Silicon Prairie News

4765_48003b23b7_small September 21, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Omaha Historical records suggest the existence of Daft Punk's "Technologic" predated BarCamp Omaha 2012. But after viewing the BarCamp Omaha photo booth slideshow, we could swear the song — with its funky, techy feel and perfect cadence — was created to accompany the recently released slide show. The fifth BarCamp Omaha, Nebraska's take on the international unconference, was held two weeks ago. The event drew a crowd that was larger and more diverse … read more

4757_e0323df0cf_small September 21, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City With ample Google Fiber news — like last week's announcement of the order that Kansas City's 180 fiberhoods will receive service — coming straight from the source in recent weeks, it has been some time since we checked on the ad hoc efforts surrounding the arrival of Google's ultra high-speed internet service in Kansas City. But that dearth of coverage has not been for any lack of activity on the part of the people, companies and organizations orchestrating … read more

September 21, 2012 by Kelsey Supenski

We're excited to bring you our 120th Opportunities on The Prairie today from all over the region. If you have an opportunity to add, please register your positions using our Job Board Submission form … read more

4755_40be98c96e_small September 20, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Kansas City Think Big Partners today announced the six startups accepted into the first class of its Think Big Accelerator, a 22-week program that starts Tuesday in the company's coworking space, bizperc. Each startup receives investment, mentorship and business services, an offering Think Big Partners managing partner Herb Sih said is done through a "joint venture" of three entities. Think Big Ventures, a fund recently launched by Sih and Think … read more

4756_f33924abbe_small September 20, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Iowa City Startup Weekend Iowa City is back for a second go-around Oct. 5-7, and tickets are still available for developers, designers and businesspeople. The weekend-long event, which is designed to help participants learn the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures, will take place inside the John Pappajohn Business Building (21 East Market St.) on the campus of the University of Iowa. Like at other Startup Weekend events, participants … read more

4751_7ebb094b06_small September 20, 2012 by Paige Yowell

Lincoln Hurrdat Social Media celebrated its second birthday last week with an open house and the reveal of its new software company, opendorse, which is set to launch in early 2013. Opendorse was formerly known as The Hurrdat Athlete Engagement Program. Hurrdat, which is based in Lincoln, recently rebranded the software for scalability with the help of Pipeline, the entrepreneurial fellowship in which Hurrdat co-founder Blake Lawrence … read more

4748_65d4eacd86_small September 19, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Reddit last week announced the itinerary for its Internet 2012 Bus Tour, an eight-day, seven-stop, campaign-style bus tour advocating for the Open Internet. From Oct. 5-8, the bus will make four stops in the Silicon Prairie region, partnering with local supporters for events in Lincoln, Des Moines, Iowa City and Kansas City. "The Internet 2012 Bus will collect and share stories from Americans throughout the heartland, because this isn't just about Silicon Valley," reddit co-founder and Open Internet advocate Alexis Ohanian said in a promotional video for the tour. "It's about parents taking Skillshare classes on blogging in Boulder, TED Meetups in Omaha … read more

4747_bfc6de7f56_small September 19, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced a $1 million grant to fund the creation of a proof of concept center, known as “the Digital Sandbox,” that seeks to spur the development of technology startups in the Kansas City area. Led by the University of Missouri-Kansas City's … 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.