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Upcoming Tech Events – June ’14 Edition

Cary, NC – Here is a quick summary of Technology events coming up in the next few months. Let us know what you think of the events and also let us know if we have missed any.

Quick Links

NCTech4Good Conference June 5-6, 2014 in Chapel Hill. The NCTech4Good Conference will be held June 6, 2014, at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill. It will be preceded by a workshop on Thursday, June 5. Beth Kanter is the workshop leader and keynote speaker. The NCT4G conference is designed to serve nonprofit professionals, volunteers, consultants, and small business owners. This two-day conference focuses on technologies in areas such as fundraising, social media, and communication and advocacy tools, offering both pre-selected presentations and workshops, as well as spontaneous sessions created by participants.

Maker Faire North Carolina – Saturday, June 7, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. Maker Faire North Carolina is a celebration of all things made. Get inspired at North Carolina’s largest celebration of DIY culture and innovation!

Code for Charlotte Hack-a-thon – Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM (EDT) in Charlotte, NC. “The Best Hack-a-thon Ever”. The day we’ve been waiting for. Clear your calendar – It’s going down! Code for Charlotte Brigade is having it’s first Hack-a-thon and you’re invited.

Charlotte Data Day – June 17, 2014 from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM (EDT) in Charlotte, NC. The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute and the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, in partnership with the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, present the second annual Charlotte Data Day, which will explore the state of housing in Charlotte through local and national data sources.

ProductCamp CLT – June 21, 2014 from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM in Charlotte, NC. ProductCamp is a free, one-day conference for anyone interested in designing, building, launching and marketing great products. It’s collaborative and participant-driven. That means no set agenda and no sales pitches; just a great opportunity to interact with the region’s best and brightest on product strategy.

Data Matters Data Science Summer Workshop Series – June 23-27 in Chapel Hill, NC. Are you: A manager who needs to know how to stay afloat in the data deluge? A data analytics specialist grappling with large data sets? A data center administrator in the private or public sector? A researcher who must manage, share and archive large, complicated data sets? An entrepreneur, student, researcher, scholar, or employee determined to make the most of the data revolution? If so, the Data Matters Data Science Summer Workshop Series is for you.

Triangle Startup Weekend: Education – Friday, July 18, 2014 at 6:00 PM – Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 9:00 PM (EDT) in Raleigh, NC. Have you ever had an idea for improving education? Here’s your opportunity to transform your education ideas into action in 54 hours. Find the right people with complimentary skills & the passion & dedication to build a startup quick & smart. Test your idea with real potential customers, receive coaching from experienced education entrepreneurs & industry professionals, and win prizes that will help you take your startup idea to the next level of execution!

Startup & Play: Main Event – Thursday, July 24th at 6:00pm in Durham. More details to follow

Triangle Startup Weekend: Health – August 8th-10th in Durham, NC. All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Cryptolina – August 15-16, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. “The defining Bitcoin event for the Carolinas.” Cryptolina is the Carolinas first event bringing together Bitcoin entrepreneurs, financial professionals, venture capital and angel investors, enthusiasts and others who are looking to network, learn and discuss the emerging cryptocurrency industry.

NCDevCon 2014 – North Carolina’s Premier Web Conference – Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 8:00 AM – Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 3:30 PM (EDT) in Raleigh, NC. NCDevCon is a 2 day web and mobile development conference in Raleigh, NC. For $200 you get access to all sessions and hands on classes. Your conference fee also includes lunch, a snazzy conference T-Shirt and admission to our evening networking event. Learn more at ncdevcon.com

CED Tech Venture Conference: The Internet of (Every)thing – September 16-17, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. You’re invited to this year’s CED Tech Venture Conference, to be held September 16-17, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. Join 600 of the region’s most promising early-stage and high-growth companies, leading investors, and tech enthusiasts as we explore how the ubiquitous “Internet of Things” paradigm is increasingly blurring the lines between the physical and digital worlds.

Triangle InfoSeCon 2014 – October 16, 2014 from 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. (EST) in Raleigh, NC. The Raleigh ISSA Chapter fall conference is a great opportunity to learn more about information security, talk with companies who provide security products and services, and network with fellow information security professionals. We submit CPE Credits automatically for attendees who provide their CISSP certification information. Registration Site

BSIDES – October 17, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. Security B-sides (BSides) is a community-driven framework for building events for and by information security community members. The goal is to expand the spectrum of conversation beyond the traditional confines of space and time. It creates opportunities for individuals to both present and participate in an intimate atmosphere that encourages collaboration. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from participants. It is where conversations for the next-big-thing are happening.

Southeast SAS Users Group Conference – October 19 – 21, 2014 in Myrtle Beach, SC.

All Things Open – October 22-23, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. A Conference Exploring Open Source, Open Tech and the Open Web.

Internet Summit 2014 – November 11-13, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. More information to follow.


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NC Datapalooza Starts April 24

Raleigh, NC – The 2014 NC Datapalooza program this year kicks off with a boot camp next Thursday night from 5:30 – 8 PM at the new HQ Raleigh location. Make sure you attend this session to get a jump on the whole datapalooza process.

What is NC Datapalooza?

NC Datapalooza is a competition where teams build commercial products or services based on Open Data. The Datapalooza process is extended to allow you the time to build really good and well thought through ideas. There are lots of resources available to the NC Datapalooza teams to help challenge and refine your ideas. This year, the NC Datapalooza process focuses on the Health Care vertical.

Why go to Boot Camp?

The Datapalooza program this year will have some new elements to help you to better develop your ideas and offerings. Starting with Boot Camp next week, there will be a Startup Weekend May 9-11 followed by a period of mentoring and product development and ending with final presentations and awards in September. While you might be able to start NC Datapalooza some time else during the process, your best bet is to start at the beginning and take in all of the goodness that NC Datapalooza has to offer!

Boot Camp Details

  • What: NC Datapalooza Boot Camp
  • When: Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
  • Where: HQ Raleigh, 310 S Harrington St, Raleigh, NC 27601
  • NC Datapalooza Boot Camp Registration Site

What to Expect From NC Datapalooza

I was part of a NC Datapalooza team last year and wrote about my experience in the process. There are new elements that are being added this year, but the article will give you a flavor of what to expect through the process.

Past Articles on NC Datapalooza

Disclosure: Ian Henshaw and Technology Tank are part of the organizing team for the 2014 NC Datapalooza.

Meetup Groups in the Triangle

Spring Brings New Meetup Groups

Cary, NC – We have written several posts about the vibrant number of Meetup Groups in the Triangle. This spring brings many new Meetup Groups and several of those are Tech related. Here is a listing of the Tech Meetup Groups that have started since March 1. Hover over the link to see a description of the group.

New Tech Meetup Groups

Why Do You Belong?

Meetup Groups come and go based on the ‘hot product’ or platform of the day. Many build a stable community and continue for some time. What groups do you belong to and why are they important to you?

What is Missing?

What are the products, processes and platforms that do not have a Meetup Group in the Triangle? Which one would you like to start if there were enough like-minded people to get it started?

Past Tech Tank Meetup Articles


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Maker Weekend Recap

Raleigh, NC – This weekend was the Triangle Startup Weekend Maker Edition. I attended on Sunday to spread the word through social media and to see what the teams have been up to over the 54 hour weekend. HQ Raleigh was a perfect location to hold the event as 16 teams were able to find various nooks and crannies all over the facility to meet and innovate.

The Maker weekend was run by Sean Newman Maroni of BetaVersity and Lance Cassidy of DX Lab Design.

The Teams

  1. Beer Buoy / Poolzie – The problem is that your beer (or beverage) does not float straight up in water. Demo showed MVP with someone in a pool (in early April, Brrr…)
  2. Where’s My Coupon? – Changing how people find coupons, providing coupons when you need them.
  3. Can Impact – Socially conscious company to provide a product with the proceeds supporting working wells in disadvantaged countries. “1 ‘Can’ in every backpack and boardroom.”
  4. Paparazzi Feeder – A tech packed bird feeder that takes your bird pix at the perfect time and better yet, sends them via a Twitter stream! (Squirrel repellent was not addressed…)
  5. Tangicode – Teaching kids to learn code in a fun and interactive way.
  6. Lyfe Loop – A biometric trigger to start recording on Glass to capture life’s moments.
  7. Buildz-a-Bot – Empowering children to modify their robots to match their own imaginations.
  8. Gather – Monthly packages of local products for local people delivered by bike.
  9. Right Wrap – Gift wrapping stretchable and reusable fabric to combat the enemy of wrapping paper.
  10. PedSights – Wearable sensors to aid in the proper diagnosis of children suffering form Epilepsy, Traumatic Brain Injury and Tremors.
  11. Vice Grips – Wrap to protect hands from calluses caused by Cross Fit and Kettle Bell training regimens.
  12. Keyleaf – A combination of key ring and wallet to eliminate the problems of classical key rings.
  13. Roam – A wireless child bracelet that alarms if your child strays too far.
  14. Smoke Signal – Drones used for emergency rescue that can drop emergency supplies or hover to pinpoint location of needed service. Who let a drone loose in HQ Raleigh?
  15. See-U – A “healfie” to track health over time by taking images of body parts as well as creating personal data.

(One team pivoted too late and had to pull out…)

Winning Teams

  • 1st Place – Roam – Best demo and use of advertising in-house during the event.
  • 2nd Place – Can Impact
  • 3rd Place – Smoke Signal – Pivoted at ~7pm on Saturday! Great recovery.
  • Crowd Choice – Roam
  • DX Lab Design, Design Sprint Award – Paparazzi Feeder

Pictures from Maker Weekend

Triangle Startup Weekend Maker Edition

Triangle Startup Weekend Maker Edition Team Location Diagram at HQ Raleigh

Triangle Startup Weekend Maker Edition  Teams meeting

Triangle Startup Weekend Maker Edition Beta Box by BetaVersity

Triangle Startup Weekend Maker Edition TSW Cookie press by Archana Gowda

Triangle Startup Weekend Maker Edition  Prepping for presentations

Triangle Startup Weekend Maker Edition Standing Room Only


Previous Tech Tank Articles on Startup Weekends

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Startup Weekends – April 2014

Raleigh, NC – We like to keep you up to date with the Startup Weekend events going on in and around North Carolina because there are always several going on. This is an indication of the strong entrepreneurial activity in the area. The first weekend in April will have 2 events, one in the Triangle and one in the Triad.

What is a Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurials. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on a idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

Startup Weekends – April 4-6, 2014

Triangle Startup Weekend - Maker Edition April 4-6, 2014
The Triangle Startup Weekend Maker Edition is one of the first Maker Startup Weekends on the East Coast. The event will be held at the new HQ Raleigh space in Raleigh.

Join makers across the Triangle for a weekend focused on building cool, crazy, innovative physical products and launching companies around them. Tinker with state of the art tools provided by BetaVersity and meet design experts brought in by DXLab Design. We’ll have micro-controllers, laser cutters, 3D printers, and an awesome makerspace for you to geek out on.

Triad Startup Weekend, April 4-6, 2014
The Triad Startup Weekend does not have a specific focus. The event will be held at the Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship in Greensboro.

Additional Startup Weekends Planned

There are currently 2 additional Startup Weekends planned for the Triangle and both are focusing on the Health vertical. The event scheduled for May 9-11, 2014 will focus on Open Data powering innovation in the Health vertical and is part of the 2014 NC Datapalooza program and will be held in Raleigh. The second event is scheduled for August 8-10, 2014 and will be held in Durham.

Check back later to see more information about these Startup Weekends.


Previous Tech Tank Articles on Startup Weekends

Upcoming Tech Events - March 2014 Edition

Upcoming Tech Events – Mar ’14 Edition

Cary, NC – Here is a quick summary of Technology events coming up in the next few months. Let us know what you think of the events and also let us know if we have missed any.

Quick Links

NC State University FOSS Fair 2014 – Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM in Raleigh, NC. The FOSS Fair is an unconference or BarCamp style event. It is completely driven by you, the participants. Any topic relating to Free and Open Source Software is welcome.

NCTA Emerging Tech + Trends – Protecting Your Data in the Cloud – Tuesday, March 4, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM (EST) in RTP, NC. The cloud has been discussed, a lot. Some say too much. But, it is here to stay and hard to deny the cost savings and on-demand scalability it offers. As companies continue to house more data in the cloud, the focus turns to securing that data. This panel, moderated by EMC, will explore what data companies are choosing to put in the cloud and how they are protecting it.

Startup Grind – Tuesday, March 11, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT) in Raleigh, NC. Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. Startup Grind Durham Hosts Daniel Chalef (Knowledge Tree).

“Software Testing is NOT Dead” – Triangle Information Systems Quality Association (TISQA) 2014 Conference and Workshops – March 12 – 13, 2014 in Chapel Hill, NC. Join TISQA for our bi-annual conference and workshop on March 12th and 13th, 2014 at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill, NC. We invite you to participate in the premiere Software Testing conference and workshops of the Carolinas. Come on out and join us for a two day confirmation that testing is alive and kicking!! We will gather to confirm that indeed Software Testing is alive and well and more valuable than ever. The theme for this conference challenges a notion put forth by Dr. James Whittaker that software testing is on its way to being a dead field. There are no zombies at this conference Dr. Whittaker!

Startup Madness 2014 – Wednesday, March 19, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM (EDT) in Raleigh, NC. Join us for the 4th Annual Startup Madness at Hunt Library! During the fierce competition of March Madness, ACC schools send their best student entrepreneurial teams to Startup Madness. Teams compete in a bracket style competition to determine who goes home with the prizes and bragging rights.

Pearl Hacks – 2:00 PM Saturday, March 22 – 5:00 PM Sunday, March 23, 2014 (EDT) in Chapel Hill, NC. We are bringing together 200 girls from nearby universities and high schools and engineers from Google, Palantir, SparkFun, Square and many other tech companies for a one-of-a-kind event. Meet friendly people, connect with awesome employers, win fun prizes and build something completely new and revolutionary!

North Carolina Science Festival – March 28 – April 13, 2014. The North Carolina Science Festival is a multi-day celebration showcasing science and technology. The Festival highlights the educational, cultural and financial impact of science in our state. Through hands-on activities, science talks, lab tours, nature experiences, exhibits and performances, the Festival engages a wide range of public audiences while inspiring future generations.

Startup Grind – Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT) in Durham, NC. Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. Startup Grind Durham Hosts Don Rainey (Grotech Ventures)

Triangle Maker Startup Weekend – Friday, April 4, 2014 at 6:00 PM – Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 9:00 PM (EDT) in Raleigh, NC. Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over a thousand past events in 110+ countries around the world.

ProductCampRTP 2014 UnConference – Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT) in Morrisville, NC. ProductCampRTP is a unique opportunity to share, network and learn with professionals involved in product management, marketing and development from around the Triangle. Unlike traditional conference formats, ProductCamp is an “unconference” where participants decide what is important and interesting.

2014 East Coast Game Conference – Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM – Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 5:30 PM (EDT) in Raleigh, NC. Attracting artists, game designers, developers, producers, programmers, industry experts and gamers from Europe and North America, the East Coast Game Conference 2014 promises an in-depth look at the future of gaming, as well as an opportunity to meet and learn from this industry’s leading innovators.

STEAM Makers Fair for Teachers – Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT) in Raleigh, NC. Teachers of grades PreK–12, all disciplines. Join us for an after-school interlude exploring STEAM through drop-in, hands-on, creative demonstrations connecting techniques in the visual arts with STEM. The relaxed structure of this event allows time for teachers to explore the Museum’s collection and to network and create. Refreshments, ideas, and free resources provided.

2014 TriAgile Conference – Friday, May 2, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. We are excited to announce an Agile conference right here in the RTP area! Our goal is to create a premier conference, bringing together people from all disciplines to hear about how you are bringing agility to your organization.

Digital Marketing for Business – Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 8:00 AM – Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 5:00 PM (EDT) in Raleigh, North Carolina. Digital Marketing for Business (DMFB) is an organization that provides regional marketing conferences. DMFB conferences allow people to learn and exchange marketing solutions from conference sessions, networking events, and exhibition areas. The key types of people who attend and participate in DMFB events include business owners, entrepreneurs, managers and marketing consultants. Registration Site.

CocoaConf Mini Raleigh 2014 – May 9th–10th, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. Featuring an exciting line-up of sessions on iOS and OS X development, CocoaConf Mini Raleigh will have something for every iPhone, iPad, and Mac developer.

NCTA State of Technology Conference – May 15-16, 2014 in Durham, NC. Leaders from across sectors and functional roles will convene for a day of engaging keynotes, interactive panels and an exhibit showcase. Sessions will focus on how companies are integrating disruptive mobile technologies to stay ahead of their competition. It will also feature an NC start-up showcase, where companies will demo some of their latest mobile innovations.

Open Data Startup Weekend – May 16-18, 2014. In conjuction with NC Datapalooza, this Startup Weekend will kick off the 2014 round of NC Datapalooza. More details will follow.

CarolinaCon-10 – May 16-18, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. CarolinaCon is an annual conference in North Carolina that is dedicated to sharing knowledge about technology, security and information rights. CarolinaCon also serves to enhance the local and international awareness of current technology related issues and developments.

BarCampRDU 2014, Saturday, May 17, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. BarCamp is a user-generated unconference primarily focused around technology and the Web with participatory workshop-events provided by participants.

CityCamp NC – May 29-31, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. CityCamp NC is three days of open sourced talks, workshops, and hands-on problem solving, to re-imagine the way the web, applications, technology, and participation will shape the future of NC. CityCamp brings together government, business, neighborhood, non-profit, and academic communities to work toward next generation solutions for local municipalities. You don’t need to be technical either–we need ideas from a variety of participants to help create solutions.

Save the date for 2014! NCTech4Good Conference June 5-6, 2014 in Chapel Hill. The NCTech4Good Conference will be held June 6, 2014, at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill. It will be preceded by a workshop on Thursday, June 5. Beth Kanter has been invited as our workshop leader and keynote speaker.

Maker Faire North Carolina -Saturday, June 7, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. Maker Faire North Carolina is a celebration of all things made. Get inspired at North Carolina’s largest celebration of DIY culture and innovation!

Triangle InfoSeCon 2014 – October 16, 2014 from 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. (EST) in Raleigh, NC. Topic: Information Security.

All Things Open – October 22-23, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. Hold the date.


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Tech Events Calendar Image February 2014

Upcoming Tech Events – Feb ’14 Edition

Cary, NC – Here is a quick summary of Technology events coming up in the next few months. Let us know what you think of the events and also let us know if we have missed any.

Quick Links

IBM Global Entrepreneur Day – Innovate, Transform, Grow – Tuesday, February 4, 2014 from 05:30 P.M. to 09:00 P.M. (EST) in RTP, NC. Come one come all to IBM Entrepreneur Day, where you can network and learn from your local ecosystem of entrepreneurs, VCs, academic leaders, accelerators, IBM executives and Business Partners. Your ecosystem is the most effective means of fostering the success of everyone in the business community. Working together, we can go further than we would on our own!.

Dart Flight School – Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. (EST) in Durham and Raleigh, NC. 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. The Dart Flight Schools in the Triangle are run by the Google Developer Group in Research Triangle (GDG Research Triangle). Registration sites fpr Dart Flight School: American Underground @Main, Durham, and American Underground @Raleigh

SpeedCon 2014 – Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM (EST) in Raleigh, NC. SpeedCon is an unconference for all aspects of communication. Hosted by the NC State Technical Communication Association, this event is a great opportunity for students, alumni, faculty, professionals, and any other interested parties to learn about all forms of communication. We’re very excited to host this year’s event at the Hunt Library where we’ll get to utilize some of the cool (look, there’s no other word for it) digital spaces for our sessions.

Demo Day for the 15th Annual Duke Start-Up Challenge – Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (MST) in Durham, NC. The Duke Start-Up Challenge, founded in 1999, is designed to help Duke’s entrepreneurship community flourish, with a year long entrepreneurship competition followed by an accelerator program. All Duke students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and the general public are welcome to join us for the Demo Day for the 15th Annual Duke Start-Up Challenge. Over 100 Duke teams entered the Duke Start-Up Challenge this year.

Triangle Open Data Day – February 22-23, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. It’s a gathering of citizens to write applications, liberate data, create visualizations and publish analyses using open public data to show support for and encourage the adoption of open data policies by the world’s local, regional and national governments. Registration is open, tickets are going fast and the event is sure to sell out again! Triangle Open Data Day is produced by Technology Tank and Code for Cary.

CodeAcross the Triangle will be held in conjunction with Triangle Open Data Day. The theme this year is Beyond Transparency

Triangle Usability Professionals’ Association (TriUXPA) Conference – Using Personas and Storytelling Effectively with Whitney Quesenbery – Wednesday, February 26, 2014 from 8:30 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. (EST) in Cary, NC. You’ll work individually and in teams to explore different ways to use personas effectively, and how to write stories for them.

“Software Testing is NOT Dead” – Triangle Information Systems Quality Association (TISQA) 2014 Conference and Workshops – March 12 – 13, 2014 in Chapel Hill, NC. Join TISQA for our bi-annual conference and workshop on March 12th and 13th, 2014 at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill, NC. We invite you to participate in the premiere Software Testing conference and workshops of the Carolinas. Come on out and join us for a two day confirmation that testing is alive and kicking!! We will gather to confirm that indeed Software Testing is alive and well and more valuable than ever. The theme for this conference challenges a notion put forth by Dr. James Whittaker that software testing is on its way to being a dead field. There are no zombies at this conference Dr. Whittaker!

North Carolina Science Festival – March 28 – April 13, 2014. The North Carolina Science Festival is a multi-day celebration showcasing science and technology. The Festival highlights the educational, cultural and financial impact of science in our state. Through hands-on activities, science talks, lab tours, nature experiences, exhibits and performances, the Festival engages a wide range of public audiences while inspiring future generations.

ProductCampRTP 2014 UnConference – Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT) in Morrisville, NC. ProductCampRTP is a unique opportunity to share, network and learn with professionals involved in product management, marketing and development from around the Triangle. Unlike traditional conference formats, ProductCamp is an “unconference” where participants decide what is important and interesting.

STEAM Makers Fair for Teachers – Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT) in Raleigh, NC. Teachers of grades PreK–12, all disciplines. Join us for an after-school interlude exploring STEAM through drop-in, hands-on, creative demonstrations connecting techniques in the visual arts with STEM. The relaxed structure of this event allows time for teachers to explore the Museum’s collection and to network and create. Refreshments, ideas, and free resources provided.

2014 TriAgile Conference – Friday, May 2, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. We are excited to announce an Agile conference right here in the RTP area! Our goal is to create a premier conference, bringing together people from all disciplines to hear about how you are bringing agility to your organization.

Digital Marketing for Business – Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 8:00 AM – Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 5:00 PM (EDT) in Raleigh, North Carolina. Digital Marketing for Business (DMFB) is an organization that provides regional marketing conferences. DMFB conferences allow people to learn and exchange marketing solutions from conference sessions, networking events, and exhibition areas. The key types of people who attend and participate in DMFB events include business owners, entrepreneurs, managers and marketing consultants. Registration Site.

CocoaConf Mini Raleigh 2014 – May 9th–10th, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. Featuring an exciting line-up of sessions on iOS and OS X development, CocoaConf Mini Raleigh will have something for every iPhone, iPad, and Mac developer.

BarCampRDU 2014, Saturday, May 17, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. BarCamp is a user-generated unconference primarily focused around technology and the Web with participatory workshop-events provided by participants.

Save the date for 2014! NCTech4Good Conference June 5-6, 2014 in Chapel Hill. The NCTech4Good Conference will be held June 6, 2014, at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill. It will be preceded by a workshop on Thursday, June 5. Beth Kanter has been invited as our workshop leader and keynote speaker.

Triangle InfoSeCon 2014 – October 16, 2014 from 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. (EST) in Raleigh, NC. Topic: Information Security.

All Things Open – October 22-23, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. Hold the date.

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Data Privacy Day

Cary, NC – January 28th of each year is designated Data Privacy Day. Data Privacy Day is an international effort and is promoted by the National Cyber Security Alliance.

What is Data Privacy Day?

Data Privacy Day is an international effort to empower and educate people to protect their privacy and control their digital footprint

Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January 2008 as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe. Data Protection Day commemorates the January 28, 1981, signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. Data Privacy Day is now a celebration for everyone, observed annually on January 28.

Activities you can do for Data Privacy Day

  1. Learn about Data Privacy. There is a lot of great information on the National Cyber Security Alliance Webpage for Data Privacy Day: StaySafeOnline.org/data-privacy-day/
  2. Join the “Keep a Clean Machine” Campaign:
    • Keep security software current: Having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats.
    • Automate software updates: Many software programs will automatically connect and update to defend against known risks. Turn on automatic updates if that’s an available option.
    • Protect all devices that connect to the Internet: Along with computers, smart phones, gaming systems, and other web-enabled devices also need protection from viruses and malware.
    • Plug & scan: “USBs” and other external devices can be infected by viruses and malware. Use your security software to scan them.
      There is a lot of great information on the National Cyber Security Alliance Website StaySafeOnline.org
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Morrisville StartUp Networking

Morrisville, NC – The Morrisville Innovation Foundation is holding their first Startup Networking event this Thursday. The event will feature networking with a short presentation from Montie Roland of Montie Design on “What is Product Development?”

Startup Networking Event Details:

  • When: Thursday, January 9, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EST)
  • Where: Ruckus Pizza Pasta & Spirits, 1101 Market Center Drive, Morrisville, NC 27560
  • Registration Site

Register and find out what is going on with entrepreneurship and startups in Morrisville.

What is the Morrisville Innovation Foundation?

The Morrisville Innovation Foundation supports economic and community development in Morrisville, NC which includes creating a community for start-up companies, entrepreneurs and those that work for the large corporations in the area and want to foster an “intrapreneurial” spirit.

The Morrisville Innovation Foundation was created in 2013 as a public-private partnership to promote economic and community development in Morrisville. The Foundation is affiliated with the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce. Since its creation the Foundation had developed and supported many initiatives in Morrisville including:

Tech News January 2014

Upcoming Tech Events – Jan ’14 Edition

Cary, NC – Here is a quick summary of Technology events coming up in the next few months. Let us know what you think of the events and also let us know if we have missed any.

Quick Links

An Evening with MongoDB in the Triangle – January 16th in Durham, NC. An Evening with MongoDB in the Triangle is a free evening event in the Triangle, dedicated to the open source, document database MongoDB. An Evening with MongoDB in the Triangle is an opportunity to explore MongoDB and its use cases.

Data Innovation Day. The second annual Data Innovation Day will be held on Thursday, January 23, 2014. No activities are planned for the Triangle.

Charlotte Startup Weekend – Friday, January 24, 2014 at 6:00 PM – Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 10:00 PM in Charlotte, NC. Details on the Charlotte Startup Weekend Website. This 54-hour event is designed to teach the skills of entrepreneurship by having participants work on a team to convert an idea into an operating business. During the weekend, participants create working startups and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs.

Data Privacy Day. Data Privacy Day is an international effort to empower and educate people to protect their privacy and control their digital footprint. Data Privacy Day will be held on Tuesday, January 28, 2014. No activities are planned for the Triangle.

NEXT – February 2014 (Specific details to follow). NEXT is a 3 hour, part-time program for five weeks to build the skills and tactics your startup needs to prepare for an accelerator, investor, or early product launch

Dart Flight School – Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. (EST) in Durham and Raleigh, NC. 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. The Dart Flight Schools in the Triangle are run by the Google Developer Group in Research Triangle (GDG Research Triangle). Registration sites fpr Dart Flight School: American Underground @Main, Durham, and American Underground @Raleigh

Triangle Open Data Day – February 22-23, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. It’s a gathering of citizens to write applications, liberate data, create visualizations and publish analyses using open public data to show support for and encourage the adoption of open data policies by the world’s local, regional and national governments.

Triangle Usability Professionals’ Association (TriUXPA) Conference – Using Personas and Storytelling Effectively with Whitney Quesenbery – Wednesday, February 26, 2014 from 8:30 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. (EST) in Cary, NC. You’ll work individually and in teams to explore different ways to use personas effectively, and how to write stories for them.

“Software Testing is NOT Dead” – Triangle Information Systems Quality Association (TISQA) 2014 Conference and Workshops – March 12 – 13, 2014 in Chapel Hill, NC. Join TISQA for our bi-annual conference and workshop on March 12th and 13th, 2014 at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill, NC. We invite you to participate in the premiere Software Testing conference and workshops of the Carolinas. Come on out and join us for a two day confirmation that testing is alive and kicking!! We will gather to confirm that indeed Software Testing is alive and well and more valuable than ever. The theme for this conference challenges a notion put forth by Dr. James Whittaker that software testing is on its way to being a dead field. There are no zombies at this conference Dr. Whittaker!

North Carolina Science Festival – March 28 – April 13, 2014.

Digital Marketing for Business – Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 8:00 AM – Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 5:00 PM (EDT) in Raleigh, North Carolina. Digital Marketing for Business (DMFB) is an organization that provides regional marketing conferences. DMFB conferences allow people to learn and exchange marketing solutions from conference sessions, networking events, and exhibition areas. The key types of people who attend and participate in DMFB events include business owners, entrepreneurs, managers and marketing consultants. Registration Site.

BarCampRDU 2014, Saturday, May 17, 2014 in Raleigh, NC.

Save the date for 2014! NCTech4Good Conference June 5-6, 2014 in Chapel Hill. The NCTech4Good Conference will be held June 6, 2014, at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill. It will be preceded by a workshop on Thursday, June 5. Beth Kanter has been invited as our workshop leader and keynote speaker.

Triangle InfoSeCon 2014 – 8:00 A.M. – 7:00 A.M. (EDT) Oct-16, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. Topic: Information Security.