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4130_7c57ba499a_small May 10, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Omaha A near-capacity crowd filled The Slowdown on Wednesday night to kick off Big Omaha 2012 with an event that featured beverages, breakdancing, badge decoration … and plenty of other enjoyable things that don't fit this half-baked attempt at alliteration. Before taking in a day of talks today at the KANEKO, conference-goers and a large contingent of other guests gathered to get (re)acquainted at Big Omaha's Opening Bash, sponsored by The Kauffman … read more

4110_fc550fafff_small May 10, 2012 by Riane Menardi

Omaha Courtney Zurcher, lead knitter at InezGill, is beautifying Big Omaha 2012 with yarn art. In the past month, Zurcher has knitted more than 2,464 square feet (using about 6,000 yards of yarn) for one of this year's art installations, a custom indoor and outdoor exhibit that will involve attendees and provide unique souvenirs for anyone at Big Omaha. Zurcher got involved with Big Omaha randomly … read more

4126_2e89e62a46_small May 10, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Omaha One of the biggest names at Big Omaha 2012 isn't anywhere to be found on the speaker list. At Big Omaha 2011, Marc Eckō took the stage and shared the story of how he built a billion-dollar business, and he injected a bit of the unexpected into the speaker Q&A. But this year he'll eschew the stage and don an attendee badge like most of the 650-plus people at The KANEKO. And that's fine by Eckō. He prefers it … read more

4129_f72fabdefe_small May 10, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Omaha Not able to make it to KANEKO today for the first day of Big Omaha 2012? Not to worry. You can still get in on the conference fun. As we announced earlier this week, we're streaming every talk of Big Omaha live this year. The live stream, a first for Big Omaha, is brought to you thanks to the generous support of Hayneedle. Watch the Big Omaha live stream here You can check the schedule below … read more

4104_2a5a06781b_small May 9, 2012 by Chris Wolfgang

Omaha Even if you've never been to Big Omaha, by now you probably know where it's being held. The KANEKO, a creative space in Omaha's Old Market district, has been the venue for the Silicon Prairie News conference from its very beginning in 2009. Organizers behind both venue and event see no reason to change that arrangement any time soon. "There is this overlap between Big Omaha and KANEKO," said Dr. Jim Linder, incoming chair and … read more

4106_e54a9b973e_small May 9, 2012 by Brittany Mascio

Omaha Tonight is the big night, and if you're half as stoked as the Silicon Prairie News team, you'll be joining us for the Big Omaha Opening Bash with the Kauffman Foundation at 8 p.m. at The Slowdown. If you're a Big Omaha badge holder, you'll receive your pretty pink bling and official Big Omaha nametag during our pre-registration, 8-10 p.m. at the start of the party. (Registration begins at 8 a.m. Thursday … read more

4062_00fa9dd19e_small May 9, 2012 by Geoff Wood

Omaha As we posted on Monday, the sponsor support of Big Omaha 2012 has been tremendous and we obviously couldn't put on such an event without the backing of so many great organizations. These sponsors are involved for several reasons, namely because they believe in the vision and experience that has been associated with Big Omaha over the last four years and because they want to get to know and be a part of that community. … read more

4098_8202cbd3b2_small May 8, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Though Big Omaha is limited to 650 attendees this year, we've rounded up the best of what's out there for the badge-less bunch. Below is the agenda for how to best experience Big Omaha on a budget. Wednesday Beer && Code Pre-Party 5-8 p.m. at Old Mattress Factory (501 North 13th Street) With the goal of connecting Omaha programmers with those traveling in for the event, Beer && Code, a meetup group, is inviting all/only programmers to join them … read more

4100_1c9dac71e6_small May 8, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha In its inaugural year, Big Omaha sold out to 450 attendees. In year two, Big Omaha added 50 seats and sold out again. In year three, 100 seats and another sell out. Now, in year four, with 50 seats added, a record sell out time and a waitlist of more than 200 names, we've decided to add thousands of more "seats" to the back of the room. For the first year, we'll be live-streaming all speaker presentations … read more

4079_98d0300594_small May 7, 2012 by Brittany Mascio

Omaha Last week, we sifted through our Kauffman Foundation ticket giveaway entries – nine video entries and more than 30 written responses – and selected Brett Neese, a college student from Ottumwa, Iowa as the winner of the Big Omaha ticket contest. In his VYou response (above), Neese described his emerging role as a student entrepreneur on The Prairie. He shared his story of acclimating himself … read more

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