All Things Open 2015

All Things Open – A Huge Success!

Raleigh, NC – All Things Open 2015 continues the series of this very popular event in Raleigh, NC with another huge success:

  • Attendance reported at over 1,750.
  • A great lineup of thought leaders in the Open fields.
  • Great networking opportunities.
  • A “Who’s Who” of the vendor community.
  • etc…

If you are not here, I bet you wish you were.

Day 1 was phenomenal and Day 2 looks just as good. This is not a conference where you attend a session because it mildly interests you, this is a conference where you are torn between 2 or 3 options that you really want to attend.

Make sure that All Things Open is on your calendar for next year!

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NC Open Data Hackshop

Open Data HackShop NC Day 1

Raleigh, NC – Open Data Hackshop NC is underway at Rally Software. Teams have formed and they are well on their way to using US Census data.

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All Things Open 2015

All Things Open 2015

Raleigh, NC – The world’s top developers, technologists and decision makers will gather on October 19-20 in Raleigh, NC for the third annual All Things Open conference.

Join the world’s top developers, technologists, and decision makers as we explore open source, open tech, and the open web in the enterprise.

Two days of keynotes, talks, tutorials, workshops and networking opportunities in Raleigh and the Research Triangle area.

Why Attend All Things Open?

  1. All Things Open is all about EDUCATION
  2. The content is world-class
  3. Nearly 90% of all organizations use open technology and it’s
    driving innovation
  4. The networking is incredible
  5. The value and ROI are tremendous

All Things Open Details:

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CityCamp NC Kicks Off on June 11

Raleigh NC – CityCamp NC, an event to bring citizens, government, businesses and academic communities together to openly innovate and improve life through technology. Focused on local municipalities, CityCamp is international unconference series. Registration is now open!  Students with a valid ID get in free but still need to register. Registered participants will be provided breakfast and lunch on Friday and Saturday. To get involved with CityCamp’s planning or volunteering opportunities, contact Chris Mathews or Jason Hibbets.

Register now as seating is limited!

Thursday, June 11, 2015 | Starting at 6:00 pm

CityCamp will be kicking things off at HQ Raleigh (310 South Harrington Street, Raleigh, NC 27601) with lightning talks and Taste of CityCampNC.

Friday, June 12, 2015 | Starting at 9:00 am

CityCamp will be switching venues to the Wake County Commons Building (4011 Carya Drive, Raleigh, NC 27610) for the unconference, GIS panel, and keynote. This years keynote speaker, Mark Headd, was one of the founding members of Code For America and is currently a Technical Evangelist for Accela, Inc.

Saturday, June 13, 2015 | Starting at 9:00 am

Held at the same venue as Friday’s unconference (the Wake County Commons Building), teams will be given the chance to work on their projects and presentations. Presentations will begin at 3:00 pm and end at 5:00 pm.
Anyone not participating on a team can join the hackathon and work on a number of projects for the community.

CityCamp NC Information

Nina Hole's Fire Sculpture Cary NC 9224 from Flickr by bobistraveling

What is Art and How to Find It?

Cary, NC – The Code for Cary Brigade has started working with the Town of Cary Cultural Arts Department and the Cary Visual Art organization (CVA) to look at redeploying the Code for America Public Art Finder App.

Code fro America Public Art Finder AppAt the brigade meeting on February 10th, Denise Dickens, Public Art Coordinator for the Town of Cary and Shawnee Becker of CVA presented what was available in terms of information and existing on-line maps of public art in the Town. We then had a great discussion about what functionality the app should have. The delineation is that Code for Cary can provide an app and functionality but the Town/CVA needs to provide the content.

App Specification Creep?

An interesting part of the discussions were about what users of this app would expect to be able to discover with the app. The Town of Cary has a definition of public art to clarify scope of their activity but art sited before the Town’s Public Arts program started are not part of the town’s catalog.

Should the mural on the side of the Sorrell building be included? What about where art links to the history of the town, like the horse sculpture at SearStone? What about interesting architecture, folk art and historical sites? This is a slippery slope of specification to be sure!
Val Fox Mural from Waymarking.com

What Would You Expect as a User?

This is a very important question to ask in the development of any app, the market analysis, or as Steve Blank would say, “Get Out of the Building” and talk to your customers!

Here are some of the ideas we discussed. Feel free to add some of your own:

  • Only public art as defined by the Town
  • All public art, publicly or privately owned
  • Interesting or classic architecture
  • Folk art
  • Historical sites
  • Ability to ask for an item to be added to the app
  • Ability to engage in discussion about the art (ie. a forum)

Leave your ideas in the comments below this article.

Join the Public Art Finder App Team

If you want to help out with this new and exciting project, please attend any of the upcoming Code for Cary meetings. Code for Cary meets every other Tuesday night at the Cary Innovation Center in the 2nd floor conference room. All are welcome to attend and participate, you do not have to be a coder!

Approximately 30 minutes before the meetings pizza and beer is available courtesy of the generous support from the Code for America national organization. The brigade asks all attendees to sign up on their meetup group so sufficient food can be ordered in advance of the meetings.

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Disclosure – Tech Tank supports the Code for Cary Brigade with space, leadership and logistical support

Nina Hole’s Fire Sculpture Cary NC 9224 from Flickr by bobistraveling

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Triangle Open Data Day 2015 Sponsors

Triangle Open Data Day Sponsors

Cary, NC – We are proud and excited to announce the sponsors of Triangle Open Data Day (TODD):

Gold Sponsors

OpenDataSoft LogoOpenDataSoft is a Cloud-based turnkey platform designed for smart and easy transformation of all types of data into innovative services. Its mission: make it easier for business users to publish, share and reuse data.
Code for America LogoCode for America is a new kind of public service with brigades throughout the Triangle.

Bronze Sponsors

Caktus Group LogoCaktus Group. Caktus Group is the nation’s largest Django firm, building custom web and mobile apps to address the most complex challenges. In addition to being open source leaders, we’re committed to social good.
 

The Open Data Institute of North Carolina LogoThe Open Data Institute of North Carolina (ODI NC). The ODI NC provides Open Data thought leadership, research, training, consulting, dataset certifications and networking opportunities in North Carolina and south-east United States.
 

We are exceptionally pleased to have such an excellent venue for this year’s event, Engineering Building II on North Carolina State University’s Centennial Campus.
NC State College of Engineering

We are fortunate to have a Brigade Data Portal provided by Socrata for Triangle Open Data Day and Code Across.


Triangle Open Data Day is produced by Technology Tank in partnership with Code for Cary

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Free and Open Source Software Fair

Raleigh, NC – The Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Fair has opened registration for their event to be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at NCSU. This is an unconference specifically for free and open source software!

It is completely driven by you, the participants. Any topic relating to Free and Open Source Software is welcome.

The event is to promote FOSS to students and open to the public.

FOSS Event Details

  • What: The Free and Open Source Software Fair
  • When: Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (EST)
  • Where: Engineering Building II (EB II) on NC State’s Centennial Campus, 890 Oval Drive, Raleigh NC 27606
  • Why: Learn about any topic relating to Free and Open Source Software
  • FOSS Registration Site
  • Register to make sure that you are included in the lunch plans!

FOSS Schedule

  • 8:30 AM: Coffee and bagels (sponsored by Red Hat)
  • 9:00 AM: Opening session and talk proposals
  • 10:00 AM: Sessions begin!
  • 12:00 PM: Lunch (sponsored by Red Hat)
  • 1:00 PM: More sessions!
  • 5:00 PM: Fair ends

Open Source

For a good definition and primer on open source, we asked local open source guru Jason Hibbets who works for Red Hat and is also the Project Manager for OpenSource.com. Jason pointed us to the OpenSource.com article: What is open source?

Feature image courtesy: Nicole C. Engard.

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Code for America in NC 2015

Research Triangle, NC – 2014 was a very busy year in NC for the Code for America Brigades. In 2015, NC will continue to have a large percentage of the Code for America activities in the US.

NC Cities with Code for America Brigades 

Check out the brigade websites to see all of the cool projects that are being worked on. The best thing is that the projects are all open source and open data so they can be reused in other cities or expanded to regional efforts.

In the Triangle, the brigades take turns hosting big hack events including Triangle Open Data Day, CityCamp NC and Hack Duke while also supporting many other events during the year.

What is Code for America?

Code for America is a 501(c)3 non-profit that envisions a government by the people, for the people, that works in the 21st century.

Our programs change how we participate in government by:

  • connecting citizens and governments to design better services,
  • encouraging low-risk settings for innovation; and,
  • supporting a competitive civic tech marketplace.

What is a Code for America Brigade?

The Brigade network is an ongoing effort to deploy, maintain and sustain civic technology and open data infrastructures. Each Brigade is comprised of local volunteers and government employees who connect for regular hack nights, discussions and app development.

How Do I Get Involved?

Code for America is an open group and all can join. We need a diverse voice to be effective. Please join your local Meetup Group:

If you don’t live in any of these areas, please contact Ian Henshaw, Brigade Captain for Code for Cary and Managing Partner of Tech Tank, and he will get you connected!

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All Things Open 2014

All Things Open 2014

Raleigh, NC – The world’s top developers, technologists and decision makers will gather on October 22-23 in Raleigh, NC for the second annual All Things Open conference, presented by IT-oLogy and OpenSource.com. Two days of keynotes, talks, tutorials and networking opportunities will be presented on the most important topics in open source, open tech, and the open web in the enterprise. More than 90% of all companies use open source and open technology.

The 2013 event was attended by more than 750 people from 25 states and 3 countries. More than
1,000 are expected in 2014, including nearly every leading technology company in the U.S.

New for 2014

All Things Open has added several new things for this year’s event including:

  • Hosting a Women in IT/Open Source panel on Thursday, October 23 during lunch
  • Meet-the-Speaker sessions: Some real superstars in the Open Source space will make themselves available to meet attendees and sign books.

Why Attend All Things Open:

  1. The focus is on education
  2. World-class experts and thought-leaders featured
  3. Great networking opportunity (See also Social Events)
  4. A fair price – tremendous value

All Things Open Details:

  • What: All Things Open Conference
  • When: October 22-23, 2014
  • Where: Raleigh Convention Center, 500 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
  • All Things Open Registration Site
  • Note Act Today! Online ticket sales end this Wednesday, October 15 at 11:59 pm EST. After Wednesday, anyone interested will need to purchase tickets at the door on October 22 or 23.

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Hortonworks launches in Durham

Hortonworks launches in Durham

Durham, NC – Over the past few weeks, Hortonworks has quietly moved into Durham’s Bull City Coworking and is rapidly ramping up their operations. With a growing user base and $248 million in outside investment, Hortonworks is a leading commercial vendor of Apache Hadoop, the preeminent open source platform for storing, managing and analyzing big data.

Hortonworks is deeply engaged with Hadoop’s open source ecosystem, and the move to launch East Coast operations in the region is a sign that the Triangle’s reputation as a nexus of open source technical talent continues to grow.

I recently sat down for a coffee at Parker & Otis with Barry Duplantis, Hortonworks new Vice President of Customer Success to discuss his move to Hortonworks and the decision to launch operations in the Triangle.

The Triangle is the Right Place

In looking to place an Eastern US operation, Hortonworks looked at Austin, Boston and all the usual tech hubs. When they brought on local tech veteran, Barry Duplantis, signs started pointing to the Triangle as the next logical step. Duplantis’ familiarity and connections with the rich talent pool of open source talent in the region cemented Hortonworks decision to locate here.

Over the past few weeks, Hortonworks has been quietly hiring. Attending the local Hadoop Users Group meetings (TriHUG) and passing the word through the Open Source community has already allowed Hortonworks to expand well beyond their original target of 6 employees.

Duplantis’ team has now filled 16 out of 25 positions projected for their short term needs. Impressed with the caliber of talent that the Triangle team is bringing to the organization, Hortonworks is expanding the Triangle location scope to include positions in support, legal, IT and sales.

Triangle Ecosystem Support

A long-time resident of the Triangle, Duplantis has worked at Red Hat, Opsware and most recently for Eucalyptus Systems. Eucalyptus had a team based at Bull City Coworking for over two years, where Barry and his colleagues worked alongside engineers from open source stalwarts like Mozilla, Canonical, Opscode/Chef, Jackson River and several others.

Duplantis says that Hortonworks will fit into the Triangle Open Source ecosystem well since they work with everyone on a partnership basis rather than being competitive. In addition, the local Hortonworks team plans to support the open source developer community, starting with their involvement with the TriHUG meetup group.

Great Potential

Hortonworks is the most interesting company that I have been involved with since my days at Red Hat.

There is great potential for Hortonworks in the Triangle. An East Coast presence brings Hortonworks closer to their regional customers and partners, the big data field is “an incredible growth area” and Barry knows he will be able to find the talent that Hortonworks needs here in the Triangle.

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