About Silicon Prairie News

What we do

Silicon Prairie News is a program of the AIM Institute, a nonprofit organization with a mission to grow, connect, and inspire the tech talent community through education and career development. AIM has fostered the growth of Omaha’s tech sector for more than 25 years.

AIM helps fill the growing need for skilled workers in technology roles by providing training, education, and connections to empower tech professionals to enter and grow in the tech workforce. At AIM, we believe that creating a more diverse and equitable tech workforce is critical to community success. Through scholarships and financial aid, AIM removes barriers to tech education and increases access to technology careers.

Whether through Code School, Youth in Tech, Leadership Academies, AIM’s annual conferences, or Silicon Prairie News, AIM’s goal is to excite people about technology, inspire them to pursue a tech career, and help them navigate the tech career continuum.

Where we cover

We cover Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota and Oklahoma. Our primary focus is the Omaha-Kansas City-Des Moines triangle and surrounding communities.

Who we are

Our people are passionate about the Silicon Prairie region. They are gifted storytellers across a variety of media. We are interested in working on a freelance and contract basis with writers, photographers, designers and videographers in the region.

If you are interested in working with us, please contact us.

How we started

In January 2008, Jeff Slobotski began documenting his travel to creative communities across the US on his blog, Midwest to Manhattan. In July 2008 he joined up with Dusty Davidson, and they launched Silicon Prairie News to highlight entrepreneurs and creatives in their own backyard.

Since its founding Silicon Prairie News has been recognized by CNNNew York TimesTIMEThe AtlanticInc.Fast CompanyThe Next Web, and Seth Godin.

In 2009 Silicon Prairie News launched Big Omaha, an annual conference that brings together founders, investors, and entrepreneurial leaders from across the nation.

In 2015, AIM acquired Silicon Prairie News and the Big events. AIM is a not-for-profit community organization that promotes technology to empower people, enhance organizations, and create brilliant communities.

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