Picture from Triangle Open Data Day 2014 - pictures by Mitch Amiano

TODD2016 – Keynote and Schedule

Raleigh, NC – The Schedule and Keynote for Triangle Open Data Day 2016 (TODD) have been announced: Read more

Triangle Open Data Day - Picture by Reid Serozi

Triangle Open Data Day 2016

Raleigh, NC – Registration for Triangle Open Data Day 2016 (TODD) is open and tickets are going fast. We sold out all of the last 3 years and are expecting another sell-out crowd this year. We will be in the same location in the Engineering Building II on Centennial Campus which has proved to be a great place to hold TODD.

Triangle Open Data Day LogoThis 4th year of TODD we will again be putting more focus on the hackathon to bring value to our Triangle cities by reuse of their high value open data datasets. We are identifying mentors that can help you start and rapidly progress on an open data project of your own interest. We are looking for mentors with programming, start-ups, data analysis and open data skills to help us out at the event.

For some of you this is a warm up for the NC Datapalooza competition to be held later in the year, so come out and figure out what sort of winning project you can start working on for that competition.

Our keynote speakers will be announced soon.

The Triangle Code for America Brigades will also be participating in CodeAcross during TODD 2016.

TODD 2016 Details

  • What: Triangle Open Data Day 2016
  • Where: NCSU Engineering Building II on Centennial Campus, 890 Oval Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606
  • When: Saturday, March 5, 2015 at 9:00 AM – Sunday, March 6, 2015 at 6:00 PM (EST)
  • Why: A gathering of citizens in the Triangle to write applications, liberate data, create visualizations and publish analyses using open public data to show support for and encourage the adoption open data policies by the world’s local, regional and national governments.
  • Registration Site

Previous Tech Tank Articles on TODD

NC Data4Good

NC Data4Good – Morrisville Nov 7-8

Morrisville, NC – NC Data4Good is a collaboration of Maxpoint, Data Crunch Lab and the Research Triangle Analysts with the United Way of the Greater Triangle to address childhood hunger & food insecurity in Durham, Johnston, Orange and Wake Counties. Make an impact in the community using your skills for social good.

Some of the questions to explore with data are:

  • What influences childhood hunger?
  • What does childhood hunger affect?
  • Where is food available?
  • Where are current providers of fresh and nutritious foods located?
  • Can resources be accessed through public transportation?

NC Data4Good Details

  • What: NC Data4Good
  • When: Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 8am to 5pm and Sunday, November 8, 2015 from 8:30am to 3pm
  • Where: MaxPoint, 3020 Carrington Mill Blvd, Suite 300, Morrisville, NC 27560
  • Why: Give back to the community. Your contribution will make it possible to inform decisions regarding childhood hunger and food insecurity.
  • NC Data4Good Registration Site
NC Open Data Hackshop

Open Data HackShop NC Day 2

Raleigh, NC – Open Data Hackshop NC finished up this afternoon at Rally Software. 3 Teams finished the event and did a great job of using the US Census and USDA data. Team ‘NC Connects’ won the day with an app to help connect under served students to available community services.

Open Data Hackshop NC

Open Data Hackshop NC

Open Data Hackshop NC

Team Reconnecting Vets

Open Data Hackshop NC

User Map by Team Carolina

Open Data Hackshop NC

Team NC Connects / School is in Session

Open Data Hackshop NC

Open Data Hackshop NC Winning Team: NC Connects


Previous Articles on Open Data Hackshop NC

Battle Hack Raleigh 2015

BattleHack Raleigh is Under Way

Raleigh, NC – The PayPal BattleHack Raleigh is underway. The gong just sounded and there are lots of teams beginning their hacks.
BattleHack Raleigh 2015
BattleHack Raleigh 2015

The building that is now 214 Martin Street was the old City Market. It was officially opened for the first time on October 1, 1914. With the cobblestone lined streets, a tremendous amount of history fills the walls of this very unique space.

History is again being made in the old City Market with the first BattleHack to be held in Raleigh. Hacking for social good!

Previous Articles on BattleHack

BattleHack Raleigh Logo

BattleHack is Coming to Raleigh

Raleigh, NC – BattleHack is coming to Raleigh on April 18th and 19th.

What is Battle Hack?

BattleHack brings developers from across the country to develop a solution to a local social problem. BattleHack started in 2013 and is organized by PayPal and Braintree, a PayPal company. Developers use any code base they want. No existing code is allowed and incorporating the PayPal API or the Braintree SDK is an important component of your hack and you may optionally use the One Touch™ platform but this is not required. Coding is from Noon on Saturday until Noon on Sunday.

You can hack solo, or in a team of a maximum of 4 members.

First place winners at the city level hack get our epic axe, flight and hotel accommodations to the World Finals in Silicon Valley, and a chance to $100K USD, no strings attached. Fear not, there’s a slew of other goodies, and of course local partner prizes, and all our BattleHack swag!

Previous Winner

One of the previous winners developed an app called Security Blanket, which helps to find missing children. This group is currently running a KickStarter campaign to take their idea further.

How to win $100,000 USD

Win a City BattleHack. Get flown, fed and cared for at our World Finals. Beat all other City Champions with code that impresses everyone on the planet. Be crowned the Ultimate Hackers For Good.

Register on the BattleHack Raleigh site.


Disclosure: The writer has joined a team that will be competing in BattleHack.

April 13th – Revised to clarify that the use of the One Touch™ platform is not required.

Triangle Startup Weekend and Triangle Open Data Day - Feb 20-22

Winter Won’t Stop Busy Tech Weekend

Raleigh, NC – Winter may have put a hold on school events around the Triangle this week, but it will not put a stop to the upcoming busy Tech Weekend. So shake off the winter ice and come out to the events.

The 2 major events are going on just a few buildings away from each other on the NCSU Centennial Campus:

  • Triangle Startup Weekend EDU – Hunt Library – Friday, February 20, 2015 at 6:30 PM – Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 9:30 PM (EST)
  • Triangle Open Data Day – Engineering Building II – Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 9:00 AM – Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 6:00 PM (EST)
Triangle Open Data Day - Picture by Reid Serozi

Triangle Open Data Day 2015

Raleigh, NC – Registration for Triangle Open Data Day 2015 (TODD) is open and tickets are going fast. We sold out last year and are expecting another sell-out crowd this year. We will be in the same location as last year at the Engineering Building II on Centennial Campus which proved to be a great place to hold the event.

Triangle Open Data Day LogoThis year we will be putting more focus on the hackathon and will be identifying mentors that can help you start and rapidly progress on an open data project of your own interest. We are looking for mentors with programming, start-ups, data analysis and open data skills to help us out at the event.

For some of you this is a warm up for the NC Datapalooza competition to be held later in the year, so come out and figure out what sort of winning project you can start working on for that competition.

Our keynote speakers are the Durham CIO team of Kerry Goode and Greg Marrow who will be informing us of the different direction that Durham is taking over many other US cities in their upcoming open data program.

This year you will also be able to interact with the Open Data Institute of North Carolina (ODI NC), the local affiliate of the Open Data Institute co-founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, founder of the Web and the overall director of the W3C. Sir Tim states that “Open data and a change of mindset is the next step in the internet revolution”.

The Triangle Code for America Brigades will also be participating in CodeAcross during TODD 2015.

TODD 2015 Details

  • What: Triangle Open Data Day 2015
  • Where: NCSU Engineering Building II on Centennial Campus, 890 Oval Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606
  • When: Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 9:00 AM – Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 6:00 PM (EST)
  • Why: A gathering of citizens in the Triangle to write applications, liberate data, create visualizations and publish analyses using open public data to show support for and encourage the adoption open data policies by the world’s local, regional and national governments.
  • Registration Site

Previous Tech Tank Articles on TODD

Wake Robotics Forging the Forge Downtown

Forging The Forge Downtown

Cary, NC – Here is a great opportunity to bring a maker community to the Triangle.

Wake Robotics is undertaking a Kickstarter campaign to bring the Forge Downtown. Wake Robotics is looking to:

Create a collaborative space to excite and engage families in our community in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math).

$75,000 Raised, Need $40,000

Wake Robotics has already raised $75,000 towards The Forge Downtown. The $40,000 target of this Kickstarter will close the deal. It will get Wake Robotics into the building for The Forge Downtown. Anything raised beyond the target, will be used towards movable whiteboards, maker supplies and additional tools.

Wake Robotics May 24, 2012

Forging The Forge Downtown Details

Wake Robotics May 24, 2012

Echos of the TTF

in 2012, The Technology Task Force (TTF) advised Cary on how the Town should use Technology to engage with citizens. The TTF final report was rather long, but “Forging The Forge Downtown” would help fulfill 2 of the major TTF recommendations:

  • Make Cary a Community Driven Technology Hub
  • Encourage Partners to Adopt Parking Lot Items: Technology Education

Lets help ‘Forging The Forge Downtown’ to get funded. The ‘Sorrell building’ could get a nice makeover and downtown Cary will get a lot of families coming downtown if this happens. The Val Fox mural might even need to have a robot added…


Pictures and graphics courtesy of Wake Robotics.

NC Datapalooza Logo

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.