Events, Presentations & Webinars

Upcoming Conferences


Oct. 26 & 27, 2018 | University of Nebraska–Lincoln | Lincoln, Neb.

MobileMe&You 2018 is a journalism and technology conference focused on storytelling on mobile media platforms while highlighting new and innovative techniques and best practices for newsgathering. This year there will be a special focus beyond storytelling to what mobile technology can mean to rural areas, specifically in the area of health care.

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Past RFI Events & Presentations

KEYNOTE | Omaha World-Herald, Nebraska Press Association Annual Banquet

The Future of the Rural-Urban Divide Opportunity

Apr. 20, 2018 | Lincoln, Neb.

Connie Reimers-Hild, RFI Associate Executive Director & Chief Futurist

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Great Plains Symposium

Rural Futures Institute: Create A Bold Story For Rural

Apr. 18-20, 2018 | Kearney, Neb.

Katelyn Ideus, RFI Director of Communications & Public Relations

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KEYNOTE | 2018 College Access Symposium

Preparing Students For An Unimagined Future

Apr. 12, 2018 | Lincoln, Neb.

Chuck Schroeder, RFI Founding Executive Director

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Spring 2018 Friedman Seminar Series

The Future of Rural

Apr. 4, 2018 | Tufts University | Boston, Mass.

Chuck Schroeder, RFI Founding Executive Director &
Connie Reimers-Hild, Ph.D., RFI Associate Executive Director and Chief Futurist

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Microsoft GM Shelley McKinley
Mar. 28, 2018 | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Let's Connect To Change The World

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Connectivity and overall access to technology are critical areas of need for rural economic development, health care access, education and more. As Microsoft works to build a better future, Shelley McKinley, General Manager of Microsoft’s Technology and Corporate Responsibility Group, shared how the company is connecting people, so everyone has access to the opportunities that technology provides. She also discussed how the use of technology, such as artificial intelligence, to create environmental sustainability, connect 1 billion people around the world with disabilities and prepare the workforce of the future.


Panel Discussion with Rural Japanese Entrepreneurs, Community Leaders
Oct. 27, 2017 | Lincoln, Neb.

In partnership with Japan Society, based in New York City, N.Y., and Japan NPO Center, based in Tokyo, the Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska hosted a panel discussion entitled, “A Thriving Rural Future in Japan and the United States,” Oct. 27. The following day, RFI took the visitors on a tour of southeast Nebraska, stopping in Nebraska City, Neb., and Auburn, Neb.

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Visiting Presenter, Paul Genho, Ph.D.

Oct. 31, 2016 | Lincoln, Neb.

Connecting Young Nebraskans Summit

Oct. 27-28, 2016 | York, Neb.

Rural Regional Forums

Sep. 2016 | Chadron, North Platte and West Point, Neb.

Rural Futures Conference

Oct. 2015 | Curtis and Lincoln, Neb.

Regional Forums

Sep. and Oct. 2014 | Broken Bow, Nebraska City, and Scottsbluff, Neb.

Rural Futures Conference

Nov. 3-5, 2013 | Lincoln, Neb.

Rural Futures Conference

May 8-10, 2012 | Lincoln, Neb.

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