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Thomas Sanchez from Social Driver – Live from Infotec 2016 – HTT036

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Chance Irvine from Proxibid and talks Midwest Cloud Computing- Live from Infotec 2016 – HTT035

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Dustin Tauer from Easel Solutions – Live from Infotec 2016 – HTT034

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Chrys Sullivan from Useagility – Live from Infotec 2016 – HTT033

Listen Mobile:   Home Tech Tips brought to you by the Average Guy Network, part of community. Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: or in Canada you can use WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? We now have Video Large / Small and Video iTunes options at Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Find the full show notes and video at Infotec is the Midwest’s largest annual tech community gathering in Omaha.  Infotec combines the best of big conferences and small networking events into one action-packed experience, focusing on the intersections of technology, business and innovation. Join 1,000+ of the region’s most talented tech professionals at Infotec 2017.  Find out more about Infotec 2017 at Chrys Sullivan is Founder at Kansas City-based UX firm, Useagility.  Under her leadership, the company has ranked among KC’s fastest-growing companies. She and her team are elevating exposure of user-centered design as critical to success of digital products at established companies and innovative start-ups.  Chrys is also an advocate for women in the technology workforce and a company culture that supports work-life balance. Session: User-driven Innovation: Unlock Ideas That Work Unlock technology innovation through user research and rapid design prototyping.  Learn how organizations of all sizes can leverage Lean UX strategies to innovate quickly, fail fast and design even better products and services. Find out the three mistakes companies make during the technology innovation processes, and learn how to avoid them. We’ll use real client company case studies to show how user-driven innovation generates ideas that connect with real customer needs.  Learn how to save time and money while coming up with ideas that are validated by customers before they’re built.  We’ll cover: – Lean UX strategies – Product concept testing – Rapid prototyping – Lean user research and testing strategies Catch all the subscription links at Facebook Group: Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact the show at Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Some links may contain affiliate codes that benefit the Average Guy Podcast Network.
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Joe Olsen from Phenomblue – Live from Infotec 2016 – HTT032

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Paul Oliver on Microservices – Live from Infotec 2016 – HTT031

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SPNM: All About AIM’s Infotec 2016 in Omaha

Listen Mobile: The Silicon Prairie News Minute, featuring Ryan Pendell, the Managing Editor of Silicon Prairie News.  Host Jim Collison from – Highlighting the best startup news in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri.  Recorded on February 22, 2016 Subscribe on iTunes or # Subscribe on Android or Find the complete show notes at Jim  Ryan, I am super excited to be partnering with Silicon Prairie News this year and podcasting live from Infotec 2016.  Can you give us some details on the Conference this year? Ryan: Infotec will be Monday, March 21st in Omaha Nebraska. Every year Infotec brings together over a thousand IT professionals from across the region for a day of special speakers, breakout sessions, and a host of exhibitors. The event brings together people from corporate IT teams to startups, and it’s really just a time to geek out a bit and try to collaborate on common enterprise IT problems. Jim: for the last couple years I have always been broadcasting live interviews, what has been your favorite part? Ryan response and Call to Action: Last year my favorite part was probably the Try-It Zone. It was the first time I had the chance to try out an Oculus Rift and it was pretty amazing. I know they are doing another Try-It Zone this year, and I can’t wait to see what they have there this time. If you’d like to know more about Infotec visit Jim: So this year, Infotec is actually the first day of Omaha Startup Week, which is a whole new event this year. Tell us more about it. Ryan:  Yes, this will be the very first Omaha Startup Week, which will run March 21-26. The week will include over 1,000 attendees from across the region, coming together to talk about tech entrepreneurship. There will be special mentor office hours, national speakers, local panel discussions, and even a cash prize pitch competition sponsored by COX Business. Jim: Is SPN doing anything special for the event? Ryan:  Yes, on Tuesday we are doing a special lunch event called Bigger Than Me, which will celebrate startup community builders from across our four state region who have given back to the community year after year. For the complete schedule of Omaha Startup Week events, check out Jim: Another big event that SPN is involved with is Big Omaha. Is that coming back again this year? Ryan: Big Omaha is back for another year,May 4-6, and we are really excited to be promoting it again. Big Omaha is the premiere entrepreneur event in the region, including some of the most inspiring speakers, best food, and best networking opportunities of the whole year. Jim: How do I purchase tickets this year? Ryan: Right now Big Omaha is running their early bird tickets, which are $100 off general admission. I would highly recommend getting them as soon as possible to save some money. To get a ticket, just visit Thanks for listening to the Silicon Prairie News Minute.  Find all these stories and more at The Silicon Prairie News Minute a productions of Catch all the subscription links at Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Ryan’s Twitter: Silicon Prairie News Twitter: Contact the show at Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at
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