Middle Bit: BSidesIowa hosting its security conference Monday

Nearly 200 people are expected to attend the annual information security conference Saturday organized by BSidesIowa, a Des Moines-based nonprofit.

Greg Hetrick is the lead organizer for BSidesIowa and said over 18 speakers will cover topics on hacking, preventing breaches, trends and best practices. Several hacking competitions will also be held.

“We like our events to be network driven so we like to see people interact but at the same time I want people to learn something,” Hetrick said. “We’ve got about 60 students signed up from colleges and universities in the area, so I want them to get their teeth into security and start working with people in the community.”

Hetrick said there’s a major talent shortage for local information technology jobs and hopes those students can find a potential employer at the conference. He believes that as more attention is brought to security issues, the sooner more companies take it seriously.

“Seven years ago when I started there were only those of us who sat in our basements and read really interesting articles that cared a lot about it,” Hetrick says. “To some extent, it’s getting better but we’re still not there yet.”

The BSidesIowa security conference begins at 8:45 Saturday morning at Grand View University in Des Moines.

Six teams makeup first Intrapreneur Academy

NewBoCo, the Cedar Rapids-based nonprofit welcomed six teams to its inaugural Intrapraneur Academy.

The teams represent:

  • Linn County Auditor
  • Marion Process Solutions
  • Rockwell Collins
  • United Way of East Central Iowa
  • Van Meter
  • Woofables

NewBoCo has developed a year-long program that focuses on four areas: Agile, methods, strategy and culture. Each quarter will focus on one of the four areas.

What else happened…


Digible, Inc., a Denver-based digital marketing and technology company specializing in property management, raised $250,000 in seed funding

Colorado investor group antes up $10 million toward effort to buy The Post – The Denver Post

First ‘Uber for Kids’ launches in Denver – The Denver Post


Edovo, a Chicago-based social impact startup focused on prison and jail education and communication, closed their A-3 raise with over $9 million in funding


Upper Hand, Inc., an Indianapolis-based provider of sports management software and business services secured $1.5 million in Series A funding

DemandJump, an Indianapolis-based marketing customer acquisition platform, completed a $6 million Series A financing round


Lawrence-based Merchtable supports bands on and offline – SPN


Karamba Security, a Bloomfield Hills-based provider of end-to-end automotive cybersecurity prevention solutions secured $10 million in funding

Xeeva, a Madison Heights-based global provider of intelligent procurement and sourcing software, raised over $40 million in funding


Small ball meets big data – TCBmag.com


Kansas City lags behind St. Louis on tech pay, analysis says – StartlandNews.com


Healthfinch, a Madison-based healthcare IT company secured $6 million in financing