Silicon Prairie News

6610_93cea542fb_small March 19, 2014 by Julia Hogren

Ankeny More than 70 students and technology professionals competed for a chance at $10,000 in cold, hard cash at the inaugural Dice Mobile Hackathon last weekend in Ankeny, Iowa. The event, held at Des Moines Area Community College Future Farmers of America Enrichment Center, kicked off quietly at 9 a.m. on Saturday with 13 teams spread across round tables full of snacks, laptops, coffee and power cords ... read more

6618_2498bb6f4b_small March 19, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha Dr. James Linder will serve as interim president of the University of Nebraska system, replacing outgoing president J.B. Milliken. Linder is a long-time supporter of Midwest startups. He and his wife, Karen, head Linseed Capital, which has invested in several startups, including Bulu Box, EyeVerify, Flywheel, Nobl, SkyVu and Travefy, among others ... read more

6595_1331bd1f51_small March 18, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines I've always been an avid reader. Whether it's a New York Times bestseller or the latest work of nonfiction from a favorite author, reading has always been a way for me to relate to others' experiences and learn something new. And it's no secret entrepreneurs love both of those things. So I got to thinking, why not get a group of startup community members together for an entrepreneurial book club? ... read more

6594_847a1c05e1_small March 18, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha Thirty entrepreneurs will get a chance to speed network with subject experts from 7-9 p.m. March 26 at Aromas Coffeehouse in Benson. It kicks off the first set of events chosen during the Omaha Event Draft on Feb. 13. read more

6584_9ba632a500_small March 18, 2014 by Kara Tabor

Columbia What if a startup was created to ask burning questions, boost others' creativity and invite you to participate? The What If…? Conference will bring its brand of learning through questioning to Columbia for the first time. Set in ... read more

6576_7d6e433e62_small March 18, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Over the years, companies like Google and Facebook have become infamous for their internal hackathons with mass amounts of takeout food, innovative solutions and hacking into the wee hours. But for two Iowa companies, hosting company-wide hackathons has become a way to give back to their communities… read more

6600_b86f0442c2_small March 17, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha The Holland Performing Arts Center will host Get Started Omaha on April 24. Entrepreneurs will have 2.5 minutes to pitch to a panel of expert judges.  Get Started Omaha will give five entrepreneurs a chance to pitch ... read more

6597_fad62018d5_small March 17, 2014 by Fred Bauters

Kansas City Ollo Mobile has been building its smart-care phone in Brisbane, Australia, for the past two years. Until now. They landed in Kansas City for the Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator powered by Techstars and didn't book a return flight. Their wives will follow them soon, and though they don't know if they'll stay in KC or move to San Francisco or New York, the U.S. is their new place of business ... read more

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Winners will be announced live on stage at
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