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Events: Tech ESP, TechBrew, Venture Friday and more

Every Monday, look for our events post to keep you in the loop on the happenings of the week. From meetups and conferences to workshops and pitch sessions, if it’s happening in the Silicon Prairie, you’ll find it here.

For more, visit our events page for a calendar of upcoming events from us and others in the region.

To submit an event for consideration, please email editor@siliconprairienews.com.

This Week

2012 AIM Institute Technology Celebration Banquet and Awards – Tuesday, 4:30 p.m.

Omaha – CenturyLink Center (455 N. 10th Street)

Award recipients are recognized for their outstanding contributions to the region’s thriving and robust information technology landscape. Selection is based on the nominees’ contributions, either through sustained performance or a special notable achievement, to the region’s worldwide reputation for excellence and innovation in information technology.

Learn more at infotec.org.

Kansas City’s Technology Entrepreneur Speakers Program (Tech ESP) with Ben Milne – Tuesday, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Kansas City, Mo. – Polsinelli Shughart law offices (700 W. 47th Street)

This series, held six times throughout the year, highlights the region’s most innovative technology business leaders as they discuss ideas and opportunities for the future generation of entrepreneurs. (SPN is a media sponsor)

Learn more at siliconprairienews.com

Register at missouribusiness.net

BIZ Luncheon Series: Christian Gurney of Torsion Mobile – Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.

Des Moines – Greater Des Moines Partnership (700 Locust Street)

The BIZ’s mission is to connect entrepreneurial needs with qualified community and state resources and to provide guided professional and business direction. The BIZ helps entrepreneurs maximize their successes by helping them navigate resources, strengthen knowledge, improve skills, form strategic alliances and secure proper capitalization.

Learn more at bizci.org.

Pecha Kucha Night Omaha #15 – Wednesday, 8-11 p.m. 

Omaha – Blue Sushi Lounge (416 S. 12th Street)

Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat,” Pecha Kucha rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It’s a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace.

Learn more at facebook.com

TechBrew Iowa City – Thursday, 5-7 p.m.

Coralville, Iowa – Vine Tavern & Eatery (39 2nd Street)

Join us for the Technology Association of Iowa’s TechBrew event, an informal gathering of entrepreneurs, technologists, business people and funders getting together to talk over a beer (social lubrication).  Cocktails and networking will begin promptly at 5 pm!

Learn more at technologyiowa.org.

Ignite Ames 2012 – Thursday, 7-11 p.m.

Ames, Iowa – University of Iowa Howe Hall 

Ignite Ames is an exciting networking opportunity for technologists, DIYers, entrepreneurs, creative professionals, and enthusiastic knowledge seekers. Our mission is to spark imaginations, connect people, create new job opportunities in Iowa and have a lot of fun in the process.

Learn more at igniteames.org.

Emerging Technology Conference – Thursday, April 19 – Friday, April 20 

Ames, Iowa – University of Iowa Howe Hall 

The ISU Human Computer Interaction Graduate Program will host their ninth annual Emerging Technologies Conference April 19 and 20, 2012. ETC|2012 will showcase the HCI graduate program, students, and research. All events are free, open to the public, and will be held in the Howe Hall. This is also VEISHEA weekend. Alumni are encouraged to stop by while on campus and participate in the all activities.

Learn more at projects.vrac.iastate.edu

Venture Friday – Friday, 4 p.m.

Mission, Kan. – Snow & Company (1815 Wyandotte Street)

Venture Fridays is a simple but fun concept: The startup culture of Kansas City and surrounding areas is invited to gather at our private office lounge to discuss what we’re all thinking about, working on, needing help with, and might do for each other.

Learn more at meetup.com 


Make sure to keep an eye out for these upcoming Silicon Prairie News events and those we’re helping to promote as a media sponsor.

Postponed – Silicon Prairie News Meetup – Thursday


Stay tuned for the date of the next SPN Omaha meetup.

Big Omaha Opening Party presented by the Kauffman Foundation – Wednesday, May 9, 8 p.m. 

Omaha – Slowdown (729 N 14th St.)

We’re kicking off Big Omaha with the biggest welcoming bash we’ve ever had. Join us as we get down to business and start Big Omaha 2012 off right. This party is open to the public. 

Learn more at bigomaha.com

Big Omaha Closing Party wih Hudl and Under Armour – Friday, May 11, 9 p.m.

Omaha – House of Loom (1012 S. 10th Street)

Mark it on your calendars. Just because the conference closes, doesn’t mean we’re finished with Big Omaha quite yet.  We’ll finish the conference and go out in style – House of Loom style – and celebrate with new friends made from Big Omaha crowd. This party is open to the public. 

Learn more at bigomaha.com

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