Month: July 2016

Emerging Prairie's Month in Review: July 2016

July seemed to ride on a constant high, starting with the Prairie Den’s first birthday and ending with TEDxFargo drawing a crowd of over 1,800 people. Here’s all that and then some in our monthly review. The Rise of the Pokémon Now before you cringe, or get excited, can we just take a step back…

Presenting the winners of Game Jam 2016: Viking Book Biter

Aaron Simmons, Ben Lippincott, Meg Ridl, Jessi Schmit, and Andrey Vasilyev walked into the Prairie Den on July 15th as a band of misfits. None of them had attended a Game Jam before, and only Lippincott had worked with the popular game engine Unity. They were surrounded by Game Jam alum, experienced developers, Microsoft employees and PODS…

NDSU professor Joshua Marineau focusing research on Fargo's entrepreneurial ecosystem

Joshua Marineau’s background in business can be traced back to his sophomore year of high school, when he began working as a barista at Kaladi Brothers Coffee Company in Anchorage, Alaska. Over fourteen years, Marineau went from pouring cappuccinos to training staff, roasting beans, developing blends, and managing the growing company’s warehouse and retail stores. By…

Chuck Hoge named executive director of NDSU Research and Tech Park

After nearly three years as the interm executive director of North Dakota State University’s Research and Tech Park, Chuck Hoge has now signed a contract to move out of the interim title. He’s now, officially, the executive director. “To me, there is no change,” Hoge said. “I love what I’m doing and through this position…

Tech startup Buzz360 eyes growth in North Dakota

The headquarters of tech startup Buzz360 may be in Uptown, Minneapolis; but most of their hiring, and their investment money, is coming from the North Dakota prairie. The startup, which offers a marketing automation software specifically designed for small businesses, is funded primarily by the Bank of North Dakota and has employees working remotely in…

Bringing entrepreneurship to education: The vision of Epicenter

Tom Byers, a Stanford professor who spoke at TEDxFargo this year, knows that words like “entrepreneurship” and “startup” are buzzwords. They’ve become trendy as “startup fever” sweeps the globe, college students are dropping out to start companies, and a typical work outfit is a logo t-shirt and a hoodie. But they are not words he…

Local students introduce Webblen, a new social media manager

Mukai Selekwa has become somewhat of a poster child for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!). The program, which was developed at the University of Rochester in 2004, teaches high school students how to start and run their own businesses. In the spring of 2016, the Chamber of Commerce brought YEA! to the F-M– and Selekwa was part of the inaugural class. During…

TEDxFargo 2016 calls for action amidst time of unrest

The seventh TEDxFargo event was held yesterday at the Fargo Civic Center with over 1,800 attendees and 25 speakers from all across the country. The event, which centered around a theme of acceleration, wove in urgent call to action as speakers spoke about topics in the realm of TED: Technology, Entertainment and Design. Each of…

A virtual tour of Heat Transfer Warehouse

Heat Transfer Warehouse is a lot like Willy Wonka’s factory; but instead of fruit-flavored wallpaper and chocolate waterfalls, shelves of vinyl and glitter line the walls. Each door leads to another, forming a maze that would be all-too easy to get lost in if it were not for the signs bearing clever names for each room. Since opening in…

Downtown Fargo shops use Pokémon Go to lure customers (and Pokémon)

Walking down Main Avenue in downtown Fargo this weekend, a piece of paper stood out against a streetlight. In blue pen, it read words that, for some triggered excitement and for others, seemed yet another signal that Pokémon Go is indeed taking over the world. “Poké Stop lure module,” the sign read. “Sponsored by Babbs’…