Say cheese: Snapshots from the Silicon Prairie Awards

By now, a dozen golden prairie dogs have found new homes in the offices of startups, investors and service providers across the region. With the inaugural Silicon Prairie Awards squarely in the rearview mirror, we've shared winners' reactions, video of the ceremony, coverage of David Cohen's keynote and much more from the Aug. 30 event.

(From left) Jeff Slobotski of SPN, Thad Langford of OpenAir Equity Partners and Ben Milne of Dwolla joined Analog the Prairie Dog in hamming it up for the camera as SPN’s Brittany Mascio looked on. 

By now, a dozen golden prairie dogs have found new homes in the offices of startups, investors and service providers across the region. With the inaugural Silicon Prairie Awards squarely in the rearview mirror, we’ve shared winners’ reactions, video of the ceremony, coverage of David Cohen’s keynote and much more from the Aug. 30 event.

But the Awards was about more than could be captured in any one keynote or acceptance speech. Above all else, the event was — as we said from the start — a community celebration.

And, if photographic evidence is any indication, it was a success in that regard. Celebrate, the community most certainly did.

More than 400 people turned out from across the region, and Malone & Co. was on hand to capture it all. Below is a small sampling of the photos they shot. For plenty more, check out the complete collection on Facebook.

Omaha’s picturesque Joslyn Art Museum played host to the inaugural Silicon Prairie Awards. The event will head to Des Moines in 2013 and Kansas City in 2014.

Attendees all got the chance for a close-up on the orange carpet.

RareWire co-founder Matt Angell kept busy all night. A Startup Technologist of the Year Nominee, Angell also represented RareWire in Startup Alley.

The Joslyn’s Storz Fountain Court provided a stately setting for the night’s opening and closing receptions. 

Meg Fitz of the Greater Des Moines Partnership and Jon Robison of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation showed off their startup suave as they presented an award.

By night’s end, a dozen golden Analogs were welcomed with open arms into new homes. 

Proxibid’s Ryan Downs and RecBob’s Macy Koch were among the Silicon Prairie movers and shakers on hand to present.  

More than 400 of the Silicon Prairie’s finest filled the Joslyn’s Witherspoon Concert Hall for the event.

In accepting the award for Startup Service Provider of the Year, Greg Kratofil of Polsinelli Shughart paid tribute to entrepreneurs for the inspiration they provide. 

Despite dealing with its busiest weekend of the year as football season gets underway, Hudl brought a crowd from Lincoln and walked away with B2B Startup of the Year. 

The crew from Goodsmiths was in a smiley mood after winning New Startup of the Year.

Dwolla was the night’s most decorated startup, taking home four golden Analogs: Technologist of the Year (Brandon Weber), Executive of the Year (Ben Milne), Consumer Startup of the Year and Startup of the Year.


Credits: Photos by Malone & Company.

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