Silicon Prairie News

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

3660_392feb7a2c_small February 20, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines The 54-hour crash course in launching a high-growth business is set to hit Des Moines again next month. Startup Weekend Des Moines is returning for a fourth go-round March 2-4 at StartupCity Des Moines (313 6th Avenue). During the event, teams devote a weekend to building a web or mobile application that could form the basis of a credible business. … read more

3655_63ebb58680_small February 20, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Omaha With upwards of 200 students and 40 companies on hand for the inaugural Silicon Prairie News Omaha Startup Job Crawl last Wednesday night at The Mastercraft, there wasn't enough time in the evening to interview every last person in attendance about the event. But that didn't discourage us from putting our reporter's hats on anyway. Throughout the night, we visited with a mix of students and company representatives to get a wide array of …  read more

3647_a724a8b181_small February 16, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Lincoln The team's name was, admittedly, half-baked. But its work was worth half of $100K. Five juniors from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management won $58,000 — $50,000 for the national grand prize, plus smaller school and regional prizes — Wednesday night for their entry in the TradeKing $100K API Campus Challenge. Sponsored by online stock and … read more

3646_88c49383b8_small February 16, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha Our first Omaha Startup Job Crawl took place on Wednesday, bringing out more than 200 students and recent graduates and 40 companies for an event filled with networking, demonstrating technology and consuming pizza and Red Bull. Open to college students and recent graduates, the crawl took place in the Mastercraft Building, a refurbished furniture … 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.