TechBrew Des Moines Wednesday, May 18


Join TAI for TechBrew at the Accelerate DSM event on Wednesday, May 18 at the Science Center of Iowa. Produced in collaboration with 1 Million Cups DSM, the Technology Association of Iowa and dmStartupDrinks, Accelerate DSM will feature panels, keynotes, roundtables and networking with members of the Des Moines startup community. In the afternoon, listen to Global Insurance Accelerator pitches from the class of 2016.

Learn more and register for the full day conference at

Your first drink at TechBrew is on us starting at 5 pm!

When: Wednesday, May 18
Time: 5-7pm
Where: Science Center of Iowa
401 W Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50309
May TechBrew Des Moines is Sponsored by: DavisBrown Law Firm


Technology Association of Iowa Announces LWBJ Prometheus Award Finalists

Software Company of the Year

My Online Camp
Phantom EFX

Mobile App of the Year

80/35 Music Festival
Grievance Tracker by Trokt
LiveAtHome Pro

IT Service Provider of the Year

Alliance Technologies
Circle Computer Resources, Inc.
HealthNet Connect|BroadNet Connect

Top Growth Company of the Year

Higher Learning Technologies

Best User of Technology

Merchants Bonding Company
Principal Financial Group


Allen Bierbaum (Priority 5 Holdings, Inc.)
Dan Greteman (FBL Financial Group)
Ken Kramer (Involta)
Mark Mogler (Harrisvaccines)
Terry Reinsager (MediRevv)

CEO of the Year

Bruce Lehrman (Involta)
Chris Nelson (Kemin)
Frank Russell (Prositions, Inc.)
Roby Miller (Telepharm)
Todd Skokan (BirdDogHR)

Student Innovation of the Year

4axiz IT Solutions USA
Seed Slide
SettIn Real Estate Technologies

Outstanding Startup Company of the Year

BeraTek Industries
Pear Deck
Viewpoint Molecular Targeting, LLC

Life Sciences Company of the Year

Kemin Industries
Viewpoint Molecular Targeting, LLC

Ag Technology Company of the Year

DuPont Pioneer
John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group

Technology Community of the Year

Cedar Falls
Cedar Rapids
Council Bluffs
Greater Des Moines
Iowa City Area
Mason City/Clear Lake Area

Technology Company of the Year (Small/Medium)

Higher Learning Technologies
My Online Camp
Prositions, Inc.

Technology Company of the Year (Large/Enterprise)

Phantom EFX
Sogeti USA
YASH Technologies

The Prometheus Awards are scheduled from 5 to 8:30 p.m. April 14 at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center, 833 Fifth Ave., Des Moines.

More information can be found at

BirdDogHR Finalist for Two Technology Association of Iowa Prometheus Awards

Both BirdDogHR and CEO Todd Skokan named finalists for the top company growth and CEO of the year for 2016

February 25, 2016 09:45 AM Eastern Standard Time

DES MOINES, Iowa–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BirdDogHR™, the leader in talent management solutions for the construction, engineering and skilled trades industries, has been selected as a finalist for two 2016 Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) Prometheus awards. CEO and President of BirdDogHR, Todd Skokan, is a finalist for CEO of the Year, while BirdDogHR is a finalist for Top Growth Company. This is the company’s third consecutive year of being recognized by TAI. In 2015 the company was named Technology Company of the Year and Top Growth award finalists. In 2014 the company was named a Break Out award finalist.

@BirdDogHR recognized by TAI for outstanding company growth and CEO leadership.

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TAI evaluated 124 nominations across 14 award categories and selected finalists based on growth, success and sustainability. Award winners will be announced at a ceremony held on Thursday, April 14.

BirdDogHR is one of six company finalists selected for Top Growth Company of the Year and was selected because of the strong business impact, tremendous business growth and top management team. In 2015 BirdDogHR was also named to the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies list based on revenue momentum.

Skokan is one of five selected as a TAI CEO of the Year finalist. Skokan’s strong track record for leading double and triple digit company growth in his 22 years of experience in the human capital management industry has made him a strong candidate. In the last year, Skokan led BirdDogHR in an amazing period of revenue growth and transformation to a complete talent management solution provider.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for our growth by the Technology Association of Iowa for the third year in a row,” said Skokan. “This year BirdDogHR underwent historic product advancements. As we transformed from a recruitment and applicant tracking system provider into a provider of complete talent management solutions, the team responded by adding hundreds of new customers and enhancing customer retention. I am very proud of the innovations that the BirdDogHR team made in 2015 and I look forward to what the future holds.”

“Todd Skokan is a strong company leader, there is no doubt,” says David Hain, managing partner of the Gotham Growth Group. “But to have the accelerated growth, customer retention and product expansion that BirdDogHR has had requires more than leadership. Todd’s vision, commitment to employees, zest to achieve amazing results and dedication to customer success is what makes the difference. Todd exemplifies those passions and the result is an excellent work environment and continued company momentum.”

About Technology Association of Iowa

The Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) is the premier professional organization accelerating the success of Iowa’s technology industry and tech-based economy. Today, as the Technology Association of Iowa, the organization strives to strengthen Iowa’s technology ecosystem and enhance the state’s reputation as a technically advanced place where world-class technology firms and organizations thrive.

About BirdDogHR

BirdDogHR™ offers comprehensive talent management software and managed services — everything you need to guide the entire employee lifecycle. The cloud-based talent management system is straightforward and easy to use, so you can safely focus on implementing strategy — not learning new software or worrying it won’t keep up with changing regulations. Managed services operate as an extension of your HR department and deliver the expertise and focus you need. Organizations can see ROI in effective growth management, bottom line results and compliance peace of mind. BirdDogHR specializes in high-consequence and government contracting industries because they have unique needs. Companies from other industries can use the BirdDogHR talent management solution — and they do — but the solution is built with the most rigorous compliance needs in mind. Visit us online

New national list ranks Iowa company higher than Google, Yelp




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From FORTUNE Magazine: AMES, Iowa —Ames-based Workiva just ranked No. 4 on the 10 Best Large Workplaces in Technology list by Fortune Magazine and Great Places to Work.

The company created the Wdesk cloud-based productivity platform.

“Workiva, an Iowa-born enterprise software company, understands the cost of doing business — from transportation to phone bills, and even the cost on employee health. So to make sure its employees have the resources they need to get the job done, the company offers them a range of discounts for things like car rentals, gym memberships, phone plans, and even taxi rides after a work function,” reads the Fortune article.

The list was created after 48,000 workers at 115 companies were surveyed by Great Place to Work.  The ranking is based on a number of factors including career development opportunities, risk-taking, work-life balance, compensation and recognition, transparency, camaraderie, and other factors.

“At Workiva, we are progressive in everything we do, from how we invent software solutions to how we serve our customers to how we treat our employees,” said Matt Rizai, Workiva Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in a news release.

“Workiva is growing at a rapid pace due in large part to its focus on creating technology solutions with inspired, engaged and passionate employees,” said Brian Waller, President of the Technology Association of Iowa in a news release. “Everyone I talk to who visits Workiva’s Ames office wishes that they worked there too.”

View the entire list at


Tech Town Hall and TechBrew in Urbandale Jan 14th

Urbandale to host tech conversation on January 14th

Join TAI and the City of Urbandale for a conversation with leaders and experts on current issues in technology and their impact on the community, business, and quality of life. RSVP today

When: January 14th, 2016
Where: Giovannetti Shelter, Walker Johnson Park, Urbandale, IA
Time: 4 – 5 pm – Tech Town Hall
5 – 7 pm – TechBrew

Panelists include:
Joe Riesberg – Vice President, Technology, DICE
Erin Rollenhagen – President, Entrepreneurial Technologies
Frank Vedder – Local Senior Vice President and CTO, IT Strategy Specialist
Dan Leibfried – Director, Solutions Infrastructure, John Deere ISG
Steve Bass – Superintendent, Urbandale Community School District

Moderated by: Perry Beeman, Senior Staff Writer, Business Record

STEM working group: Make computer science classes mandatory


A working group of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council says that Iowa high schools should make completion of computer science coursework a requirement for graduation.

The recommendation is one of three overall goals of the council’s Computer Science Workgroup for the coming legislative session, the group’s co-facilitator, Mark Gruwell, said in an interview with the Technology Association of Iowa.

“Our overall goal is to expose students as much as we can to computer science, and find a way to create a computer science pathway from pre-K through college so we can get students involved in and train them to go into computer science,” Gruwell said.

The Computer Science workgroup will focus on three areas in the coming year:

  • Phase in a computer science endorsement, which would be required to teach high school computer science courses; optional but strongly encouraged to teach middle school computer science courses; and optional to teach elementary school computer science courses.
  • Ensure that the computer science endorsement may be obtained in a flexible manner while maintaining standards that provide assurance that anyone with the endorsement is competent to teach a computer science course or computer science coursework — such as through coursework, co-teaching and mentorships, competency assessments, recognized training such as Project Lead The Way, or a combination of the foregoing.
  • Require the successful completion of computer science coursework as a requirement of high school graduation.

Gruwell said that requiring a computer science component as a condition of high school graduation, which has grabbed the most attention of the three proposals, is a potential way to solidify the future of Iowa’s technology workforce.

“We’ve agreed that the earlier we can introduce students to what computer science is and educate their parents as well, the better off we are,” he said.

“If a student gets into computer science at a young age and continues on that pathway, he or she is going to be well prepared to take advanced courses at the college level or even go into industry upon completing an associate degree in computer science.”



#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 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 Technology Association of Iowa to host presidential candidates forum

The Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) plans to host a town hall forum in December for U.S. presidential candidates to discuss their business and technology platforms.

The event gives candidates a platform to present policies that impact technology and entrepreneurship, and will then take questions from a group of panelists including local tech leaders.

Organizers of the event said Republican candidate Carly Fiorina is confirmed to attend, and others are expected confirm their attendance soon.

“Iowa has a long history of creating technology solutions and investing in the future by supporting entrepreneurship,” TAI President Brian Waller stated in a news release. “TAI members and Iowans are eager to hear from our presidential candidates on the topics of technology and entrepreneurship.”

The event will take place at 3 p.m. Dec. 7 at The Hotel Kirkwood Center in Cedar Rapids. For more information or to register to attend, visit

#innovationIOWA Innovation EXPO 2015 Oct 21 Coralville, IA

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Entrepreneurial Development Center, Technology Association of Iowa, Iowa Venture Capital Association, and John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center are teaming up to bring you Innovation Expo, Wednesday, October 21 in Coralville. Innovation EXPO 2015 events are designed for entrepreneurs, creatives, financial resources and business leaders in Iowa to connect, help our region grow more new business, create jobs, keep our region vibrant and globally competitive – and to celebrate entrepreneurs.

Register here