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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

6518_effe89f8a2_small February 24, 2014 by Caleb Ulffers

Omaha Silicon Prairie News is thrilled to welcome entrepreneur, innovator, author and sustainable food system activist Ellen Gustafson to Big Omaha this year. Over the past decade, Ellen has gained extensive experience developing the conversation and examining the compelling juxtaposition of the incline in both starvation and obesity. Food Tank, FEED, The 30 Project and Change Dinner ... read more

February 21, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha It's a different kind of code school—a home code school. Paige Yowell of the Omaha World-Herald tells the story of how Burch Kealey brought his kids and neighbor's kids into his home every week to teach them how to code on Raspberry Pi machines… read more

6509_cbe7f197e5_small February 21, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha Omaha Code School begins in four days, but students got a big surprise Thursday when the school announced $14,500 in scholarships. The scholarships will help offset the $6,000 in individual tuition for the program's 14 students… read more

6508_63dec6f820_small February 20, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha Thursday's cold, snowy, slushy weather is primetime to huddle inside your home or office and order takeout. But in Omaha, it's pretty limited to restaurants like Jimmy John's and pizza places, says Thang Nguyen, co-founder of DliveryPal, a local food delivery app, similar to services like Seamless ... read more

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