Silicon Prairie News

5870_d9c38901f6_small June 26, 2013 by Frank Merchlewitz

Iowa City What can't 3D printers do these days? According to a recent article in the Iowa City Press Citizen, doctors can even use CT scans to print accurate models of human organs that help better prepare them for complex surgeries. Mark Ginsberg is the owner of M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art––a jewelery store in Iowa City. But he also operates a "boutique" manufacturing facility... read more

5827_7235bf7c58_small June 17, 2013 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines Slater, Iowa native and Iowa State University alum Steve Lee recently spoke with The Des Moines Register about his decision three years ago to join the Google Glass team. "It seemed a bit crazy at the time," Lee, the director of Google Glass, told The Des Moines Register. "But I saw a vision that this could be compelling. I could see how it could become a whole new way for people to interact if we could achieve some technical feats." In 2012 Lee was named one of Fast Company's "100 most creative people in business," now he's starting to redirect his attentions to the day Google Glass is available in stores. As of now … read more

5821_656cea0a62_small June 17, 2013 by Fred Bauters

Lenexa Would you want to use four remotes to control a home theater system? Of course not. So you may be enticed by what consumer electronics startup Flyover Innovations has going for their Indiegogo campaign. The Lenexa, Kan., startup's first product, Blumoo, is an open-source software and hardware platform capable of morphing any iOS or Android mobile device … read more

5815_c7ff8b6cac_small June 12, 2013 by Fred Bauters

Kansas City Reading about startups is a pastime you obviously enjoy, but sometimes it's worthwhile to see startups in living color. Kansas City Public Television (KCPT) began airing "Startups: Made in Kansas City" in April, and though not all of the companies fall under our coverage, we wanted to point out the segment with CandyCam, a multimedia robotics … read more

5770_92070a983d_small May 30, 2013 by Megan Bannister

Ames Students at Iowa State University are proving that entrepreneurship doesn't just belong in the business school. In November 2012, the university's Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization was given the Campus "E-Diffusion" Award by its governing organization, an entrepreneurship network with more than 240 chapters. The award recognizes the chapter that has done the most to get students from all colleges of the university involved … read more

5716_2611158462_small May 28, 2013 by Brittany Mascio

Omaha In one of the most memorable talks in Big Omaha history, the one and only Marc Eckō shared a syllabus of knowledge and transformed our stage into an academic environment complete with tweed jacket and intellectual specs. And to top it off, he had a stiff drink in hand. Drawing inspiration from The Notorious B.I.G., "Dr. Marc Eckō" deciphered the late-90s song, "Ten Crack Commandments," … read more

5755_27d89c3de8_small May 28, 2013 by Fred Bauters

Kansas City Some of Kansas City's stellar talent lit up global competition to land two awards in the NASA International Space Apps Challenge. A team of local programmers, designers, project managers and content developers from Salva O'Renick, Ingenology, RareWire, Sprint, Cerner, VML and Waddell & Reed worked on two applications April 20-21 at Ingenology's offices in the Crossroads Arts District. Sol, "a mobile and tablet app that integrates weather … read more

5753_51be7c2a83_small May 24, 2013 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha We're excited today to release videos of the 16 entrepreneurs and innovators who took the Big Omaha stage May 9-10 in KANEKO. From the opening presentation by co-founder Tony Conrad to the closing Q&A with Mailbox co-founder Gentry Underwood, these videos are packed with stories of success and struggle and filled with examples of entrepreneurship … read more

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Winners will be announced live on stage at
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