Month: October 2016

Policy Matters: ITCND hosting meeting on November 1

Think you don’t have a voice? Think again. The best way to be heard is to get involved. Join Emerging Prairie and Information Technology Council of North Dakota (ITCND) to learn what’s happening on a state level, and what that means to you. ITCND’s Jeremy Neuharth shares more in a Q and A. What does The Information Technology Council…

Divorce inspires cross-country tour of co-working spaces.

“When life changes, change your life and your situation.” That motto is one of the first things you see when Robert Kropp writes about himself. The web developer turned blogger is vagabonding it across the country on the heels of an unraveled marriage. He’s got a Saturn Ion, a Nikon D3100, a meager amount of possessions,…

Token of Trust. Software company streamlines ID verification process.

“I was a tinkerer. Always building stuff.” Austin O’Brion is a maker. “I was a 4H-er. I focused on electricity. I had to learn how to sew…That’s what you do in rural Wisconsin.” He tooled around in his grandpa’s shop and apprenticed with skilled Amish wood workers. O’Brion also took to tech early. His teacher…

An app for ales. Brewzeit connects beer lovers

Have you noticed the explosion in the craft beer market? Alex Dixon certainly has. Mostly, it’s a good thing. “Even five years ago, the options were a lot less,” says Dixon, a fan of IPAs year round and porters when it’s cool. But there is a downside to all the choices. It’s too much to…

Social entrepreneurs value community over bottom line

What’s your favorite city? Why? I bet you dollars to donuts not one of you picked a great city because of its mayor or business leaders. You picked it because of the food, the music, the sports, or the museums. Great cities leave you feeling their essence long after you leave. For community builders Simone…

Internet Privacy Q and A

We send out massive amounts of data about ourselves when we visit websites, download apps, and even answer those fun online quizzes. That leaves us vulnerable to a host of privacy issues.  Emerging Prairie’s Ashley Thornberg visited with Darren Leno, the founder of Encryptomatic LLC. He’s a former product manager for Microsoft, Business Solutions Division, and…

Leading Ladies

Good ideas tend to spread like wildfire. That’s what happened to Girl Develop It, a nationwide effort to make tech more inclusive. GDI started in a solitary classroom in New York City in 2010. Fast forward six years and there are almost 70,000 members in 53 chapters, complete with annual meetings. The GDI Leadership Summit…

A personal lighthouse

“Find pizza near me.” “How do I get to the airport?” That’s how we’re used to using locater tech. It makes sense when you’re exploring a new city. We don’t typically use it to find our own property. Why not? Picture it. It’s a beautiful evening on the lake. You sit back, grab a cold…

A "LEAP" forward for NDSU professor, RFID technology

For close to five years, Dr. Val Marinov worked quietly alongside students and faculty at the NDSU Research and Technology Park to develop cutting-edge technology for microelectronics assembly. The technology, known as Laser Enabled Advanced Packaging (LEAP), makes it possible to embed ultrathin radio frequency identification (RFID) chips on flexible substrates, such as paper. RFID-enabled paper already existed at the time, but…