Tech, biz innovators meet in Omaha

Posted at 5:21 PM, May 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-18 19:18:40-04

Omaha is steadily becoming a center for innovation in tech and business. 

One reason why - collaboration during events like Big Omaha. 

"We’re trying to inspire entrepreneurship in the Midwest,” said Brian Lee, director for Big Omaha. "The more we have to rely on large companies to stay here the worse off we're going to be. So we're hoping to inspire new companies to start here, to provide new opportunities to future generations, new jobs and wealth to the entire area." 

Big Omaha, sponsored by the AIM Institute, is a tech and entrepreneurs conference, merging innovators from all over the world and right here in Cornhusker country. 

Santiago Perez, a professor at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, was on hand Thursday to showcase innovation in his classroom. 

"Attending this conference and driving into this city, you can just see all of the innovation that's happening," Perez said. "What we're making are drawings. It’s pretty much the same workflow that you would use to then pass this information to a machine that could cut steel." 

Organizers say with the conference happening right here, this is where change can take root. 

"People can meet some of our local startups,” Lee said. “Possibly find business relationships, find new employees."

The two day event wraps up Friday night.