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Women in Tech: Vonda Page

By SPN Newsroom / June 7, 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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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 said she always struggled with a language barrier. Her parents, though supportive, could not speak English or provide the same level of help on schoolwork that many of her peers received. The Latinx young woman remembers spending countless extra hours at school working…

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Latest crop of IT managers graduates AIM Tech Leaders Academy

By SPN Newsroom / May 20, 2021

The AIM Institute recently held a virtual graduation ceremony in celebration of the latest cohort to complete the nonprofit tech organization’s Advanced Tech Leaders Academy, an intensive leadership development program for technology professionals. Thirty-four participants from 14 companies completed this an annual management course for tech professionals, the goal of which is to enhance leadership…

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3 Keys to Help R&D Teams Prioritize Sustainability While Pursuing Innovation

By SPN Newsroom / May 15, 2021

This is a guest post by Jackson Cummings, research and development engineer at NanoGuard Technologies. Every day, businesses run into big problems. When those issues threaten profits or long-term viability, companies spend significant resources to solve them. In this high-stress environment, tunnel vision can easily creep in and produce myopic and unsustainable solutions. For a…

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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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Prairie Roots run deep: new virtual conference grows connections in the entrepreneurial ecosystem

By SPN Newsroom / May 4, 2021

Last Friday marked the first-ever Prairie Roots Spring Show, a virtual event showcasing a variety of companies, creative projects and causes in that have survived—and in some cases, thrived—in the Midwest despite a tumultuous year. Created and curated by Scott Henderson, managing director of Lincoln-based NMotion, Prairie Roots gathered 100 business, creative and thought leaders…

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Do remote workers benefit the economies where they live?

By SPN Newsroom / April 28, 2021

This is part two of our series on the opportunities remote work has brought to Midwest tech workers. Read part one here. Nebraska’s workforce has an approximately 50/50 split between occupations that can easily move remote or online, and more hands-on roles, says Josie Schafer, Ph.D., director of UNO’s Center for Public Affairs.  The latter…

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Remote work allows more Nebraskans to live local, work coastal

By SPN Newsroom / April 27, 2021

There’s no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic upended the way millions of Americans work.   But how has the shift to remote work seen in some industries affected the Midwest? For three local tech workers, it’s provided the opportunity for them to work for coastal startups and tech companies while remaining in Omaha.  Researchers such as…

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