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 […]

Studio Iowa partner Ryan Tow demonstrates the the virtual reality data center layout designed for students at the DMACC West Campus’ Microsoft Datacenter Learning Academy. DMACC and Studio Iowa unveiled the Virtual Learning Lab on Wednesday during DMACC’s ciLive! sessions on the West Des Moines campus. Photo by Kate Hayden Data centers in Iowa are […]

Des Moines Area Community College is opening a new training lab featuring virtual reality and augmented reality technologies at the West DMACC Campus Microsoft Datacenter Academy. Microsoft is providing $30,000 in funding support for the first phase of the new Virtual Learning Lab’s production. The lab will include about 200 server racks and will incorporate […]

In signing a $50 million contract for a new cloud-based computer system, the state of Iowa sidestepped traditional competitive bidding procedures and chose a company with little state government experience whose lobbyist is Gov. Kim Reynolds’ former chief of staff, reports the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Iowa is one of the first state governments to hire […]

Screenshot of the IowaReporterApp, developed by Shadow Inc., by Motherboard.  To be clear: this briefing, in a state technology and innovation e-newsletter, does not explore whether an app is solely to blame for political chaos immediately after the 2020 Iowa caucus for the Democratic presidential nominee. But the IowaReporterApp, developed by a for-profit company called Shadow, […]

The city of Johnston’s operating budget, available for public viewing through Johnston Open Finance. Screencap/City of Johnston Johnston residents keeping an eye on the city’s finances have a new tool to simplify the process.  The city’s public Open Finance dashboard publishes the city’s entire budget and spending line items — down to the vendor and […]

dsmHack will accept nonprofit applications for the 2020 Des Moines Charity Hack until Feb. 7, the charity announced on Monday. This year’s hack will be held March 5-7 at the Curate event space in Des Moines. Launched in 2014, dsmHack has brought together more than 500 developers and designers from across Iowa in a 48-hour […]

The dashboard of Roboflow Organize. Image provided by roboflow.ai WHO: Roboflow ESTABLISHED: August 2019 by second-time founders Brad Dwyer (previously Hatchlings) and Joseph Nelson (previously Represently) WHAT IT DOES: “Roboflow is a tool that developers use to build computer vision applications faster,” Nelson said. The problem that Brad Dwyer and Joseph Nelson started with didn’t […]