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August 16

  • Opening Party & Early Check-In (+ Big Omaha Reunion)

    7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

    KANEKO (1111 Jones St.)

    A night of celebration, rekindling friendships, and building energy for what’s to come. To kick off the 10th Big Omaha, meet (or reunite) with other attendees. Partake in an open bar with food for the first hour, photo booth, storytelling on camera, a look at the current KANEKO exhibit (REALITY) and more. Get your conference badge early. All ages, 21+ with ID to drink.

    RSVP on Facebook



August 17

  • Registration & Breakfast

    8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.

    Omaha Design Center (1501 Cuming St.)

    Enjoy a cup of your preferred morning drink and complimentary breakfast from Farine + Four and MJER Help, chat with other conference attendees, and check in to get your badge and other materials.

    Breakfast provided by Baird Holm.

  • Welcome!

    9:00 a.m.-9:35 a.m.

    Drum up a round of applause for the conference welcome crew, including emcee and conference co-founder, Jeff Slobotski. Plus a special hello from the Big Omaha Stage Sponsor, Creighton University’s Heider College of Business.

  • Dan Houghton, Buildertrend

    9:35 a.m.-9:45 a.m.

    Co-founder of the leading web-based and mobile technology solution for builders and remodelers.

  • Lili Cheng, Microsoft

    9:45 a.m.-10:15 a.m.

    Responsible for Microsoft’s AI Developer services. Driving innovation with partners all around the world.

  • Break!

    10:15 a.m.-10:35 a.m.

    Beats by Lowercase Tres.

    DJ made possible thanks to Suiter Swantz IP.

  • Nonny de la Peña, Emblematic

    10:35 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

    Credited with inventing immersive journalism when she premiered the first-ever VR experience at the Sundance Film Festival.

  • Jonathan Badeen, Tinder

    11:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

    Responsible for the development of the original iOS application and inventor of the famous #SwipeRight design.

  • Nick Bartholomew, Dandelion Pop-Up

    11:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

    Creator of culinary experiences and successful serial restaurateur. Responsible for local favorites Over Easy, Dandelion Pop-Up, The Market House, and more.

  • Lunch by Dandelion Pop-Up

    12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

    Hold on tight — this menu will blow you away.

  • John Wirtz, Hudl

    1:00 p.m.-1:20 p.m.

    Through its video analysis platform, Hudl helps 150,000+ sports teams around the world win games and millions of athletes get recruited.

  • Amanda Slavin, CatalystCreativ

    1:20 p.m.-1:45 p.m.

    CEO and founder of CatalystCreativ, a creative marketing firm focused on developing experiences to increase engagement internally and externally.

  • Elizabeth Gore, Alice

    1:45 p.m.-2:10 p.m.

    President and chairwoman of the board for Alice, the first-ever artificial intelligence platform for business owners.

  • Rachel Benson, Acton Academy

    2:10 p.m.-2:20 p.m.

    Ensuring the entrepreneurial spirit thrives in Omaha’s youth through classroom-based learning.

  • Break!

    2:20 p.m.-2:40 p.m.

    A delicious break, plus the last call to visit the photo booth.

    Photos provided by Good Light.

  • Archna Sahay, Consultant

    2:40 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Leading urban innovation and ecosystem development in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

  • Todd Smith, Smith Ventures

    3:00 p.m.-3:10 p.m.

    Charting new directions to solve problems and increase mental preparedness in youth.

  • Micah Baldwin, Madrona Venture Group

    3:10 p.m.-3:45 p.m.

    Self-proclaimed “old startup guy.” Grew up in the actual Silicon Valley. Ex-Amazon. Loves dogs, cats and donuts. Has built a few, sold a few and failed a few.

  • The Last Word

    3:45 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

    Reflections from the Big Omaha founders, Dusty Davidson and emcee Jeff Slobotski.

  • Closing Celebration!

    4:00 p.m.

    Let’s celebrate all the things we’ve made together, and get ready for the next decade of crazy ideas.

    Thanks to Volano Solutions for supporting our conference flow.

  • Maude Lounge at Maha Music Festival

    5:00 p.m.-midnight

    Stinson Park at Aksarben Village

    Named after the Big Omaha mascot, this is a brand-new, special spot for conference attendees to meet inside Maha Music Festival. This post-conference get-together at Aksarben Village includes:

    • Complimentary dinner from local culinary heroes Block 16
    • Access to a Big Omaha-only fast lane at the bars
    • Complimentary Maha Money, good for drinks and Maha merch

    Admission to Maha on Aug. 17 and the Maude Lounge is included in your conference pass. Free, super stylish transportation is offered from the conference to the festival. Remember to “travel light” and leave large backpacks and laptops, etc. at the office! More information about attending Maha is here