Silicon Prairie News

3698_a6bfa5f719_small March 2, 2012 by Brittany Mascio

La Vista More than 70 people joined Silicon Prairie News and Jelecos for our meetup on Feb. 24 immediately following the Nebraska Summit on Entrepreneurship. A record number of close to 600 entrepreneurial-minded folks joined Nebraska Entrepreneur for the day-long conference that featured keynote speeches from Christian Renaud, Mary Ann O'Brien and … read more

3717_8a09483abf_small March 2, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha Over the past year, the Omaha World-Herald has released a number of noteworthy projects that make use of public data. Now, staff members of the state's most-read daily newspaper and website are inviting the public into their newsroom to hack on that data with them. The inaugural Hack Omaha, a weekend programming competition during which participants will be challenged to turn a local dataset of public government information into … read more

3701_ac3c9d527b_small February 29, 2012 by Amy Engle

La Vista Christian Renaud, co-founder of the technology startup incubator StartupCity Des Moines, kicked off the Nebraska Entrepreneurship Summit Friday as the morning keynote speaker. Renaud focused on the idea of the Silicon Prairie ecosystem, telling attendees, “You not only own your own future, your own entrepreneurial endeavors, but as part of this ecosystem, part of the Silicon Prairie ecosystem, you own the development of that as well.” …  read more

3706_b1e213d24a_small February 29, 2012 by Brittany Mascio

Austin If you're planning the trek down south for South by Southwest Interactive in Austin, we want to see you there. Help us grow our list of SXSW attendees from the Silicon Prairie. We're working to connect those who are headed down from the Silicon Prairie region so we're collecting a list to follow all the action of Silicon Prairie attendees and panelists during the March 9-13 stretch in the Lonestar state. … read more

3696_ac428b4f2c_small February 28, 2012 by Michael Stacy

La Vista Long before Mary Ann O'Brien actually was a CEO, she signed her name like one. Today, O'Brien is the CEO of Omaha-based OBI Creative, an ad agency that, per company literature "is hard-wired for innovation." But O'Brien has harbored big ambitions since she was a little girl growing up in rural Spencer, Iowa. "I've been signing my name: 'Mary Ann O'Brien - CEO, O'Brien Industries, New York, New York, 10069' since I was in the third grade," … read more

3692_3b2b8f86b4_small February 28, 2012 by John T. Meyer

Sioux Falls Back for its third year, the 2012 OTA Sessions will be held on Friday, March 23 in Sioux Falls. The inspirational and aspirational event has captivated more than 600 attendees and introduced more than 15 thought-provoking speakers to the Midwest. Originally founded to highlight the Midwest as a hub of leadership and innovation, OTA represents the -OTA states: South DakOTA, North DakOTA and MinnesOTA. As it also stands for … read more

3695_d70337f2f9_small February 27, 2012 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines In February, Emily Harris, a shareholder in the Davis Brown Law Firm's Intellectual Property Practice, presented "IP Legislative Updated." Here's a description of her talk from the Business Innovation Zone's website: With the impending implementation of the largest changes in United States patent law and the recent headlines around cyber piracy legislation, Emily Harris, (Intellectual … read more

3691_ef666c0c82_small February 27, 2012 by Brittany Mascio

Every Monday, look for our events post to keep you in the loop on the happenings of the week. From meetups and conferences to workshops and pitch sessions, if it's happening in the Silicon Prairie, you'll find it here. For more, visit our … read more

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