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Kansas plans to expand high-speed internet and wireless access to all public schools across the state through a program that could cost up to $100 million. Kansas has partnered with the California-based nonprofit EducationSuperHighway and will use state and federal funds to help pay for the technology upgrades. “Our goal is simple: bring digital learning capabilities to every Kansas classroom," Gov. Sam Brownback said during the announcement Tuesday. "Technically speaking, that means we need...

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The word ‘hack’ might bring to mind a darkened basement, glowing computer screens and stealthy young people hunched in front of them. But KMUW’s Nadya Faulx went to a recent hackathon and has this look at the real world of Wichita hacking – in 24 hours.

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Wichita has been selected as one of 12 new cities to participate in a national initiative to enhance the distribution and use of data . The goal of the Bloomberg Philanthropies' What Works Cities Initiative is to establish and improve open data practices, making information more accessible to the community: for example, with a searchable app or easily accessible list of local crime statistics, or a simple chart that demonstrates how and where the City of Wichita is spending money. Staff from...

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Open Wichita, a local initiative that advocates for open data in Wichita, will be holding a hackathon on Saturday. The 24-hour event brings together civic-minded people and computer programmers to help devise meaningful tools to put into the hands of the community. It’s all part of Code for America’s National Day of Civic Hacking, an initiative that works to combine civic duty with technology. The event, which takes place at Century II, begins on Saturday at 10 a.m., and will run until 4 p.m....

Greater Wichita Partnership

A health care innovation forum held on Wednesday in Wichita focused on cultivating better healthcare practices in the region. Many ideas came to life at the forum, including concepts created by local entrepreneurs. Among the presenters was David Grainger, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the KU School of Medicine’s Wichita campus. Grainger developed a product called an OBoard, an electronic version of the traditional whiteboard at nurses' stations in labor and delivery units at...

Abigail Wilson / KMUW

Kansas’ largest personal computer manufacturer has pledged a gift valued at $2.5 million to provide computers, monitors and five years of desktop support for the engineering department at Wichita State University.

Sean Sandefur / KMUW

Doctors across the country currently face a challenge: How do you track a patient once they’ve left your office? Sometimes what seems like minor pain can turn into an emergency situation, which might have been avoided if it had been caught early. Local physicians who provide care to the elderly say the key is daily monitoring--and because it’s the 21st century, why not use technology? KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports on how smart watches could be the answer.

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A new report finds farms are getting better internet access. But as Harvest Public Media’s Luke Runyon reports, a large percentage of farms still can’t connect to the web. One big impediment is infrastructure. In rural areas of the Midwest there are huge swathes without any internet connectivity. Federal communications officials say more than half of all rural Americans lack fast, reliable broadband internet connections. Lu Nelsen at the Center for Rural Affairs says the lack of access just...

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E3 is the gaming industry’s biggest trade show of the year, and it’s where all the big developers show the press and the public what we can expect out of them for the next 12 months. This year’s announcements really caught my attention. Microsoft showed off their virtual and augmented reality headset, HoloLens, with a fantastic demo that showed someone interacting with the game Minecraft , splayed out on a real table. It was like the computer interfaces in the movie Minority...

Deborah Shaar

Federal and state program managers from 14 agencies stopped at Wichita State University Thursday to spread the word about $2.5 billion in available technology funding. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports. The federal representatives described the processes, tips and success stories for getting early stage projects funded. The funding is being provided through the federal Small Business Innovation Research program, as well as the Small Business Technology program. Cindy Claycomb of Wichita State...

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