CEDAR RAPIDS—When Jarod Smith first started building mobile apps in January 2013, the market was still fairly new to him.

“I’ve been doing web development for 14 years now,” Smith told SPN. “But I’ve been doing coding of some kind for almost 20 years. Web development got me into mobile apps and I found I could use my web tech knowledge to build cross-platform mobile apps.”

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Over the years, companies like Google and Facebook have become infamous for their internal hackathons with mass amounts of takeout food, innovative solutions and hacking into the wee hours. But for two Iowa companies, hosting company-wide hackathons has become a way to give back to their communities…

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During 1 Million Cups Cedar Rapids this morning, organizers of the Iowa Startup Accelerator announced that—likely beginning in January 2014—the group will sponsor a broadcast of 1 Million Cups across the state.

“The startup culture is strong in many communities around Iowa, but for the most part they are operating independently,” said Eric Engelmann …

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Last week Vault announced that come spring 2014, its coworking and collaboration space will relocate to a new home. Just in time for the company’s second birthday celebration, the coworking space will partner with health care software company Geonetric to create a space for creatives and tech startups alike in Iowa’s Creative Corridor …

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Playing on its reputation as the “Academy Awards of Iowa’s high tech industry,” the fifth annual Prometheus Awards took place last night with a Hollywood-style theme, complete with a celebrity photo booth, award statues, plenty of tuxedos, and even a red carpet.

The awards are a production of the Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) meant to highlight innovation throughout the state. “This showcase honors companies and individuals who represent the best and brightest in technology and business and have…

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The 2010 Prometheus Award finalists were announced Thursday, honoring the best technology companies and professionals throughout Iowa. This year’s awards are co-sponsored by LWBJ Financial and are the fifth annual recognition by the Technology Association of Iowa. Winners will be announced in a ceremony at The Meadows Convention Center in Altoona on April 6th.

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