Middle School Students Create Communities to Power the Future for Future City Iowa Regional Competition

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Monday, February 4, Cedar Rapids, IA – More than 150 of Iowa’s middle schoolers presented their solutions to make city power grids that withstand and quickly recover from the impacts of a natural disaster at the Future City Iowa Regional Competition at Prairie Point Middle School on Saturday, January 26. A total of 42 teams representing 16 schools and organizations … Read More

NewBoCo’s Code.org Iowa teacher applications open for 2019-2020

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Thursday, January 24, Cedar Rapids, IA – Applications are open for Iowa teachers to learn how to teach computer science through NewBoCo’s Code.org Professional Learning Program. This will be NewBoCo’s third year offering these professional development programs in Iowa. The 2019-2020 school year is especially noteworthy because Senate File 274 established the goal that, “… by July 1, 2019, each accredited … Read More

EntreFEST 2019: Announcing a new software developer track

Eric EngelmannComputer Science, EcosystemLeave a Comment

EntreFEST is one of Iowa’s largest entrepreneurship and innovation conferences. For the past few years it has primarily focused on high-impact speakers and workshops aimed at entrepreneurs and innovators in existing companies. Previous keynote speakers include Scott Belsky of Adobe, marketing icon Seth Godin, and Warby Parker’s Neil Blumenthal. As we planned the 2019 event for May 16th and 17th, the organizing team noted … Read More

Intrapreneur Academy: Culture Recap

Aaron HornCorporate Innovation, UncategorizedLeave a Comment

This quarter of Academy was all about how to build a culture that fosters innovation. What are the main factors that impact an innovative culture? A culture based on trust instead of fear A strategic commitment to innovation Shared language for innovation across all levels of the organization The space and resources for all employees to engage in collaboration, creativity, ... Read More

A new year, a new format for 1 Million Cups Cedar Rapids

Eric EngelmannCorporate Innovation, Ecosystem, StartupsLeave a Comment

As one of the oldest 1 Million Cups chapters in the U.S., we’ve experimented with a variety of approaches to our mission of helping educate and grow Eastern Iowa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Going into 2019, the team that runs the Cedar Rapids program has some exciting new changes planned. One big change we’re making is to make it easier to access … Read More

Meet the NewBoCo Launch Day Emcee: Eric Hanson

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Meet the man behind the mic, Eric Hanson. If you’re like us, you start your day listening to Eric and his cohosts on Z102.9’s “The Morning Scramble” on your way to work. We wanted to put a face to the voice heard ’round the Corridor, so we asked Eric a few questions about this community. Q: How would you describe … Read More

One Year Later: DeltaV Graduate Jason

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Jason in the lobby of the UFG building in downtown Cedar Rapids. Meet Jason. He graduated from the inaugural class of DeltaV Code School in 2017. One year later, he’s an application developer at UFG Insurance. He and fellow graduate Dustin were hired by UFG less than two months after graduating from DeltaV. As DeltaV students, Jason and Dustin spent ... Read More

NewBoCo Launch Day Announces Emcee, Presenters

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Cedar Rapids, IA, November 28, 2018 – NewBoCo Launch Day is Tuesday, December 11, at Theatre Cedar Rapids. Launch Day is NewBoCo’s annual event that celebrates accomplishments in entrepreneurship, innovation, and tech education in Iowa. The emcee for NewBoCo’s annual event is a familiar voice in the Corridor. Eric Hanson, Host of Z102.9’s “The Morning Scramble”, will take the mic … Read More

NewBoCo’s DeltaV Code School Announces New Offerings for 2019 Amid Iowa Workforce Shortage

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Cedar Rapids, IA, November 20, 2018 – Iowa is facing a workforce shortage. In October 2018, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 2.4 percent; there are only 41,200 unemployed Iowans. The Corridor is no exception to this shortage. The Regional Vision, developed by the East Central Iowa Council of Governments (ECICOG) and other stakeholders, placed the Corridor’s workforce woes … Read More