I’ve written for terrestrial broadcast and print, but eventually, everything ends up on the web. These stories saw their only iterations on digital platforms, something I’ve grown quite comfortable producing.

11964_9a2d2d8196_fullFeature on Drake University computer camp for area kids

“Don’t blow up the moon.”

That’s a bit of advice I received yesterday at Drake University’s summer App Camp while testing Space Battles, an interactive droid game app similar to Space Invaders. It’s designers are three Des Moines-area eighth graders—Ezra, Ian and Riley.

But despite my best efforts, I did blow up the moon.

During two week-long sessions, professors and students provide a computer science crash course to Des Moines area middle schoolers…(Click link to read more)

12294_f0258829d3_fullPhoto story about Des Moines startup Goodsmiths

It’s fitting for ecommerce startup Goodsmiths to be located in West Des Moines’ Valley Junction. Nestled above a row of brick-and-mortar offices, eateries and boutiques, the “marketplace for makers” is right at home.

Goodsmiths’ office at 218 1/2 5th St. in West Des Moines represents the union of old-school handcrafted charm and the future of the digital marketplace. The company has been in the space—which was once home to a chapter of the International Order of Oddfellows—since May of 2012…(Click link to read more)

12065_530e8fc940_fullHigh-tech company in Iowa creates virtual cadavers 

Iowa City-based Cyber-Anatomy, which creates interactive 3D anatomical models, recently partnered with zSpace, a holographic computing company from Sunnyvale, Calif., to create interactive, holographic images of human cadavers.

“In this case, it was very exciting for a high-tech company from the Silicon Valley to reach out to an Iowa company because of the technology that we had developed,” said Cyber-Anatomy president Rich Lineback of zSpace’s involvement…(Click link to read more)

12097_d7c7f9ae76_fullProfile of a young tech entrepreneur

Every tech geek is familiar with the trials and tribulations of being the go-to technology resource for family and friends. “What’s wrong with my computer?” “Can you help set up my wifi?”

For 20-year-old Alex Kuklinski, perhaps the most important question was: “How do you convert a .mov file into a format that works with Windows Media Maker?”

When a high school friend posed the question in 2007, it led to Kuklinski’s first instructional YouTube video.

“The video quality’s terrible, I had no idea how to shoot video,” joked Kuklinski, who is now a University of Nebraska-Omaha senior. “Looking back at it now, I’ve come a long way.”

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