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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Breaking the Glass Ceiling in Tech: HDC 2019

By Tom McCauley / August 29, 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

By Tom McCauley / August 13, 2019

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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Andrew Yang to speak at Council Bluffs Tech Brew

By Tom Chapman / August 6, 2019

Andrew Yang is a technologist and entrepreneur.  He has founded companies and been an early executive at multiple successful firms, such as Manhattan Prep (a GMAT test prep company that was eventually sold to Kaplan, a part of the Graham Holding Company).  He is running for President.  This is not an endorsement article.  Silicon Prairie…

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