Side-eyeing bias in the hiring process

By SPN Newsroom / August 24, 2020

Last year, Silicon Prairie News took a look at racism in tech education and the tech hiring process in a two-part series, “It’s Time.” We’re taking another look at this important issue with a three-part series inspired by the summerlong national reckoning with racism in the U.S.     Before landing the role of Happiness Engineer at…

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Not just for teens — TikTok means business for Kenney Property Services

By Amanda Brandt / August 21, 2020

Glitter. Red wine. Acrylic paint. Glue.  Jake Kenney’s seen it all when it comes to carpet stains. And, thanks to a strategic video content marketing strategy, so have millions of viewers on TikTok.  Under the handle @OmahaCarpetCleaning, Kenney’s demonstrations on how to remove various stains out of carpet have gone viral dozens of times, building…

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Researchers at UNO and the University of Missouri create CHAOSS for open source communities (in a good way)

By SPN Newsroom / August 14, 2020

Over $1.6 million in grant funding has been awarded to a project started by researchers at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the University of Missouri.  Supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Mozilla, the Community Health Analytics Open Source Software (CHAOSS) project seeks to ensure a healthy future for open source software. …

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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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Advent, LLP invents the future of intellectual property law

By Tom McCauley / August 5, 2020

From his father, Ryan Grace inherited more than a love of fishing. He caught the invention gene as well. In 2007, Grace, the founding partner of Omaha-based Advent, LLP—an intellectual property, innovation and technology law firm with clients around the globe—teamed up with his father, Ted Grace, to come up with an invention that would…

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From menace to memory booster: video games connect youth, community, nonprofits, thanks to Community Esports League

By SPN Newsroom / July 31, 2020

A Kansas City-based esports league is working to connect communities and assist non-profits through competitive video gaming. Community Esports League is an inclusive, community-driven gaming league geared towards youth and hobbyist gamers to foster healthy competition and the creation of sustainable connections online.  AbdulRasheed Yahaya, chief business development officer for Community Esports League, said the…

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IT support company REDiTECH plans Iowa expansion

By SPN Newsroom / July 21, 2020

Omaha tech support company REDiTECH, which provides clients with outsourced computer support around the clock, is expanding into Iowa, opening an office in Des Moines next month.  REDiTECH is not letting the global pandemic disrupt plans to expand, company leadership said.  With an existing client base already in place in Des Moines, the expansion will…

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