On October 25 Rahul Gupta and Beth Haubert led an evening round table discussion at the Omaha Code School on diversity in tech and creating safe and inclusive events. Joe Gerstandt, who was slated to lead the dialogue, was unable to attend. Over 20 people attended the event, mostly current code school students and local event organizers. The idea for a conversation started as a Twitter conversation about increasing diversity at local tech events. However, the evening was primarily driven by recent incidents that occurred during the recent Startup Weekend event.Read More
Over the summer, Sumeet Jain taught an immersive web development course at General Assembly in San Francisco. Less than six months later, he and fellow organizer Rahul Gupta announced Omaha Code School, a new intensive program to bring novice developers to experts in just 12 weeks.
“My students eagerly devoured the course content and became capable developers so quickly,” Jain told Silicon Prairie News. “My passion for education reignited, I returned home and got to work with Rahul Gupta.” …Read More
If you’ve ever struggled to recall the name of someone you recently met, then you can relate to Sumeet Jain, the co-creator of Omawho.
“When I moved to Omaha a couple years ago, I starting meeting a lot of people—and I couldn’t always remember their names. So I wanted a way to put faces to names,” Jain said in an email interview. “That’s the first reason I had for building Omawho.”
The second? …Read More
Last week, I spent a few days in San Francisco along with Dusty Reynolds, the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce’s director of innovation and entrepreneurship.
We encountered plenty of people familiar with the work of Silicon Prairie News. We met others who had heard of SPN or our events, Big Omaha and Thinc Iowa, but weren’t completely familiar with our work and efforts to build our region’s entrepreneurial and startup community.
The trip was filled with a number …Read More
In the weeks leading up to Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, various conversations between Andy Peters, Gabe Kangas and I snowballed into tweets and Facebook posts that culminated in an Omahans and Expats meetup one week ago. We had more people show up than had RSVP’d and we ended up being the last patrons left at the Press Club of San Francisco.
For those in attendance, from either end of the geographic divide, the event provided …Read More
Following Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) opening day in Moscone West on Monday, Omahans and other Silicon Prairie people attending the event – or happen to find themselves in San Francisco for whatever reason – are invited to a meetup three blocks northwest at the Press Club of San Francisco (20 Yerba Buena Lane) from 6-9 p.m. PDT.
The event, “Omahans and Expats,” is organized by Rahul Gupta …Read More
Last week the last of the second batch of the Stored Potential banners went up in Omaha. The project was ambitions, the work was hard, and the final project is exceptional. Defunct grain elevators were transformed into a piece of art which speaks for the city.
The city didn’t do it. You and I didn’t do it.
Emerging Terrain, an Omaha non-profit, did it. And they are to be thanked. It is organizations like theirs which are helping …Read More
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(This is a guest post written by Rahul Gupta, an Omaha entrepreneur, erstwhile actor and recent addition to the team at the Planet Water Foundation.) A lot can happen in five months.
I recently tweeted that Scott Harrison’s talk about charity: water at Big Omaha 2010 “literally changed the trajectory of my life.” That was no hyperbole. That talk, at that event, conspired with that moment to force…Read More
After following Robert Murphy’s blog and reading his excellent, in-depth recaps of events – Big Omaha 2009, Nicholas Kristof at KANEKO – we’ve asked him to contribute event recaps to Silicon Prairie News. Today, we’re excited to share hist first, which covers KANEKO’s most recent event.Read More