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Ulterius Technologies adds VP for sales
As it prepares for the commercial launch of its data processing device, Wichita startup Ulterius Technologies has hired a vice president for sales and marketing. The new position will be filled by Paul Essmyer, who has done sales work for early-stage technology companies including Acme Products, which was purchased by Oracle, and Unisphere Networks, which was purchased by Juniper Networks. Ulterius makes a data processing device that encompasses a firewall, a router, a switch and Wi-Fi. Currently…
Ice House Entrepreneurship Program launches in Wichita
The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program, a course designed to help people think like entrepreneurs, will be offered this fall in Wichita for the first time. The program was developed by a group that includes the Kauffman Foundation, the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative and author Clifton Taulbert. The local offering is being organized by the Wichita Entrepreneurship Community. The e-community, launched by Network Kansas, is partly a financing mechanism that provides gap financing for entrepreneurs…
Roll20 up for an Ennie gaming software award
Roll20, an online tabletop gaming platform developed in Wichita, is again among nominees for the Ennies, a national people’s choice awards program for tabletop roleplaying gaming. Roll20 is one of five programs nominated for best software connected with tabletop gaming. The platform won in the software category last year. Fans can vote through Wednesday for their favorite games, software, art, website, podcast and other products. Awards will be presented Aug. 15 at Gen Con Indy, a gaming convention…
A new kind of learning at Wichita’s code school
Note: I’m blogging for TechFlash about the experience of learning to code through the beta class of Wichita’s new code school. Here’s some background information about this project . I’m one week into the beta class of Wichita’s new code school, and we’ve already zipped through HTML and CSS, the languages used to structure and design static websites. We started Monday with Javascript, which can be used to make websites interactive. I was already quite familiar with HTML and CSS, so…
Cox Machine adds 3D printing capability
The future is now at Cox Machine Inc. The company has recently purchased its first 3D printer and is increasingly finding new ways to utilize its additive manufacturing capability. While traditional machining involves cutting components down — subtracting — from larger blocks of material, 3D printing technology uses material to layered down — added — to build parts out of nothing more than material that looks like weed eater cord and a digitized, three-dimensional model. The biggest use…
Top Wichita tech and entrepreneurship stories in the first year of TechFlash
The Wichita Business Journal has been producing its TechFlash blog and free weekly email newsletter for a year, and in that time, we’ve found plenty to write about. Large, established firms like High Touch Technologies and NetApp have continued to innovate. A Wichita startup community has grown more cohesive and has caught the attention of local business groups. Higher education institutions like Wichita State University have begun to place a greater emphasis on innovation and relationships with…
Wichita’s Applianz Technologies changes hands
Applianz Technologies, a Wichita firm that developed the AppEasy “cloud in a box” product,” has been acquired by Corner Post Holdings, a company owned by Kansas technologists Ryan Jennison and Brandon Friesen. Terms of the deal were not immediately available. Applianz, which has seven employees, was founded in 2003. Its AppEasy is a system that lets companies house a variety of software applications in a cloud environment, so they can be accessed anywhere. Jennison, who has worked for Applianz…
Students, developers, designers gathering in Kansas City for a 24-hour hackathon
Hack Midwest, a 24-hour hackathon where students and professionals from the Midwest design and build software projects, is kicking off Saturday in Kansas City. The event is similar to competitions such as Startup Weekend, which have been held in Wichita, though Hack Midwest focuses exclusively on software. Organizers are still taking applications online. Not everyone who applies will be accepted. Participation costs $5 for computer science students or $34.95 for professionals ($50 if applying after…
India’s Tech Mahindra partners with NIAR, WSU
India’s Tech Mahindra on Wednesday announced it will partner with the National Institute for Aviation Research and Wichita State University on engineering and research. The international information technology company made the announcement at the Farnborough Airshow in England. According to a press release from WSU, the partnership could also help Tech Mahindra grow in the Air Capital. The company intends to leverage the local engineering pool to help it provide design, testing and certification…
Should everyone learn to code? Here’s why I am
Most of us use a computer, smartphone or other electronic device on a daily basis. Shouldn’t we know how they work? That’s the argument behind a movement some people in technology circles are pushing. Coding is becoming a basic life skill, they say. The movement has fueled programs like December’s An Hour of Code, through which schools nationwide, including Clearwater High School and Wichita Collegiate, spent at least an hour introducing students to basic computer programming concepts. I…

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