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Companies find ways to fight hunger using technology in the Midwest

By SPN Newsroom / November 17, 2020

As food insecurity rates have nearly doubled in Nebraska since March, local food banks and community nonprofits have expanded their tech resources, and a new field of innovation is emerging to serve their needs.   Since the onset of COVID-19 restrictions began in March, Nebraska’s yearly unemployment rate has risen from 3.1 to 5.2 percent, bringing…

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After selling Omaha startup Median, co-founders set aim on their next idea

By SPN Newsroom / November 3, 2020

Two Omaha entrepreneurs are celebrating the sale of their first start-up, Median, while looking ahead to the next endeavor.  Derek Homann and Ben Stevinson recently announced that Dallas-based telecommunications company Loup had acquired the co-browsing startup in late October. The sale, for an undisclosed amount, comes more than three years after the duo left their…

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Rural Nebraska family winery’s cozy virtual wine tastings a hit with cabin-fevered connoisseurs and casual fans alike

By SPN Newsroom / October 29, 2020

The pandemic may have stopped many in their tracks, but the wine and beer continue to flow. Or at least that’s true of Mac’s Creek Winery and Brewery in Lexington, Nebraska. Faced with the challenge of their shuttered tasting room due to the COVID-19 global pandemic and subsequent lockdown, the family-owned winery and vineyard decided…

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This Lincoln developer’s app creates such realistic zombie pics, we had to use these pumpkins as a cover photo instead

By Tom McCauley / October 27, 2020

Content warning: contains zombie images some readers may find disturbing. The wife of Josh Brown Kramer, senior data science consultant for Lincoln-based medical AI developer Ocuvera, is tired of zombies.  For the past year, the computer vision researcher has been working on an app that zombifies user selfies, turning their everyday visages into grotesque monstrosities.…

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IO2020: the New Innovators’ Summit connects entrepreneurial community (and tickets are free this year)

By SPN Newsroom / October 15, 2020

Great ideas start with curiosity. Bringing those ideas to life is its own challenge.  That’s what longtime entrepreneur Brian Ardinger believes, and that’s why he’s made it his mission to help Nebraska startup founders, business leaders and innovators solve those challenges.  Ardinger is cofounder of InsideOutside.io, an innovation-focused resource network for startups, entrepreneurs, investors, enterprises,…

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Virtual HDC proves online conference still a great way to learn, connect

By SPN Newsroom / September 25, 2020

Nearly 1,200 people attended the virtual Heartland Developers Conference yesterday hosted by the AIM Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to building the tech talent community. It was the first time in HDC’s 17-year history that the conference had been held online. With 23 breakout sessions running the gamut of tech topics, the conference gave IT professionals…

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