Middle Bit: Dr. Charlie Miller to give keynote at Iowa Technology Summit

The Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) announced on Wednesday that Dr. Charlie Miller will deliver the keynote presentation at the Iowa Technology Summit on Tuesday, October 2.

Miller currently serves as the Principal Autonomous Vehicle Security Architect at Cruise Automation. In addition, he is a former National Security Agency hacker, a 4-time winner of Pwn2Own and the first to hack both iPhone and Android phones. Miller gained national attention in 2014, when he and his research partner Chris Valasek hacked a Jeep Cherokee and took control of the vehicle from more than 10 miles away.

“TAI is excited to bring renowned ‘White Hat’ hacker, Dr. Charlie Miller to Iowa,” said, Brian Waller, TAI President in the press release. “Dr. Miller will show Iowa technology leaders how hackers exploit vulnerabilities and why companies should address cybersecurity before assets are put at risk. He’ll provide attendees with practical suggestions to improve security and solutions for risk prevention.”

Registration now open for Denim Summit

Denim Summit 2017 attendees got a glimpse into the future of the insurance industry and the digital era of the consumer during the Insurtech Fireside Chat. Photo courtesy of Denim.

Denim Summit, an event for insurance, financial services and innovation thought leaders, is now open for registration.

Taking place on October 24-25, the event will bring together regional leaders from the insurance and financial services industries for a day of exploration and collaboration on the future of insurtech.

New this year, the event will include an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 24. The reception will be held at the Denim Headquarters in Downtown Des Moines.

For a limited time, tickets are available for $50 and will be available for $95 when early bird registration ends.

What else is happening?


For the last two years, Minnesota’s food and agriculture startups have had their own track in Twin Cities Startup Week (TCSW), a seven-day celebration of tech and innovation in Minnesota. But this fall, the food and agriculture startup community, will host a separate theme week occurring at the same time at TCSW, called Food, Ag, Ideas Week. This year’s inaugural Food, Ag, Ideas Week will consist of more than a dozen speakers and panel discussions led by Grow North. These events will address topics such as food innovation and tech, sustainable agriculture and the future of farming. –American Inno


On June 24th, Jane.ai raised $8.4 million of Series A angel funding. Investors in the round include Lisa Nichols and a network of others. St. Louis-based Jane.ai is the developer of an artificial intelligence platform used to transform the modern workforce. The platform was created to reduce the time employees spend orchestrating work instead of producing work. –Silicon Prairie News


NMotion, Lincoln’s startup accelerator, has announced its 2018 cohort of teams along with some changes in the program.The five teams chosen for the 2018 cohort are part of a larger group that is completing NMotion Academy, a virtual 8-week program that leverages cutting-edge, hands-on learning to provide individuals and teams with real-world startup experience. –Silicon Prairie News