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Virtual awards ceremony a first for Omaha’s tech community

By SPN Newsroom / December 4, 2020

Last night, members of Omaha’s tech and startup communities attended the first-ever virtual version of the AIM Tech Awards, a celebration of local innovators and changemakers in the technology sector.  A prerecorded ceremony streamed on a virtual stage, accompanied by a live chat constantly scrolling with affirmations, congratulations and commentary from attendees. Traditionally held in…

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Union Pacific strengthens tech workforce with internships for first-generation college students

By SPN Newsroom / November 5, 2020

Omaha-based Fortune 500 company Union Pacific recently gave two young Omahans a unique behind-the-scenes look at the world of tech. This summer, after participating in a coding education program during their senior year of high school, Omaha South alums Suraj Poudel and Evelyn Espinoza Macias began working paid tech internships at the 158-year-old enterprise. The…

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IO2020: the New Innovators’ Summit connects entrepreneurial community (and tickets are free this year)

By SPN Newsroom / October 15, 2020

Great ideas start with curiosity. Bringing those ideas to life is its own challenge.  That’s what longtime entrepreneur Brian Ardinger believes, and that’s why he’s made it his mission to help Nebraska startup founders, business leaders and innovators solve those challenges.  Ardinger is cofounder of InsideOutside.io, an innovation-focused resource network for startups, entrepreneurs, investors, enterprises,…

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Big data isn’t dead, says AI expert

By SPN Newsroom / September 24, 2020

It takes a while to scroll all the way to the bottom of the Google Scholar page for Atif Farid.  As senior research scientist of Ontrak, Inc. and AI professor at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, Farid has authored or co-authored over 50 research articles on topics ranging from cloud computing to service-oriented architecture…

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Filling the gap: Nebraska Dev Lab provides comprehensive pipeline program to meet demand for tech talent

By Tom McCauley / September 18, 2020

Lincoln-based software development company Don’t Panic Labs and Doane University have teamed up to turn non-tech employees at sponsor organizations into fully fledged software engineers. The comprehensive initiative, called the Nebraska Dev Lab Pipeline Program, aims to strengthen Nebraska’s tech workforce and grow a larger, more diverse talent pool for employers to choose from when…

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All processors on deck in the race to research COVID-19

By SPN Newsroom / August 12, 2020

Sometimes a problem is so urgent and complex, you need the whole world working on it.  That’s COVID-19. Sometimes you also need the help of a global supercomputer. That’s Folding@home. A distributed computing project powering research into SARS-CoV-2, Folding@home seeks to develop effective, patent-free drugs to treat the deadly coronavirus, which has caused over 732,000…

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