Silicon Prairie News

4476_87cf2f12e2_small July 18, 2012 by Sarah Binder

Des Moines In decades past, concert-goers would wave lighters to the beat of the music. Today, the glow of cell phone screens shows appreciation at a concert. Weiv hopes that soon, waving Wii Remotes will let the audience actually interact with the performance in real-time. "We're kind of trying to suggest a new model for what performance can be like," said Josh … read more

4477_52e7e388d2_small July 18, 2012 by Paige Yowell

Washington, D.C. With weeks left in the second session of Congress, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) released his Senate Judiciary Committee hold July 11 on H.R. 3012, the bill also known as the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act. Introduced to the Senate in September by a handful of Republican and Democrats, the bill will now have a chance to be heard on the Senate floor. It passed the House overwhelmingly in November with a vote of 389 to 15. H.R. 3012 would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the per-country quota for employment-based immigrants and would increase the per-country quota for family-sponsored immigrants, allowing more high-skilled immigrants to obtain visas. … read more

4475_cd3a8e3036_small July 18, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Truman defeating Dewey. Satchel Paige firing a fastball. Charlie Parker playing bebop. The Google Fiber ad spot posted this morning on the Google Fiber Blog certainly pulls at Kansas City’s collective heart strings. And, with the obligatory shot of a steaming stack of short ribs, it also activates the salivary glands. But the 30-second spot also serves notice … read more

4467_f30457d706_small July 18, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Popping up at functions like Coders 4 Charities, The Forum at the Middle of the Map Fest and GO | The Future of Mobile Payments, eVents has wasted little time since its March launch in introducing itself to the Kansas City community. eVents, a Kansas City, Mo. startup founded by the father-daughter team of Tom Stock and Kaele Stock, is building a product that uses social media to connect people through specific events. "We're really trying to make a push to just get it out there, spread the word and share the service with people," Kaele Stock said Tuesday in a phone interview, "and just get feedback about how it can be useful, how we can improve it." The Stocks, who have also worked together on projects … read more

4466_5f565d6993_small July 17, 2012 by Geoff Wood

Omaha At our inaugural Silicon Prairie Awards on August 30, we're offering a select group of startups the exclusive opportunity show off their product and company. The opportunity, Startup Alley, gives participants a table top space during the opening and closing reception in the Storz Fountain Court. Here, startups can display a laptop and/or mobile device along with a selection of swag. We'll supply the internet and power and you get the chance to show off … read more

4448_18cc6dfef4_small July 17, 2012 by Sarah Binder

Ames Shoplr doesn't care what you like, whether that means a casual affection or the click of a button. Shoplr cares about what you love. "What was truly in our hearts and minds from the beginning has come out," said Sam Schill, one of three co-founders of the Ames-based company. Shoplr (think shopping and Doppler) hopes to cut through the clutter of old and … read more

4439_054082c645_small July 17, 2012 by Brittany Mascio

Des Moines Thursday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Standard in downtown Des Moines we're partnering with Omaha author April Kelly to host a meetup unlike any of ours yet. At this meetup, we're adding a bit of movement to the regular happy hour. You'll make your way through a series of tapas stations throughout the evening. You'll be free to strike up conversations, order drinks in between the rotations and experience a variety of The Standard's signature … read more

4469_105ddd13bd_small July 17, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City To complement our previous coverage of GO - The Future of Mobile Payments, we present video from the event, which was hosted July 9 in Kansas City, Mo. by KCnext- The Technology Council of Greater Kansas City. At the event, Chirpify founder and CEO Chris Teso, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City senior vice president Barb Pacheco and … 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.