Corporate Innovation

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HTI Labs fights human trafficking through research, technology, policy

By Tom McCauley / January 6, 2021

An Omaha-based company using a data-driven approach to combat human trafficking recently raised funding to expand its crucially needed work to support law enforcement, victims and survivors of the practice.  HTI Labs,  a social enterprise corporation combating human trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault through data-driven research and tech, has grown far larger than CEO…

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Oh Hello wins web design award, strives to break marketing’s glass ceiling 

By SPN Newsroom / December 29, 2020

The Lincoln-based, woman-led brand development and brand management agency Oh Hello recently won Best Web Design Agency in the Midwest from Corporate Vision Magazine’s Media Innovator Awards.  A panel of expert judges selected Oh Hello in recognition of the agency’s expertise in web design, dedication to customer service and client satisfaction. The award complements a…

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Mutual of Omaha finds IT talent in its own backyard

By SPN Newsroom / December 23, 2020

This is a sponsored post by Mutual of Omaha. It was written by Annette Allen, technical solution architect. An underwriting supervisor, a UX designer, a sales compensation analyst, a business systems analyst and a customer service rep walk into a classroom. When they walk out, they’re software developers. It’s not a joke, but a reality…

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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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