Tech Omaha gives local developers an opportunity to network

Developers, technologists and other Big Omaha attendees filled the Slowdown last night for the semi-annual Tech Omaha event. A few years ago, Tech Omaha originated as a simple calendar of tech events. Now a group of individuals including Do Space Executive Director, Rebecca Stavick and Racenote’s technical crew chief, Kevin Berry are trying to revamp it….

Tech Omaha co-organizers Rebecca Stavick and Kevin Berry. Photo by Melanie Lucks.
Tech Omaha co-organizers Rebecca Stavick and Kevin Berry. Photo by Melanie Lucks.
Tech Omaha co-organizers Rebecca Stavick and Kevin Berry. Photo by Melanie Lucks.

Tech Omaha co-organizers Rebecca Stavick and Kevin Berry. Photo by Melanie Lucks.

Developers, technologists and other Big Omaha attendees filled the Slowdown last night for the semi-annual Tech Omaha event.

A few years ago, Tech Omaha originated as a simple calendar of tech events. Now a group of individuals including Do Space Executive Director, Rebecca Stavick and Racenote’s technical crew chief, Kevin Berry are trying to revamp it.

“It started as a project by Ryan Stille who wanted to have a consolidated calendar of all the tech events and meetups that were happening in the Omaha area,” said Berry.

Today the goal for TechOmaha.com is to pull together resources to support local tech groups, support professional development for technologists and to grow and strengthen the tech community, which all starts with events like Big Omaha’s after party.

This is the first year Tech Omaha has partnered with Big Omaha. Berry explained that in the past the group has always facilitated a party during BIg Omaha week so that other developers that were coming from out of town could see Omaha in full swing.

“We always had friends that were coming in for the conference and we wanted them to see our community,” said Berry. “One of our main goals is to increase networking and community spirit among the tech community, and Big Omaha helps us do that.”

What’s next for Tech Omaha

In the next year the group hopes to become non-profit status so they can provide more resources to local meetup groups as well as more opportunities for sponsors to get involved.

“We really want to put some formal processes behind these meetup groups,” said Berry. “Whether that means offering them a place to meet, or helping them with funding— We just want to help build meetup groups that last.”

“Tech Omaha is important because it allows us to promote the amazing things technologists are doing in the community,” said Stavick. “We care about the future of this city, and we believe a strong tech community will help Omaha continue to innovate and move forward.”


Melanie Lucks is a communications intern for Silicon Prairie News and AIM Careerlink.

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