Middle Bit: Iowa State to host ‘Women Who Create’ conference next month

A new conference aims to bring together women entrepreneurs, women business owners and entrepreneurs who support fellow women entrepreneurs to Research Park at Iowa State University.

The first annual Women Who Create conference will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on February 20 inside the Iowa State Economic Development Core Facility at the Iowa State University Research Park. The day-long conference will feature workshops and a panel discussion.

Diana Wright, creator and organizer for the Women Who Create conference, said she wanted to make sure this wasn’t just an inspirational event.

“We want to make sure there is some meat that people can take away and put into their businesses,” Wright said.

Immediately following the Women Who Create conference will be the, “She Talks” event that will feature six women entrepreneurs speakers; The lineup of speakers has not been released.

Wright said it’s important for entrepreneurs to invest in themselves and a conference like this can provide valuable resources that they otherwise might not know exist.

“Invest in yourself to gain experience through those workshops,” Wright says. “But I think it really matters to be around other like-minded people who are in the same shoes as you.”

Registration to the conference is capped at 50 people and costs $45. You can register here.

Two Ohio men design a ‘drone buster’

Two Ohio men designed and built the, “Drone Defender” to help protect United States troops from armed drone attacks, according to a story on PopularScience.com.

According to the story, the Drone Defender freezes enemy drones in place by disrupting radio and satellite control frequencies. It looks like a rifle. With one pull of the trigger, the rifle-shaped antenna severs the command connection between robot and controller from up to 1,300 feet away.

It’s been spotted with troops in Iraq.

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