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Thinc Iowa 2012 features new look, two full days of speakers


As of this moment, Thinc Iowa 2012 is real.

That’s what makes days like today so special – we get to let the community in on what we’ve been up to the past few months. The first step, along with our partners Performance Marketing (PM) and Shift, is the debut of the preview site for ThincIowa.com.

PM and Shift have come up with a fun, hand-drawn blackboard design (above) with a traditional feel like something you’d see in a great local pub or in an urban butcher shop. At the same time, it’s hip and innovative for a conference website. It’s also friendly, a characteristic you’ll find at our events – they’re small, around 500, and intimate, you won’t find cavernous ballrooms or empty hallways.

Thinc Iowa 2012 is the second event in our newly commissioned Silicon Prairie Series. It joins Big Omaha and a to-be-named Kansas City event, each focused on innovation and entrepreneurship.

And stay tuned. With our aim to deliver a comprehensive conference experience, this is just the first announcement of many more to come between now and October.

Visit the new ThincIowa.com!

Two full days

We’ve added an extra full day of speakers to Thinc Iowa 2012. That means more speakers and more parties. The opening party takes place the evening of October 9 with the closing party wrapping it up on October 11. With each event we host, we deliver attendees an all-inclusive experience, providing everything from breakfast and lunch to drinks at our parties to ample opportunities for networking. Now, you’ll have more time to make of your experience. So make plans to spend two and a half days with us in Des Moines, October 9-11.

Famous speakers

In the weeks to come, we’ll begin to reveal our 2012 speaker lineup – a mixture of speakers from all over the country representing diverse experience and powerful messages. A few of our past Silicon Prairie Series speakers include Ben Silbermann, CEO and co-founder of Pinterest (below); Dennis Crowley, founder of Foursquare; Gary Vaynerchuk, founder of VaynerMediaSarah Lacy, founder of PandoDaily; and Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.

Tickets on sale August 15

Mark it on your calendars now: Tickets go on sale for Thinc Iowa on August 15. Many have tickets because they purchased a Prairie Pass in March, but if you’re in need of ticket remember this date. Tickets move quickly. 

Pinterest co-founder Ben Silbermann speaks at Thinc Iowa 2011.

The schedule

Tuesday, October 9

  • 8:00 p.m. – Opening Party (open to the public)

Wednesday, October 10 

  • 8:00 a.m. – Doors open, registration and provided continental breakfast‎
  • 9:00 – Morning presentations
  • 12:30 p.m. – Lunch provided
  • 2:00 – Afternoon presentations
  • 5:00 – Presentations conclude
  • 9:00 – Thinc Iowa Party

Thursday, October 11

  • 8:00 a.m. – Doors open, registration and continental breakfast‎
  • 9:00 – Morning presentations
  • 12:30 p.m. – Lunch provided 
  • 2:00 – Afternoon presentations
  • 5:00 – Presentations conclude
  • 5:05 p.m. – Happy Hour
  • 8:00 – Closing Party (open to the public)

Let’s talk details

For the day-long presentations, Thinc Iowa attendees will come together to hear inspiration from speakers in the ballroom in Temple for Performing Arts, originally a Masonic Temple, with remodeled historical elements.

Inside the Temple for Performing Arts Center transformed into the Thinc Iowa. 

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Proud Sponsors

Tremendous thanks to the companies and organizations who have already put their support behind Thinc Iowa 2012: the Iowa Economic Development Authority, CenturyLink, The Greater Des Moines Partnership, West Des Moines Economic Development, University of Iowa Pappajohn Education Center, Evolve and Sticker Mule.

If you’re interested in joining the fun as a sponsor, please contact Geoff Wood at geoff@siliconprairienews.com.


Credit: Thinc Iowa brand and identity by Performance Marketing and Shift. Thinc Iowa 2011 photos by Anna Jones | Art of Photography and Ikonix.

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