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Send in the Clowns: An Experiment in Outsourcing to Fiverr

By Tom McCauley / February 21, 2020

Outsourcing used to be a dirty word. To an extent, it still is. That’s probably due to public confusion. Outsourcing—contracting with an external entity to complete work that could be done internally—sometimes gets conflated with offshoring, the practice of moving corporate operations to a different country to capitalize on cheaper labor.  Offshoring connotes economic devastation:…

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From the Editors: UNO Scott Scholars Work with the AIM Institute to Design Cohesion, Tell the Story

By SPN Newsroom / February 13, 2020

UNO first-year Computer Science major Zander Gibney’s favorite local nonprofit is—and we cannot stress this enough—the AIM Institute. Zander plans to pursue a career in video game development and spends a lot of his time buckling down to study. In that respect, he’s not unusual. Many university students study hard too, especially in the 24-to-48…

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Infotec 2020 Moves to Kaneko

By SPN Newsroom / February 7, 2020

Early-bird registration for Infotec 2020 is now open! Powered by the AIM Institute, Infotec is the Silicon Prairie’s premier annual business tech community gathering. Infotec 2020 will take place April 17 at Kaneko—a public, nonprofit, interdisciplinary cultural organization founded with the mission of exploring creativity across the spectrum of human activity, including art, science, technology…

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Physicians Mutual and AIM Institute Provide Pathway for Call Center Employees to Become Data Scientists, Web Developers

By Tom McCauley / February 6, 2020

Last year, Nathan Coberly found himself asking how to get more people into tech. The Physicians Mutual Vice President of Enterprise Architecture and Development was part of a subcommittee of the Nebraska Tech Collaborative trying to develop a strategy for career changers and veterans to pursue IT. Coberly himself had transitioned from the military into…

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Nearly 1,000 Iowa Junior High Students Learned to Code Today. That’s Good News.

By Tom McCauley / December 11, 2019

Today, with the help of the AIM Institute, nearly 1,000 students at Woodrow Wilson Junior High School in Council Bluffs learned the fundamentals of computer programming as part of the international Hour of Code initiative.  Principal Mike Naughton expressed his excitement over every student getting a firsthand experience with coding during their science classes. “Anytime…

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Children’s Business Fair: an Exciting Game for Entrepreneurs Ages 4 and Up 

By Tom McCauley / December 6, 2019

Paper Airplane Surprises would make a great band name. The combination of whimsy and imagination signals something intriguing ahead. It’s also a good name for a business. Founded by the grade-school-aged children of entrepreneur Casey Putschoegl—herself the owner of 33Vincent, a business that connects and supports remote executive assistants—Paper Airplane Surprises offers consumers a customized…

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AIM Tech Celebration Draws Over 500 to MCC’s Center for Advanced and Emerging Technology. Meet this Year’s Winners.

By Tom McCauley / November 19, 2019

Over 500 people attended AIM Tech Celebration last Thursday at MCC’s Center for Advanced and Emerging Technology. The event featured live music from Kethro (aka Make Believe Studio’s Keith Rodger), dancers and jugglers, 3D tech displays, and an awards ceremony. KMTV’s Maya Raenz and the AIM Institute’s Scott Rowe hosted. AIM Tech Celebration is an…

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

By Tom McCauley / October 28, 2019

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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Iowa State Fair hosts Iowa State University pitch competition

By Justin Krug / September 4, 2019

More than 200 Iowa State University student and alumni entrepreneurs representing 168 business ventures gathered to pitch their products and services as part of Iowa State University’s exhibit in the Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fair. The event took place from August 8-18. Each pitch contestant competed for $1,000 to $5000 awards in the “Great Iowa State University STANDING innOVATION…

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