DMACC and Microsoft are co-hosting a free “Careers 4 Women in Technology” virtual event available to young women interested in pursuing a career in technology, DMACC announced this week. The event will be held Oct. 13 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the Microsoft Teams app. A panel of five women who have built careers […]

Applications are open for two Microsoft Community Empowerment Funds targeting Des Moines organizations and nonprofits serving Central Iowa. The two funds will target three priority sectors: digital literacy and participation, environmental sustainability and skill-building, and workforce development in digital and trade skills. Microsoft is offering up to $10,000 in grants for Community Small Projects, and […]

The Microsoft Datacenter Academy program is adding three credential programs led by CompTIA, a provider of vendor-neutral training and skills certifications, CompTIA announced this week. The programs will be available at the five data center academies supported by Microsoft, including the Des Moines Area Community College in West Des Moines. The new certifications are CompTIA […]

The West Des Moines school district’s Community Education Department received a $2,670 award from the Microsoft Community Empowerment Fund to support the new CareerUp program. CareerUp will provide workforce development classes tailored to adult English language learners through appropriate cultural and linguistic approaches, and offer workshop facilitation training to community-based organizations. 

Microsoft Corp. and Nextlink Internet are partnering to expand the Microsoft Airband Initiative, the Microsoft program dedicated to closing the broadband internet accessibility gap by investing in rural internet access infrastructure.  Microsoft’s partnership with Nextlink will expand Nextlink’s existing deployments in Texas and Oklahoma, and begin new deployments in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas and Nebraska.  “It’s […]

When Shelley McKinley visited the Iowa State Fair this year, she made sure to swing by the food vendors. “It was awesome. I loved it. I got a big huge bucket of those cookies to take home with me,” McKinley said, laughing. Home for McKinley is Redmond, Wash., where she serves as the head of […]

Microsoft is releasing an open-source software development kit called ElectionGuard that will use encryption techniques to let voters know when their vote is counted ahead of the 2020 election cycle, reports Iowa Public Radio. ElectionGuard will allow officials and third parties to verify election results to make sure there was no interference with the results. Voters […]

A community broadband equity pilot project between the city of West Des Moines, Microsoft Corp., T-Mobile and other partners is entering phase two of the ambitious three-year plan, officials said at a news conference Wednesday.  The city now offers free public Wi-Fi, managed by Ovation Network, from the West Des Moines Business Incubator on Fifth Street […]

“This blurry image is just the first go.” Ken Young, a scientist with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, watched the historic announcement of the first captured black hole image from his home right in Des Moines, reports the Des Moines Register. The image is essentially a scientific miracle that contributes evidence in favor of Einstein’s […]

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 […]