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Women in Tech: Vonda Page

By SPN Newsroom / December 10, 2021

“‘They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself,’” said Radical Change founder and CEO Vonda Page, quoting one of her favorite artists, Andy Warhol, during her recent keynote presentation at the Infotec 2021 virtual conference. “What types of changes happen over time with no effort?” she asked rhetorically, setting…

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Nominations now open for Computer Science Educator of the Year for annual Prometheus Awards

By SPN Newsroom / December 8, 2021

The Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) announced in a press release today that the organization is now accepting nominations for Computer Science Educator of the Year for the 2022 Prometheus Awards. This award recognizes an Iowa Computer Science Educator who strives to achieve excellence by educating and informing students regarding the most up-to-date technologies utilized…

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Web development skills in tow, students graduate from North Omaha’s Highlander Code Camp

By SPN Newsroom / August 17, 2021

Nine high school students graduated Friday from the Highlander Code Camp, a six-week coding program delivered by the Omaha-based nonprofits AIM Institute and Seventy Five North. The event was held at the Highlander Accelerator, a 65,000-square-foot building and community space developed by Seventy Five North to educate, engage and enrich the historically excluded community of…

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With support of local business and tech leaders, new website aims to encourage interest and participation in STEM

By SPN Newsroom / August 3, 2021

To help remove barriers to tech education, address the ongoing shortage of tech workers in the Silicon Prairie, and spark interest in science, technology, engineering and math careers, the Omaha STEM Ecosystem and the AIM Institute have launched the online STEM Community Platform, presented by Cox.  The STEM Community Platform, located at stemplatform.org, connects youth,…

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Time to stop the summer slide: Do Space kicks off its Summer Passport program this Saturday online

By SPN Newsroom / June 3, 2021

The summer slide isn’t just some scorching metal tube of playground equipment. It’s also a phenomenon you might remember from youth: that slackening of the mind that accompanies summer vacation and forgotten subject matter. In other words, the bane of all teachers everywhere. To #stoptheslide, Do Space is once again instituting its annual summer passport…

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Women in Tech: Evelyn Espinoza-Macias

By SPN Newsroom / May 23, 2021

Growing up in a low-income Spanish-speaking household in South Omaha, Evelyn Espinoza-Macias struggled with a language barrier. Her parents, though supportive, could not provide the same level of help on schoolwork that many of her peers received, as they did not speak English. Espinoza-Macias remembers spending countless extra hours at school working hard to learn…

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Infotec 2021 virtual conference to feature keynote speaker Mike Smith, co-executive director of Rabble Mill

By SPN Newsroom / May 14, 2021

Life as a tech professional can be hard. Not at Infotec 2021, conference organizers say, previewing a robust virtual digital event experience aimed at helping attendees grow professionally while connecting with other IT and web professionals in the heartland.  After successfully hosting Infotec 2020 in a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AIM…

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