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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.

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NC Datapalooza Kicks Off on May 16

Durham, NC – NC Datapalooza kicks off on May 16th with the NC Datapalooza DataJam. This is the third year of NC Datapalooza, an open-data startup competition to catalyze positive community and economic impact.

What is Datapalooza?

In 2009 Todd Park was appointed CTO of the of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). At HHS, Park launched the Community Health Data Initiative, a developer conference and showcase to encourage the development of innovative healthcare applications using open government data – this event became Health Datapalooza and has grown to over 2000 attendees. The White House has grown the Datapalooza brand to include many other areas than just health.

In 2013, leaders in Raleigh including, Christopher Gergen, Jason Widen and Zach Ambrose brought the Datapalooza concept to Raleigh in support of the Innovate Raleigh initiative. NC Datapalooza is a 6 month-long competition to develop new economic activity through the use of open data.

DataJam Details

  • What: NC Datapalooza DataJam – Creating innovation through open data
  • Where: American Underground @Main, 201 W. Main Street, Durham, NC 27701
  • When: Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)
  • Why: A competition to catalyze positive community and economic impact
  • 2015 Datapalooza themes: Public Safety, Health, and Economic Development
  • NC Datapalooza DataJam Registration site
  • NC Datapalooza Website

DataJam Agenda

  • 8-8:30am: Check-in and coffee + light breakfast
  • 8:30-9:00am: Intro to the Competition
  • 9:00-10:00am: Ideation session moderated by data experts
  • 10:00-11:00am: Idea presentation and team formation
  • 11:00am-3:00pm: A hackathon for attendees to work on teams around their ideas (lunch will be served during this time, as well)
  • 3:00-5:00pm: Pitches and feedback session with a panel of judges, plus a Panel Discussion from experts in public safety, health, and economic development

Previous Articles on NC Datapalooza

Battle Hack Raleigh 2015

BattleHack Raleigh is Under Way

Raleigh, NC – The PayPal BattleHack Raleigh is underway. The gong just sounded and there are lots of teams beginning their hacks.
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BattleHack Raleigh 2015

The building that is now 214 Martin Street was the old City Market. It was officially opened for the first time on October 1, 1914. With the cobblestone lined streets, a tremendous amount of history fills the walls of this very unique space.

History is again being made in the old City Market with the first BattleHack to be held in Raleigh. Hacking for social good!

Previous Articles on BattleHack

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BattleHack is Coming to Raleigh

Raleigh, NC – BattleHack is coming to Raleigh on April 18th and 19th.

What is Battle Hack?

BattleHack brings developers from across the country to develop a solution to a local social problem. BattleHack started in 2013 and is organized by PayPal and Braintree, a PayPal company. Developers use any code base they want. No existing code is allowed and incorporating the PayPal API or the Braintree SDK is an important component of your hack and you may optionally use the One Touch™ platform but this is not required. Coding is from Noon on Saturday until Noon on Sunday.

You can hack solo, or in a team of a maximum of 4 members.

First place winners at the city level hack get our epic axe, flight and hotel accommodations to the World Finals in Silicon Valley, and a chance to $100K USD, no strings attached. Fear not, there’s a slew of other goodies, and of course local partner prizes, and all our BattleHack swag!

Previous Winner

One of the previous winners developed an app called Security Blanket, which helps to find missing children. This group is currently running a KickStarter campaign to take their idea further.

How to win $100,000 USD

Win a City BattleHack. Get flown, fed and cared for at our World Finals. Beat all other City Champions with code that impresses everyone on the planet. Be crowned the Ultimate Hackers For Good.

Register on the BattleHack Raleigh site.


Disclosure: The writer has joined a team that will be competing in BattleHack.

April 13th – Revised to clarify that the use of the One Touch™ platform is not required.

Open Data Portals in NC

Open Data Portals in NC

Cary, NC – The open data movement is gaining traction in North Carolina. This month both the Durham City/County portal and the Wake County portal have come on line. Here is a summary of the open data portals currently in operation in North Carolina.

Asheville
Asheville was the first city in North Carolina with an open data portal. The portal was developed in 2012 in support of Asheville’s first Open Data Day. The Asheville portal is powered by Azavea, a B-Corporation out of Philadelphia that specializes in the creation of geographic web and mobile software.

Cary
Cary put up an open data site in support of Cary Open Data Day in 2013. This site consisted of 6 datasets in .csv format and was kept updated for some time following the event. The site is no longer active but we understand that Cary is undertaking an open data program soon so we will wait to see what portal Cary uses.

  • http://data.CaryNC.gov

Charlotte
Charlotte launched their open data portal in late 2014 in conjunction with their Code for America Fellowship program. The Charlotte portal is powered by ESRI, a US company providing geospacial mapping tools.

Durham City and Durham County
Durham City and Durham County released their open data portal in time for Triangle Open Data Day 2015. The Durham portal is powered by OpenDataSoft, a French company providing open data portals.

Raleigh
Raleigh launched their open data portal early 2013 which has been recognized with a 2013 Web 2.0 Award from the Public Technology Institute (PTI). The Raleigh open data portal is powered by Socrata, a US company that provides open data portals.

Wake County
Wake County has just released a Beta open data portal and is looking for public feedback. The Wake County portal is powered by ESRI, a US company providing geospacial mapping tools.

Open NC
Open-NC.org is a catalog of digital public data created by state and local governments in North Carolina. It was created by Ryan Thornburg, an Associate Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with funding from a Knight Foundation News Challenge grant.

NC Datapalooza
NC Datapalooza is a 6 month long open data competition in NC with 2015 being the third year of this program. The NC Datapalooza open data portal is powered by Socrata, a US company that provides open data portals.

Open Data Portal Location Visualizations

We wanted to give our readers some idea of the power of embedding visualizations into their stories. First we created a simple .csv file that included the pertinent data about the open data portals in NC. We used the geocordinates from GeoHack. Since the writer has access to a Socrata and OpenDataSoft portal, the csv file was uploaded to the portals and the resulting visualizations were embedded in this post.

Changes to the underlying data set in the portal will be immediately available to the visualizations on your post. This means that your visualization will always be current and there will be no need to republish based on updated information. Of course if you want a snapshot in time you can always embed a screen shot of the visualization.

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OpenDataSoft

Previous Articles on Open Data


Disclosure: The writer is an organizer of NC Datapalooza (which has a full Socrata portal) and a Brigade Captain of Code for Cary (which has a full OpenDataSoft Portal as well as a brigade level Socrata portal)

Triangle Startup Weekend and Triangle Open Data Day - Feb 20-22

Winter Won’t Stop Busy Tech Weekend

Raleigh, NC – Winter may have put a hold on school events around the Triangle this week, but it will not put a stop to the upcoming busy Tech Weekend. So shake off the winter ice and come out to the events.

The 2 major events are going on just a few buildings away from each other on the NCSU Centennial Campus:

  • Triangle Startup Weekend EDU – Hunt Library – Friday, February 20, 2015 at 6:30 PM – Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 9:30 PM (EST)
  • Triangle Open Data Day – Engineering Building II – Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 9:00 AM – Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 6:00 PM (EST)
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Gov Tech For Winter Conditions

Raleigh, NC – As the state is suffering under wintry conditions it is a good time to review the available tech options to assist you. North Carolina has developed several web and mobile sites to aid in navigating winter conditions.

In addition to web and mobile apps, we know that a strong social media plan is not only important for daily two-way communication with citizens, but is a vital part of emergency planning and preparedness. In fact in Governor Pat McCrory’s press conference this morning, he mentioned that NC DOT Secretary Tony Tata had reported that social media had helped to get information quickly as to where the slick spots were across the state.

Real-time weather and road conditions and shelter openings, as well as winter safety tips, can be found on the free ReadyNC mobile app or on line at www.readync.org web site.

Travelers are urged to call 511 or go to www.ncdot.org for up to date roadway conditions. Motorists are reminded to only use 911 for emergencies so those lines are not overloaded with non-emergency calls.

Ready NC Website

TIMS

The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Traveler Information Management System (TIMS) lets commuters check road and weather conditions in real-time from their computers and smartphones any time, anywhere. The goal of TIMS is to help drivers “know before you go.”

Previous Tech Tank Articles on NC Tech

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

Triangle Startup Weekend and Triangle Open Data Day - Feb 20-22

Feb 20-22: Busy Triangle Tech Weekend

Raleigh, NC – The weekend of February 20-22nd is a busy day of tech and civic involvement in the Triangle. 2 major events are going on just a few buildings away from each other on the NCSU Centennial Campus:

  • Triangle Startup Weekend EDU – Hunt Library
  • Triangle Open Data Day – Engineering Building II

Triangle Startup Weekend EDU

  • What: Triangle Startup Weekend EDU
  • When: Friday, February 20, 2015 at 6:30 PM – Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 9:30 PM (EST)
  • Where: James B. Hunt Jr. Library, 1070 Partners Way, Raleigh, NC 27606
  • Why: Have you ever had an idea for improving education? Here’s your opportunity to transform your education ideas into action in 54 hours. Find the right people with complimentary skills & the passion & dedication to build a startup quick & smart. Test your idea with real potential customers, receive coaching from experienced education entrepreneurs & industry professionals, and win prizes that will help you take your startup idea to the next level of execution!
  • Focus: Education
  • Registration Site

Triangle Open Data Day

  • What: Triangle Open Data Day
  • When: Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 9:00 AM – Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 6:00 PM (EST)
  • Where: College of Engineering, Engineering Building II, NCSU Centennial Campus, Raleigh, NC 27606
  • Why: Triangle Open Data Day 2015 is 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.
  • Focus: Health, Safety & Justice and Economic Development
  • Registration Site
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CodeAcross at Triangle Open Data Day

Raleigh, NC – During Triangle Open Data Day (TODD) we will also be participating in the Code for America CodeAcross 2015 event. If you cannot find an open data project to work on that interests you, please find one of the Brigade Captains and work on one of the 4 challenges for CodeAcross 2015.

CodeAcross 2015 Challenges

CodeAcross 2015 in the Triangle

Triangle Code for America Brigades

Code for Raleigh Brigade Captains:

Code for Durham Brigade Captains:

Code for Cary Brigade Captains:

  • Robert Campbell
  • Ian Henshaw
  • For more information about the local brigades read the Tech Tank article Code for America in NC 2015


    This post originally appeared on the Triangle Open Data Day Site