Month: July 2015

Emerging Prairie's July in Review

This month, much of the activity revolved around one of Fargo’s biggest events of the year: TEDxFargo, held on July 23. In fact, we might even start calling August the Post-TEDxFargo Recovery Month, because after 8 months of planning, it takes a while to recover. 1 Million Cups: Two Standing Ovations?! While the TEDx team…

WE Fest is retaining more employees with Clifton Labs wristbands

If you were planning to get into WE Fest as an employee this year and then ditch to watch the show, think again – Fargo-based software company Clifton Labs has developed a wristband that keeps the festival employees accountable. Every year, the massive country music festival WE Fest draws crowds of over 70,000 people, and…

TBEG grant rebrands as Innovate ND

Innovate ND is now the only way for entrepreneurs to get state funding from North Dakota. In an effort to streamline the process of getting state funding to entrepreneurs, what was formerly the Technology-Based Entrepreneurship Grants (TBEG) program is now combining with the pre-existing Innovate ND program. “It was creating some confusion in the market,”…

TEDxFargo 2015 rocks the house and raises the bar

Three years ago, the coordinators of TEDxFargo stood on assembled pallet wood in Ecce Art Gallery with around 100 people in the audience. Last Thursday, July 23, this year’s organizers stood in a spotlight on stage at the Fargo Civic Center with an audience of over 1,800. “There are more event volunteers this year than…

PODS Game Design offers classes for young game-makers

Dave Binkard’s love for video games started with the old classics: Super Mario Bros and Duck Hunt on Nintendo, Sonic the Hedgehog on Sega Genesis. Then came Chrono Trigger and Earthbound for Super Nintendo, the first truly compelling storylines that he had ever experienced. “Looking back from where I am now, it’s the ability for…

Fargo's first 24-hour Game Jam is big success

Last weekend from July 17-18, while knife-juggling street performers and funnel cake vendors filled the streets below for Street Fair, three teams of gamers were hard at work at the Prairie Den for the Fargo Game Maker’s first 24-hour Game Jam. CJ Schnase, founder of Wicked Soul Studios and local game-maker, organized the event in…

Uber brings ice cream on demand to Fargo

It’s not often that the push of a button summons a tricycle-riding man bearing peanut butter ice cream. But this Friday, July 24, is Uber’s third annual ice cream on demand day, and they’ve partnered with local ice cream vendor Milkhaus to bring on demand ice cream to Fargo. From 11 AM – 4 PM…

Meet the Captains: Joe Burgum, Fargo champ

He organized a vibrant celebration of local art with Alley Fair, was highly influential in bringing Uber to Fargo, recently launched a farmers market in downtown Fargo, and is an active Prairie dog at the Prairie Den. Introducing one of Fargo’s biggest activists, Mr. Joe Burgum, our last (but certainly not least) Captain for tonight’s…

TEDxFargo: Why does it matter?

The work that goes into TEDxFargo each year is astounding. This year, there are about 30 people on the TEDxFargo planning committee. Thirty dedicated, tireless, wonderfully crazy people. They started meeting seven months ago, starting with bi-weekly meetings and then weekly meetings for the two months leading up to the event. Not including individual meetings…

Meet the Captains: Martin Olsen, eOne Solutions

You may have seen him speak at 1 Million Cups, but this Aussie is back to join us as a Startup Drinks Captain tomorrow night.  Martin Olsen is the founder of eOne Solutions, a software development company that has offices in Sydney, Australia and Fargo, North Dakota. “We must be the only company in the…