Silicon Prairie News

4743_e9ed1af4ed_small October 18, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Sioux Falls South Dakota's Innovation Expo returns to Sioux Falls on Tuesday with a refreshed look and new tagline: "Where suits and shirts connect." "If you think of the typical tech conference, you have your 'shirts' (designers, developers, idea people) and your 'suits' (venture capitalists, angel investors, IP lawyers), but Innovation Expo wants to see what connections can be created here in South Dakota by putting the two groups together," John T. Meyer of 9 Clouds, an inbound marketing firm, said in a written statement. The South Dakota Enterprise Institute partnered with Meyer's firm to bring a new brand, identity and format to its nine-year-old event. Organizers are … read more

4899_fe5037286c_small October 18, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City The return of Startup Weekend Kansas City is less than a month away. Kansas City's sixth Startup Weekend event will take place Nov. 16-18 at the Ewing Kauffman Foundation (4801 Rockhill Road), providing participants the experience of launching a business over the course of one weekend. As at other Startup Weekend events, things in Kansas City kick off on Friday evening, when participants deliver one-minute pitches for their company ideas. Teams then devote Saturday and Sunday to … read more

4902_89632529a8_small October 18, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Lincoln TEDxLincoln, an independently organized TED event exploring the theme "Wide Horizons, Open Minds," is taking place today at NET studios in Lincoln, and a live stream of the event is available courtesy of NET. Although we're a bit belated in publishing this post, there's still a full afternoon of talks on tap, starting at 1 p.m. Check out the speaker slate below … read more

4896_94badd4b55_small October 18, 2012 by Annie Sorensen

Kansas City Modernizing the world of sports is the name of the game for Asim Pasha, co-founder and managing partner of Sporting Innovations. Pasha shared a brief history of the relationship between sports and technology, his mission of bringing it into the modern era with Sporting Innovations and what's ahead for the industry as he spoke Tuesday evening during the final Technology Entrepreneur Speakers Program (Tech ESP) event of the year at the offices of Polsinelli … read more

4895_0c5f84b394_small October 17, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Kansas City Nearly a decade ago, Matt Watson was asked by a friend to be the first blogger of Geeks With Blogs, a site that aimed to provide developers a free and open blogging platform. Watson's friend, Jeff Julian, created Geeks With Blogs after being booted from a similar site following a disagreement with another blogger. Today, the site touts more than 3,500 bloggers, an average of 500 posts … read more

4900_c28fd96f02_small October 17, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Overland Park Three months after LockPath closed a $6 million Series B round and shed light on plans to double its staff in the immediate future, the Overland Park, Kan.-based company's longer-term plans are coming into focus. LockPath, which makes governance, risk and compliance (GRC) software, expects to add a total of about 100 new employees in the next five years and will soon move into a larger Overland Park office (located at College Blvd. and Quivira Road) to accommodate the anticipated growth, the Kansas Department of Commerce … read more

4839_c927cc30d1_small October 17, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City In a city known for its barbecue, one startup is out to make the the process of preparing that grilled meat a little easier. Kansas City-based Innovating Solutions recently introduced Tappecue, a gadget that lets people use web-connected devices to remotely monitor what they're grilling. The company … read more

4855_4614432b8b_small October 17, 2012 by Patrick Keaveny

Omaha MeNetwork, a mobile marketing platform for merchants, has seen a surge of downloads thanks to being one of 70 apps integrated with Apple's Passbook app (left) on its arrival in September. "In the last 10 days, we've seen over 80,000 downloads of our app," MeNetwork co-founder Craig Page said less than two weeks after the Apple digital wallet launch. A veteran of the technology industry for over 35 years, Page said the group was excited … read more

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