A Des Moines-based app dedicated to connecting nonprofits to donors is rebranding as the team begins work to expand connections outside of Iowa.  Beginning this month, the Given platform is rebranding to Grateful — a new name that reflects the emotions donors report when they choose to give to local nonprofits, said founder Matt Ostanik.  […]

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 U.S. House of Representatives’ Congressional App Challenge is now open to middle school and high school students to compete, the CAC announced. The competition is open to students in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District (Rep. Abby Finkenauer) and 3rd Congressional District (Rep. Cindy Axne), and each challenge is district-specific. Winning apps may be displayed in the […]

CCPress AR, developed by Strata AR, allows advertisers in the Charles City Press to link print ads to multimedia displays and specials for readers of the three-county newspaper.  In community journalism, maintaining advertising revenue is a tough nut to crack. A small publishing company in northeastern Iowa is turning to augmented reality (AR) for the […]

A new mobile app created by the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD) helps retailers determine the age of customers attempting to purchase alcohol, tobacco and vapor products, reports Radio Iowa. ABD spokesperson Jake Holmes said the app can replace the low-tech age-to-purchase ‘desktop calendars’ the division used to send to retailers. The smartphone app allows […]

How do we get young girls into tech? New research by the Girl Scout Research Institute shows that girls might already be there – adults just aren’t very good at listening to them. The results, reported by the New York Times, show that girls are more likely than boys to actively use tech to learn […]

The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD) has released a mobile application to help retailers determine the age of customers attempting to purchase alcohol, tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products, the division announced this week. The Iowa ABD Age to Purchase App allows users to scan driver’s licenses with their smartphone. No personal information of the […]

In 2013, the Business Record launched innovationIOWA Magazine, an annual publication with a mission to spotlight innovative companies and technological achievements across the state. One year ago this week, our newsroom launched the innovationIOWA e-newsletter, updating our delivery from annually to weekly – right to your inbox. The mission remains the same: we seek out […]

Founder and owner Brad Dwyer is passing the reigns of social gaming studio Hatchlings to E.B. Udegraff as the new CEO, Hatchlings announced Thursday. Updegraff, previously the marketing director at Hatchlings, joined the company in early 2017 and recently coordinated the launch of Hatchlings’ new game Pretty Jigsaw Puzzles in September 2018. Dwyer will stay […]

BUZZFEED NEWS: More than 20 percent of female founders who responded to a survey from technology accelerator Y Combinator said investors have targeted them with some type of inappropriate sexual behavior, according to results from Y Combinator shared this week. Only 88 out of 384 female founders associated with Y Combinator completed the survey, but […]