Corporate Innovation

  • Beyond slacktivism: Samaritan and the rise of app-tivism

    Beyond slacktivism: Samaritan and the rise of app-tivism

    “Walk with, not by.” So goes motto for Samaritan, a mobile app that helps users fight homelessness through direct, case-managed giving. It’s a slogan that rejects slacktivism for what could be called “app-tivism”—the use of consumer apps to generate meaningful social action. More than just sharing news of a cause or signaling one’s ethos with…

  • Callers to Coders, led by AIM Institute, upskills Physicians Mutual employees with tech training

    Callers to Coders, led by AIM Institute, upskills Physicians Mutual employees with tech training

    The Callers to Coders program, part of the nonprofit AIM Institute’s partnership with Physicians Mutual, is currently introducing six employees to training in core data management. Physicians Mutual is eager to amplify the success and impacts of last year’s Callers to Coders initiative by again utilizing AIM’s Custom Training program. The 2022 cohort, which launched…

  • Kearney-based startup technology could help shore up weaknesses in U.S. electric grid

    Kearney-based startup technology could help shore up weaknesses in U.S. electric grid

    The U.S. electrical grid is the largest interconnected machine on Earth. Over 200,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines and 5.5 million miles of local distribution lines link thousands of electricity-generating plants to homes, schools, companies and all manner of buildings, street lights, stoplights and other nodes of vital infrastructure. A typical utility company today can…

  • Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken to become charitable app GiftAMeal’s largest restaurant partner, feeding families facing hunger in 12 states

    Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken to become charitable app GiftAMeal’s largest restaurant partner, feeding families facing hunger in 12 states

    With a growing number of Americans relying on local food banks for help finding their next meal, Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken will join GiftAMeal as the app’s largest restaurant partner to help feed families facing hunger across 12 states, according to a press release issued today. Nearly one million meals have been provided by GiftAMeal…

  • Cox Business rolls out new IoT platform to help hospitals perform better

    Cox Business rolls out new IoT platform to help hospitals perform better

    In 1993, when Cox first began offering commercial services, the primary focus was providing business class internet, voice, and video solutions to its customers. But as technology needs evolved over time, so have the companies that provide those business-critical services. Gone are the days of Cox being just a cable and internet company, says Denise…

  • Thyreos awarded Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to accelerate the development of herpesvirus vaccine

    Thyreos awarded Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to accelerate the development of herpesvirus vaccine

    Nebraska-based biotech startup Thyreos has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to develop a new vaccine to protect against Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis (IBR), a disease that causes respiratory illness in cattle. Bovine alphaherpesvirus 1 (BoHV-1) is endemic…

  • Against “work theatre”: a case for the 32-hour workweek

    Against “work theatre”: a case for the 32-hour workweek

    This is an op-ed by SPN’s interim managing editor, Tom McCauley, and does not necessarily reflect the views of Silicon Prairie News or its advertisers. On New Year’s Eve, I listened to a story about the push for a four-day workweek in America. It was eye-opening and provocative. While we may consider the five-day workweek…

  • IT management cultivates leadership skills at Mutual of Omaha

    IT management cultivates leadership skills at Mutual of Omaha

    This is a sponsored guest post by Mutual of Omaha and does not necessarily reflect the views of Silicon Prairie News. In 2013, Mutual of Omaha’s Information Services (I/S) operation needed managers.  At the time, it was a difficult position to fill, and leadership-ready candidates were in short supply.  While there were many publicly available…

  • MedTech startups Notable and CicloMed collaborate on new technology to predict patient responsiveness to anti-cancer drug

    MedTech startups Notable and CicloMed collaborate on new technology to predict patient responsiveness to anti-cancer drug

    Notable Labs, Inc. (Notable), a clinical-stage predictive precision therapeutics company, and CicloMed LLC (CicloMed), a developmental-stage pharmaceutical company, today announced the beginning of a Phase 1B/2A clinical trial of potential cancer treatment fosciclopirox in patients with a deadly disease known as refractory acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). A Phase 1B/2A clinical trial is a crucial step…

  • Iowa Technology Summit call for speakers now open  

    Iowa Technology Summit call for speakers now open  

    The Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) announced yesterday that speaker applications for the 2022 Iowa Technology Summit are now open. The summit will be held on April 11-12, 2022, at the Iowa Community Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Applications to speak are now being accepted for the Iowa Technology Summit at technologyiowa.org/apply-to-speak-2022-its/.…