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Health 2.0 in the Triangle

RTP, NC – There is a group in the Triangle that is dedicated to improving health innovation through technology. That group is the Health 2.0 NC Triangle chapter.

What is Health 2.0?

Health 2.0 is a movement that started at the first HealthCamp in 2006. The Health 2.0 Wiki shows many definitions for Health 2.0 – the “Traditional” definition focuses on technology as an enabler for care collaboration:

The use of social software and light-weight tools to promote collaboration between patients, their caregivers, medical professionals, and other stakeholders in health

Health 2.0 NC Triangle chapter

The Health 2.0 NC Triangle chapter is dedicated to transforming the Triangle region and beyond by showcasing, exploring and encouraging health innovation and technology. We hold regular meetings to bring the local community together to network, engage and learn about relevant topics, and see the latest demos from companies.

Their next event is during Paradoxos in Durham:

  • What: Community Madness – What is Connected Care?
  • When: Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)
  • Where: Full Frame Theater American Tobacco Campus, 320 Blackwell St, #101, Durham, NC 27701
  • Registration Page

How to Get Involved With Health 2.0

You can attend the events of the Health 2.0 NC Triangle chapter. You can also join their Linked-In Group for more information.

Another way is to participate in the 2014 NC Datapalooza program this year which will focus on Open Data powering innovation in the Health vertical. Look for a Tech Tank post soon about the whole 2014 NC Datapalooza program.

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Sunshine Day 2014

Burlington, NC – Monday, March 17, 2014 is Sunshine Day in North Carolina (in addition to St. Patrick’s Day). The Sunshine Center of the North Carolina Open Government Coalition will host the Sunshine Day event at Elon College from Noon to 4:00 PM (EDT).

This year, Open Data is highlighted at Sunshine Day with the keynote address by Waldo Jaquith, Director of the U.S. Open Data Institute and a panel discussion: ‘Open Data in North Carolina’ with Ryan Thornburg, Founder, Open N.C. & Professor at UNC School of Journalism and Jason Hare, Founder, North Carolina Open Data Institute.

What is Sunshine Day?

“Open government is good government”. Join us in a nationwide discussion about the importance of access to public information and what it means for you and your community.

Sunshine Day celebrates Sunshine Week, March 16-22, 2014

Sunshine Day Details

  • What: Sunshine Day 2014
  • When: Monday, March 17, 2014 from Noon to 4:00 PM (EDT)
  • Where: Lakeside Hall at the Moseley Center on the Elon University campus.
  • Registration Site
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NEXT for Serious Entrepreneurs

Raleigh, NC – Here is a great program for all those Triangle entrepreneurs who are standing up a new company or thinking of launching a new venture. NEXT is scheduled in Raleigh for April 2 – May 7, 2014. The registration deadline is March 28, 2014, so don’t delay!

What is NEXT?

NEXT is a product of UP Global which helps startup founders become better prepared to build successful startups. It is a five-week “pre-accelerator” program rooted in Steve Blank’s Customer Development methodology, driven by mentors and unique video content. The NEXT program helps founders gain a crucial base of entrepreneurial skills and knowledge.

My NEXT Experience

I attended the first NEXT program that was held in the Triangle in September 2013. The instructors and mentors were great. We were constantly challenged to “get out of the office” and go and talk to people to validate and hone our ideas and offerings. Over the 5 weeks we did quite a lot of work and were able to make good progress on our venture. We were also able to make great contacts in the Triangle through the organizers John Austin and Mital Patel.

2 of our 7 member team (yes, 7 – quite a large team for a startup) attended the NEXT class and we learned a lot but we started moving faster than the team was comfortable. Ultimately, our team fell apart. I would recommend that all of your team members should attend together so you can make the leap as a group.

Why Register for NEXT?

NEXT is a great program and participating will really help you to develop your idea and validate your concepts and markets so you don’t waste too much time working on a venture that has no market. 20,000 hours is a benchmark of the time you will spend developing your idea. Investing a couple of months of your time now will save you lots of time later! is handling the registration this time for NEXT. Be prepared that they use either your Facebook or Linked-In credentials to register you so you can fill in the application.

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NC Launches New App

Raleigh, NC – On January 17, 2014, a new mobile application was launched to help North Carolinians prepare for everything from minor traffic emergencies to severe storms on a daily basis. The app, ReadyNC, is free and available for iPhones and Android devices.

Ready NC App Screen ShotThe new app provides users with:

  • real-time traffic and weather information
  • critical information on how to be safe during different hazardous events
  • real-time information about opened shelters for evacuees (including addresses, capacity, directions and if the shelter is pet-friendly)
  • real-time updates on flood levels of major nearby creeks and rivers
  • phone numbers and links to all North Carolina power companies to report outages
  • basic instructions on how to develop emergency plans and what to put in your emergency supplies kit
  • real-time information on which counties have issued evacuation orders
  • contact numbers and links to websites for those who need help recovering from a disaster
  • direct links to the and websites [North Carolina Department of Public Safety] and social media accounts

The information that the ReadyNC app provides users is not new but has been available on the ReadyNC Website since 2006. With the rapid adoption of mobile devices, North Carolina has decided to provide the information in a form convenient to many citizens.

ReadyNC Website

In May 2006, in part due to the awareness caused by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, North Carolina kicked off a public awareness campaign aimed at getting people to take personal responsibility for themselves and their families in emergency situations. The campaign featured a new website – – that includes information on how to prepare for any type of emergency as well as information on what type of emergencies occur in North Carolina.

A Local Version of the ReadyNC Website

In August 2011 The N.C. League of Municipalities and the N.C. Association of County Commissioners announced the launch of, an emergency management preparedness website. This website is devoted to helping local governments in North Carolina prepare for and recover from disasters of any kind. It was hoped that would become a “one-stop shop” for information both before and after an emergency occurs.

A Caveat About the ReadyNC App

Be aware that the ReadyNC app does not provide the level of service of existing warning systems. In the Terms of Use of the ReadyNC App, there are the following statements:

  • The application does not replace calling 9-1-1 for emergencies.
  • It should not be used a s a substitute for a weather-alert radio during potentially life-threatening weather conditions, such as tornadoes.
  • NCDPS is not responsible if information that is made available on this app is not accurate, complete or current…

Not withstanding the above caveats, the ReadyNC app provides valuable information in a useful format. What do you think of this app? Would you download the app and use it?

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TechBreakfast Comes to the Triangle

Raleigh, NC – There is a new monthly morning meetup for Tech in the Triangle: Raleigh TechBreakfast. TechBreakfast is a monthly breakfast get-together where techies, developers, designers, and entrepreneurs share and learn from their peers. TechBreakfast is a “show and tell” format event where up to five different technologists demo their technologies from a wide range of industries ranging from software to hardware, IT to Biotech, robotics to space tech.

Triple Agnostic

The event is “triple agnostic”. We don’t care if the technology is from a start up, a large company, a university, a government agency, or someone’s hobby. We are also agnostic as to the industry of the tech – it could be IT, biotech, robotics, aerospace, materials sciences, anything tech and innovative is cool. And we’re also region agnostic – even if you’re not from where we’re hosting, we want to see you and your technology!

TechBreakfast History

TechBreakfast was founded a few years ago in Baltimore by Ron Schmelzer, a serial entrepreneur with multiple exits under his belt. Ron was tired of seeing many flavors of the same type of startup and wanted to see more diversity of technology. So Ron started inviting people and companies from Energy, Robotics and Bio and not necessarily only startups. The diversity of content really made TechBreakfast take off.

Today there are TechBreakfast meetups in such places as Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Columbia, DC, Northern VA, NYC, Philadelphia and Silicon Valley. Raleigh is the newest city to join the TechBreakfast fold.

Raleigh TechBreakfast Meeting Specifics

  • When – Thursday, January 23, 2014, 8:00 – 10:00 A.M.
  • Where – HQ Raleigh, 711 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC 27603
  • Registration Site
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1 Million Cups in the Triangle

Research Triangle, NC –

What is 1 Million Cups?

1 Million Cups is a Kauffman Labs program for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs. It takes place in 17 cities around the country every Wednesday from 9 – 10 am. Each week, 1MC offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to describe themselves and their ventures in 6 minutes, followed by a 20 minute conversation with an audience of fellow entrepreneurs, advisors, and mentors.

We are fortunate to have this program in the Triangle. To get to the nearest cities that host a 1 Million Cups program, you have to go either to DC, Chattanooga or Orlando.

1 Million Cups in the Triangle

The 1 Million Cups programs in the Triangle are scheduled every Wednesday from 9-10 A.M. and alternate between the RTP Headquarters and Launch Chapel Hill.  Put Wednesday mornings on your schedule to share some coffee, find out about some interesting new ventures and network with some interesting entrepreneurs in the Triangle area.

To find out where 1 Million Cups will be meeting in the coming weeks, you can check the following websites:

Looking at the schedule, January 8th should be at Launch Chapel Hill.

Previous Tech Tank Articles on 1 Million Cups

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Dart Flight School in the Triangle

Research Triangle, NC – Local developer Luke Dary and the Google Developer Group in Research Triangle (GDG Research Triangle) are working with the American Underground to bring the Dart Flight School to the Triangle. On February 8, There will be simultaneous classes at the Main and new Raleigh locations of the American Underground.

What is Dart?

The Dart Language is a new class-based and object-oriented platform for scalable web app engineering. Dart is an open-source project with contributors from Google and elsewhere and includes many tools and libraries to help with the development process. Compiling using Angular Java Script will produce Dart web apps that will run in all modern browsers.

What is Dart Flight School?

Dart Flight Schools are community events run by Google Developer Groups to help developers learn Dart and Angular. Dart Flight Schools can be different in each location based on the organizers, local skill sets and interests. There can be tech talks, code labs or even mini-hackathons. As we get closer to the date, we will see what GDG Research Triangle has finalized as an agenda for the Triangle Dart Flight School.

Dart Flight School Details

  • When: Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 1-5pm
  • Durham: American Underground @ Main, 201 W Main St., Durham, NC 27701 // Durham Registration
  • Raleigh: American Underground @ Raleigh, 213 Fayetteville St. , Raleigh, NC 27601 // Raleigh Registration

Learn Dart and Angular, Get Your Web Development Wings

Sign up for only one of the sessions. The Raleigh location can hold ~20-30 people and the Durham facility can hold ~80 people. Resources for the Dart Flight School can be found on the Dart Website.  Also the GDG Research Triangle will be publishing more details and may conduct some preliminary activities at their normal meet-ups.

If you attend, please let us know what you think of Dart, Angular and the Dart Flight School.

Global Entrepreneurship Week Triangle Entrepreneurs Luncheon

Discount for Tech Tank Readers

Cary, NC – Technology Tank is offering a discount promotional code to our followers for our luncheon on this Wednesday, November 20, 2013. Use the promotion code “TechTank” for a nice discount off the normal price of this luncheon.

What is the Luncheon?

The luncheon is to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week. We’ve lined up Mital Patel for some Q&A during lunchtime. Mital is a key cog in the Triangle entrepreneurial ecosystem. A lawyer and technologist, Mital has been part of the some of the Triangle’s most interesting projects and we will find out the 4 Things every Triangle entrepreneur needs to know. You don’t want to miss this important entrepreneurship event in the Triangle. Tickets are limited so register now.

Luncheon Details

Global Entrepreneurship Week – Triangle Luncheon
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM (EST)
Cary, NC | Embassy Suites, Cary:
Discount Code “TechTank”

There are more details on the registration site.

Thank you to our Sponsors:

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Global Entrepreneurship Week – Triangle Luncheon Nov 20

Research Triangle, NC – Join us in celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week with a Triangle Entrepreneurs Luncheon at Embassy Suites.

Triangle Takes Off

There’s a new buzz in the Triangle as entrepreneurship and technology cross-pollinate like never before.

Witness the expansion of American Underground and HQ Raleigh. Google’s been making its presence felt with the first public debut of Google Glass and the establishment of a Google for Entrepreneurs Tech Hub in Durham.

It’s no wonder the Triangle is ranked one of the top 5 areas for technology in the United States.

Global Entrepreneurship Week

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.

During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them take the next step in their entrepreneurial journey.

These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.

Global Entrepreneurship Week is not one single event–it is tens of thousands of events, activities and competitions happening in more than 130 countries.

Triangle Entrepreneurs Luncheon

What better way to celebrate entrepreneurship than with a little power networking and a luncheon? We’ve lined up Mital Patel for some Q&A during lunchtime.

Mital is a key cog in the Triangle entrepreneurial ecosystem. A lawyer and technologist, Mital has been part of the some of the Triangle’s most interesting projects.

The Q&A will be conducted by Hal Goodtree, a Tech Tank fellow and the publisher of CaryCitizen.

Event Details

Registration starts at 11am and Lunch and the program starts at 11:30am

The luncheon will be held at the Embassy Suites, Raleigh – Durham/Research Triangle, located at 201 Harrison Oaks Blvd in Cary, NC (just off I-40 at the N. Harrison Avenue Exit #287)

Tickets are $40, include lunch and are limited so reserve your spot today.

This luncheon is part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week and immediately follows the Triangle Startup Weekend held in Chapel Hill that is competing in the 2013 Global Startup Battle!

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Recap of NCDevCon2013

Raleigh, NC – Article contributed by Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana attended NCDevCon2013 and he gave us a summary of his experience:

The talks I attended were very good. The speakers were well versed with vast experience in their field. It was good to learn how others solve problems inside their own teams and companies. The presentations give you perspective and ideas on solving your own problems in a different way or just to validate that you see that you are doing it, in essence, in the same way.

The opening keynote was about Adobe ColdFusion (CF) which is the first time I heard about the product. I know I think I was the only one that didn’t know that NCDevCon history was about CF development, but I didn’t know because most the of the presentations on their website were about HTML 5, JavaScript, and mobile development.

Conference Sessions

Raymond Camden from Adobe gave a two hour workshop on PhoneGap. PhoneGap builds on the open source project Apache Cordova which I’m a contributor. He explained the basic concepts of developing a mobile web App and the ability to package it as a native App for smartphones. Raymond also explained some of the features provided by Adobe PhoneGap Build like remote builds and ability to have your App tested by others.

Adrian Pomilio lives here in North Carolina and is great developer, designer, and speaker. He talked about one of the topics I’m also currently working on “The JavaScript – the Stack”. He gave an overview on how JavaScript can be use on the back end server, command lines tools, and hardware hacking like NodeCopter. He went to explain some of the new JavaScript command line tools that help web developers build Apps faster and be more productive by staying on the same language to accomplish different tasks. Tools like Bower, GruntJS, Yeoman, and Johnny-Five allow developers to use JavaScript for everything.

Steve Keaton gave a talk about the new version of BootStrap 3. Steve presented multiple examples showing the different components and answering questions from audience. I learned a lot of things I didn’t know about bootstrap it was a very helpful session. The version of BootStrap 3 is a re-architecture based on best practices for responsive design.  Mostly it uses CSS but it also provides JavaScript components that are also based on responsive design principles. BootStrap 3 is major step forward on better Websites and Mobile Apps, since it takes a mobile first approach. You can read about what’s new on BootStrap 3.

There were more sessions on Cloud, Deployment and User Experience. You can check the topics online on the NCDevCon schedule. All sessions are also free to watch online.

Personal Highlights

My personal highlights:

  • Topics were very relevant to new Web Development technologies and tools
  • Free Beer on networking event
  • Driving distance from home @ NCSU facilities

Definitely I will be attending again next year.

Connect with Carlos on Twitter – @csantanapr