10 Reasons Why Princess Leia Was Totally Boss

By Tom McCauley / March 18, 2020

We know you’re probably cooped up inside right now (like us) and could use some lighter fare to ease your mind (same). So here is the first in a series of articles about what makes certain pop culture icons effective leaders—or not. Maybe you can passively absorb some leadership development lessons while you read this.…

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KANEKO: Putting Omaha on the Map

By Tom McCauley / March 11, 2020

Some might not realize it yet, but the arts and culture nonprofit KANEKO has fans all over the world.  “KANEKO puts Omaha on the map,” said Samuel Bertino, KANEKO’s Individual Gifts & Community Engagement Manager.  “It’s a place to come and see new and exciting things that are happening. Whenever we have people come in…

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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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Leadership Development for Smarties: from Source Code to the Boardroom

By Tom McCauley / January 17, 2020

A first-rate developer is easy to spot. You can quantify how many languages a person knows, how effectively they work, how much value they offer. Evidence of their talent is tangible, well-documented, and often literally glowing. Good managerial candidates are less noticeable. Someone might be a persuasive presenter of innovative ideas, but lack follow-through. Another…

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

By Tom McCauley / October 5, 2019

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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Editorial: Connecting Activities, an Appeal

By Tom Chapman / September 12, 2019

As some of you may know, I write many articles for Silicon Prairie News and have been a regular part of the Omaha and regional ecosystem for almost two decades.  I know many of the readers of Silicon Prairie News personally.  I appreciate your readership. SPN is a critical way that we connect with the…

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

By Tom McCauley / September 9, 2019

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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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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