging openness, interaction and collaboration ... read more

6495_89e848fd58_small February 24, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Omaha (Guest post by Andy von Dohren) Omaha Code School is the first course of its kind in Omaha. There are lots of similar courses in larger cities across the nation, such as New York and San Francisco, where our instructor, Sumeet Jain, lived and taught a similar course. After he moved to Omaha, he and his cousin saw an opportunity to do something similar here. They founded Omaha Code School last fall and began accepting applications. There were more than 70 applicants from the U.S. and across the world. Eventually the applicant pool was whittled down to 14—the inaugural class ... read more

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