Tech News and Trends


Against “work theatre”: a case for the 32-hour workweek

By Tom McCauley / March 18, 2022

This is an op-ed by SPN’s interim managing editor, Tom McCauley, and does not necessarily reflect the views of Silicon Prairie News or its advertisers. On New Year’s Eve, I listened to a story about the push for a four-day workweek in America. It was eye-opening and provocative. While we may consider the five-day workweek…

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Beeso Studio portfolio company, Abstrakt, wins startup showdown

By SPN Newsroom / March 16, 2022

Beeso Studio, an Omaha-based startup studio, announced last week that one of its portfolio companies recently won a $120,000 investment from Panoramic Ventures through Startup Showdown in Atlanta.  Abstrakt Corp won the competition for entrepreneurs designed to showcase and fund early-stage technology companies. Thousands of companies had applied to the pitch competition with only twenty-five…

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KC-based software developer Binary Noggin grows into new office

By SPN Newsroom / March 10, 2022

KC-based software developer Binary Noggin is tripling its growth efforts with added headcount, an office relocation and a new consulting service line for clients, according to a press release the company issued today. After a 51% net income growth in 2021, the tech firm has tripled its team with the goal of additionally doubling its current…

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IT management cultivates leadership skills at Mutual of Omaha

By Annette Allen / March 9, 2022

This is a sponsored guest post by Mutual of Omaha and does not necessarily reflect the views of Silicon Prairie News. In 2013, Mutual of Omaha’s Information Services (I/S) operation needed managers.  At the time, it was a difficult position to fill, and leadership-ready candidates were in short supply.  While there were many publicly available…

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Lincoln agtech startup Sentinel Fertigation partners with crop irrigation systems manufacturer

By Jonathan Gerhardson / February 11, 2022

Lincoln-based agtech startup Sentinel Fertigation has announced a new strategic partnership with Agri-Inject, makers of crop irrigation systems.  Sentinel provides a sensor-based, data-driven model for predicting and prescribing nitrogen fertilizer applications, with the goal of increasing the overall efficiency per lb/acre of applied fertilizer.  Sentinel claims their approach can increase profitability of corn by an…

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Jackson Pollock, Zoom fatigue, and flexibility: key takeaways from three tech leaders

By Tom McCauley / February 4, 2022

This afternoon, three of Omaha’s tech leaders convened to share their insights virtually at the AIM Institute’s Self-Management and Team Empowerment Leadership Panel. Moderated by Zac Samson—manager of business technology infrastructure at Omaha Public Power District and member of the AIM Leadership Academy Steering Committee—the panel focused on how companies are staying innovative while responding…

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Iowa’s dsmHack reschedules charity hackathon, seeks nonprofits in need of assistance

By Jonathan Gerhardson / January 31, 2022

The Des Moines Charity Hackathon, an annual 48 hour event hosted by dsmHack, is currently seeking project proposals from registered 501(c)3 non-profit organizations that serve Polk County, Iowa. The annual event—held every year since 2014, except 2021—seeks to implement software-based solutions for non-profit organizations that impact the local community. Throughout its tenure, that’s amounted to…

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