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Monday, March 21
 

9:00am

AIM Infotec

Join 1,000+ of the region’s most talented IT professionals at Infotec on March 21, 2016. The region’s largest annual tech community gathering focuses on the intersections of technology, business and innovation. Infotec brings the best of big conferences and small networking events into a one-day experience.

Keynotes include Theresa Payton, former CIO of the White House and Cliff Thomas, Managing Director of Cisco Smart+Connected Communities and Blake Miller, Partner, Director Think Big Partners, Managing Director, The Collective Funds and Michael Young, Manager | Technology & Management Consulting of RSM US LLP.


Speakers
BM

Blake Miller

Partner, Director Think Big Partners, Managing Director, The Collective Funds
TP

Theresa Payton

Former CIO of The White House
CT

Cliff Thomas

Managing Director, Cisco Smart+Connected Communities
avatar for Michael Young

Michael Young

Manager | Technology & Management Consulting, RSM US LLP
Michael Young is the Infrastructure Manager for the Technology & Management Consulting (TMC) division of RSM US LLP, formerly McGladrey. Founded in 1926, RSM US LLP is the nation’s fifth largest provider of assurance, tax and consulting services. Young’s focus is leading to growth... Read More →


12:00pm

Corporate Venture & External Innovation: How Startups Can Help You Bridge The Innovation Divide

The old axiom "build, buy or partner" has been used for decades to describe growth and innovation strategy. With the hypergrowth of the startup scene, corporations are taking more and more advantage of the opportunity to partner or invest in startups...and you can to. 

Come to this session to learn how to tap into startup communities, accelerators, and proprietary data sources to help you partner, invest, acquire or learn from startups aligned with your strategy and growth goals - no matter the size of your company. 

Speakers
avatar for Brian Ardinger

Brian Ardinger

Co-Founder, Econic
Brian is the co-founder of Econic, an innovation consulting, training and research firm and co-host of the weekly podcast Inside Outside Innovation. Prior to Econic, Brian was the founder and managing director of NMotion, a seed-stage accelerator in Lincoln, Nebraska.He has been involved... Read More →
avatar for Josh Berry

Josh Berry

Co-Founder + CEO, Econic
Josh is a world-class consultant and teacher, especially passionate about helping organizations execute on innovation. He serves as an active mentor and workshop presenter at numerous seed-stage accelerators across the US, giving him direct access to the latest tools and teams in... Read More →


Monday March 21, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Exchange 1905 Harney Street, 7th Floor

1:00pm

DoSpace: Little Labs Tour

Educators: schedule a field trip with your elementary or middle school classroom at Do Space! Students will take a 30-minute tour to learn about the technology and resources available at Do Space followed by a 40-minute hands-on tech activity.

More information here

Educators: schedule a field trip with your elementary or middle school classroom at Do Space! Students will take a 30-minute tour to learn about the technology and resources available at Do Space followed by a 40-minute hands-on tech activity.

Monday March 21, 2016 1:00pm - 2:15pm
DO Space 7205 Dodge Street, Omaha, NE

5:00pm

Opening Day Happy Hour at Aviture
Limited Capacity filling up

Spark Innovation! Join us at The Garage for Happy Hour. Hear from Mark Griffis, President of Aviture and founder of next-generation incubator The Garage, Erica Wassinger Managing Director and Co-Founder of the Omaha Startup Collaborative, and Amy Johnson co-founder of LifeLoop as she speaks on her experience building a company in The Garage and pioneering technology that supports families and their loved ones in senior care facilities. This event is open to the public. Drinks and light fare will be provided. Please RSVP.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Griffis

Mark Griffis

President, Aviture
Mark Griffis founded Aviture in 2004 with the aim of building a software company guided by a culture of continuous learning and innovation, providing engineering leadership to its clients and, most importantly, making a difference in the lives of its customers. Prior to founding... Read More →
avatar for Amy Johnson

Amy Johnson

Founder, Lifeloop
Amy Johnson is the Co-Founder/President of LifeLoop. Around three years ago Amy was selling group health insurance policies when her and husband came to the intersection of family and senior living. A place many people eventually arrive at but never find easy. This personal situation... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Erica Wassinger

Erica Wassinger

Cofounder, The Startup Collaborative
Before launching The Startup Collaborative, Erica cofounded OSC. Best known for creating the elusive sense of density within the Omaha startup market, Omaha Startup Collaborative quickly became home to more than 70 area startups and tech companies. Within just 18 months, OSC had been... Read More →

Co-organizer
avatar for Shonna Dorsey

Shonna Dorsey

Developer, Interface Web School
avatar for Andrea Patterson

Andrea Patterson

Account Manager at Decision Logic, Aviture
Supporting Restaurant Operations nationwide with Decision Logic Learn about Decision Logic: http://decisionlogic.co Learn about The Garage by Aviture: http://garagebyaviture.com


Monday March 21, 2016 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Aviture 8802 S 135th St #500, Omaha, NE 68138
 
Tuesday, March 22
 

7:00am

Open Coffee
Discuss your ideas at an informal coffee setting. If you are reading this, then you should join us. Share your ideas, get connected. Open Coffee Omaha takes place on Tuesday mornings from 7-9am at Aroma's Coffeehouse in Omaha's Old Market.

Speakers

Tuesday March 22, 2016 7:00am - 9:00am
Aromas (Old Market) 1033 Jones Street Omaha, NE 68102

9:00am

Grand Opening: Omaha Startup Collaborative at The Exchange
Omaha has long struggled with finding a home for the high-growth, tech startups that have put this city on the map as a destination for great tech talent... the struggle has ended. Join Omaha Startup Collaborative and AIM as they celebrate the grand opening of The Exchange.

Free co-working all week. We'll be serving breakfast every day as well as refreshments throughout. 

Access to marquee Startup Week events like Silicon Prairie News' Bigger Than Me Awards, Exchanges With, and more.  


Tuesday March 22, 2016 9:00am - 6:00pm
The Exchange 1905 Harney Street, 7th Floor

9:30am

DoSpace: Littles Lab

Bring your preschooler (ages 3-5) to Do Space to explore guided STEM activities that foster early learning skills through play.

Register here

Bring your preschooler (ages 3-5) to Do Space to explore guided STEM activities that foster early learning skills through play.

Tuesday March 22, 2016 9:30am - 10:15am
DO Space 7205 Dodge Street, Omaha, NE

10:30am

Special Tour of Do Space
Join executive director Rebecca Stavick on a special tour of Do Space for Omaha Startup Week. Do Space is a community technology library, digital workshop, innovation playground, and more! With free membership, programs, and use of cutting-edge technology, at Do Space there's no limit of what you can do!

Tuesday March 22, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am
DO Space 7205 Dodge Street, Omaha, NE

11:30am

Greater Omaha Chamber / AIM: Ecosystem Mapping Workshop
Limited Capacity filling up

Join the Greater Omaha Chamber and AIM for this interactive open forum lunch. We'll work together to map out the various programs and players within the region's tech ecosystem. 

Tuesday March 22, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm
The Exchange 1905 Harney Street, 7th Floor

1:30pm

Office Hours: Invest Nebraska
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Tuesday March 22, 2016 1:30pm - 3:30pm
The Exchange 1905 Harney Street, 7th Floor

1:30pm

Office Hours: Mark Hasebroock, Dundee Venture Capital
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Tuesday March 22, 2016 1:30pm - 3:30pm
The Exchange 1905 Harney Street, 7th Floor

2:00pm

How a culture of silliness can bring a distributed team together
Tools used by Pack to create and maintain relationships.

2:00pm

Office Hours: Dan Houghton
Make sure book your time slot herehttps://slotted.co/danhoughton
Make sure to reserve your slot via the Slotted app here

Speakers
DH

Dan Houghton

Cofounder and CEO, BuilderTrend


Tuesday March 22, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm
The Exchange 1905 Harney Street, 7th Floor

4:00pm

From Measure-Measure-Cut to Measure-Cut-Measure
Limited Capacity filling up

Often, engineers and designers function as craftsmen to meticulously create beautiful apps. In the startup world this quality can drain nearly all time and resources before you’ve had a single user testing your technology. Yet if we adjust our team thinking, we can leverage those same skills in the iterative startup world.

We’ll talk about how to lead your team from a workshop to a lab mentality, how to still leverage software best practices in the startup world, and the one thing you should never say to your technology team as a founder (even if it’s true).

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Wirick

Andrew Wirick

Andrew Wirick Sr Front End Developer, Former Partner for Goodtwin Design, and an active developer for the omaha startup community for over 5 years.


Tuesday March 22, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Aviture 8802 S 135th St #500, Omaha, NE 68138

4:00pm

Exchanges With... Bart Lorang, CEO of FullContact
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for the Omaha Startup Collaborative's Exchanges With entrepreneurship series. This series features some of the nation's most proven entrepreneurs in an intimate, small group format. This installation will feature Bart Lorang, founder and CEO of Full Contact and Managing Director of v1.vc

Bart is a proven entrepreneur, executive and manager in the global technology industry. He is active in the startup technology community as an angel investor, strategic advisor and speaker at industry events. He serves as Co-Founder and CEO of FullContact. He is also Co-Founder and Managing Director of v1.vc, a $5M seed stage fund dedicated to helping crazy entrepreneurs change the world.

Bart is a regular guest on FOX Business channel and has been featured by ABC, CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, Forbes, FastCompany, Yahoo, Inc Magazine and TechCrunch.

The Omaha Startup Collaborative Exchanges With ongoing series is supported by SAC Federal Credit Union, the AIM InstituteDundee Venture CapitalBig Omaha and Cox Business

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Parking is available on the street and in nearby garages. Make sure to download the Park Omaha app for easy reloading of meters.

What is attire for the event?

It's a startup event. Don't overthink it.

Is this part of Omaha Startup Week?

Sure is. It actually fits within the Founder track but could probably fit well within others, too.

Can I bring friends?

Of course. The more the merrier. 

Join us for the Omaha Startup Collaborative's Exchanges With entrepreneurship series. This series features some of the nation's most proven entrepreneurs in an intimate, small group format. This installation will feature Bart Lorang, founder and CEO of Full Contact and Managing Director of v1.vc

Bart is a proven entrepreneur, executive and manager in the global technology industry. He is active in the startup technology community as an angel investor, strategic advisor and speaker at industry events. He serves as Co-Founder and CEO of FullContact. He is also Co-Founder and Managing Director of v1.vc, a $5M seed stage fund dedicated to helping crazy entrepreneurs change the world.

Bart is a regular guest on FOX Business channel and has been featured by ABC, CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, Forbes, FastCompany, Yahoo, Inc Magazine and TechCrunch.

 

The Omaha Startup Collaborative Exchanges With ongoing series is supported by SAC Federal Credit Union, the AIM InstituteDundee Venture CapitalBig Omaha and Cox Business

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Parking is available on the street and in nearby garages. Make sure to download the Park Omaha app for easy reloading of meters.

What is attire for the event?

It's a startup event. Don't overthink it.

Is this part of Omaha Startup Week?

Sure is. It actually fits within the Founder track but could probably fit well within others, too.

Can I bring friends?

Of course. The more the merrier. 


Speakers
BL

Bart Lorang

Bart Lorang is CEO and Founder of FullContact and Managing Director of v1.vc.Born and raised in Bozeman, Montana, Bart is a proven entrepreneur, executive and manager in the global technology industry. He is active in the startup technology community as an investor, mentor, writer... Read More →


Tuesday March 22, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm
The Exchange 1905 Harney Street, 7th Floor

7:00pm

Chalk Talk
This is a weekly gathering for idea folks to hash out their ideas. 

Got ideas? Need to practice your pitch as a business startup? Want to participate in ideas? A handful of us do too!

Come and share your ideas and get feedback or come to observe and offer insights. 

This event is very casual along with open and free to the public.

Speakers

Tuesday March 22, 2016 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Startup Mansion 3100 Chicago Street, Omaha, NE 68131
 
Wednesday, March 23
 

8:00am

1 Million Cups
Join us for this special edition of the weekly meetup.

Wednesday March 23, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
The Exchange 1905 Harney Street, 7th Floor

9:30am

Legal for Startups: Issues to Avoid and Financing Terms
Speakers
BD

Bart Dillashaw

Founder of Dillashaw LLC
TM

Troy Meyerson

Troy concentrates his practice in the areas of business and corporate law, Internet law, technology and licensing, mergers and acquisitions and real estate law. Often acting as general counsel to his clients, he advises them on a wide spectrum of general business and corporate matters... Read More →


Wednesday March 23, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
The Exchange 1905 Harney Street, 7th Floor

10:00am

Office Hours: Zack Breazeale, Wells Fargo AVP, Business Banking
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Speakers
ZB

Zach Breazeale

Zack Breazeale is an Assistant Vice President and BusinessRelationship Manager for Wells Fargo’s Business Banking Group in Omaha. In his role, he works with businesses of various sizes to provide a full range of financial services, including credit, treasury management, 401(k... Read More →


Wednesday March 23, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
The Exchange 1905 Harney Street, 7th Floor

10:30am

Office Hours: Jeff Main, Sr AVP, IT Application Development, Union Pacific
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Make sure to click the RESERVE YOUR SPOT button to mark your exact time with mentors. Simply adding to your Sched will not ensure mentor hours. 

Speakers

Wednesday March 23, 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
The Exchange 1905 Harney Street, 7th Floor

10:30am

Office Hours: Jeff Slobotski, Router Ventures
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Slobotski

Jeff Slobotski

Founder, Router Ventures
Entrepreneurship, changing the world and argyle socks.


Wednesday March 23, 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
The Exchange 1905 Harney Street, 7th Floor

11:00am

Hiring a Developer for your Startup Idea. - A Developers Perspective
Limited Capacity seats available

Synopsis: Hiring a developer to build your startup idea can be an intimidating, confusing and potentially expensive journey. Learn some tips on how to find, approach and evaluate development candidates from the perspective of a freelance developer. 

Topics Covered: 
  • Defining and communicating your idea
  • Defining the skill set needed for your project
  • Connecting with developers
  • Budget and compensation
  • Factors to consider when deciding on a candidate

Speakers
avatar for Brian Harvey

Brian Harvey

Owner | Developer, Heartland Web Development
Brian is a seasoned full-stack developer with 14+ years experience developing custom web applications in a wide variety of markets. He has management experience in retail advertising and creative production as well as e-business analysis and web-enabled software development including... Read More →


Wednesday March 23, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Object Partners 1303 S 72nd St #201, Omaha, NE 68182

12:00pm

Lean Startup for The Enterprise - a 1-hour Crash Course
2nd Floor of The Exchange - Don't read the book, just come to this crash course and learn everything you know about the philosophy behind Lean Startup and how to tactically implement it inside the walls of a corporation. Bring your teamates - we'll be using your real projects to work through the methods.

Speakers
avatar for Josh Berry

Josh Berry

Co-Founder + CEO, Econic
Josh is a world-class consultant and teacher, especially passionate about helping organizations execute on innovation. He serves as an active mentor and workshop presenter at numerous seed-stage accelerators across the US, giving him direct access to the latest tools and teams in... Read More →


Wednesday March 23, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Exchange 1905 Harney Street, 7th Floor

12:00pm

Operations at Scale: Differences Between Early and Growth Stage
Limited Capacity seats available
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/operations-at-scale-differences-between-early-and-growth-stage-tickets-21442051754
Navigating people, process and critical decisions as your startup scales can be the death of a startup. Setting your company and team up for success through scale take attention, balance and trust. Hear firsthand from Drew Lawrence, an important player in the growth of FullContact, on what his team has learned along the way.

Speakers
DL

Drew Lawrence

Chief of Staff, Full Contact


Wednesday March 23, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Exchange 1905 Harney Street, 7th Floor

1:00pm

Office Hours: Rama Kolli, CIO, Blue Cross Blue Shield
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Make sure to click the RESERVE YOUR SPOT button to mark your exact time with mentors. Simply adding to your Sched will not ensure mentor hours. 

Speakers
RK

Rama Kolli

Rama Kolli is vice president, information services and chief information officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) and is a leader on the company’s service and technology team.In his more than 11 years at BCBSNE, Kolli has been instrumental in many critical endeavors... Read More →


Wednesday March 23, 2016 1:00pm - 4:00pm
The Exchange 1905 Harney Street, 7th Floor

1:00pm

Office Hours: Dusty Davidson, Founder Flywheel
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Speakers

Wednesday March 23, 2016 1:00pm - 4:00pm
The Exchange 1905 Harney Street, 7th Floor

1:30pm

Office Hours: Bart Lorang, Founder/CEO FullContact, MD at v1.vc
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Speakers
BL

Bart Lorang

Bart Lorang is CEO and Founder of FullContact and Managing Director of v1.vc.Born and raised in Bozeman, Montana, Bart is a proven entrepreneur, executive and manager in the global technology industry. He is active in the startup technology community as an investor, mentor, writer... Read More →


Wednesday March 23, 2016 1:30pm - 3:30pm
The Exchange 1905 Harney Street, 7th Floor

1:30pm

Office Hours: Drew Lawrence, Chief of Staff, FullContact
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
DL

Drew Lawrence

Chief of Staff, Full Contact


Wednesday March 23, 2016 1:30pm - 3:30pm
The Exchange 1905 Harney Street, 7th Floor

4:00pm

4:30pm

DoSpace: Big Littles Lab
Want to learn about robotics? The month of March will be engineering themed. We'll learn about basic programming and do some hands-on building. Come build and program your own rover! 

Register here.  

Want to learn about robotics? The month of March will be engineering themed. We'll learn about basic programming and do some hands on building. Come build and program your own rover!Want to learn about robotics? The month of March will be engineering themed. We'll learn about basic programming and do some hands on building. Come build and program your own rover!


Wednesday March 23, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm
DO Space 7205 Dodge Street, Omaha, NE

5:30pm

Cornstalks on Tour - CRI/From Now On
Join fellow high-growth entrepreneurs, innovators, engineers and creative artists as we visit a different startup each month, “kick the tires” and huddle with the founders.


Wednesday March 23, 2016 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Client Resources Inc. 2120 S 72nd St #1300, Omaha, NE 68124
 
Thursday, March 24
 

8:30am

New Funds Available to Hire Tech Talent - CONNECT Grant Info Session
Limited Capacity filling up

During this session, Brian Potters with Nebraska Department of Labor will share information about a funds available through Nebraska Department of Labor's new tech talent pipeline development initiative, CONNECT.  

Through this grant, internships can be reimbursed 100% of intern’s salary, up to $19.33 hourly, up to 90 days. OJT can be reimburse up to 50% of employee’s salary up to 6 months.

 


Speakers

Thursday March 24, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
The Exchange 1905 Harney Street, 7th Floor

9:00am

Doing it Right: The Experiences of a Tech Entrepreneur
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
RS

Raheem Sanders

Mr. Raheem Sanders is a native of South Carolina, with a bachelor degree in Science from Virginia State University in Petersburg, VA. Currently Mr. Sanders is a candidate of graduation from the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Public Health. Mr. Sanders currently... Read More →


Thursday March 24, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Aromas Benson 6051 Maple Street, Omaha NE

10:00am

Interactive: Launch your corporate innovation idea in one hour
Do you have an innovative idea that you hope to launch inside the walls of the corporation where you work? Bring your idea and in under an hour you'll walk away with a plan for launching it, getting internal support, understand the internal obstacles you'll likely encounter and how to overcome them, and your first experiment designed to gather the evidence you need to validate that your idea is worth investing in.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Ardinger

Brian Ardinger

Co-Founder, Econic
Brian is the co-founder of Econic, an innovation consulting, training and research firm and co-host of the weekly podcast Inside Outside Innovation. Prior to Econic, Brian was the founder and managing director of NMotion, a seed-stage accelerator in Lincoln, Nebraska.He has been involved... Read More →
avatar for Josh Berry

Josh Berry

Co-Founder + CEO, Econic
Josh is a world-class consultant and teacher, especially passionate about helping organizations execute on innovation. He serves as an active mentor and workshop presenter at numerous seed-stage accelerators across the US, giving him direct access to the latest tools and teams in... Read More →


Thursday March 24, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
The Exchange 1905 Harney Street, 7th Floor

10:00am

Office Hours: Chad Ruwe, VP Business Banking, Wells Fargo
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Speakers
CR

Chad Ruwe

Chad Ruwe is a vice president and senior relationship manager forWells Fargo’s Business Banking Group in Omaha. In his role, he works with commercial customers of various sizes to provide a full range of financial services including; credit, depository, treasury management, equipment... Read More →


Thursday March 24, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
The Exchange 1905 Harney Street, 7th Floor

11:30am

How a Voice in My Head Saved My Life

Everyone can relate to the idea of a critical voice holding us back from a dream, but what if there was a systematic way to re-think the role and expression of interior voices? 

  • How might it impact our efficacy and creativity as leaders? How many solutions lie bound and gagged at the mercy of social convention, expectation and simple fear? 
  • What if everyone who wanted to express a daring thought suddenly had the courage and a method to show up and give voice to their best ideas? 

Global CEO coach and writer, Sabina Nawaz, gives us her simple, effective recipe for leading with courage in this encore presentation of her recent TEDx talk. The short speech will be followed by an open Q&A session.


Speakers
SN

Sabrina Nawaz

Sabina Nawaz is a global CEO coach, leadership keynote speaker, and writer working in over 26 countries. She advises C-level executives in Fortune 500 corporations, government agencies, non-profits, and academic organizations. Previously Sabina spent more than 14 years at Microsoft... Read More →


Thursday March 24, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm
The Living Room at the Mastercraft 1111 N. 13th St. Omaha, NE

11:30am

Lean Startup Circle Meetup
More info here

Thursday March 24, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm
The Exchange 1905 Harney Street, 7th Floor

11:30am

Building Greatness: Branding & Marketing Your Unique Product or Service
Voodoo Taco will be catering a complimentary lunch!

Speakers
RA

Rich Anderson

Rich Andersen is the Managing Partner at Goldstart Global: http://www.goldstar-global.com/. He is also a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in executive level recruiting during which, his business partnered with major corporate clients including Sprint, Charles Schwab... Read More →


Thursday March 24, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm
The Exchange 1905 Harney Street, 7th Floor

11:30am

IABC: WordPress Wisdom
Make sure to reserve your tickets via this website: http://omaha.iabc.com/event/wordpress/

Are you interested in taking your website or blog to the next level, for either professional or personal reasons? Join IABC Omaha for a March 24 presentation to learn more about WordPress, an online platform that lets you develop and create your own websites and blogs.

Josh Collinsworth, Happiness Engineer and WordPress Instructor at Flywheel, will be our presenter. Flywheel is an Omaha-based company offering WordPress site hosting solutions and collaborative web tools.

Josh’s presentation will provide a quick WordPress overview, in addition to:

  • WordPress site examples
  • Best practices for setting up and maintaining your WordPress site
  • Ensuring your WordPress site is secure

Agenda

11:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. – Networking
11:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Introductions and Announcements
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Presentation

Space is limited for this event, so register today! This event is part of Omaha Start Up Week.

Tickets
$25 Members
$40 Non-members
$15 Students


Speakers
JC

Josh Collinsworth

Happiness Engineer, Flywheel


Thursday March 24, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm
Spezia 3125 S 72nd St.

1:00pm

Office Hours: Kevin Willer, Chicago Ventures
https://slotted.co/kevinwiller
Make sure to reserve your exact time slot here: https://slotted.co/kevinwiller. 

Speakers
KW

Kevin Willer

Partner, Chicago Ventures


Thursday March 24, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
The Exchange 1905 Harney Street, 7th Floor

1:00pm

Office Hours: Matt Poulsen, Suiter Swantz IP
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Speakers

Thursday March 24, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
The Exchange 1905 Harney Street, 7th Floor

3:00pm

Recruiting 101: Finding the perfect culture-fit

When you're searching for the next member of your team, finding the perfect person matters. Michael will share his top tips for discovering and hiring the best people, all while maintaining the Flywheel culture. 

 


Speakers
avatar for Michael Struthers

Michael Struthers

Director of Engineering, Flywheel
When you're building a recruiting practice from the ground up, there's no better resource than Michael. As Flywheel's recruiting manager, he's in charge of hiring awesome people, on-boarding new employees, and building community both in the office and around Omaha. 


Thursday March 24, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Flywheel 1405 Harney St, Suite 201

5:00pm

DoSpace: Teen Hackers

Sign up for one Thursday in March to learn about the Internet and Web through games and hands-on experience with HTML and CSS languages. Teens will work collaboratively to create a website.  

Register here

 

 

 

Sign up for one Thursday in March to learn about the Internet and Web through games and hands-on experience with HTML and CSS languages. Teens will work collaboratively to create a website.  

 

 

 

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Thursday March 24, 2016 5:00pm - 6:30pm
DO Space 7205 Dodge Street, Omaha, NE

5:30pm

5:30pm

Get Started Omaha pitch competition

Cox Business and Inc.com cordially invite you to Get Started Omaha (#GetStartedOmaha) , a live forum and pitch competition that will bring together some of the best and brightest minds in the greater metro area.

Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur or a small business owner looking to expand, all are welcome to participate in this unique opportunity.

  • This event is FREE to attend  and open to the public but you must register to attend. 
  • Complimentary cocktails & networking reception
  • Complimentary Valet Parking

A live panel will be followed by a pitch competition featuring five local businesses vying for a cash prizes and a Cox Business technology package valued at $10,000!

Cox Business and Inc.com cordially invite you to Get Started Omaha (#GetStartedOmaha) , a live forum and pitch competition that will bring together some of the best and brightest minds in the greater metro area.

Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur or a small business owner looking to expand, all are welcome to participate in this unique opportunity.

  • To be considered as a 'pitcher' application must be submitted by March 1st.
  • Reserve your seat in the audience and to network.

www.coxblue.com/getstartedomaha

 

 


Thursday March 24, 2016 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Holland Performing Arts Center 12th & Douglas

9:00pm

Creative Outlets for Developers
During this session, talented Front-End Developer, Nick Nisi will share his perspective on the importance of having a creative outlet outside of a day gig. This session will be followed by karaoke at CoVis. Send all requests to Skid Vis at skid@skidvis.com.

Thursday March 24, 2016 9:00pm - 11:30pm
CoVis Coworking 920 S. 107th Ave. Omaha NE 68114
 
Friday, March 25
 

9:00am

9:00am

Office Hours: Jimmy Winter, Hudl
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.
https://slotted.co/johnwirtz
Speakers
JW

Jimmy Winter

Hudl, product manager Founder, VoterTide


Friday March 25, 2016 9:00am - 11:00am
The Exchange 1905 Harney Street, 7th Floor

10:00am

Do the Thing! How to Stop Procrastinating on Your Side Projects
During this session, Cara will share information about the Side Projects Club and how to focus and make progress on your side projects.

Speakers
avatar for Cara Heacock

Cara Heacock

Cara is a web developer, designer, and illustrator from Omaha, Nebraska. She has been drawing since she can remember and coding (terrible) websites since she was twelve, but decided to pursue a career in graphic design when she went to college. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts... Read More →


Friday March 25, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Spielbound 3229 Harney Street, Omaha NE 68131

10:00am

Office Hours: Beth Engel, Dundee Venture Capital
Limited Capacity full
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Speakers
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Beth Engel

Dundee VC


Friday March 25, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
The Exchange 1905 Harney Street, 7th Floor

12:00pm

Unmanagement: Confronting the Inconvenient Truth about Innovation
Your organization is probably talking about innovation. You may even be investing in programs and initiatives with the aim to create more innovation. There is no doubt regarding its importance. Innovation is survival. But, is it actually happening? In this provocative workshop, you will gain a deeper understanding of innovation and discover many common misconceptions about how it works. You will confront the inconvenient truth that much of modern management practice is anti-innovation and that innovation begins with culture. You will learn that leading for innovation requires new thinking and a different approach.

Speakers
JG

Joe Gerstandt

Joe Gerstandt brings a unique and powerful perspective to everything he does. The bulk of Joe’s career has involved bringing fresh perspectives and new tools to diversity and inclusion work.. Listening to Joe speak, you will hear lessons learned from his days as a U.S. Marine, growing... Read More →
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Jason Lauritsen

Director, Client Success, Quantum Workplace
Jason Lauritsen is a talent strategist andinnovator who will challenge you to think differently about talent and the workplace.  A former corporate Human Resources executive, Jason is today the Director of Client Success for Quantum Workplace where he leads a team dedicated to... Read More →


Friday March 25, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Exchange 1905 Harney Street, 7th Floor

1:00pm

2:00pm

3:00pm

4:30pm

Omaha Entrepreneur Network - Happy Hour
Join us for Omaha Entrepreneur Network's monthly meetup and happy hour. The month's focus will be on crowdfunding, and we're being sponsored by Suiter Swantz IP.


It's a special OEN meeting, and we are apart of Omaha's FIRST Startup Week,  We have an exciting theme, crowdfunding, and two great panelists who've been very successful at it. We're expecting a big event with lots of attendees as well! Come learn what they did to successfully raise money from one of the newest funding channels for your venture! As it is Happy Hour, we will have a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for free, as well as snacks.

With today's changing lending environment, entrepreneurs who bootstrap their venture need to get creative with financing. Crowdfunding is one tool to make that happen. There is an art to raising small sums of money from a large number of people, many of whom who won't know personally. Our two panel speakers bring the following experience to give you tips on how to make that happen.

Hannah Olsen is running a full-fledged company, Hannah Caroline Couture, while being a junior student at UNO! She ran a successful Indiegogo campaign to pay to participate in a marketing trip, and the exposure quadrupled revenues at her fashion company. Dillon Nicholson runs Hatchfund, an online crowdfunding platform for artists. Having been acquired by the Aim organization, Hatchfund also helps educate artists about the steps needed to successfully raise funds through crowdfunding for their projects.

Crowdfunding is a low cost and big reward way to raise funds if done correctly. Come learn how that's done from our expert panelists, and do it for your dream venture!


We're very proud to announce our sponsors for this week's meeting is‪#‎SuiterSwantz‬. Their generosity is enabling us to provide snacks and drinks for our meeting. Suiter Swantz IP is an Intellectual Property Law Firm providing protection for your patents and trademarks. For over two decades, Suiter Swantz has helped clients from startups to corporations.

Schedule: 
4:30 pm - General Networking 
5:00 - Panel Begins 
5:30 - Q&A 

6:30 - Meeting Ends, attendees free to stay and continue networking


We're very proud to announce our sponsors for this week's meeting is‪#‎SuiterSwantz‬. Their generosity is enabling us to provide snacks and drinks for our meeting. Suiter Swantz IP is an Intellectual Property Law Firm providing protection for your patents and trademarks. For over two decades, Suiter Swantz has helped clients from startups to corporations.

Co-organizer

Friday March 25, 2016 4:30pm - 6:30pm
The Exchange 1905 Harney Street, 7th Floor

5:30pm

Rising through the ranks as a developer for Hudl
Limited Capacity filling up

During this session, a Hudl developer will share a story about rising through the ranks at this fast-growing company. You will also hear the Hudl story from David Gnam.

Friday March 25, 2016 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Hudl 1013 Jones Street, Omaha NE 68102
 
Saturday, March 26
 

10:00am

codeCraft
Bring your laptop and your scrappiness. Calling all youth that are serious about web development. Learn front- and back-end design alongside some of the region's master teachers. 

Co-organizer
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Therese Laux

Youth & Education, AIM
On a mission to make education a great experience for all. I believe in the power of student-driven learning, empowering teachers, and integrating technology into all disciplines.

Saturday March 26, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Mammel Hall UNO

6:00pm

A Googler's take on forming a winning Hackathon team
Stephen Jan is a Software Engineer at Google and has spent the last 10 years in the New York tech scene working in E-Commerce, Digital Advertisement, and Mobile Technology for Nook.com, Doubleclick.com, and several startups. Stephen has been encouraged by Google to both participated as well as organize several Google Hackathons.

This May, Stephen will team up with Year of the Startup here in Omaha to organize a Hackathon aimed at fostering innovation in the growing Omaha tech scene. Both individuals, as well as teams are encouraged to apply. More details to come.

March 26th, Stephen will be flying in from NYC to Omaha's Startup Mansion in the Nebraska Startup Village for, "A Googler's Take on Forming a Winning Hackathon Team". This will be a great opportunity for anyone interested in registering a team for the May Hackathon to get an insider's advantage on the competition.

Doors open at 6p for networking & refreshments with Stephen taking the floor at 6:30p

Speakers
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Stephen Jan

Google - Software Engineer (New York)


Saturday March 26, 2016 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Startup Mansion 3100 Chicago Street, Omaha, NE 68131