Feb. 1, 2016

Robots Take Over the Statehouse

Bright minds and robots took over the Idaho Statehouse as award winning STEM projects were showcased to lawmakers and visitors. One robot on display was from a group of students out of Caldwell that will compete in a state-wide challenge that will be held at the University of Idaho. 

Sep. 20, 2016

RelEVENT Launches Nationwide

Boise-based RelEVENT, an app that collects events from around a city and recommends them to users, launched nationwide Sept. 19.

RelEVENT originated at a Boise Young Professionals’ b|launched competition in May 2015 when  CEO Stacey Donohue, Chief Marketing Officer Jeff Heath and CTO Sean MacLachlan came together to create an app that helps users learn about events before they happen.

“I love the movie Office Space,” Donohue said at a presentation in December. “It came to the Egyptian Theater this year, but I didn’t hear about it until the next day when I saw posts on Facebook showing friends carrying their red staplers. That sucked because I would have loved to have gone if I knew about it and that is what this app is for.”

The app aggregates events from various community calendars and groups each event into a category such as music, sports or business. After users like, dislike or ignore event suggestions, the system begins to send event notifications based on that user’s taste.

Nov. 12, 2015

Welcome to Virtual Reality City

Jose Saenz started the Boise Virtual Reality Project last year in an effort to inspire local educators, researchers, artists and organizations to join the emerging field of VR. He hopes that Boise can jump in early enough and have some really great content created right at the beginning of the virtual reality trend.  Saenz would like to see VR in schools so kids can tour the Coliseum or walk across Mars. He thinks it could be used to help veterans treat post-traumatic stress disorder or phantom limb pain. He suggested using it for therapy, like to help someone overcome a fear of flying.

Nov. 16, 2015

Office Envy: Curious Media

by Marissa Lovell

While they reside on the second floor of the historic Blue Eye Building in downtown Nampa, Curious Media truly dwells at the nexus of passion and creativity. Driven by a love of gaming, technology, education and fun, the interactive agency delivers remarkable digital experiences across multiple platforms for children and adults alike, working with notable companies like Disney, PBS Kids, Mattel, Hasbro and Warner Brothers.  

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Mar. 15, 2017

C of I Students Develop New Political App RepCheck

by The College of Idaho

What’s your congress person’s name? Have you ever sent them an email? Have you ever called them? Those are the questions College of Idaho senior Leo Yousif asks whenever he talks about the new app he’s trying to develop—RepCheck.

RepCheck is an app which would help constituents craft emails to send to their legislators, thus letting their voices be heard in a productive way.

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May. 18, 2015

Albertsons Library Makes Room for New Student MakerLab

by Kathleen Tuck, Boise State University

Construction will soon begin on the first floor of Boise State's Albertsons Library to make room for the brand new MakerLab. The lab is a student center for creation, innovation and experimentation, featuring 3D printers, vinyl cutters, numerous tools for creating and designing computers, circuits and more. The space will also facet the new Gaming Interactive Media and Mobile (GIMM) technology degree program, part of the new College of Innovation and Design (COID). 

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Aug. 14, 2015

America’s Largest Seed Fund Comes to Boise

Calling all innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers and geeks: The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Road Tour is coming to Boise, August 20-21. The tour is a national outreach effort to convey non-dilutive technology funding opportunities through the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. The programs annually provide $2.5 billion in funding to small, advanced technology firms to spur new technological discoveries and facilitate the commercialization of innovations. Together, they represent America's Largest Seed Fund. 

Mar. 27, 2015

Hackfort Diversity Pipeline Panel

by Wendy Fox, Boise State University

At the packed Hackfort2, pioneering women in tech discussed their experiences and efforts to increase diversity in the technology community. 

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Aug. 20, 2015

10 Exciting Things Happening at Boise State University

by Gregory Hahn, Boise State University

Boise State University President Bob Kustra highlighted an ever-growing research presence, the success of a recent initiative to boost science, technology, engineering and math graduates, and much more in his State of the University kick-off address on Aug. 19. He also pointed out a number of innovative and exciting programs and events taking place across campus. He calls this list the “Top Ten Great Things Going on at Boise State That I Had Nothing to Do With.”

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Mar. 11, 2016

NASA Selects NNU for CubeSat Space

NASA  recently announced its selections for the seventh round of its CubeSat Launch Initiative that “provides opportunities for small satellite payloads to fly on rockets planned for upcoming launches.” NNU’s project, MakerSat: Idaho’s ISS-based CubeSat Research Platform, will be the first satellite or spacecraft ever built in space and the first satellite from an Idaho university.

Jun. 1, 2015

Google Profiles Eagle’s TSheets

by Google

As part of its nationwide series on the economic impact of the web on Idaho businesses, Google profiled the startup story and 140% year-over-year growth of Eagle's TSheets. 

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Dec. 5, 2017

Intuit to Acquire TSheets: It’s About Time

by TSheets

Intuit Inc. (Nasdaq: INTU) is taking the next step in making the QuickBooks platform the smarter way to do business by signing an agreement to acquire TSheets, a leading platform that small and medium businesses, self-employed, and accountants use to automate time tracking and scheduling for them and their workers.

Matt Rissell shares: A new chapter of our journey has just begun. Our team of 260 rock stars — who have made TSheets what it is today — will unite with 8,000 like-minded and brilliant individuals who share the same passion to innovate and deliver excellence. Our mission to help small businesses succeed will continue, and we’re going to do it together from right here in Eagle, Idaho.

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Jan. 6, 2015

EO Accelerator Program Headed to the Boise Valley

by ​Jess Flynn

The TECenter and Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), are partnering to bring the EO Accelerator Program to the Boise Valley. This joint venture will complement the TECenter’s goal of growing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Idaho.

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Sep. 22, 2017

Neurilink Acquires Seattle’s Blue Sky Integrated Technologies

by Neurilink

Neurilink, a leading audio visual integrator based in Boise, Idaho, is expanding in the Northwest with the acquisition of Seattle’s Blue Sky Integrated Technologies. The joining of these two companies under the Neurilink brand is part of planned strategic growth to better serve the custom audio visual design and integration needs of the Northwest.

“We are proud to be based in one of the nation’s fastest growing metros – Boise, Idaho – but our aspirations don’t end at the state line,” said Neurilink President Mike Fornander.  “While we’ve designed solutions for clients from coast to coast our primary focus is the Northwest. Joining with Blue Sky allows us to diversify our expertise and broaden our footprint in Seattle.”

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May. 26, 2015

b|launched 4.0 Competition Announces Winning Company relEVENTcity

by Boise Young Professionals

RelEVENTcity has been named the winner of the Boise Young Professionals' 2015 b|launched 4.0 competition. The company has created an exciting new technology that cuts through the noise to connect people with events they love through a sleek, intuitive user experience. The competition awarded relEVENTcity $20,000 in initial seed funding and plans to progress to beta launch this fall.  

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Jul. 21, 2015

Built in Boise: High Notes to Numbers Games

by Built in Boise

The volunteer writers and photographers at Built in Boise are sharing more inspiring stories of Boise companies and the people behind them. From craftsmen to crunching numbers, here is a roundup of profiles from July... 

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Aug. 18, 2015

Macys.com to double Treasure Valley workforce

Macys.com, the online arm of Macy’s retail business, announced it will expand its Treasure Valley operation. Macys.com currently employs 30 software engineers working at its Eagle office. The company plans to move the US Bank Plaza in Downtown in September. The 7,569 square-foot office will provide the company space to ramp up to as many as 60 employees working in positions related to software development. 

“Boise is a growing technology center, and the expansion of our Macys.com office there gives us access to another pool of great talent that would otherwise not be available,” said Mike Robinson, Macy’s.com executive vice president of digital technology, customer experience and site merchandising.

Jan. 9, 2015

New Business Brings Commercial 3D Printing to Idaho

by ​Jess Flynn

Product developers, designers and manufacturers have a new Idaho-based resource to help integrate 3D printing into their businesses.

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Jan. 27, 2016

Kount is Most Well Funded Startup in Idaho

Kount was recently recognized by CB insights as the most well funded startup in Idaho. Using CB Insights data, they analyzed the  most well-funded startups by state based on disclosed equity funding. They excluded debt funding and only considered companies that have raised at least $5M of equity funding to date. Companies that haven’t raised since 2011 were not considered. The list included many major startups including Uber, Draft Kings, Living Social, and many others. 

Aug. 8, 2016

Idaho Teachers to Learn and Share Coding Skills

Four teachers from across Idaho and 20 Nampa middle school students will receive special training and explore the growing field of computer programing and coding during a week-long summer camp in Nampa.

Presented by the University of Idaho, the DIGn’IT summer camp takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 9-12 at Sage Valley Middle School in Nampa. Teachers will attend the training Aug. 8-12. Students will show their projects on showcase day from 10:30 a.m. to noon Aug. 12; the showcase event is open to the public.

During the pilot camp, teachers will participate in workshops designed to train them in the materials University of Idaho’s faculty Terry Soule has prepared for the DIGn’IT Initiative using the on-line programming environment Scratch. The goal is to make the university curriculum available to teachers in Idaho, teach them some programming, and give them the tools to incorporate the lessons into a regular classroom setting. Topics include computer coding, computer programming and website development.