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Posts by Tom McCauley

Highlights from the Commonwealth Podcast, 11.4.19 – featuring David Graff and John Wirtz

The Commonwealth Podcast features artists, entrepreneurs and athletes to uncover their approach to leading disruptive change. Host Nick Castner provided this episode recap to Silicon Prairie News. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, or Buzzsprout. This week, David Graff and John Wirtz, two of the founders of Hudl, sat down with The Commonwealth Podcast to discuss…

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Tech Crawl at Turbine Flats Caps Off Lincoln Start-Up Week

On Thursday, Turbine Flats hosted a Tech Crawl as part of Lincoln Start-Up Week. About 60 attendees over the course of two hours indulged in free beer and snacks as they toured information booths staffed by local startups and tech organizations. Participating organizations included the AIM Institute, Expansive Media, Tech Expander, the Commonwealth Podcast, Dashr…

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Upcoming Flyover Fintech Conference Brings Together Fintech Companies, Professionals in Lincoln

Ben Pankinon, co-founder of software development company Social Assurance, considers Nebraska an undiscovered hotbed of financial technology. “We don’t think of fintech often enough,” Pankinon said. “It’s not always a top-of-mind industry to the general public. That’s part of what makes it exciting, too.” The fintech industry uses innovation and technology to challenge traditional financial-service…

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New Omaha Coworking Space Populus Supports the Physical and Mental Health of Entrepreneurs

Mental health presents a serious concern for startups. The creativity, focus, discipline and long hours required to launch a business, let alone maintain and grow it, demands superhuman efforts from entrepreneurs and their staff. Add in an unhealthy lionizing of hustle culture, a volatile economy, chronic stress, a crowded marketplace, and the quotidian demands of…

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The 2019 AIM Heartland Developers Conference Brings Tech Talent, Businesses, Bigfoot Together

The 16th annual AIM Heartland Developers Conference drew over 700 attendees to Omaha last week and covered a range of topics relevant to the modern developer in 45 breakout sessions, 3 keynote speeches, multiple hands-on workshops and a panel discussion. Technical presentations on trending topics such as machine learning, data hierarchy and regional cloud automation…

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Breaking the Glass Ceiling in Tech: HDC 2019

In 2018, only about 18 percent of the top 1,000 U.S. companies featured a female CIO, according to a 2019 analysis by consulting firm Korn Ferry. This represents a slight increase from 16 percent in 2017. But progress is slow and requires a tech talent pipeline more attuned to the needs of women and girls.…

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HDC 2019 Mixes Business and Fun Sides of Technology…with Bigfoot

How is Sasquatch like the modern developer?   They’re both brilliant, misunderstood minds seeking to get out of the woods, to redefine themselves, to learn new skills and innovate the Next Big Thing. And they’ll rub elbows next month at the 2019 AIM Institute Heartland Developers Conference, Sept. 4 – 6, at the Embassy Suites La…

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AIM Institute’s Cybersleuth Camp Teaches High School Girls about Technology, Cybersecurity, Digital Citizenship

Last Friday, 18 high school girls graduated from the AIM Institute’s 2019 Cybersleuth Camp in an afternoon ceremony at the AIM Brain Exchange. About 40 people attended the graduation to show their support for the next generation of tech talent. AIM’s Cybersleuth Camp is a weeklong cybersecurity camp for girls that seeks to raise interest…

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