|Kanstarter, a crowdsourcing site for Kansas communities, launches
|It's Kansas towns' very own version of Kickstarter, but with a few special twists.
Kanstarter.com, a website where Kansas communities can post projects that need help, launched Thursday morning.
It's a project of the We Kan Network, a group affiliated with the Kansas Sampler Foundation that works to support Kansas communities, especially those in rural areas. Development work was by Reflective Group, a Baldwin City, Kan.-based firm.
The site was funded via the Kansas Department of Commerce Community…
|Wesley Medical Center to launch $500,000 system to track patient procedures
|Wesley Medical Center is implementing a new technology system providing real-time updates on surgical procedures.
Wesley plans to launch its ORControl work flow system on Nov. 3 in the hospital's surgical services department. The system is being tested between now and then.
Hospital leaders say the new system is designed to better manage patient cases by scheduling and coordinating the involvement of individuals and departments inside and outside the hospital.
The system uses color-coded labels…
|StartupWichita.com hub now live
|An initial version of StartupWichita.com, an online hub for entrepreneurs, investors and others interested in Wichita's startup scene, is now live, with further developments to come.
The site started as a project spearheaded by devICT, an organization for software developers. Last month, the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce's Entrepreneurship Task Force kicked in funding to hire local firm Tortugas Consulting LLC to complete the site.
The initial version includes profiles of individuals involved…
|MakeICT, cyclists help power Off the Grid concert at Bartlett Arboretum
|Without the power of cyclists, there would have been no music at Bartlett Arboretum's final Tree House Concert of the season — or at least, no amplification of the music.
Sunday's concert, which featured Austin singer-songwriter Eliza Gilkyson and several other musicians, was held in conjunction with an Off the Grid eco-festival.
The festival was the environmental studies master's project of Friends University student Catherine Johnson. She says she wanted to create an entertaining and educational…
|Startup Weekend-born Vamonos progressing toward launch
|Vamonos means "Let's go" in Spanish and it's also the name of a Wichita-developed iPhone app that is nearly ready to go.
Vamonos was born at Wichita's first Startup Weekend last November, at the time under the name Randoms. It generates a random set of nearby sites in a given category — say, coffee shops — to help people decide where to go or discover a new place.
"It will shoot off quick suggestions — someplace new to get out of a rut," says developer Daniel James, one member of the Startup…
|How remote can you work? Couple pushes the limits on four-month trip
|Shelton and Brandi Koskie recently returned from a four-month road trip with their daughter, but it wasn’t exactly a vacation.
The Koskies have worked remotely for a long time. Their company is EightyGrit, where Shelton is a Web developer and Brandi does writing, editing and content marketing — the kind of work that can generally be done anywhere. But they’d been working from one location, Wichita, and had the occasional face-to-face interaction with a client or collaborator.
But was that…
|Wichita State seeks land transfer approval for innovation campus
|The Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday will consider a land transfer request from Wichita State University leaders.
If granted, the request will give WSU the authority to move forward with its plans to build an experiential engineering building near 17th Street North and Oliver as part of the university’s planned innovation campus.
Essentially, WSU is seeking to transfer the land from the owner, the Sedgwick County Public Building Commission, to a state entity — the university in this case…
|Ribbit Computers launching smaller-store concept to focus on mobile devices
|Call it addition by subtraction.
Ribbit Computers is preparing to launch a new-store concept, providing accessories, sales and service for mobile devices.
Owner Alex Harb is finalizing plans to add three new stores in the coming months. He says he is planning to add stores at 21st Street North and Greenwich, 21st and Tyler and Pawnee and Seneca.
The stores will be about 1,800 square feet and likely will feature a drive-thru, Harb says.
“We’re pretty much creating a new concept with the stores,”…
|Startup Third Thursday returns this week
|Wichitans who put together the first Startup Third Thursday last month weren’t really sure how the event would go.
As organizer Jacqualyn Summervill, managing director at BalancedComp, explained in a guest column ahead of the inaugural event, the idea was to bring a variety of people together who have some tie to startup activity in Wichita and to “present an opportunity for hesitant individuals to casually blend into the community they belong in.”
The event exceeded organizers’ expectations…
|Ribbit Computers closes two of its five Wichita stores
|Ribbit Computers has consolidated its service operations in Wichita.
The company, which Alex Harb founded in 2004, recently closed two of its five locations. Sites near 29th Street North and Maize Road and Kellogg and Rock Road have closed.
Ribbit’s locations at 921 E. Douglas, 3433 N. Rock Road and 240 S. West Street still remain.
I’m working to connect with Harb to get more information about Ribbit’s site closures.
In 2010, Harb opened his fifth Ribbit location, a 2,500-square-foot site…