Posts by Tom McCauley

8 QS with a Silicon Prairie Founder: Alex Kuklinski of NMotion, fyiio

Alex Kuklinski is director of NMotion, a Lincoln-based startup accelerator, and founder & CEO of fyiio, a video tutorial and written training guide platform for businesses. In addition to being a business visionary and a strong voice for the Silicon Prairie startup community, he wears timeless Buddy Holly glasses and fashionable dinosaur shirts from Stitch…

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8QS with a Silicon Prairie Founder: Katie Byers of HomeDitty

Katie Byers is passionate about getting artists paid. Just because a songwriter like Soccer Mommy doesn’t have a billion downloads doesn’t mean she isn’t twice as talented and hardworking as Ariana Grande or three Mobys. Musicians should be compensated fairly for their work and have a chance to make a living. That’s why Byers started…

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Highlander Code Camp Builds Tomorrow’s Tech Workforce

Teach a kid to code, and they can debug their life. Studies have shown that programming benefits a child’s cognitive development, especially reflectivity and divergent thinking skills, both crucial to creative problem-solving. Learning how to code also helps children enhance their metacognitive abilities, so that they can think about the way they think. Metacognition training…

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iEXCEL Revolutionizes Healthcare Education through Immersive Technology

Everybody’s gotta start somewhere. That includes the doctor hitting your knee with a mallet. And the nurse splinting your child’s broken arm.   And the EMT saving your life. University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Interprofessional Experiential Center for Enduring Learning (iEXCEL) employs real-life visualization and simulation technology to educate students and professionals in the healthcare…

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Part 2: It’s Time to Address the Racism in Hiring for Tech

“There are two schools of thought: either you believe that your organization functions better with a diverse team, or you don’t,” said Eric Swanson, Happiness Engineer at the Omaha-based WordPress-hosting site Flywheel. “It’s been proven time and time again that, almost unanimously, more diverse teams do better work.” Research backs him up. A report from…

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It’s Time to Address the Racism in Tech Education

People of color are underrepresented in tech. A confluence of socioeconomic factors is to blame for this. (Exploring the myriad of causes falls outside the scope of this article.) However, one factor we can definitely address here is the hostility fostered toward people of color in both tech classrooms and the workplace. If you don’t…

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Evidence Based Innovation Begins at Interface

An old creativity adage among artists is “just make a decision, stupid.” That’s good advice. Spend too much time thinking about what you should do and you’ll never do it. The work of innovation requires bold decision-making, the idea goes, so leap. Again, good advice—for artists. But what about businesses? You can’t simply decide things and…

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