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Triangle Startup Weekend – Nov 15-17

Chapel Hill, NC – Are you ready for a third Triangle Startup Weekend (TSW) this year? The 2 previous TSW’s were not enough for you? Well, if you listen to Mital Patel, a local lawyer and technologist, the Triangle is primed and ready for many more startup weekends than 3 per year.

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.

The November TSW

The November TSW does not have a specific industry focus and will be held at the Frank Porter Graham Student Union of the UNC – Chapel Hill campus. This location is a ‘new idea’ in that this TSW will be held on the campus of one of our premier Triangle University Centers (tapped into raw talent).

There is currently an early bird registration with a discount for students. There is also a Demo Day registration for those that want to see the results of the weekend (highly recommended for those interested in the ideas coming out of the Triangle Technology Ecosystem).

Don’t hesitate, register today as tickets are limited.

Global Startup Battle

This event is part of the 2013 Global Startup Battle and precedes the Global Entrepreneurship Week.

(Note: Tech Tank is sponsoring a Triangle Entrepreneurs Luncheon at Embassy Suites during the Global Entrepreneurship Week. We’ve lined up Mital Patel for some Q&A during lunchtime. Mital is a key cog in the Triangle entrepreneurial ecosystem. A lawyer and technologist, Mital has been part of the some of the Triangle’s most interesting projects. Event Registration)

Previous 2013 TSW Events

DevFestNC 2013 – Día de los Datos (Day of the Data)

DevFestNC 2013 – Nov 2nd

Durham, NC – Join the Research Triangle Google Developer Group (GDG) for their inaugural DevFestNC. DevFestNC 2013 – Día de los Datos (Day of the Data) – is happening November 2, 2013.

We are focusing on providing a day for local developers to share knowledge, projects, and products that utilize the vast amount of data available today. GDG meetings are focused on Google technologies, but the conference is open to anything local developers might be working on (web, mobile, server-side, etc.) regardless of the vendor.

Schedule:

  • 9:00 A.M. to lunch – Sessions
  • After lunch until closing time – Sessions and Hackfair

Tickets are available for $25 and include Lunch and all-day snacks.

There are still slots available for session speakers and project showcases if you, or someone you know, has a presentation they would like to give; just fill out the Speaker Application or contact Luke Dary.

DevFestNC 2013 will be held at the Solution Center located at 1101 Slater Rd, Durham, NC 27703.

If you go, please let us know about your DevFestNC 2013 experience.

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Global Startup Battle

This one caught me: “Global Startup Battle”. Watch the cool YouTube Video.

What is Global Startup Battle

Global Startup Battle (GSB) is a global initiative where Organizers from hundreds of cities around the world simultaneously host Startup Weekend events during Global Entrepreneurship Week – the weekends of November 15th and 22nd, 2013. Post weekend, all teams will go on to compete against each other in a massive online video contest for amazing prizes designed to help their startup succeed.

We plan to have over 200 events with more than 20,000 entrepreneurs, mentors, coaches, special guests, celebrities, and more. Our GSB partners are making it possible for EVERY team to participate. That’s right, for the first time ever, every team will be eligible to compete in one of the themed brackets hosted by Coca Cola, AWS, .CO, and Google for Entrepreneurs. The top 2 teams from every city will battle in Google’s Championship Bracket, while all teams will be invited to compete in any or all of the other themed brackets they qualify for!

GSB is great way to plug into the vibrant worldwide UP network and we want to officially invite you and your community to join us!

Global Startup Battle in the Triangle?

We don’t know yet and are asking questions. The Triangle should have a chance (or chances) to participate. Stay tuned!

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Triangle Open Data Day Launched

RTP, NC – Technology Tank has launched the Website for Triangle Open Data Day. Mark your calendars for February 22-23, 2014. Triangle Open Data Day is in support of the annual International Open Data Hackathon expected to be on February 22, 2014.

What is the International Open Data Hackathon?

It’s a gathering of citizens in cities around the world 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.

International Open Data Hackathon is a creation of the Open Knowledge Foundation, the first held in 2010. Cary, NC joined the international event last year with the very successful Cary Open Data Day. [News: Pre-Event, Post Event]

Why Change from Cary to Triangle Open Data Day?

Cary is a part of a the vibrant Technology Ecosystem that is the Triangle, so the name change to encompass the whole Triangle is natural. Our local Wiki was initially launched as Triangle Wiki. Even the local CityCamp, initially branded Raleigh, has become more encompassing with the latest edition of this event named CityCamp NC.

Who Should go to Triangle Open Data Day?

  • Developers
  • Designers
  • Policy Wonks
  • Data Analysts/Statisticians
  • Librarians
  • Citizens

How do I Register?

Registration is not open yet. We wanted to get the information out early so you can hold the date for this important event. There are many details still to be worked out, so keep visiting the Triangle Open Data Day Website. When registration is open we will post the news here on Tech Tank.

Lots of information can be found on the Triangle Open Data Day Website.

Registration Information

Disclosure: Triangle Open Data Day is a production of Tech Tank.

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Triangle Startup Weekend Recap

Durham, NC – Triangle Startup Weekend (TSW) was a rousing success. Over 250 designers, developers, entrepreneurs and investors packed the new co-working space in Durham, American Underground at Main.

The 54 hour event started with 56 pitches and ended with 14 teams presenting the projects that they had worked on tirelessly. Lots of great ideas were developed but as always only a few made it to the top of the judging criteria.

A description of the 14 final team pitches are listed in the TSW Blog.

Coursefork™, the winner of the March 2013 Triangle Startup Weekend gave a great presentation about their progress in the 4 months since they won the last TSW.

Congratulations to all the teams! TSW was a great place to network, so make sure you plan on attending the next Startup Weekend in your area.

Startup Weekend – powered by the Kauffman Foundation – is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities.

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NCDevCon Returns in September

Raleigh, NC – NCDevCon, associates, and sponsors are organizing the NCDevCon 2013 Conference (NCDevCon) to be held September 21-22, 2013 on the Centennial Campus of NC State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. The conference will cover a wide variety of web development and design topics including HTML5, Mobile, JavaScript, ColdFusion and CSS.

Registration for the event will be $200 which includes:

  • Entry to the weekend event and all presentations
  • Lunch (both days)
  • Coffee, drinks and snacks (both days)
  • Conference shirt
  • Saturday evening networking event

NCDevCon will be held at the College of Textiles on the Centennial Campus, NC State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Conference schedule

  • Saturday 8AM – 9AM – Registration
  • Saturday 9AM – 6PM Sessions
  • Saturday 6PM – 9PM Afterparty at the conference location
  • Sunday 8AM-9AM – Registration
  • Sunday 9AM – 4PM Sessions

Check the NCDevCon website for more details and register for the event now to save your spot!

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Pulse Point for the Triangle

Raleigh, NC – CityCamp NC and the National Day of Civic Hacking took up most of the end of my week, but it was time well spent.

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The Keynote speaker, Adriel Hampton, VP of Community at NationBuilder, presented Pulse Point as a valuable community app to save lives.

One session of the CityCamp NC unconference I attended on Thursday focused on Pulse Point. The group was diverse, well connected and we felt that we could bring Pulse Point to the Triangle.

What is Pulse Point?

Pulse Point is an app that notifies citizens trained in CPR of a nearby emergency that requires their expertise. Those within a half-mile radius, who have downloaded the app will receive a text message informing them of the incident. A notice appears with the location or address if in a public place. If the event occurs at a private residence, only the street name is displayed.

The app works in conjunction with 911 technologies. This is done in a continued effort to minimize the time between the sudden cardiac arrest events and the start of CPR. The hope is to increase survival rates. Locations of AED’s (Automated External Defibrillators) are shown on the app.

The Statistics

The chance of surviving an heart attack decreases by 10% for every minute that passes without defibrillation. Brain damage starts at ~6 minutes. The average national response time for emergency services is ~7 minutes.

Only about one quarter of Sudden Cardiac Arrest victims receive bystander CPR, and public access Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are used less than 3% of the time when needed and available.

The Team Forms

On Friday, a few of the people from the unconference session gathered to see what we could do with Pulse Point. Chris Mathews from Wake County IS brought a view from inside the 911 Emergency Center from a technology perspective. Brett Husbands, the CEO of Firmstep had been involved with the adoption of Pulse Point in California, and brought the resources of his company to the team.

Chris contacted Dr. Brent Myers, EMS Director for Wake County and found that Brent had seen the Pulse Point implementation in Columbus, OH and in his words “EMS readily endorses implementation of this application [Pulse Point]”, but resource issues prevent Wake County from implementing Pulse Point at present. Chris spent quite a lot of time looking into what it would take to integrate the Pulse Point API into the Wake County/Raleigh CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch) system .

Brett took on the task of developing a nationwide AED map that could be used by any agency that would implement the Pulse Point app.

We were joined by Dana Magliola from BaerPoint Communications to help us put together a presentation, Ben Berkowitz from SeeClickFix who modified the SeeClickFix interface to allow geolocation of AED’s and Ian Cillay who took the information from SeeClickFix to input the locations into the Triangle Wiki.

The Presentation

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We competed against 6 teams and took 3rd place in the CityCamp NC competition.

The members of the team – Brett, Chris and myself feel that Pulse Point is needed in the Triangle and we are committed to bringing Pulse Point to the Triangle. The winnings from the event have been put into a seed fund to assist the adoption of this life-saving technology.

What is Next?

We need partners!

  • Counties – Wake, Durham, Orange, etc.
  • 911 Dispatch agencies in the Triangle
  • Hospitals – UNC, Wake, Duke
  • Chambers of Commerce – Raleigh, Cary, Durham, etc.
  • Non-Profits – American Heart Association, etc.

Look for Pulse Point to come to the Triangle area soon!

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Triangle Joins National Civic Hacking Day

Press Release Published on 5/21/2013 at: CityCamp NC

HUB Raleigh, Rally Dev, Technology Tank, Code for Raleigh, and Triangle Wiki have joined forces to host a regional civic hackathon. Following two days of collaboration at CityCamp North Carolina and a successful start to NC Datapalooza in April, citizens and developers are invited to join in the local event on Saturday, June 1 celebrating a nationwide movement for more open government and finding new ways to use open data.

“This is an opportunity for the Triangle to participate in a nationwide civic event and practice regional collaboration,” said organizer Jason Hibbets, co-chair of CityCamp NC, an organizer for NC Datapalooza and co-captain for Raleigh’s Code for America Brigade. “Our ideas will only be limited by those who attend the civic day of hacking.”

NC Datajam teams are working on projects focused on health, education, and green energy. Teams that form at the CityCamp NC unconference are invited to continue their work at the civic hacking day.

Code for Raleigh, a Code for America brigade hosted in Raleigh, is providing an opportunity for Ruby on Rails developers to improve the Raleigh Adopt-a-Shelter application. Triangle Wiki is hosting a content sprint to update wiki pages and create new information about local knowledge.

The doors at HUB Raleigh will be open for any citizen to join the efforts of existing teams of attend to learn more about open data, open government, and how they can get involved.

Details
When: June 1, 2013 9:00am – 4:00pm
Where: HUB Raleigh, 711 Hillsborough St, Suite 230, Raleigh, NC 27603
Who: NC Datajam teams, CityCamp NC teams, Triangle Wiki contributors, Cary Open Data team, and anyone interesting in civic hacking or learning about civic hacking
Register now:
http://forms.rallydev.com/Q213-NDoCH-Raleigh-060113-RegPage

More information
http://hackforchange.org/citycamp-nc-2013

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May 18 is a Busy Day for Tech in NC

Cary, NC – This coming Saturday, there is an BarCamp in Raleigh, NC and a ProductCamp in Morrisville, NC. Both events may still have space available so check out their websites.

BarCampRDU – Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM (EST) in Raleigh, NC. BarCampRDU is an “unconference” which means there is not a rigid schedule until everyone arrives and pitches the topics they would like to present. Topics are recorded on paper and posted where everyone can see and vote. The most popular topics/speakers are placed at the beginning of the day. Note: This year we may plan to gradually shorten the times allotted for talks as the day progresses. Migration into lightning talks will keep things interesting toward the end of the day.

ProductCampRTP 2013 UnConference – Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EST) 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.

If you go to either event, let us know what you learned.

Tech Relief in the Triangle

This is all Triangle Tech, so if you want to take a break from Tech in the Triangle this coming weekend, stop by the East Meets West Food Festival in Morrisville, NC, for a day filled with food, music, performance, and visual arts from many cultures that call the Heart of the Triangle home. (Sponsored by the Morrisville Innovation Foundation). If you go, look for Tech Tank Creative Director, Hal Goodtree, on his Fender J-Bass with the Fifth of Blues!

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Cary Forms a Code for America Brigade

Cary, NC – The Code for America civic movement started in Raleigh and is rapidly spreading through the Triangle. There is strength in numbers and we all feel that the issues we want to solve, we want to solve on a regional basis. A state wide basis would be even better.

Cary Brigade Meeting

Cary’s brigade has started with finding several volunteers to be Brigade Captains. The Cary Brigade will hold a kick-off meeting on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 starting at 7:00 PM (EST) in Cary. The information is loaded in the Triangle Code for America Meetup Site. Register and join the Cary Code for America Brigade.

What is next for the Triangle?

Durham and Morrisville are also in the process of forming Brigades. The plan may be to form a Code for America Division for the Triangle, something that does not yet exist in the Code for America structure.  The Triangle Region would then apply to be a Code for America City in 2015 with support from the municipalities of the Triangle.

If this sounds cool, then join the Brigade in your Town or City, or help to form one.