Triangle Open Data Day 2015

Triangle Open Data Day Schedule Update

Raleigh, NC – We have finalized the schedule for Triangle Open Data Day and are putting much more focus on the hackathon this year as we have mentioned in the past.

TODD Schedule

Saturday, February 21, 2015

  • 8:30 am – Doors Open for Registration
  • 9:00 am – Opening and Keynote by Durham CIOs Kerry Goode and Greg Marrow
  • 10:00 am – Lightning talks to inform and inspire you for the remainder of the event – More information coming soon.
  • 11:30 am (latest) – Hackathon begins – Brainstorm, find a project and/or team, talk to mentors
  • 5:00 pm – Doors close for the day

Sunday, February 22, 2015

  • 9:00 am – Doors Open, Hackathon continues
  • 3:00 pm – Presentations – What did you accomplish?

TODD Mentors

Do you have trouble finding a topic to work on or a problem to solve? Are you having problems identifying or finding data? Do you need assistance with programming, analysis or visualization tools? Well you are in luck this hackathon since we are going to have lots of mentors to help you. Our mentors are subject matter experts, data gurus and programming wizards! Anyone can chip in their talents to help others out and Mentors can still work on interesting projects during the event.

If you are interested in helping out as a mentor, let us know at the beginning of the event or e-mail Ian Henshaw in advance.

TODD Miscellaneous

We promise not to blow out the fuses and have coffee ready for when you arrive on Saturday!

There will be several options during the year to continue with your projects. The first one NC Datapalooza kicks off on May 16, 2015.


This post originally appeared on the Triangle Open Data Day Site

Code for Cary

Code for Cary – Jan 2015

Cary, NC – Tuesday, January 13, 2015, the Code for America Brigade in Cary (Code for Cary) held their first meeting of the year. The regular meeting space for Code for Cary has now changed to the Cary Innovation Center. While there was a strong sign up on meetup the weather warning of ice reduced turnout for the meeting.

Code for Cary Hack Night

Code for CaryBrigade Captains Robert Campbell and Ian Henshaw introduced the program. After the attendees had all introduced themselves there were presentations about Code for America and several of the projects that Code for Cary has and is working on:

  • Development Visualization App
  • Public Art Finder
  • When is my Trash Pickup?

A discussion about the challenges of massaging and cleaning the datasets the brigade receives to populate the apps was also informative. The meeting broke early being mindful of the weather and the attendees safety. Code for Cary will get back to the projects in a few weeks.

Want to Know More?

There are 5 Code for America Brigades in North Carolina. Each of them are undertaking exciting projects that can dramatically change the way that citizens interact with their governments and government services. Look over the Brigade websites. If you like what they are doing, join their meetups, introduce yourself and get involved. You do not have to be a coder as many, many skills are required to make disruptive change through technology adoption.

Details about all 5 NC brigades can be found in the Tech Tank article Code for America in NC 2015.

Upcoming Startup Weekends in NC

Startup Weekends in NC – RAL and CLT

Raleigh, NC – Mark your calendars for the 2 upcoming Startup Weekends:

About Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend is a 54 hour event that brings together designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and experts from all domains to do amazing things.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and embark on a three-day frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback!

Charlotte Startup Weekend

The Charlotte Startup Weekend is a generic format meaning that an idea from any market vertical can be pitched and worked on. lots of interesting ideas come out of these startup weekends! Lots of fun and definitely worth attending.

Triangle Startup Weekend EDU

The Triangle Startup Weekend EDU has a focus on the education vertical. Come with your ideas on great products and services in the education space.

Note: Triangle Startup Weekend EDU is going on at the same time as Triangle Open Data Day (TODD). From the Hunt Library, you will be only a few buildings over from Engineering Building II where TODD is happening. So stop by and get the advantage of adding an open data facet to your Triangle Startup Weekend EDU project!

The Hardware Store by Bi-Link in Morrisville, NC

The Hardware Store by Bi-Link

Morrisville, NC – Thursday night, January 8, 2015 the Morrisville Innovation Foundation hosted their Morrisville Startup Networking event at the Hardware Store by Bi-Link. The Hardware store is open to anyone to stop by and is full of really cool maker tools to prototype parts.

The Hardware Store by Bi-Link in Morrisville, NC

Stefan Stalgren leads a tour of the Hardware Store in Morrisville

Bi-Link is famous for manufacturing hard to make parts that can be produced in volume at low cost. As the Bi-Link designers and engineers work with you on your project they will be looking at how best to make the part looking toward the ultimate production and service requirements. They really can make anything, but if it cannot be produced in the quantity and cost required then your prototype will not be very useful…

The Hardware Store by Bi-Link in Morrisville, NC

Morrsville Chamber President Carlotta Ungaro welcomes attendees to the Morrisville Startup Networking event at the Hardware Store by Bi-Link

Stefan Stalgren gave us a tour of the facility. They have 2, 3-D printers, a small retail quality printer and a large extremely accurate printer (Stefan showed a part with 16 micron holes they had made). In the back shop they have a multi-axis CNC machine, a vacuum molding setup, and a very small plastic injection machine where individual parts can be molded. If they do not have the capability to produce your part in Morrisville, then the design can be sent to the main facility in Chicago and parts will arrive by FedEx in a few days. I’m sure I missed a few pieces of equipment, but you can visit and see everything for yourself.

Stefan mentioned that this is the first of the Hardware Stores in the world. Bi-Link located the store here since they have quite a lot of customers in the NC area. A second Hardware Store will open soon in San Diego.

The Hardware Store is an authentic workspace, outside Bi-Link’s headquarters, to create a technology-driven “home away from work” for product engineers — an open atmosphere with all the tools and resources necessary to push the boundaries on design projects.

Stephan stated that there was no ultimate plan for the Hardware Store and it would grow and evolve to fit the needs of the people that come and use the store.

The Hardware Store by Bi-Link in Morrisville, NC

The Hardware Store is a great resource for entrepreneurs and the local maker community. Everyone is invited to stop by and see the many samples of parts they have made and to get a tour of the facility. If you are looking at a new product you will definitely want to consider talking to them about assisting you with the design and producing some prototypes. You will want to call ahead since Stefan is not at the facility at all times and does travel frequently.

Hardware Store Info

The Hardware Store by Bi-Link
200 Trans Air Drive, Suite 800
Morrisville, NC 27560
HardwareStore@Bi-Link.com
(919) 246-9100

Code for Raleigh

Code for Raleigh – Jan 2015

Raleigh, NC – Tuesday, January 6, 2015 saw the Raleigh Code for America Brigade (Code for Raleigh) hold one of their biggest hack nights ever – 40 “civic hackers” had signed up on the meetup group. Civic hackers started filtering in to the NC Innovation Center early in anticipation of the nights events.

Code for Raleigh Hack Night

Code for Raleigh PresentationsBrigade Captains, Jason Hibbets and Reid Serozi introduced the program. After the attendees had all introduced themselves there was a round of short presentations of the ongoing projects and pitches for projects that different people wanted to work on. The projects ranged from reuse of existing Code for America (CfA) projects to some really interesting new ideas:

  • Where’s My School Bus (Existing CfA project)
  • NC Connect
  • Flu Shot Finder (Existing CfA project)
  • Real Time Transit Finder
  • Optimized School Bus Routes [Using data from Where’s My School Bus?]
  • Where’s My Treatment
  • Prospect Citizen

Code for Raleigh PresentatonsAfter the presentations, the assembled crowd broke up into groups to discuss and work on the above projects. Much civic goodness will come from this and the subsequent Code for Raleigh Meetings. All these projects and their activity can be found on the Code for Raleigh Website.

Want to Know More?

There are 5 Code for America Brigades in North Carolina. Each of them are undertaking exciting projects that can dramatically change the way that citizens interact with their governments and government services. Look over the Brigade websites. If you like what they are doing, join their meetups, introduce yourself and get involved. You do not have to be a coder as many, many skills are required to make disruptive change through technology adoption.

Details about all 5 NC brigades can be found in the Tech Tank article Code for America in NC 2015.

Town of Cary Technology Task Force Report

Cary Technology Task Force Recommends

Cary, NC – In July of 2012, the Town of Cary commissioned the Technology Task Force (TTF) to study technology and engagement for the town. Over a four month period, the nine members of the original task force studied a wide scope of questions including municipal websites, mobile applications, social media, open data, video, Cary as a community tech hub, legal issues and sustainability.

The final report for the TTF was delivered in December of 2012. The report is no longer found on the Town Website, so we thought it beneficial to list the summary recommendations and then ask the reader if these recommendations are still valid.

TTF Overarching Policy Recommendations

  1. The Town should give the same care and attention to planning and implementation of our virtual properties as the Town spends on its physical properties.
  2. Adopt an Open Data and a Public API Policy
    • Critical to support “Cary is a Community Technology Hub”
    • Will allow for independent Mobile application development
  3. Make Cary a “Community Driven” Technology Hub
  4. [Vision:] Cary actively supports Technology User Groups, Hack-a-Thons, School Technology Partnerships, Code for America Brigades, etc.

    • Make Cary a location of choice for people moving into the Triangle area who are taking technology positions.
    • Will attract highly-skilled technology professionals
      • More affluent and active demographic
      • Could help balance the aging population demographic trend
    • User Groups can provide the Town advice on Technology implementation and sustainability.
    • Will have a positive influence on the development of mobile and other apps in the Town.
    • Will support Economic Development in the Town
    • Will support and promote Technology Education in the Town
  5. Promote Citizen Engagement
    • 2-Way Communication Policy
    • More people involved in the community
    • Town gains an on-going feedback mechanism
    • Claim the Town’s social media properties
  6. Develop Generation 6 Website (or Websites)
    • CaryNC.gov
    • Integrate with Social Media Channels
    • Incorporate open data and mobile responsiveness
  7. Develop an official, simple mobile application to gain experience developing and deploying mobile applications
  8. Re-envision the Video Production Department
  9. Provide Leadership for Technology Related Legislative Issues
    • Protect our citizens from new age threats to their privacy and security.
    • Use Technology to enhance citizen participation in the decision-making process.
    • Allow us communication methods with our youth that are not public record.
  10. Encourage Partners to Adopt Parking Lot Items
    • Technology Education
    • Economic Development
Morrisville Innovation Foundation Logo

Morrisville StartUp Networking at Bi-Link

Morrisville, NC – The Morrisville Innovation Foundation is holding their first Startup Networking event for 2015 this Thursday. The event will will be at a special location, The Hardware Store by Bi-Link.

Calling all makers. Don’t miss this event!

The hardware Store by Bi-Link

The Hardware Store by Bi-Link

The Hardware Store is an authentic workspace, outside Bi-Link’s headquarters, to create a technology-driven “home away from work” for product engineers — an open atmosphere with all the tools and resources necessary to push the boundaries on design projects.

Built by engineers for engineers, The Hardware Store ™ is a place to:

  • Collaborate with top industry minds
  • Access latest technologies
  • Test proof of concept
  • Get a few parts fast!

The Hardware Store by Bi-Link in Morrisville is their first location with the next to be in San Diego.

Event Details

  • What: Morrisville Start Up Networking
  • Where: The Hardware Store by Bi-Link, 200 Trans Air Drive Suite 800, Morrisville, NC 27560
  • When: Thursday, January 8, 2015 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EST)
  • Why: Find out about both the Morrisville Innovation Foundation and the Hardware Store by Bi-Link
  • Registration Site

Previous Tech Tank Articles on Morrisville StartUp

Triangle Open Data Day - Picture by Reid Serozi

Triangle Open Data Day 2015

Raleigh, NC – Registration for Triangle Open Data Day 2015 (TODD) is open and tickets are going fast. We sold out last year and are expecting another sell-out crowd this year. We will be in the same location as last year at the Engineering Building II on Centennial Campus which proved to be a great place to hold the event.

Triangle Open Data Day LogoThis year we will be putting more focus on the hackathon and will be 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 are the Durham CIO team of Kerry Goode and Greg Marrow who will be informing us of the different direction that Durham is taking over many other US cities in their upcoming open data program.

This year you will also be able to interact with the Open Data Institute of North Carolina (ODI NC), the local affiliate of the Open Data Institute co-founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, founder of the Web and the overall director of the W3C. Sir Tim states that “Open data and a change of mindset is the next step in the internet revolution”.

The Triangle Code for America Brigades will also be participating in CodeAcross during TODD 2015.

TODD 2015 Details

  • What: Triangle Open Data Day 2015
  • Where: NCSU Engineering Building II on Centennial Campus, 890 Oval Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606
  • When: Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 9:00 AM – Sunday, February 22, 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 DOT Embraces Tech

NC DOT Embraces Technology

Raleigh, NC – Yesterday I got to try out the prototype for the new NC DOT drivers license renewal kiosk – see the picture above. I was attending a meeting of the Raleigh Code for America Brigade at the NC Innovation Center (iCenter) and noticed the kiosk. I asked Erik Ross, the Chief Digital Officer for the State of North Carolina, who was also attending the meeting about the kiosk and Erik took me through a demonstration of the new Tech.

NC DOT Temporary DL/ID

NC DOT Temporary Drivers License / ID

Renewal Kiosk Process

The process of renewal was very quick and easy with the kiosk. Your drivers license renewal is driven by a touch screen monitor which quickly steps you through the process. A bar code reader takes the information from your old ID and a card swipe takes your payment. When it is time for your new picture, you are directed back to some feet stickers on the floor and a countdown clock lets you get ready. Don’t like the picture and you can take it again. That and the process lasting a couple of minutes will make this an easy adoption for most people.

You get a temporary receipt (see image at right) and wait for your new ID to arrive in the mail. Look for this new technology coming to your area soon!

About the iCenter

On October 10, 2013, Governor McCrory opened the North Carolina Innovation Center to identify challenges, create solutions and transform the way state government delivers products and services. The iCenter is a working lab in downtown Raleigh where state employees, students, agency Chief Information Officers, private industry, and citizens collaborate on information technology solutions.

Previous Articles on NC Government

NC Datapalooza Logo

Top 3 Teams Selected for NC Datapalooza

Raleigh, NC –  NC Datapalooza has announced the Top 3 teams making it into their 30-day accelerator. This year, NC Datapalooza is focusing on innovation through open data in the health vertical.

Top 3 Teams

Here are the teams along with a short description of their business idea.

  • LocalMedAdvisor: Our goal is to change the way patients select physicians and healthcare facilities, using Medicare billing data, insurance plan trends, customer reviews, and other data sources.
  • FreeWheeling NC: Crowdsourced bike routes based on real-time GPS/rider feedback in order to influence public policy, aid users with optimal results, and promote biking as transportation.
  • Stone Soup: A platform to help those who need food, or those with food to donate, find food pantries in their area. Individuals in need can also register to get alerts when food is available. Food pantries can also register so they can keep their information up to date.

The teams now have 30 days in an accelerator with mentors provided by the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network.

NC Datapalooza Final Event

The final NC Datapalooza event will be on Friday, September 12th, from 9-11 A.M.  (EDT) at the Red Hat Tower in Raleigh, NC. The teams will present to a panel of judges to see which team will win the NC Datapalooza competition. Register soon for the final event as the Early bird rates end on August 31st.

NC Datapalooza Process

NC Datapalooza runs for about 6 months. Here is the schedule for 2014:

  • Open Data Bootcamp – April 24, 2014
  • DataJam Open Data Startup Weekend – May 16-18, 2014
  • Team Pitches – August 11, 2014
  • Accelerator for Top 3 teams – August/September
  • Final Event – September 12, 2014

Previous Articles on NC Datapalooza


Disclosure: As CEO for the Open Data Institute of North Carolina, I am a judge for the final presentations on September 12. While I have been active as an organizer of NC Datapalooza and lead the efforts of our Data Tiger Team, I have not seen any progress of the teams since the DataJam Startup Weekend in May.