Jade Nettrour is a senior in high school and has already designed an early prototype of new Christmas tree lights to make the annual decorating process easier — and more cat-friendly — for her family and their five felines. Nettrour’s demonstration earned her second place in a student “Shark Tank” pitch competition in 2020, and […]

The Technology Association of Iowa will host the 2021 Iowa High School Tech Summit presented by Principal virtually on April 20, from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., TAI announced this week. The Summit is free and open to all Iowa high school students and educators; educators are encouraged to register their classes for the Summit. […]

Peter Hong has been named director of the Iowa State University Startup Factory program effective Feb. 1, the Iowa State University Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship announced Wednesday. Hong was selected after a regional search, and succeeds Bill Adamowski, the Startup Factory’s inaugural president, and Kris Johansen, interim director since Adamowski resigned in February. The Startup […]

The Celebrate! Innovation (ciLive! 12) annual speaker series at Des Moines Area Community College will be held virtually March 10-11 and will livestream all speaker presentations via e360tv, YouTube and Facebook Live, DMACC announced this week. This year’s presenters include a NASA analog astronaut, a leading oceanographer, a top wilderness survivalist, a classical violinist and […]

A University of Iowa physicist has been awarded $2.3 million in federal funding to continue studying the foundational aspects of quantum computing in theoretical high-energy physics, reports the Corridor Business Journal. Yannick Meurice, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, had previously been awarded $1.3 million from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science. […]

Brandon Carlson is a software developer and the owner of short-term rental properties — and for the last few years, Carlson has gotten used to renters contacting him for help on odds-and-ends questions.  Where are the grilling utensils? The linen closet? The trash bags? “Every time, I tell myself, ‘I should really put a sign […]

Mercedes-Benz USA donated a 2015 C300 vehicle and a Xentry diagnosis kit to the Des Moines Area Community College Automotive Technology program, the first donation by Mercedes-Benz, DMACC announced this week. Students will use the vehicle and diagnosis kit at the Karl Chevrolet Automotive Technology Center on the Ankeny campus, which is scheduled to open […]

Marketing agency Meyocks announced completion of its West Des Moines office expansion, designed to enhance the agency’s digital and video capabilities while accommodating new team members, Meyocks said in a statement. The addition includes digital, video and edit facilities and can accommodate up to 30 additional team members. About 15% of team members are electing […]

Alliant Energy is seeking applications for its 2021 Innovation Scholarships, which will award 25 students a $1,000 scholarship. Applicants must be age 24 or under and enrolling for the first time at an undergraduate school, and must be a dependent child of a current Alliant Energy customer or a customer themselves. More information is available online. 

The Iowa State University John Pappajohn Entrepreneurship Center was named one of five finalists in the Outstanding Contributions to Venture Creation award category by the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC), a worldwide academic association of entrepreneurship educators. The award is given to honor a center that creatively supports the process of launching and accelerating […]