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TODD2016 – Keynote and Schedule

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

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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 Emergency Management Hackshop

Emergency Management Hackshop – Wilmington Nov 6-7

Wilmington, NC – The State of North Carolina, UNC Wilmington, US Census Bureau, Presidential Innovation Fellows, ESRI and Waffle.io are teaming up to hold the NC Emergency Management Hackshop in Wilmington on November 6-7, 2015. This is a free two day event for social good, to improve community response during an emergency.

NC Emergency Management Hackshop Details

  • What: NC Emergency Management Hackshop
  • When: Friday, November 6, 2015 from 6pm to 10pm and Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 9am to 7pm
  • Where: UNC Wilmington, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 803 S. College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403
  • Why: Help to improve community response during an emergency.
  • NC Emergency Management Hackshop Registration Site

Hackshop History in NC

This is the second Hackshop run in North Carolina. The Hackshop is part hackathon and part lean workshop with a format created by the team at Waffle.io.

In September, the US Census Bureau ran an Open Data Hackshop in Raleigh. Information about that Hackshop can be found in the following Tech Tank Articles:

Civicon 2015 - Nov 6-8 in Greensboro

Civicon 2015 – Greensboro Nov 6-8

Greensboro, NC – Think that Tech events only happen in the Triangle in NC? Think again as Code for Greensboro launches Civicon 2015 in the shiny new HQ Greensboro entrepreneurial hub and the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering in Greensboro, NC. Civicon will be held November 6-8 and looks to be a great event. This is an easy day drive from the Triangle and Metrolina. Register soon before the early bird tickets are all gone!

If you want to go to just check out the really cool venues, please do that another time as this is for participants not tourists! (The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSSN) is a partnership between UNCG and NC A&T and has some really cool labs and research going on. Hopefully we will get a chance to take a tour during the weekend.)

Civicon 2015 Details

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

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Team Reconnecting Vets

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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


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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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NC Open Data Hackshop

NC Open Data Hackshop Sep 11-12

Raleigh, NC – There is a new event on the calendar that looks to be a great event for open data in NC, the NC Open Data Hackshop. Waffle.io and the U.S. Census Bureau are teaming up to run this event. What is really cool is that the U.S. Census Bureau will be showing us how to access all of their great data through their CitySDK toolbox. Attendance is limited so sign up quickly!

What’s a Hackshop?

Throughout the course of the event, teams will follow a lightweight framework guided by Hackshop organizers that instills principles of running lean and maximizing limited resources (using elements of agile and lean startup principles). Teams will learn best practices for delivering a product from idea to prototype in less than 24 hours with the help of agile and lean experts.

NC Open Data Hackshop Details

  • What: 2 day event will focus on building apps and businesses using open data.
  • When: Friday, September 11, 2015 at 6:00 PM – Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 4:00 PM (EDT)
  • Where: Rally Software / Agile University, Pilot Mill Building, 1101 Haynes St., Raleigh, NC 27604
  • Why: Learn how to solve problems in a more informed way using federal, state and local data.
  • Registration Site

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NC DataPalooza Finale is September 21

Raleigh, NC – The six month long NC Datapalooza competition is coming to a close on September 21, 2015. The competition started on May 16th with a day-long TechJam. Teams from TechJam, teams from CityCamp NC and others entered into the competition. Last week there was a pitch day and 3 teams were selected for a 30 day sprint prior to the final pitch day on September 21st.

NC Datapalooza Finalists

  • Open 511 – Automate exchange of road closure information from government (and possibly individual reporters) back to navigation systems such as Waze and Google Maps.
  • Bernie Sez – The objective is to create more transparency in our judicial system.
  • Points of Note – Building off the CityCamp NC 2015 winning proposal.

Besides seeing the pitches and hearing from distinguished judges and panelists the event will also feature remarks from Rob Burns, CEO of Predictify.me and a Keynote Speaker – Lee Congdon, CIO at Red Hat.

NC Datapalooza Finale Details

  • What: Join us on September 21st for the third annual NC DataPalooza Finale!
  • Where: Red Hat Annex, 190 East Davie Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
  • When: Monday, September 21, 2015 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
  • Why: NC DataPalooza is a regional open-data competition that connects local entrepreneurs with relevant, clean data drawn from national, state, and local resources to develop applications and solutions that catalyze positive community and economic impact.
  • NC DataPalooza Website
  • NC Datapalooza Final Event Registration

Previous Articles on NC Datapalooza


Disclosure: Tech Tank Managing Partner Ian Henshaw is a member of the NC Datapalooza finalist team, Open511.

Google Fiber Coming to NC

Google Fiber in the Triangle

Morrisville, NC – Last night I attended a TiE event focused on Google Fiber. Morrisville Town Council Member Steve Rao introduced the program and led a Q&A session with J. Erik Garr, Head of Operations for Google Fiber in the Triangle.

Why is Google Fiber Important?

The first question from Steve was from his father, “Why is Google Fiber important for me?”. Erik replied that when you are on a high speed network, all of the communication tools get better, whether or not they are supplied by Google. So Skype, Hangouts and the like become much more reliable. Google Fiber’s importance for a senior is to be able to have a great conversation with their grand kids over high definition video. An example of the high video quality and audio fidelity was a collaborative concert performed by musicians located in Kansas City, Austin and Provo.

From the first time that Google solicited bids for a Goggle network, they knew there were many issues people had with their network connections. ~1,100 applications were received in that first round where Kansas City ultimately became the first Google Fiber City. All that demand pointed to a need for better networks.

The fact that Google has entered the market as a new option will help improve all networks. Competition is a great motivator to provide better service and will also lead to many innovations. The end goal that Erik sees for development of Fiber networks in the area is that the network will become better and better and no one will be talking about it anymore.
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When Will I Get Google Fiber?

Erik Garr is happy to take this question as many times as you want to ask. The answer is that there is still too much to do to be able to project when anyone will get Google Fiber. Google has no existing infrastructure in the Triangle and will first have to build a backbone before they begin to hook anyone up. Only once the first ring has been completed and lit will any connections be able to be made.

Right now, the activity has been to file permits or preliminary permits for the Fiber Hut locations. Google wants to be a good citizen and does not want to push our municipalities into a new process to get their network built. Hopefully the preparation for all the permit activity for the Google Fiber network will make the permitting process easier for everyone that is building in the Triangle. Look for Google permit activity to come soon to your Town or City council.

Can Businesses Get Google Fiber?

Google has an offering for businesses, but really for entrepreneurs with small offices. Google is not building a network to support companies like SAS Institute. Go to the Google Fiber Website for more information

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