I just did a bit of sleuthing about the making and hacker scenes around Lincoln and Omaha. (I have been in Nebraska for the past few weeks for the holidays, and am currently in Lincoln, where I lived while studying undergraduate computer science.)
There are some really intriguing, relatively recent developments in the maker scene. The University of Nebraska—Lincoln should soon be the home of a maker space, set to be "student-run" (reportedly), sure to be facilitated by a combination of students, professors, and others. I read that the maker space will be built on the new Innovation Campus (http://innovate.unl.edu/
), which itself, I think, is an intriguing, larger, project that seems to be, in effect, creating a convergence context for the university and private organizations. I can see the maker space and the Innovation Campus as important resources that provide supportive spaces and foster the tooling of the creative makers of Nebraska, especially in Lincoln. Nice.