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Infotec 2020 Moves to Kaneko

By SPN Newsroom / February 7, 2020

Early-bird registration for Infotec 2020 is now open! Powered by the AIM Institute, Infotec is the Silicon Prairie’s premier annual business tech community gathering. Infotec 2020 will take place November 13 at Kaneko—a public, nonprofit, interdisciplinary cultural organization founded with the mission of exploring creativity across the spectrum of human activity, including art, science, technology…

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Physicians Mutual and AIM Institute Provide Pathway for Call Center Employees to Become Data Scientists, Web Developers

By Tom McCauley / February 6, 2020

Last year, Nathan Coberly found himself asking how to get more people into tech. The Physicians Mutual Vice President of Enterprise Architecture and Development was part of a subcommittee of the Nebraska Tech Collaborative trying to develop a strategy for career changers and veterans to pursue IT. Coberly himself had transitioned from the military into…

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Leadership Development for Smarties: from Source Code to the Boardroom

By Tom McCauley / January 17, 2020

A first-rate developer is easy to spot. You can quantify how many languages a person knows, how effectively they work, how much value they offer. Evidence of their talent is tangible, well-documented, and often literally glowing. Good managerial candidates are less noticeable. Someone might be a persuasive presenter of innovative ideas, but lack follow-through. Another…

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Putting the Work In: Meet Jordi Becerril, a Rising Star in Tech

By Tom McCauley / January 9, 2020

Jordi Becerril didn’t see a lot of Latinx people working in technology when he was growing up. An avid gamer, the South Omaha native enjoyed taking apart XBoxes and Playstations to study how they worked⁠—and to see if he could put them back together again.  But, because he never noticed any programmers he could really…

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SPN’s Year-End Top Ten

By Tom McCauley / December 26, 2019

2019 was a momentous year. The Washington Nationals won the World Series. Lizzo headlined her first music festival ever in Omaha, Nebraska. The president was impeached. And Silicon Prairie News continued to bring you the latest news on Midwest startups, tech and entrepreneurial culture. Here are 10 of our favorite articles from the past 12…

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Believe in Yourself! – Reflections of Carina Glover

By Razia Aziz-Seible / December 16, 2019

Women have played a pivotal role in advancing the frontiers of technological development since the beginning. In fact, the first programmers and even computers – “human computers”- were women assigned the “tedium” of complex data analyses by men positioned in the “more prestigious” roles of discovery and oversight. Were it not for the breakthroughs and…

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NMotion Accelerator Fall Cohort

By SPN Newsroom / December 13, 2019

This post was provided by Christina Oldfather of the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development and a leader at NMotion. The Fall 2019 cohort of the NMotion Accelerator will pitch their businesses at Demo Day on December 18, 2019 from 6-9 p.m. at Nebraska Champions Club in Lincoln. NMotion’s Fall gBETA program kicked off during Lincoln…

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Funding Roundup for the Week of November 18th & 25th

By Tom Chapman / December 9, 2019

This week we are writing a funding roundup that really covers one and ½ weeks to cover Thanksgiving week plus the week previous.  During this time period, Chicago received a disproportionate amount of the funding dollars in the region.  However, Omaha and Oklahoma City both had companies close out fund raising campaigns. Also, the region…

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The Combine Receives SBA Award

By Tom Chapman / December 4, 2019

In September 2019, Invest Nebraska announced its new incubator program, called the Combine.  This program is a statewide initiative to support high growth companies in food and agriculture.  The program provides support to help companies commercialize nascent technologies that are being developed in the state – including those at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.…

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Interview with an Entrepreneur: Karen Linder

By Tom Chapman / November 14, 2019

I have known Karen Linder for many years, and she is an incredible entrepreneur.  Many people do not realize that she has been growing a 3D printing company in Nebraska, called Tethon 3D, for the better part of this decade.  The company is one of the leading suppliers of porcelain and hard to produce ceramic…

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