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6801_8ea667b15b_small May 14, 2014 by Katrina Markel

Omaha Women-led tech groups are growing in Nebraska and leaders say it's because there's a need for camaraderie, personal growth and networking among women in tech. In the last two years, five Nebraska-based groups have grown in an attempt to change the tide in the male-dominated fields of science, tech, engineering and math. That's partially why software engineer Sandi Barr co-founded Omaha Women Coding, an organization that launched last week. read more

6855_4b19d45b9e_small May 14, 2014 by Joey Wolfe

Omaha Don't have 30 minutes to watch a Big Omaha speaker video? No problem. Our friends at Tapestry have compiled many of the highlights of our speaker talks into easily digestible, readable presentations. Be on the lookout over the next week, as we'll be sharing a Tapestry for each of our speakers. It's simple: tap to move forward. read more

6854_be9f347641_small May 14, 2014 by Joey Wolfe

Omaha Don't have 30 minutes to watch a Big Omaha speaker video? No problem. Our friends at Tapestry have compiled many of the highlights of our speaker talks into easily digestible, readable presentations. Be on the lookout over the next week, as we'll be sharing a Tapestry for each of our speakers. It's simple: tap to move forward. read more

6848_e2127f4868_small May 13, 2014 by Sponsor Author

Omaha (Sponsor post by Lance Kugler) The first time I attended Big Omaha, I was struck by the collegiality and friendliness of the attendees—everyone was so eager to meet new people and share ideas. But I quickly began to recognize the same quizzical, and sometimes pained, expression on many of those new faces when we exchanged the standard greeting: "So, what do you do?" The young software developer, graphic designer, systems analyst or chief marketing officer was clearly anticipating I would respond, "I am a brilliant chief executive of a brilliant startup looking for brilliant talent such as yours." My response was quite different, however. read more

6846_1627f44b17_small May 13, 2014 by Joey Wolfe

Omaha Don't have 30 minutes to watch a Big Omaha speaker video? No problem. Our friends at Tapestry have compiled many of the highlights of our speaker talks into easily digestible, readable presentations. Be on the lookout over the next week, as we'll be sharing a Tapestry for each of our speakers. It's simple: tap to move forward. read more

6838_e9d0cbb573_small May 12, 2014 by Julia Hogren & Kate Brosseau

Omaha Josh Krakauer and Sarah Binder place their pins on the Pins & Threads installation at Big Omaha. Two of the art installations at Big Omaha this year centered around looking at data in a new, more meaningful way. We hope ... read more

May 9, 2014 by Fred Bauters

Omaha Thanks to everyone who joined us for our sixth year of Big Omaha. Here's some of what happened. read more

6839_9663b50426_small May 9, 2014 by Katrina Markel

Omaha  “Let’s change the f**king system.”  The salty vocabulary of prodigiously successful, serial social entrepreneur Ellen Gustafson added extra passion to the closing speech at Big Omaha. Gustafson describes herself as a "sustainable food ... read more

6837_c59f6e29e9_small May 9, 2014 by Kate Brosseau

Omaha Kevin Rose has made innumerable entrepreneurial leaps in the tech industry throughout the years, first as the founder of Digg and today as a general partner at Google Ventures where he focuses on early-stage and seed investments. Big Omaha emcee Antonio Neves sat down with Rose to chat about meditation, past successes and the tension rising out of Silicon Valley.  read more

6836_5351b8a765_small May 9, 2014 by Katrina Markel

Omaha Popexpert founder & CEO Ingrid Sanders shared the unusual story behind the founding of her company with Big Omaha Friday afternoon. She got laughs from the crowd as she opened her presentation with audio from a dial-up modem and explained that she began her career with Prodigy in the late '90s. Sanders then advanced through the technology industry on the advertising and media side of the business. read more

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