Can food insecurity be addressed through a software program? With custom software created for area nonprofits, Polk County’s IT Department is developing the answer.  Tasked by the Polk County Board of Supervisors in early summer 2019, Polk County developers began studying up to 15 nonprofits addressing food insecurity and hunger in the county to learn […]

Oakland Corp., a software and IT solutions developer for grain elevators and cooperatives, is opening an office at the Iowa State University Research Park, the company announced this week. Founded in Story City, Oakland provides integrated software managing grain, agronomy and fuel; a point of sale product; and scale and field mapping interfaces. 

Paragon IT Professionals, a locally owned IT staffing and solutions firm, has awarded $1,000 scholarships to nine high school seniors who plan to pursue a technology-related degree at an Iowa university or college, the company announced this week. Over seven years, Paragon’s IT Leadership Scholarship Foundation has awarded more than $110,000 in scholarships with support […]

Des Moines “smart building” startup Igor is launching Nexos Intelligent Disinfection, an ultraviolet lighting (UV-C) platform offering automated facility disinfection control. Nexos Intelligent Disinfection uses Igor’s Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) connectivity to integrate other available disinfection systems, such as intelligent air purifiers or gas vaporizers, into a data dashboard for building managers. The platform can also be configured […]

From left, InfraLytiks Chief Operating Officer Tyler Carter, Chief Technology Officer Akash Vidyadharan and President Kevin Prendergast.  Submitted photo When Des Moines startup InfraLytiks started the year, the staff was looking at data in the stars as part of the Catalyst Space Accelerator. Now, the team is leveraging the experience as InfraLytiks wades further into […]

In Coralville, the artificial intelligence company VIDA Diagnostics is adapting. Beyond sending the staff of about 30 home for remote work, VIDA Diagnostics also sent home a few heavy-duty computers so staff could continue processing data streaming from 35 countries.  “We call it business as unusual and just accept it,” said CEO Susan Wood.  In […]

Inc. Magazine ranked Rocket Referrals No. 75 out of the 250 Most Successful Companies in the Midwest. The Des Moines-based communications software platform, which is mistakenly listed as being headquartered in Indiana, is the highest ranked of three Iowa companies: McClure Engineering of Clive was ranked No. 120, and Moxie Solar of Iowa City, No. 127. 

Iowa State University computer scientists have developed a data science infrastructure to support research efficiencies for scientists studying the COVID-19 coronavirus, ISU announced this week. Researchers were able to load 60 years of coronavirus research, or more than 44,000 published papers, into a searchable platform that will allow scientists to quickly locate and analyze coronavirus research […]

A work-from-home office; 100 assorted technology cables not shown. Photo by Kate Hayden As the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic sweeps the globe, a day at the office for many in Iowa looks a lot different this week.  It’s too early to know how many organizations have shifted their workforce to a work-from-home strategy. But as employers […]