Big Omaha

The badge-less guide to Big Omaha 2012

By SPN Team / May 8, 2012

Though Big Omaha is limited to 650 attendees this year, we’ve rounded up the best of what’s out there for the badge-less bunch. Below is the agenda for how to best experience Big Omaha on a budget.
Wednesday

Beer && Code Pre-Party

5-8 p.m. at Old Mattress Factory (501 North 13th Street)

With the goal of connecting Omaha programmers with those traveling in for the event, Beer && Code, a meetup group, is inviting all/only programmers to join them …

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Big Omaha gets bigger with free live stream on Thursday and Friday

By SPN Team / May 8, 2012

In its inaugural year, Big Omaha sold out to 450 attendees. In year two, Big Omaha added 50 seats and sold out again. In year three, 100 seats and another sell out. Now, in year four, with 50 seats added, a record sell out time and a waitlist of more than 200 names, we’ve decided to add thousands of more “seats” to the back of the room.

For the first year, we’ll be live-streaming all speaker presentations …

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Announcing the Big Omaha ticket winner, a 19-year-old entrepreneur

By SPN Team / May 7, 2012

Last week, we sifted through our Kauffman Foundation ticket giveaway entries – nine video entries and more than 30 written responses – and selected Brett Neese, a college student from Ottumwa, Iowa as the winner of the Big Omaha ticket contest.

In his VYou response (above), Neese described his emerging role as a student entrepreneur on The Prairie. He shared his story of acclimating himself …

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Thanks to the Big Omaha 2012 sponsors, a group of 18 all-stars

By SPN Team / May 7, 2012

It seems cliche to say it but we can’t think of a more appropriate word to describe the sponsor support of Big Omaha than humbling. Companies from around the world not only seen the value in being associated with you – the Big Omaha community – but also value in being a part of it, and never moreso than they have this year.

We’re thanking our sponsors in a series of posts now, ahead of the two day event, so that you can say hello to them in …

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Thanks to our Big Omaha coverage sponsor, CoSentry

By SPN Team / May 7, 2012

As we kick off the week of Big Omaha, our team of contributors is preparing to deliver recaps of speakers, reports on attendees and roundups of parties. And that’s just the start, because this year, thanks to the support of our coverage sponsor CoSentry, we’re readying ourselves for the most comprehensive coverage of Big Omaha yet.

Starting today, we’ll have stories highlighting our event partners and sponsors …

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Submit a question for the Big Omaha speakers

By SPN Team / May 5, 2012

The Big Omaha Backstage Pass, a series of video interviews providing a unique look at our speakers, will return for its second year, but this time around we want you to be a part it.

In conjunction with Malone & Company, the same team behind our annual promo video, we’ll be sitting down with each speaker on Thursday and Friday, conducting uninterrupted, one-on-one interviews. If you were in our spot, what questions would you ask? …

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Read up on the Big Omaha 2012 Friday speakers

By SPN Team / May 4, 2012

Already pick out your clothes in anticipation of Big Omaha? Now, it’s time for you to do your homework on the speaker lineup. Lucky for you, we’ve done the hard part and put together a series of links on the latest news and videos of each of the speakers in hopes of building your enthusiasm before you even step out your door. …

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Get to know the Big Omaha 2012 Thursday speakers

By SPN Team / May 3, 2012

Already pick out your clothes in anticipation of Big Omaha? Now, it’s time for you to do your homework on the speaker lineup. Lucky for you, we’ve done the hard part and put together a series of links on the latest news and videos of each of the speakers in hopes of building your enthusiasm before you even step out your door. Filled with one of the youngest entrepreneurs to receive venture capital funding, the founder of a company that began the blogging …

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The Big Omaha 2012 schedule

By SPN Team / May 3, 2012

With today’s addition of Square co-founder Jim McKelvey, it’s finally time to unveil the complete Big Omaha 2012 schedule, featuring our event venues, open to the public parties and speaker times.

For speaker bios, photos and more event details, head on over to bigomaha.com, and stay tuned for Big Omaha coverage on Silicon Prairie News. …

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Square co-founder Jim McKelvey rounds out Big Omaha 2012 lineup

By SPN Team / May 3, 2012

Today we have the great opportunity to welcome one last presenter to this year’s Big Omaha speaker slate. Co-founder of Square and fellow Midwesterner Jim McKelvey will be making the trek to Omaha to share his entrepreneurial story on stage.

We’re thrilled to have Jim join us as he brings with him a fascinating background, which includes the now famous story behind the founding of Square. As a renown glass artist, he once lost a sizable order because he couldn’t accept credit cards. “We made the solution he needed,” Square co-founder and fellow …

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