Silver Sponsor – Red Hat

Cary, NC – We are proud to announce that Red Hat is sponsoring Triangle Open Data Day at the Silver sponsorship level.

Red Hat is well known for their civic involvement in the community, is present in Raleigh, and very recently at the NCSU Centennial Campus.

Jason Baker from Red Hat will be presenting an education track session on Open Source v. Open Data, so we will all be able to learn the differences between these 2 different “open” movements.

Presenting Sponsor – MetLife

Cary, NC – We are proud to announce MetLife as the Presenting Sponsor for Triangle Open Data Day. Metlife is well known for their civic involvement in the community. MetLife is making a huge investment in the Triangle with their new campus in Cary, NC, and now with Triangle Open Data Day. Their involvement in Triangle Open Data Day will add prestige to the flourishing Open Data movement in the Triangle.

On the same day in November that MetLife broke ground on their new Cary, NC campus, MetLife also ran the very successful TechJam in support of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). MetLife brought more than seventy-five technologists to the RTP headquarters to develop innovative solutions to improve the coordination of health care for U.S. military veterans. (Read more in the WSJ Article MetLife Assembles Technology Elites to Help U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Break Down Barriers to Improve Veteran Care)

Metlife Twitter Campaign for Hiring Our HeorsJust this week, MetLife ran a successful Twitter campaign in support of Hiring Our Heros.

We are thankful to have MetLife as the Presenting Sponsor of Triangle Open Data Day


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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:
  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

Current Registration Status

Cary, NC – There are currently over 100 people signed up for Triangle Open Data Day (TODD). You can see who is coming on the EventBrite TODD registration page. Here are the graphs showing the distribution of attendee type and where they are coming from:

Triangle Open Data Day Attendee by type as of Jan 24, 2014

Triangle Open Data Day Attendee by City as of Jan 24, 2014

The distribution of attendees has changed in 10 days!  Note, we are using “ROW” to designate people coming from outside the Triangle.

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Data Innovation Day

Cary, NC – Thursday, January 23, 2014 is Data Innovation Day.

What is Data Innovation Day

The purpose of Data Innovation Day is to raise awareness about the benefits and opportunities that come from increased use of information by individuals and the public and private sector.

Data Innovation Activities

There are many different efforts in North Carolina and nationally that deal with Data Innovation. Since it is Data Innovation Day, take a short break to learn about some of these activities and maybe also get involved.

  • The Center for Data Innovation in celebrating Data Innovation Day with a conference in Washington, DC.
  • The Open Data movement is active looking to liberate Government Data into machine readable easily accessible data that citizens and entrepreneurs can make us of. Raleigh is leading the state in their Open Data activities. Read more – Crowdsourcing Open Raleigh
  • Code for America is very active in North Carolina with a Fellowship City in Charlotte and 5 active Brigades. Code for America actively promotes Open Data and Open Source for programs and apps that will help municipalities and citizens. Read more – Code for America in NC

If you want an interactive program for Data Innovation, register now for Triangle Open Data Day! Triangle Open Data Day will be held in Raleigh from Saturday, February 22 to Sunday February 23, 2014.

What programs do you think show innovation in data?

Technology Tank is a partner in Data Innovation Day.

45 Registrations in 3 days!

Cary, NC – We have had a strong registration for Triangle Open Data Day (TODD) since we opened registration on Saturday. 45 people have registered so far and at this pace we will sell out in a very short while! You might be interested in a few stats about the participants who will be finding new and novel ways of analyzing and using all of the data that municipalities and others collect. While your personal registration information is not Open Data, the summary information of our registrants will be open.

Before we show you those graphs, we need to state the obvious. As you know the event is free to participants but the event cannot be great without sponsors to help support the event, so please take the time to visit with our sponsors and find out about their offerings. Any contacts you have with potential sponsors for this event, please pass along their contact information to me – Ian Henshaw <>.

Sponsor pitch over, now for those graphs:

Attendee Summary

Graph of Triangle Open Data Day Attendees by Type


Graph of Triangle Open Data Day Attendees by City

Regional Map of Startup Weekend Locations

Startup Weekends

Cary, NC – You have seen the notices for Startup Weekends and you may have participated in one or more of the events. Last year there were 3 Startup Weekends in the Triangle area and a few others around the state in Asheville and at Elon College. Mital Patel has been heard to say that the Triangle area could support more Startup Weekends, maybe up to 9, and the local organizing committee is looking to support maybe 6 this year.This got me to thinking about how many Startup Weekends there have been.

I did a quick study of the Startup Weekend Website and came up with 5 Startup Weekends that are scheduled in the general area, within driving distance:

What is a Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch startups!

Startup Weekends are Global

Startup Weekends are a global activity. The Startup Weekend Website shows that there have been 1,068 completed events in 478 cities in over 110 countries with 8,190 startups created. An amazing fact is that “Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months”, now that is impressive. All the more impressive when you think that The Startup weekend organization only started in 2009.

And they have some cool logos!Startup Weekend Logo CollageStartup Weekend Logo Collage

Previous Stories on Startup Weekends

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Triangle Open Data Day

Research Triangle, NC – Registration for Triangle Open Data Day is open.

Over 300 Designers, Developers, Policy Wonks, Data Analysts, Data Librarians, Citizens, Hackers and Government Officials and Employees will gather to do new and novel things with government data that has been opened.

Demand for this event will be strong, so register now to claim your spot.

Event Details

  • Help your municipalities and fellow citizens.
  • What: Triangle Open Data Day
  • When: Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 8:00 AM – Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 6:00 PM (EST)
  • Where: College of Engineering, Engineering Building II , NCSU Centennial Campus, Raleigh, NC
  • Why: 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

ISAB Asks for Open Data

Cary, NC – At the January 9, 2014 meeting of the Cary Town Council, members of the Cary Information Services Advisory Board (ISAB) asked the Council to support Open Data and Triangle Open Data Day.

Town of Cary ISAB member Filmore Bowen speaking before the January 9th meeting of the Cary Town Council

Town of Cary ISAB member Filmore Bowen speaking before the January 9th meeting of the Cary Town Council

ISAB members Filmore Bowen and John Tramontin spoke to the Council during the Public Speaks Out portion of the meeting. The comments can be viewed in the video of the Council meeting starting at 6:09

Is Open Data important to you?

Speak up to your local elected officials about the need to adopt Open Data. Let us know when and where you spoke and we will cover it here.