The East Polk Innovation Collaborative, Facebook and other local partners have established the East Polk County Relief Fund for local COVID-19 relief, supported by an initial $350,000 contribution by Facebook, the company announced this week. The fund will designate $250,000 for small business support and $100,000 for nonprofit and individual assistance. Small businesses and nonprofits […]

The 2020 Prometheus Awards, hosted by the Technology Association of Iowa, will transition to a weeklong virtual event beginning June 22 with scheduled award announcements in the wake of COVID-19, Vice President Tyler Wyngarden announced this week. The full schedule of announcements will be available online; registered attendees will receive event links before the event to […]

Five Iowa entrepreneurs have established a supply line of medical-grade personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers from China to the U.S., and the team is seeking more medical facilities stateside to provide for.  At the start of this year, Anisul Huq, Camille Renee, Julien Duhautois, Tim Vastine and Yolanda Wei were coworking colleagues […]

Agtech startup Rantizo, primarily known as a drone spraying service for row crop farmers, is launching stadium and sports arena drone spraying services to help large-scale event vendors with sanitization efforts, the Iowa City company announced this week. Sports organizations or open areas needing to be sanitized will be charged an initial setup fee, as […]

Rocket Referrals has launched a new website to connect U.S. residents in need of a reusable cloth mask with mask makers, the company announced in a statement. Maskhelpers.org launched on April 18. In the first week, people have mailed more than 1,500 masks to 500 families nationally, according to the company. Anyone who would like […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Iowa State University Computation and Construction Lab is turning to 3D printing to manufacture and distribute face shields to Iowa hospitals. Shelby Doyle, assistant professor of architecture, and eight students have corralled 30 3D printers from campus to create parts for face shields and hope to manufacture up to 2,000 face shields. The printing and supplies […]

The 2020 Global Insurance Symposium scheduled for April 21-23 is canceled, organizers announced this morning. The GIA will host a virtual pitch event for accepted insuretech startups April 22 from 3:30-5 p.m. CST. More information and attendee registration for the pitch event is available online. Participants in this year’s Global Insurance Accelerator cohort are now […]

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 […]