Silicon Prairie News

6546_53dff63b0f_small March 4, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Washington, D.C. (Guest post by Tej Dhawan) I just wrapped up a very full day meeting in Washington with several senators and their staff on the issues surrounding patent reform. This day was coordinated by the Application Developers Alliance, an advocacy group I connected with in December around the time of the House vote on the Innovation Act (House Bill 3309). Before I go further, political correctness stalwarts as well as trolls themselves are calling for the name trolls be dropped and Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs) be used instead ... read more

6520_b8c24b3d59_small February 25, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Washington, D.C. (Guest post by Ryan Weber) A few weeks ago, it was my privilege to represent Kansas City’s tech industry at the TechVoice DC Fly-In. TechVoice is a policy advocacy organization powered by CompTIA and TECNA (Tech Councils of North America). KCnext is a member of TECNA, and I serve on the executive committee. Our membership has been a great resource for KCnext while we continue to grow the organization ... read more

6495_89e848fd58_small February 24, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Omaha (Guest post by Andy von Dohren) Omaha Code School is the first course of its kind in Omaha. There are lots of similar courses in larger cities across the nation, such as New York and San Francisco, where our instructor, Sumeet Jain, lived and taught a similar course. After he moved to Omaha, he and his cousin saw an opportunity to do something similar here. They founded Omaha Code School last fall and began accepting applications. There were more than 70 applicants from the U.S. and across the world. Eventually the applicant pool was whittled down to 14—the inaugural class ... read more

6494_d16cbfd9bd_small February 19, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Des Moines (Guest post by Frank Merchlewitz) Over winter break, I made a decision: In the coming months, I would learn everything I needed to know about being a web developer. The biggest obstacle? My own ignorance. During high school I took a few programming courses (Perl, Java and Robotics). My crowning achievement was making a LEGO-bot spin in a circle while playing John Williams’ “Imperial March." But I was easily discouraged. My coding frustration generally amounted to giving up on projects all together ... read more

6205_74624bc0d4_small November 4, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Kansas City As we prepare to host three of our fall Startup Job Crawls in the coming weeks, we wanted to remind students and startups how important an event like this is to our community. Not only does it provide an environment to discover a world of startups perhaps unknown to students, but it opens the door to future career opportunities, great hires, mentors and much, much more between the entrepreneurs and startups involved ... read more

6154_3c4eb04b1f_small October 14, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Kansas City About the author: Eze Redwood is an ambassador for Kansas City Startup Village, one of the lead organizers for MECA Innovation Challenge and partner at Wings Cafe in Kansas City. Kansas City Startup Village’s inaugural MECA Innovation Challenge ... read more

6126_327cdb54a3_small October 7, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Omaha Gosh, we love startups don’t we? It gives people from any city a warm, fuzzy feeling when they can say they have a good startup community. There is a push all across the Silicon Prairie to create policies and infuse money into fostering more startups. But, is this the correct way to go about it? Do we really need to produce more startups or should we actually be creating policies and giving money to scale startups that already exist? ... read more

6098_9d620a8a80_small October 1, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Omaha Omaha-based startup BuyNow recently announced a publisher partnership with ALH Publications, Inc. and metroMAGAZINE, which are also based in Omaha. BuyNow is a mobile commerce application that allows consumers to instantly purchase an item pictured in an advertisement by texting a keyword provided within the ad. Shaz Khan, founder and CEO of BuyNow, will be debuting the technology at Straight Shot’s inaugural Demo Day on Oct. 3...  read more

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