Schedule & Session Information

8:00 Doors Open 
- Check-in, Breakfast Items, Visit Vendors

9:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks 

9:05 Opening Keynote Speaker in Shell 

Dr. Tom Field, Director of UNL Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program
Waiting on the Cavalry, Advice from a Pirate, and Taking the Plunge

Tom is a passionate advocate for education, agriculture, free enterprise, engaged citizenship, and the potential of young people. He serves the people of Nebraska as the Director of the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program and holder of the Engler Chair in Entrepreneurship at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Tom is the advisor to Quantified Ag whose founder Vishal Singh was just accepted into the Kansas City Pipeline – a major business accelerator. He is also a noted agricultural author with works including his column “Out of the Box” and featured commentator of “The Entrepreneurial Minute” on the Angus Report on RFD-TV. A frequent speaker at agricultural events in the U.S. and abroad, he has consulted with a number of agricultural enterprises and organizations, and has served on numerous boards related to education, agriculture, and athletics. He is the co-owner of Field Land and Cattle Company, LLC in Colorado. He and his wife Laura watch over a brood that includes 3 college graduates and three-year old twins.

10:00 Vendors/Transition to BreakOut Sessions

10:20 Breakout Session One

Dr. Matt Miller, UNK (Info Systems room 201 – 30 seats)

How to Hack and/or Choose Good Passwords

The websites and apps we use every day require usernames and passwords.  Choosing a good password keeps others from accessing your account. But what makes a good password?  How do hackers crack passwords?  Learn how to choose good passwords and how to crack passwords in this session.


Dr. Tom Field, UNL (Commons – 48 seats)

Keynote Continued

The power of partners, networking, and relationships in building an entrepreneurial pathway.  This session will focus on building a team, developing a professional approach to working with vendors and customers and developing the soft skills required for getting a venture from concept to reality.


Ben Versaw, CCC (Conference room 200 - 48 seats)

Emerging Technologies

Learn about how information technology is shaping the future. In this session, we will discuss emerging technologies such as self-driving cars, 3D printing, brain computer interfaces, and the use of robots in industry.


Dr. Sherri Harms, UNK (Manufacturing room 110 - 24 seats)

Basic Mobile App Development

Never coded but want to learn how to build apps? In this breakout session you will learn how to design and create apps for mobile devices. Empower yourself to express your creativity with mobile technology – it's stimulating, fun, and helps you develop new ways of thinking.


Carole Tharnish and Craig Shaw, CCC (Drafting room 107 - 24 seats)

WordPress Websites

Learn about creating websites using the platform used by over 75 million websites. Built on solid web development technologies (HTML, CSS, JavaScript and PHP), WordPress provides a solid platform for almost 20% of all websites in production today. You can even set up a free WordPress website in four easy steps!


Kenneth Versaw, Nebraska.Code (Automotive room 113 - 24 seats)

Introduction to Coding

On the outside, a software application appears to be a single unit. In truth, the vast majority of software is made up of many different layers of technologies and types of code.  From the HTML/Javascript/CSS code that makes up the User Experience, to the C# that makes up the middle layer, to the SQL code that is used to access information in the database. In this session, we will break apart a software application into the component pieces and discuss the different styles of coding that go into each one.


Tim Erickson, AIM (Construction room 103  - 24 seats)

Career Jeopardy

Learn about careers in IT with this exciting take on Jeopardy.


11:10 Vendors/Lunch in Shell

12:00 Transition to Session Two

12:10 Breakout Session Two

Dr. Matt Miller, UNK (Info Systems room 201 – 30 seats)

How to Hack and/or Choose Good Passwords

The websites and apps we use every day require usernames and passwords. Choosing a good password keeps others from accessing your account. But what makes a good password? How do hackers crack passwords? Learn how to choose good passwords and how to crack passwords in this session.


Fred Roeser, CCC  (Lecture room 203 – 18 seats)

Lasers and Optics

Explore laser & laser light basics, laser safety, applications of lasers and optics and careers in laser & optics. There will be demonstrations and hands-on with lasers and optics.


Ben Versaw, CCC (Shell - 200 seats)

So you want to be a Game Developer?

This session will answer one of the most common questions asked by students interested in Information Technology, ‘How do I make video games.” Attendees will learn about the variety of professionals that are involved with creating modern video games, how to analyze game design decisions in popular video games, and how to get started creating video games.


Jack Sheard, GIPS (Classroom 123 - 24 seats)

Social Media as a Career

Tweeting is fun for some. For others, it is a job. Find out how social media has changed marketing and the part it plays in the daily life of a PR professional.


Dr. Sherri Harms, UNK (Manufacturing room 110 - 24 seats)

Basic Mobile App Development

Never coded but want to learn how to build apps? In this breakout session you will learn how to design and create apps for mobile devices. Empower yourself to express your creativity with mobile technology – it's stimulating, fun, and helps you develop new ways of thinking.


Carole Tharnish and Craig Shaw, CCC (Drafting room 107 - 24 seats)

JavaScript Frameworks

Discover the power of JavaScript frameworks. Have you heard about web development tools like Angular.js, Backbone.js, React.js, Ember.js, Bootstrap, jQuery, etc.? They are all based on JavaScript. In this session, we will use JS framework code and the tools at w3schools.com and codepen.io to create a mobile web site and test it on our phone!


Mark Hellman, ESU10 (Automotive room 113 -  24 seats)

Stuff on the Internet - An IOT Primer

What exactly is the Internet Of Things (IOT)? What is a Maker? What’s a Maker Space? Why should you care? You have questions, come and get the answers you seek. This session will start off explaining what the IOT is today and it’s history. Find out what is available today and what is required to take advantage of the emerging IOT movement.


If you are; just curious, an interested user, a maker wannabe, or ‘already doing it’, there will be plenty of info at all levels. The discussion will proceed based on your interest so bring your questions and enthusiasm. There will be plenty of examples, gizmos, and widgets from my bench for you to play with.


Tim Erickson, AIM (Construction room 103 - 24 seats)

Career Jeopardy

Learn about careers in IT with this exciting take on Jeopardy.


1:00 Vendors/Transition to closing Keynote

1:20 Closing Keynote Speaker in Shell 

Shonna Dorsey PMP, PMI-ACP, MS, The Interface School

Empowering Youth and Women with Opportunities in Tech


Shonna Dorsey is a co-founder and the Managing Director for Interface: the Web School.  Shonna was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska and attended Omaha Public Schools.  She graduated from North High School in 1997; she is an alumnus of the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO) where she earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degrees in Management Information Systems (MIS).  Her career includes training facilitation, project management and application development. She has earned the Project Management Professional (PMP) and Project Management Institute-Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) certifications through PMI. Shonna is a volunteer web developer for Nelson Mandela Elementary, which she provides as a service to the community.

Shonna is a member of the Heartland2050 Executive Committee through the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency, a board member for University of Nebraska at Omaha's Alumni Association, a Council Member for the President's Advisory Council (Hank Bounds) through the University of Nebraska and a board member for United Way of the Midlands Emerging Leaders.

Shonna is one of ten Omahans selected for the 2015 Ten Outstanding Young Omahans award through the Omaha Jaycees, the 2015 recipient of the Tech Community Builder of the Year award through AIM, a Leadership Omaha graduate (class 37), a 2014 recipient of the 40 Under 40 Award through the Midlands Business Journal.  As a professional who is passionate about education, Shonna is excited to extend support to the region’s tech talent development and retention efforts through Interface: the Web School.

2:00 Thank You, Closing Remarks, and Evaluation


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