March 4, 2015

Nebraska.Code() is almost here!


We love developers.We love community. It’s why we do Nebraska.Code(), the most content-rich developer conference in Nebraska. Will you be a part of it?

This year has been extremely exciting. We are moving to the beautiful new state-of-the-art NIC Conference Center on the UNL Campus. The response to our Call For Speakers was overwhelming – double the presenters and topics submitted compared to previous years, spanning the wide spectrum of software development.

We have expanded to 3 days this year – doubling the number of keynotes and breakout sessions, and have an amazing venue for a super fun attendee party. Better venue. More content from amazing speakers. Epic party. And a free t-shirt if you register by March 10. How awesome is this?

Nebraska.Code() is March 19th – 21st. Space is limited and the only way to guarantee your spot at this groundbreaking event is to register now!


March 3, 2015

Agile 101 Workshop – “Getting Your Feet Wet”

Saturday, April 18, 2015
7:45 AM – 12:00 PM

5960 S 57th St, Lincoln, NE


Have you been considering agile but are getting lost in terms? Want to know how to take the first step? Maybe you’re ready to go but not sure how to approach your organization? Come join us for a workshop designed to get you moving. We’ll be discussing just what is agile and why is it different from other software lifecycles. We will introduce you to the nuts and bolts of agile so you can sound like a pro. Finally, we’ll talk about what is the right approach for introducing agile into your environment.

Come prepared to learn and participate. This free workshop doesn’t require any experience in agile. If you’re just beginning (or about to) you will fit right in.

Zillow is graciously hosting this first-ever event. Come join us for a light breakfast and registration at 7:45 AM with the fun-filled workshop starting promptly at 8:00. The workshop will conclude with a lunch (also courtesy of Zillow) at 12:00. We’re looking forward to seeing you there.

Due to the demand for this event, we will be limiting the workshop to 40 participants with a wait list available. If you have RSVP’d and later realize you will not be able to attend, please be sure to cancel your reservation so that others can attend.

March 2, 2015

InnovateHER Challenge


During the competition in Lincoln, contestants will offer a business plan pitch explaining their product or idea.  The winner will be eligible to contend for one of the final ten national slots and a chance to win a cash prize (1st place = $15,000, 2nd place = $10,000, 3rd place = $5,000) in Washington, D.C. during National Small Business Week May 4-8.

Applications must be completed and submitted no later than 4 p.m. March 16 to be eligible for the challenge in Lincoln March 26.

Please contact Elizabeth Yearwood, Economic Development Specialist at the SBA, at (402) 221-7200 or email if you have additional questions.

February 25, 2015

Join the Lincoln Young Professionals Group!



March 3

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Lincoln Chamber of Commerce

1135 M Street

RSVP, here

Are you a new member of YPG, or thinking of joining? Attend this event to find out about our organization and learn how you can get involved.

For more information on Lincoln Young Professionals, visit the website here.

February 19, 2015

Clockwork Demon Will be on Kickstarter!


February 16, 2015

Funding American Innovation SBIR/STTR Explained Workshop


Join us Wednesday, March 25, 2015 from 7AM – 5PM at the Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) Room 158.


Why should you care about SBIR/STTR

  • It’s funding that doesn’t cost equity
  • Funds align well with Angel Investors & VCs
  • Commercialization mentoring available at no cost
  • It’s a $2.3 Billion program

Workshop Benefits

  • Learn key strategies to get your proposal funded
  • Communicate your idea effectively to your chosen agency
  • Get insider tips and winning proposal strategies from experts.
  • Develop a budget for your SBIR/STTR proposal

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Greenwood Consulting Group, Inc. is a nationally recognized consulting resource for SBIR and small business incubators. The Group created an SBIR/STTR outreach program in New Mexico and has critiqued hundreds of SBIR and STTR proposals.


For more information and to register, please visit the NBDC Event Page


February 11, 2015

Lincoln-based Startup, opendorse is Hiring!


Do you enjoy the startup life, free food, happy hours, unlimited vacation and other awesome perks?

Join the opendorse team!

opendorse is looking for a Graphic Designer, Software Support Lead, UI/UX Specialist, and an Integration Lead

Visit the careers tab on



February 9, 2015

Don’t Forget: JumpStart Challenge is Tonight!



See you at Vega tonight (5:30 – 7:30PM)!

Click Here for More Information

February 8, 2015

Startup Weekend: Nebraska


For those that haven’t experienced one yet, Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event in which developers, designers and marketers pitch ideas for new products or companies, form small teams and work over the weekend to validate and build (hopefully functional) prototypes. It’s a great opportunity to find out very quickly if your idea is worth pursuing, find others to build it with you, and possibly launch something in just a few days. Some teams will continue after the event, many won’t, but everyone learns something and walks away with meaningful relationships. This is a less talk, more action event.
  • Promising teams from the event may be invited to present at Big Omaha.
  • One of the judges is the Global Director of Innovation at Coca-Cola. The other judges are investors.
  • The food will apparently be the bomb.
Save money:
Zapier & Hudl sponsored some free tickets for those that need them. Email to grab one if any remain.

January 30, 2015

Spark Series – Creating Culture Through Proactive Recruiting









You have a vision for the future and a plan for growth and success. How do you get there? With a great team. How do you build that team? We’ve called on a couple experts.

In this edition of the Spark Series, Chad and Steph will talk with you about:

  • Attracting and hiring top performers
  • Setting the standards for your company culture
  • Retaining top performers
  • Investing in your team

Join us and see how your culture and team can make your business a resounding success.

Space is limited. Please register. 

About Our Speakers:

Chad-thies steph-vanousChad Thies is a Human Resources professional known for rapidly helping companies achieve their goals. He has served as a consultant of Human Resources for an international corporation, and as an HR executive for a multi-billion dollar company. As the President of Zelle, he provides consulting for companies who want to make their HR departments and initiatives more dynamic and impactful. Chad earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Human Services.

Steph Vanous has a passion for developing people to enhance cultural performance. Her unique approach establishes human resource teams as an integral, vital part of an organization rather than a mere necessity. As Director of Talent Development for Zelle with over 10 years in the training and development field, Steph has helped companies significantly improve performance management, talent management, team-building, and processes.