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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Heartland Developers Conference 2020 goes virtual 

By SPN Newsroom / September 14, 2020

It’s fitting that an annual conference for software developers is using technology to continue this year’s event during a global pandemic. The 17th annual AIM Heartland Developers Conference will take place virtually on Sept. 24 via the industry-leading conference platform. This year’s breakout tracks include AI, design, container orchestration, IT culture, frameworks, .NET, DevOps…

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Local programming instructor champions the life-changing power of coding

By SPN Newsroom / September 12, 2020

Vanessa Kasun is debugging some code, finalizing her presentation for the upcoming Heartland Developers Conference on Sept. 24. The topic? How to build a React app from the ground up. Kasun, an instructor at AIM Code School, will take HDC attendees from installation of the Node.js open-source cross-platform Javascript runtime environment to launching a simple…

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With FanX mobile platform, Omaha company From Now On saves the game

By Amanda Brandt / September 3, 2020

The immediate future of college sporting contests may be hazy due to COVID-19, but there’s been no slowdown at mobile app development company From Now On.  In fact, the global pandemic has fast-tracked the Omaha company’s development and roll-out of features to its FanX™ platform for sports-starved fans across the country.  CEO Sue Thaden said…

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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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