Month: September 2016

2016 Fargo Hackathon Wrap Up

The 2016 Fargo Civic Hackathon brought together a group of proudly, self-proclaimed “nerds.” This group of developers, designers and data scientists, spent a weekend digging into data sets and building tools to better learn from the data and translate the data into visual tools. The event was powered by AT&T with support from 702 Communications,…

WalkSmart: how three friends are bringing the personalized data revolution to physical therapy

Healthy walking habits have repeatedly been shown to improve both physical and mental health-related quality of life. So when both of their grandmothers fell around the same time and were forced to rely on walking aids, best friends Peter Chamberlain and Nick MacKinnon knew they needed to do something. Serendipitously, the two University of Portland mechanical engineering students happened to be looking for…

3 Days With 3,000+ Drones Enthusiasts

The second annual InterDrone conference was held from September 7-9 in Las Vegas. Well over 3,000 people participated in the event, with attendees from all 50 states and 56 countries. With the unmanned systems (a.k.a. “drones”, “UAS”, “UAV”) industry being relatively new and constantly evolving, I chose to attend this conference to both consume knowledge…

Vegas, Tigers, and Drones, Oh My!

Things that Fly. My baptism into the drone industry has been as fast and furious as the XDC drone racing circuit and, I must say, it is quite the wild ride. In April, my first official project as Event Coordinator at Emerging Prairie was to coordinate the 2nd annual Drone Focus Conference on June 1, 2016.…

'Not' like the rest: Fergus Falls company makes snacks for everybody

For Rob Fuglie, inventor of Nots! Snacks, the recipe for success starts with four simple ingredients and a severe food allergy. Fuglie’s young son suffers from anaphylaxis, a serious allergic to reaction that is most commonly brought on by foods, insect stings, medications and latex. If he comes in contact with peanuts or tree nuts and does not…

Fargo brewer Chris Anderson is crafting the future of malt production

In 2015, the craft beer industry brought in more than $22 billion– a 16% growth in sales from the year prior. Small breweries are big business nowadays, and few know the business better than Fargo Brewing Company co-founder Chris Anderson. “We still represent a very small part of the overall market share, and I think there’s still…

Edfiniti: how Fargo teachers are changing the culture of schools

In today’s special education classrooms, the method of monitoring and intervening in problematic behaviors is still predominantly paper-and-pencil. It is subjective, inconsistent, and time-consuming– making it all-too easy for students to slip through the cracks. Matthew Myrold and Fredrick Weiss know this problem well. Weiss is beginning his second year as a special educator at Liberty Middle School in West…