Innovation is like hitting a grand slam in baseball. It changes the dynamics of the game, and though the innovator may get the credit for the swing, many players (scientists, engineers, investors, and academics) had to make it possible. KC Hub plans to help arrange a grand slam in Kansas City, engaging academics, innovators, entrepreneurs and others in efforts to cultivate Kansas City as an ecosystem for innovation.

KC Hub got its start in 2009 when co-founders Aaron Sloup and Ryan Weber realized that Kansas City didn’t have a strong fabric that connected academia, innovators and businessmen. To form a cohesive community similar to Silicon Vally or North Carolina’s Research Triangle, KC Hub officially formed in the summer of 2010 …

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The gaming industry is a tough cookie to bite into, especially with big game producers like EA and Nintendo. But Vicinity Games is not backing away from creating multiplayer video games for XBox and other game consoles. Last October, Nate Allen and Mike Koporc started Vicinity for the purpose of not only developing games but also serving as a “beacon” for video game development in Kansas City.

One of few gaming studios on the Silicon Prairie, Vicinity makes local, multiplayer games that cultivate a social experience, like in Mario Kart 64, Gauntlet Legends or Castle Crashers. That active engagement between gamers is key to Vicinity’s mission. Plus …

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Maker Faire: Kansas City is coming to Union Station from June 24-26, and the deadline for submissions for the event is Friday. Maker Faire is a three-day event that aims to highlight and bring together science, art, craft and engineers to showcase their work and inspire others to become makers. With the guidance of the staff from MAKE magazine, Maker Faire envisions family and friends gathering to share their accomplishments with the Kansas City community.

Below are a few key details about the event …

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If you didn’t make it to KCITP’s Mentor Kick Off earlier this month, here’s what you missed:

Over 200 people came out and held conversations keyed to software development, computer networking, system administration, project management, startups and social media. Each focus area had its own corner in McFadden’s Sports Saloon and conversations were tailored to connect young and experienced professionals in a given focus area. Unmistakably, woven into the dialogue…

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Picture a weekend-long event in which you could meet new people, promote your idea and take that idea to the next level in just under 54 hours. I know, the thought of taking that idea to a social event and bringing it to fruition in a weekend seems insane, but this is exactly what happens at Startup Weekend. …

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Josh Inkenbrandt makes cool stuff. While watching Inkenbrandt’s video clips like “Music In Hard Times,” “A Day In The Life Of,” or “Simply Lemonade” and using his trendy apps like Thriftable or Inkstagram, people may think Inkenbrandt has a ton of time on his hands. However, with a…

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With venture capitalists and angel investors wanting a piece of the latest biotech and internet startups, Midwest companies who participated at the 12th Annual InvestMidwest event this past Thursday enjoyed discussion with a slate of interested parties.

Similar to previous years, InvestMidwest focused on three broad industries: alternative energy, life sciences, and technology. Three rooms were…

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