#innovationIOWA Magazine Advertising Participation Deadline Nov 25

Be part of this year’s innovationIOWA Magazine Releasing April 2016 Highlighting Iowa’s Bioscience & Agriculture, Advanced Manufacturing, Technology, Energy & STEM.

The innovationIOWA Magazine features in-depth editorial detailing Iowa’s innovative companies critical in our state’s economic growth – as identified in the Iowa Department of Economic Development commissioned Battelle Memorial Institute to study Iowa’s growth sectors as well as look at the state’s support system for entrepreneurs. This first-of-its-kind glossy magazine for the state of Iowa highlights the people and the companies that are driving our Iowa business economy. 

The magazine will be unveiled April 5th, 2016 at the Iowa State University Research Park in Ames, IA from 5:00-7:00pm at Workiva where we will announce second annual winner of the DuPont Pioneer innovationLEADER of the Year Award.

2016 Edition Sponsors:

Iowa State University Office of Economic Development – Presenting Sponsor

DuPont Pioneer  innovationLEADER of the Year Sponsor

Iowa Innovation Corporation – Supporting Sponsor

Zarley Law – Supporting Sponsor

Sukup – Bioscience and Agriculture Chapter Sponsor

Iowa State College of Business –Technology Chapter Sponsor

John Deere  Advanced Manufacturing Chapter Sponsor

Iowa Energy Center – Energy Chapter Sponsor

Kemin  STEM Chapter Sponsor

Digital EditionsinnovationIOWA Magazine / Check Out The FaceBook Page / Twitter #innovationIOWA

“innovationIOWA Magazine captures the excitement and energy in the region’s vibrant agribusiness and bioscience region. We are so thrilled about its publication and we use the magazine to give to people and companies who are visiting to learn more about Iowa’s core innovation sectors.” Bill Northey – Secretary of Agriculture, Iowa

For more information contact: Katherine Harrington  / Sales Manager – innovationIOWA Magazine  / 515.689.4447 cell / katherineharrington@bpcdm.com

#innovationIOWA Code retreat planned at Gravitate

Gravitate will host a local gathering as part of the Global Day of Coderetreat, a daylong intensive practice event centered on the basics of software development and design. The Gravitate in Des Moines event runs 8:30 a.m to 5 p.m. Saturday. Coffee, breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided. Bring a laptop with some of your favorite languages and development environments installed. Read more

#innovationIOWA Startup Accelerator Launches 8 New Ventures

Eight new companies got their official start last week thanks to the Iowa Startup Accelerator in Cedar Rapids. The new ventures are:

  • SwineTech, New Sharon; a cost-effective method for preventing pork layon deaths
  • GolfRz, Des Moines, an app for providing better access to private golf clubs
  • EARMashin, Los Angeles; an app that allows users to discover music and find live events
  • TaxiTapp, Champaign, Illinois; a mobile booking platform for traditional taxi services
  • Stratbase, Iowa City, an online strategic planning tool for nonprofits
  • GoQuets, Des Moines; an online order platform for live flower orders
  • Care Academy, Boston; an educational system for caregivers
  • CareDrop, Cedar Rapids; a software platform to help family caregivers find local resources

#innovationIOWA TAI names Iowa Women of Achievement Awards Winners

Des Moines Area Community College and the Technology Association of Iowa recognized women innovators, role models and leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics with Iowa Woman of Achievement Awards this week. The winners were selected from 109 nominees.

The winners:

* Kan Wang, Iowa State University.

* Dawn Bowlus, University of Iowa.

* Judith Joyce, EarthView Environmental Inc., Coralville.

* Jodi French, Harrisvaccines, Nevada.

* Principal Financial Group Inc., Des Moines.

* Katie Patterson, Happy Medium, Des Moines.

* Kimberly Wayne, Jewels Academy, Des Moines.

* Andrea Flemming, Iowa City Public Library/Wild Blue Fig, Iowa City.

Student winners of $2,500 scholarships:

* Jessica Graham, Iowa State University.

* Rachel Eckert, West High School, Davenport.

#innovationIOWA Dorsey & Whitney’s Annual Des Moines Symposium: An Exploration of the Commercial Use of Drones in Agribusiness

Thursday, November 12, 2015 / Sponsored by Dorsey & Whitney’s Food and Agribusiness Industry Group

Commercial use of drones (or unmanned aircraft systems) across food, agriculture, and infrastructure is becoming big business. Drones have a myriad of potential uses. They can collect data crucial for precision farming. They can help assess the condition of structures which would be dangerous or costly for humans to reach. They also present novel legal challenges to the privacy and intellectual property rights of all those involved. The Federal Aviation Administration as well as numerous states are active in regulating the commercial use of drones.

Dorsey & Whitney’s Annual Des Moines Symposium will spotlight the present and future of drone use in agribusiness and will help businesses navigate through the legal and regulatory hurdles presented by drones and the software platforms with which they work.

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CT
Location: Greater Des Moines Botanical Center
909 Robert D. Ray Drive
Des Moines, IA 50309

This presentation is complimentary and open to the public

8:00 a.m. Registration and Light Breakfast
8:30 – 8: 45 a.m. Introduction by Dave Tank, Dorsey & Whitney
8:45 – 9:45 a.m. Drones 101 – Adding Value to Agribusiness
Provides an overview of the current and future use of drones in agriculture.

Thad Lightfoot, Dorsey & Whitney
Chris Draper, PhD, Director of Emerge at Simpson College

9:45 – 10:00 a.m. Break
10:00 – 10:45 a.m. Privacy and Intellectual Property in Precision Agriculture
Navigate privacy and IP challenges associated with the use of drones.

Jamie Nafziger, Dorsey & Whitney

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Business Panel Discussion
Discuss cutting edge applications, problems, and solutions associated with the use of drones.

Dave Tank, Moderator

Chris Draper
, PhD, Director of Emerge at Simpson College
Aaron Lessig, CEO and Chairman, Pulse Aerospace, Inc.
Bret Lucas, Chief Executive Officer of Agri-Tech Systems, Inc.
Steve Bruere, President of Peoples Company
Dennis Bogaards, member of the Board of Directors of the American Soybean Association and President of Bogaards Farms, Inc.

We will apply for CLE credit in Iowa, Minnesota, and North Dakota. Dorsey is an Accredited CLE Provider in California and New York, and this program will be CLE accredited in those states. For any other state, Dorsey will not be applying for CLE credit, however, participants are welcome to apply for or claim credit according to their jurisdiction’s regulations.

David Tank
Chair, Food & Agribusiness Industry Group
(515) 699-3290
Alissa Smith
Symposium Chair
(515) 699-3267

#innovationIOWA ‘Crack the code’ to computer science with Code Iowa

It takes just one hour. That is all that Code.org needs to inspire millions of students around the globe with computer coding each year during the “Hour of Code.” The internationally-known non-profit uses free online programming with game-like features, popular cartoons and fun to spark student interest and awareness in computer science.

According to statistics provided by Code.org, Iowa currently has nearly 4,500 open computing jobs with only 358 computer science graduates to fill them, which is a demand 3.1 times higher than the average demand of other states across the nation.

With a second year of support from Google, the STEM Council launched another season of Code Iowa, which works in partnership with Code.org to help change that statistic, localize Code.org’s efforts to Iowa and encourage every student to try at least one hour of computer coding during Computer Science Education Week December 7-13, 2015.

“Google has grown tremendously in the last 17 years with the help of a talented workforce that is interested and educated in the computer science realm,” said Chris Russell, Google Council Bluffs Data Center Manager. “With a data center in Council Bluffs, Google is committed to help grow Iowa’s workforce needed to fill the computer science-related jobs in our facilities, as well as those roles across the state.”

Last December, more than 450 Iowa schools took part in the “Hour of Code” and six schools–one in each of the six STEM regions–received either a $10,000 technology award from Code.org or one of five $4,000 technology awards from the STEM Council thanks to a $20,000 gift from Google.

This year, schools that plan to participate during Computer Science Education Week can submit a proposal to Code.org and the STEM Council to be eligible for the technology awards. Interested schools must create a plan on how they will organize every student to do the “Hour of Code” at their school at www.IowaSTEM.gov/CodeIowa by November 16, 2015.

#innovationIOWA TAI offers application developer apprenticeships

The Technology Association of Iowa is looking for apprentices for an application developer program designed to train workers to enter the field. TAI notes that there is high demand for the skilled workers. Apprentices will complete classroom work while also working full time in a related job. The businesses involved will provide mentors for each apprentice. The training will focus on programming logic and database, technical writing and other topics. Read more

#innovationIOWA Dupont appoints Edward Breen permanent CEO

The News York Times:  DuPont appointed interim Chief Executive Edward Breen, who is best known for overseeing the turnaround and breakup of Tyco International Plc, as its permanent CEO and chairman. Breen took over as DuPont’s interim CEO on Oct. 16 after veteran Ellen Kullman suddenly stepped down. Unlike Kullman, who was with DuPont for nearly three decades and was CEO since 2009, Breen has been with the company for less than a year. Breen was Tyco’s CEO from 2002 to 2012, cleaning up after previous CEO Dennis Kozlowski, who was later convicted and imprisoned for financial crimes.