Tech News and Trends

Omaha startup Pinata specializes in blockchain, plays vital role in emerging digital art market

By SPN Newsroom / July 21, 2021

Companies and tech-savvy individuals alike are increasingly adopting blockchain—a decentralized, distributed method for storing data securely—for their business needs, with global spending on blockchain solutions forecast to top $17 billion by 2024.  Used in everything from food supply chain tracking to public transaction ledgers for cryptocurrency, blockchain presents a win for cybersecurity and data safety.…

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Do remote workers benefit the economies where they live?

By SPN Newsroom / July 20, 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 / July 19, 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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Second annual OnRamp Agriculture Conference launches virtually tomorrow, showcasing key issues in agtech and foodtech

By SPN Newsroom / July 14, 2021

Over 400 corporations, investors and startups working in the agtech and foodtech industries will gather virtually tomorrow at the second annual OnRamp Agriculture Conference to discuss the future of agriculture and investment trends. The event takes place from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, July 15, and is hosted by gener8tor, The Combine and the…

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Certified Cell gives users more autonomy over technology

By Matthew Robbins Case / July 9, 2021

An up-and-coming Omaha startup is advising iPhone users to think twice before swapping out their old or damaged devices for new ones. Joshua Hample, co-founder and CEO of Omaha-based startup Certified Cell, says in many cases, defects that seem irreparable are actually fixable, though wireless carriers don’t necessarily want you to know that. Hample said…

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Inside Outside Innovation episode 256 released today, featuring author Amos Schwartzfarb

By SPN Newsroom / June 29, 2021

SPN loves to highlight the work of the Silicon Prairie ecosystem’s leaders and innovators. Since 2016, the Inside Outside Innovation podcast has delivered the latest news on innovation, technology and entrepreneurship every week to listeners for whom an outside-the-box perspective is a prerequisite for success. On this week’s episode of the Inside Outside Innovation podcast,…

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