Walter Scott Entrepreneurial Award Announced
University of Nebraska Executive Vice President and Provost Jay Noren has announced the winner of the 2004 Walter Scott Entrepreneurial Business Award. The award honors a business that operates in Nebraska and has developed relationships with the University of Nebraska in the area of technology. The award includes a $10,000 prize to be used for creation or promotion of student work-experiences in information science, technology and engineering.

This year’s winner is Nanonation Incorporated, a Lincoln-based software developer that serves businesses in the retail, hospitality, education, and entertainment industries. The firm has developed relationships with the University of Nebraska’s Peter Kiewit Institute of Information Science, Technology and Engineering in Omaha and both the J.D. Edwards Honors Program in Computer Science and Management and the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Founded almost four years ago, Nanonation’s clients include Nebraska businesses such as Bosselman’s, Douglas Theaters, and Nebraska Book Co., as well as national corporations like Yahoo!, Mazda, Burger King, Dairy Queen, Holiday Inn, and Petro Travel Centers.

From its inception, Nanonation has been committed to developing young talent in Nebraska. Dan Castagnoli, one of the company’s founders and its chief creative officer, was hired from the Peter Kiewit Institute. The company has been a Design Studio client of the J.D. Edwards program (JDE) and currently employs four JDE interns. One of the firm’s video producers was hired while still a student in the Lincoln Public Schools’ Technology Focus program.

"I love a challenge," says Dan Weiland, a UNL computer science major in the JDE program, "and at Nanonation I’m given real responsibilities for real clients. I’ve been given opportunities to work on interesting and innovative projects that will be used in the real world. It’s a far cry from sorting algorithms in class."

Nanonation’s president, Bradley K. Walker, is a UNL graduate who majored in speech communications and international relations. He won a national championship in oratory and extemporaneous speaking in 1984. Prior to joining Nanonation, he co-founded Unident, a software company that later merged with InfoCure, a publicly traded Atlanta firm.

Nanonation helps businesses stand out and deliver more information through dynamic, interactive marketing solutions. From kiosks to dynamic signage, Nanonation provides high-impact customer experiences and comprehensive branding intelligence that are vital to successful customer interactions. It was the first company to employ high-definition kiosks for interactive displays. These systems are installed in the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild Arena, providing access to scores, statistics and sports news.

Leif Larson, publisher of Kiosk Magazine said, "Nanonation is to the world of interactive development what Spielberg’s DreamWorks has been to the world of cinema. They’ve launched a unique software platform capable of creating engaging interactions for their clients."
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