RFI announces five MobileMe&You scholars from rural Nebraska

 

Jason Wiese
“Without using the tools of today we will not be able to solve the problems of tomorrow. Whether it is in the classroom or in the village of Arlington we want to take advantage of any technologies that can give us an edge for our students or community. This conference is an excellent example of learning about and incorporating the tools available.” 
Jason Wiese
Teacher, Arlington Public Schools; Village Board Trustee, Arlington, Neb.

Lincoln, Neb. — October 23, 2018 — The Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at the University of Nebraska has awarded five rural Nebraskans from agriculture, education, journalism and community development with $250 scholarships to attend the 2018 MobileMe&You national conference at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Oct. 26-27, 2018.

MobileMe&You, a journalism and technology conference hosted by Gary Kebbel of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications, focuses on new and emerging tools and best practices for storytelling on mobile media. Leading experts and researchers will discuss how to inform and engage new audiences in the mobile era.

“We are proud to partner with the Rural Futures Institute to engage Nebraskans in what I see as a critical technology of the future for storytelling, health care, education and more,” Kebbel said. “We look forward to helping them reach their goals and understanding their perspectives to help us see opportunities for solutions and growth via this tech.”

 

Scholarship Awardees

Debbie Borg
Farmer
Self-Employed
Allen, Neb.

Debbie Borg

Andrea Larson
Reporter
Norfolk Daily News
Norfolk, Neb.

Andrea Larson

Vanesa Salgado-Perez
Community Organizing Associate
Center for Rural Affairs
Lyons, Neb.

Vanesa Salgado-Perez

Jason Wiese
Teacher
Arlington Public Schools
Fremont, Neb.

Jason Wiese

Jake Wragge
Photographer
Norfolk Daily News
Norfolk, Neb.

Jake Wragge

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“Without using the tools of today we will not be able to solve the problems of tomorrow,” Wiese said. “Whether it is in the classroom or in the village of Arlington, we want to take advantage of any technologies that can give us an edge for our students or community. This conference is an excellent example of learning about and incorporating the tools available.”

The scholarships provide a great example of RFI bringing the University together with rural mavericks at the intersections of leadership, technology and rural-urban collaboration, said Connie Reimers-Hild, RFI Interim Executive Director & Chief Futurist.

“Conversations around increasing access must include mobile tech,” she said, “but it’s not just the availability of tech that is critical, it’s also the utilization and application, which this conference specifically addresses.”

Conference Details
Oct. 26 and Oct. 27, 2018 | 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. CST
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
City Campus Union
Extended details available at mobileme-you.com.

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About MobileMe&You
MobileMe&You is an information and technology conference that highlights new and innovative mobile media techniques and explores how to think differently about storytelling on mobile media platforms. The 2018 conference will be held at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln campus, with speakers from The Washington Post, CNN, Univision, the Big Ten Network, Verizon, Quartz and more to discuss how to use technologies such as bots, drones, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality and 360 video.
mobileme-you.com

About the Rural Futures Institute
The Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at the University of Nebraska leverages the talents and research-based expertise from across the NU system on behalf of rural communities in Nebraska, the U.S. and around the world. Through a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, RFI encourages bold and futuristic approaches to address rural issues and opportunities. It works collaboratively with education, business, community, non-profit, government and foundation partners to empower rural communities and their leaders.
ruralfutures.nebraska.edu