Silicon Prairie News

3744_3f743b5b60_small March 6, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Kansas City's Technology Entrepreneur Speakers Program is back for 2012, and the first three of the program's six speakers for the year have been confirmed. Maria Flynn, the president and CEO of Orbis Biosciences, will present at the first … read more

3734_33ad037615_small March 5, 2012 by Riane Menardi

Des Moines During the course of 54 hours, more than 100 developers, designers and business people congregated in StartupCity Des Moines for a weekend of innovation and creation. They came, they pitched, they built — and on Sunday night they pitched again. The judges deliberated over the 16 startups of Startup Weekend Des Moines, and three were crowned the winners: doodle cloud. An iPhone and iPad app that allows children to snap a photo of a cloud, draw and decorate it with stickers, then send … read more

3732_822b0030ed_small March 4, 2012 by Riane Menardi

Des Moines The fourth Startup Weekend Des Moines kicked off on Friday night at Startup City Des Moines and by Saturday all work had been focused on fifteen projects. Meet the teams behind them here: 1. NoMoMeeting Who: Matt Heying, project leader; Beau Lyddon, developer; Nick Joyce, developer. What: NoMoMeeting helps developers stay in the zone by eliminating daily status meetings. By aggregating a team’s activities into one group chat, NoMoMeeting lets … read more

3685_17ddd0550d_small March 2, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

La Vista "You might be a Nebraska entrepreneur if you believe in quality before quantity," Steve Kiene (left) told the crowd during his closing keynote at last Friday's Nebraska Summit on Entrepreneurship. In a style reminiscent of Jeff Foxworthy's "You might be a redneck if…" routine, Kiene, the managing principal of the Lincoln-based software investment fund … read more

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

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Through August 22, help us decide the winners of our inaugural Silicon Prairie Awards, which will recognize 12 companies and individuals. You can vote once per day per category.
Winners will be announced live on stage at
our August 30 event.