Big Omaha has connected over 4,000 founders, entrepreneurs, and investors through thought-provoking, inspirational, and engaging annual conferences.


Big Omaha Background

Silicon Prairie News co-founders Jeff Slobotski and Dusty Davidson started the Big Omaha conference in 2009. The inaugural event brought together 400+ entrepreneurs, innovators, and creatives to hear almost a dozen nationally recognized speakers. The event began with straightforward goals — inspire attendees to follow their passions, build businesses they love, and strengthen their creative communities.

Big Omaha Co-Founders Dusty Davidson and Jeff Slobotski

Big Omaha organizers, Brian Lee and Shayla Kelly

In 2015, Big Omaha was acquired by AIM, a not-for-profit organization that promotes technology to empower people, enhance organizations, and create brilliant communities. Brian Lee, Managing Director, leads the 2017 team, which includes Shayla Kelly, Marketing Manager, and Hunter Fangmeyer, intern.

Big Omaha Culture

At Big Omaha, we strive to be a positive voice among today’s startups. For two days, we provide a corner for this community that is welcoming and inclusive.

Reporting Inappropriate Behavior

Big Omaha is meant to be a safe, inclusive space. That includes KANEKO, the parties, and all of our online realms. Please approach Brian, Shayla, or a trained volunteer (we’ll tell you how to spot them) if you’ve experienced anything less than that. In return, we promise:

  • To take all harassment reports seriously.
  • To respect your privacy.
  • To remove the source of harassment. This begins with a warning to the offender, followed by physically removing them from the area if harassment continues.

Code of Conduct

To promote this spirit of inclusivity, we ask that our staff, speakers, attendees, and volunteers follow a few basic principles at our conference – online, at KANEKO, and around the event. These include but are not limited to:

  • Be welcoming, friendly, and patient.
  • Be considerate. Your decisions will affect others. Whether listening to a keynote, eating lunch, or attending a party, your actions will have consequences. You should take those consequences into account when making decisions.
  • Be respectful. We might all experience some frustration now and then, but we cannot allow that frustration to turn into aggression towards another. Give yourself grace if you feel frustrated with another attendee or with yourself (because conferences can be long and tiresome in the midst of all that you are learning and all the people you are meeting).
  • Be mindful of vocabulary. Remember that sexist, racist, and other exclusionary jokes can be offensive to those around you. Be kind to others, and do not insult or put down another person. Thoughtfulness often means reevaluating what we consider permissible.
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