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Triangle Startup Weekend Returns in June

Raleigh, NC – Triangle Startup Weekend is returning in June July, specifically on June 7-9 July 12-14, 2013.  No final details yet but look at the Triangle Startup Weekend Website to keep updated with the progress of this event.

On March 8-10, 2013, Triangle Startup Weekend was held at HUB Raleigh. This was the first Education themed Triangle Startup Weekend event ever. Check out the final presentations from the education themed Startup Weekend.

UPDATE – May 12
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Duham, NC – The Triangle Startup Weekend will be held on July 12-14, 2013 in Durham, NC.  Details are on the Registration site.

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NC DataJam Coming April 22

Raleigh, NC – The first part of a Data Palooza is coming to HUB Raleigh on April 22, 2013 from Noon to 6pm.

The NC DataJam registration site has all the details!

What is a Data Palooza, you ask? It is a sort of hackathon that has been used by Todd Park, the United States Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Assistant to the President. Todd has been a champion of using open innovation strategies and the Lean Startup approach to government initiatives in his role at Health and Human Resources (HHS). The innovation events at HHS evolved into Data Paloozas. Now as CTO, Todd is bringing Data Paloozas to other areas of government.

We found a June 2012 McKinsey & Company interview article titled: Unleashing government’s ‘innovation mojo’ which includes a good description of the Data Palooza in Todd’s own words:

The approach we took at HHS was to convene a group of 40 leading minds in the technology and health care arenas, and we put a pile of data in the room and said, “If you had this data, what would you do with it?”

Over the course of about eight hours, they brainstormed different applications and services. At the end of the meeting, we challenged them to come to the first Health Datapalooza—90 days later—and see if they could actually build what they had just brainstormed. The two criteria for products and services at Datapaloozas are that they must provide concrete value and have a sustainable business model; the Datapalooza is not meant to showcase stuff that’s purely academic or theoretical. Well, these innovators showed up 90 days later with more than 20 brand-new or upgraded products and services.

The Datapalooza had two important effects. One, it inspired entrepreneurs and innovators to get involved. Two, it gave us ammunition to liberate more data. Some folks within the government were adopting a “wait and see” attitude about data liberation. They weren’t ideologically opposed—it’s just that they said, “We’ve got a lot to do, so why should we invest in this?” We invited them to the Datapalooza, and when they saw that in 90 days these amazing innovators had taken open data and turned it into fully functional new products and services to advance their mission, they were blown away.

So NC DataJam will hopefully provide us with ‘ammunition’ to liberate more data from the municipalities in NC! If you go, let us know what you think of DataJam.

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Upcoming Tech Events – April ’13 Edition

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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.

RTP 180°: Weird Science – April 16 from 6-8pm at the RTP HQ. If you like robots, science and delicious cocktails, this is the event for you. Also check out the RTP YouTube channel for videos from the last RTP 180° event

2013 State of Technology – April 24 & 25, 2013 in Durham, NC. This NCTA Conference brings together leaders from across sectors and functions to discuss how technology is helping businesses and organizations thrive.

AnalyticsCamp 2013 – Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM (EDT) in Durham, NC. AnalyticsCamp is a free day of networking and learning for folks interested in any kind of analytics.

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Upcoming Tech Events

Cary, NC – Story by Managing Partner Ian Henshaw
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.

Startup Madness 2013 at North Carolina State University’s new Hunt Library – Wednesday, March 27, 2013 in Raleigh, NC. This is mainly for students and brings together the best student entrepreneurs from ACC schools. There is an afternoon session that you will want to register for to see the resulting “madness”!

Triad-Greensboro Startup Weekend, Global Startup Weekend – Friday, April 5, 2013 at 6:00 PM – Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 9:00 PM (EDT) in Greensboro, NC. Powered by the Kauffman Foundation, Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs.

2013 State of Technology – April 24 & 25, 2013 in Durham, NC. This NCTA Conference brings together leaders from across sectors and functions to discuss how technology is helping businesses and organizations thrive.

AnalyticsCamp 2013 – Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM (EDT) in Durham, NC. AnalyticsCamp is a free day of networking and learning for folks interested in any kind of analytics.

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Pictures: Cary Open Data Day

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Story and photos by Hal Goodtree. First published on CaryCitizen.

Cary, NC – It was a rainy Saturday in Cary. Perfect time to learn about Open Data and write some code.

Cary Open Data Day

About 70 people showed up for Open Data Day on February 23, 2013 at the Cary Chamber. Town of Cary IT provided Wi-Fi and technical support (thanks Bill and Wilson).

Jason Hare, Open Data Program Manager for Raleigh gave the keynote. He educated the crowd (me, at least) about the Open Knowledge FoundationOpen Data Institute and the principles of Open Data.

“Transparent government. Not transparent citizens.” – Jason Hare, Cary Open Data Day

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Jason also emphasized the goal of regionalism for open data in the Triangle. That is, municipalities need to adopt similar rules and standards so data can be easily complied for the entire region.

Hacking and Workshops

After the keynote, council member Lori Bush fired up the crowd and solicited ideas for data projects to hack. The group had half a dozen data sets provided by Town of Cary, plus all the open data available on the internet (for example, maps). The group also pitched ideas for data sets they’d like to see made available for future projects.

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Crime data was a topic of high interest, as well as data about government spending.

The crowd broke up into smaller groups scattered around the Chamber to work on specific projects. The goal was to have a model up and working by the end of the day.

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Throughout the day, workshops popped up in the conference room or the board room. Topics included privacy, Code for AmericaTriangle WikiGithubOpenSpending.orgdata journalism and more.

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After a full day of hacking and learning, eight groups presented working open data websites to the conference. Crime “heat maps” were popular.

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Organizers Ian Cillay and Ian Henshaw of TechnologyTank raffled off a Samsung Chrome Book, won by a PhD student from NC State.

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It was an auspicious beginning to Cary as a community tech hub. Open Data Day is a sure-thing to return to Cary next year.

More Pictures

In the spirit of Open Data Day, the entire set of 42 pictures is available on Flickr under a Creative Commons license.

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Education Disruption Coming to Raleigh

Raleigh, NC – The “Triangle Startup Weekend – Education” will be held at Hub Raleigh from March 8-10, 2013 and will be the first Education themed Triangle Startup Weekend event ever.

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Upcoming Hack-A-Thon in Durham

Durham, NC  – On March 2-3, 2013, the American Underground is running a Hack-A-Thon.

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