Triangle Open Data Day 2015

Triangle Open Data Day 2015 Update

Raleigh, NC – What a change a couple of weeks brings after registration for Triangle Open Data Day (TODD) was announced. We are now at 44% of the registration capacity and ticket sales are still going strong.

Here is what the distribution of registration types looks like right now (remember that these are self-selected categories):
Triangle Open Data Day 2015 Registration

Themes for TODD 2015

We will be matching the Code for America themes this year at our hackathon. These themes are:

  • Health
  • Economic Development
  • Safety & Justice

All civic and open data events this year in the Triangle will be using these same 3 themes, so you can get support and move your idea along at several different events:

Previous Articles on TODD 2015

Tech Tank: Looking for App Reviewers

Call for App Reviewers

Cary, NC – We are looking for a few volunteers to download a new municipal app, try it out and fill out a brief survey. Android and iPhone users…

Interested? E-mail Ian Henshaw


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Cary Innovation Center

Cary Innovation Center

Cary, NC – Cary Innovation Center located at the Olde Cary Commons in Cary is now under management of Technology Tank. Look for more News very soon.

Follow us on our new Twitter @CaryInnovCtr to find out what is going on in Cary for entrepreneurship and innovation.

What will we be doing you ask? Oh, the normal stuff like hosting networking events connecting awesome people, developing a thriving Co-Working community, supporting budding super-successful entrepreneurs…

Wait!

What do you think we should be doing? How can we best serve you? Let us know by contacting Ian Henshaw or commenting on this post. Thank you in advance.

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
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Tech Tank Top 10 for 2014

Cary, NC – 2014 was a good year for Technology activity in NC and the Triangle. The pages and regular features from Technology Tank that you found most helpful were our listing of Tech Meetup Groups in the Triangle and Charlotte, the monthly lists of Upcoming Tech Events and our Tech Calendar. [Note, please contact us if you find any errors or omissions on our Tech Meetup Group lists.]

Tech Tank Top 10 Articles

Here are the Top 10 Tech Tank articles based on your views:

  1. Hortonworks launches in Durham. Tech Tank interview with with Barry Duplantis, Hortonworks new Vice President of Customer Success to discuss his move to Hortonworks and the decision to launch operations in the Triangle.
  2. Raleigh – Emerging Tech Hub. Raleigh included in a TransferWise blog list of the 8 emerging tech hubs.
  3. Oakhaven Coworking. A project of Tech Tank, Oakhaven Coworking follows the success of American Underground, HQ Raleigh and others by bringing a coworking space to suburban Cary.
  4. How Libya’s Election Process is Better than the United States’s. NC based Caktus Group developed the technology that registered 1.5 million voters for Libya’s June 25th elections.
  5. Triangle Open Data Day Recap. We were told that Triangle Open Data Day was the biggest Open Data event in the world!
  6. Morrisville StartUp Networking. The Morrisville Innovation Foundation periodic networking event.
  7. Triangle Open Data Day. An initiative of Tech Tank, Triangle Open Data Day unites developers, data analysts, civic leaders, students and activists in a weekend of learning, liberating data and building applications to display useful information.
  8. Code for America Brigade. The idea behind Code for America (CfA) is “hacking for public good” – developing civic apps that can be used across municipalities in America.
  9. LIVES – Open Data Standard. Wake County is one of four early adopters of the LIVES data standard – an open data standard which allows municipalities to publish restaurant inspection information that can be consumed by apps like Yelp.
  10. The Open Data Institute Comes to NC. The Open Data Institute founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee has a node in North Carolina – the Open Data Institute of North Carolina (ODI NC).

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MSA Areas for NC - Technology Density

Tech Meetup Density in NC – Updated

Cary, NC – This is an update of our post of January 3, 2014 to reflect additional population centers in North Carolina. We have added the MSA’s of Asheville, Fayetteville and Wilmington.

Meetup Groups are collections of people looking to proactively learn and interact about a specific topic. The focus of Tech Meetup Groups are fairly specific about an underlying program, platform or methodology. Those attending Tech Meetup Groups are not usually the type of person who could be called “9 to 5” developers, designers, etc.

Our analysis of Tech Meetup Group Density shows a large difference between the major population centers in North Carolina. The density of Tech meetup groups could be a useful indicator about the number of people in an area that are active in Tech fields and may be useful for companies looking to locate Tech labs or Tech related facilities.

Tech Meetup Group Density

Tech Meetup Group Density in North Carolina (Meetup groups per million population)

  • Triangle – 50.1
  • Asheville – 25.6
  • Charlotte – 21.0
  • Wilmington – 19.4
  • Triad – 9.9
  • Fayetteville – 8.0

Methodology

For the number of meetup groups in an area, we used the Tech Tank summaries of the Tech Meetup groups in the Triangle, Triad and Charlotte areas. We felt that there was a large difference in the number of Tech meetup groups in the 3 areas, so we looked to normalize the data and used the population of the Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA’s).

For population we went to the Wikipedia page for North Carolina Statistical Areas. The population numbers are as of July 1, 2011, as estimated by the United States Census Bureau, and the Core-based Statistical Areas are defined per the United States Office of Management and Budget. For the Triangle, we combined the MSA’s for Raleigh-Cary and Durham. For the Triad, we combined the MSA’s for Greensboro-High Point and Winston-Salem. The population data is not exhaustively collected and we used the Wikipedia summary page for convenience rather than rigor, but we feel that the numbers provide a good basis for our evaluation.

The number of Tech Meetup Groups is developed by a review of all groups on Meetup.com within 50 miles of a City. We selected the groups that we feel are Tech based and also included a few others that we are aware of that do not use Meetup.com. Our experience is that Tech groups list their meetings on Meetup.com since this is where Techies look for interesting meetings to attend. Chapters of possibly Tech related trade organizations do not appear in the numbers.

What Do You Think?

We are interested in what you think about this analysis or if we are missing out on a number of Tech meetup groups (eg. maybe an area uses something other than Meetup.com?). Leave your comments below or contact Ian Henshaw directly.

Meetup Density Chart - Tech Tank Analysis

Tech Meetup Density in NC

Cary, NC – Meetup Groups are collections of people looking to proactively learn and interact about a specific topic. The focus of Tech Meetup Groups are fairly specific about an underlying program, platform or methodology. Those attending Tech Meetup Groups are not usually the type of person who could be called “9 to 5” developers, designers, etc.

Our analysis of Tech Meetup Group Density shows a large difference between the major population centers in North Carolina. The density of Tech meetup groups could be a useful indicator about the number of people in an area that are active in Tech fields and may be useful for companies looking to locate Tech labs or Tech related facilities.

Tech Meetup Group Density

Tech Meetup Group Density in North Carolina (Meetup groups per million population)

  • Triangle – 50.1
  • Charlotte – 21.0
  • Triad – 9.9

Methodology

For the number of meetup groups in an area, we used the Tech Tank summaries of the Tech Meetup groups in the Triangle, Triad and Charlotte areas. We felt that there was a large difference in the number of Tech meetup groups in the 3 areas, so we looked to normalize the data and used the population of the Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA’s).

For population we went to the Wikipedia page for North Carolina Statistical Areas. The population numbers are as of July 1, 2011, as estimated by the United States Census Bureau, and the Core-based Statistical Areas are defined per the United States Office of Management and Budget. For the Triangle, we combined the MSA’s for Raleigh-Cary and Durham. For the Triad, we combined the MSA’s for Greensboro-High Point and Winston-Salem. The population data is not exhaustively collected and we used the Wikipedia summary page for convenience rather than rigor, but we feel that the numbers provide a good basis for our evaluation.

The number of Tech Meetup Groups is developed by a review of all groups on Meetup.com within 50 miles of a City. We selected the groups that we feel are Tech based and also included a few others that we are aware of that do not use Meetup.com. Our experience is that Tech groups list their meetings on Meetup.com since this is where Techies look for interesting meetings to attend. Chapters of possibly Tech related trade organizations do not appear in the numbers.

What Do You Think?

We are interested in what you think about this analysis or if we are missing out on a number of Tech meetup groups (eg. maybe an area uses something other than Meetup.com?). Leave your comments below or contact Ian Henshaw directly.

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Tech Tank Top 10 for 2013

Cary, NC – 2013 was a good year for Technology activity in NC and the Triangle. The pages and regular features from Technology Tank that you found most helpful were our Tech Calendar, the listing of Tech Meetup Groups and the monthly lists of Upcoming Tech Events.

The articles of greatest interest were about activities of local ‘civic hacking’ groups, like CityCamp, Code for America, and NC Datapalooza.

Tech Tank Top 10 Articles

Here are the Top 10 Tech Tank articles based on your views:

  1. Pulse Point for the Triangle – PulsePoint is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and brings the promise of higher survival rates from heart emergencies. The Triangle EMS dispatches only need to be hooked in and we will begin to be able to take advantage of this great service. A look at team activity from the 2013 CityCamp NC.
  2. Google Designates Cary as North Carolina’s 2013 eCity – The eCity Awards recognize the strongest online business community in each state.
  3. Triangle Ranks High in Tech Start-up Density – A Kauffman study has both Raleigh-Cary and Durham-Chapel Hill in the top 25 Metros for High-Technology Business Formation and Job Creation in the United States.
  4. DevFestNC 2013 – Nov 2nd – The inaugural event of the Google Developer Group in Research Triangle.
  5. RGreenway Expands to Include Cary – RGreenway was the winning application developed by a group of civic hackers at the 2012 CityCamp Raleigh. The team has continued to expand the coverage of the RGreenway app by incorporating greenway data from municipalities adjacent to Raleigh.
  6. Code for America Helps Raleigh – An article about the cooperation of all Triangle Code for America Brigades to assist Raleigh with their Open Data Portal update.
  7. A Look Inside: Code for America Cary – Review of the happenings in a typical Code for America Brigade meeting.
  8. Imagine Cary Preview – Cary started their multi-year forward planning effort and we look at some interesting demographic changes over the years.
  9. NC DataJam Coming April 22 – NC DataJam and NC Datapalooza were the first regional Open Data competition to be held outside the White House.
  10. Talking Open Data – In preparation for Cary Open Data Day, we have a discussion with Jason Hare, the Raleigh Open Data Manager.

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Tech News January 2014

Upcoming Tech Events – Jan ’14 Edition

Cary, NC – 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.

Quick Links

An Evening with MongoDB in the Triangle – January 16th in Durham, NC. An Evening with MongoDB in the Triangle is a free evening event in the Triangle, dedicated to the open source, document database MongoDB. An Evening with MongoDB in the Triangle is an opportunity to explore MongoDB and its use cases.

Data Innovation Day. The second annual Data Innovation Day will be held on Thursday, January 23, 2014. No activities are planned for the Triangle.

Charlotte Startup Weekend – Friday, January 24, 2014 at 6:00 PM – Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 10:00 PM in Charlotte, NC. Details on the Charlotte Startup Weekend Website. This 54-hour event is designed to teach the skills of entrepreneurship by having participants work on a team to convert an idea into an operating business. During the weekend, participants create working startups 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 entrepreneurs.

Data Privacy Day. Data Privacy Day is an international effort to empower and educate people to protect their privacy and control their digital footprint. Data Privacy Day will be held on Tuesday, January 28, 2014. No activities are planned for the Triangle.

NEXT – February 2014 (Specific details to follow). NEXT is a 3 hour, part-time program for five weeks to build the skills and tactics your startup needs to prepare for an accelerator, investor, or early product launch

Dart Flight School – Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. (EST) in Durham and Raleigh, NC. Dart Flight Schools are community events run by Google Developer Groups to help developers learn Dart and Angular. Dart Flight Schools can be different in each location based on the organizers, local skill sets and interests. There can be tech talks, code labs or even mini-hackathons. The Dart Flight Schools in the Triangle are run by the Google Developer Group in Research Triangle (GDG Research Triangle). Registration sites fpr Dart Flight School: American Underground @Main, Durham, and American Underground @Raleigh

Triangle Open Data Day – February 22-23, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. It’s a gathering of citizens to write applications, liberate data, create visualizations and publish analyses using open public data to show support for and encourage the adoption of open data policies by the world’s local, regional and national governments.

Triangle Usability Professionals’ Association (TriUXPA) Conference – Using Personas and Storytelling Effectively with Whitney Quesenbery – Wednesday, February 26, 2014 from 8:30 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. (EST) in Cary, NC. You’ll work individually and in teams to explore different ways to use personas effectively, and how to write stories for them.

“Software Testing is NOT Dead” – Triangle Information Systems Quality Association (TISQA) 2014 Conference and Workshops – March 12 – 13, 2014 in Chapel Hill, NC. Join TISQA for our bi-annual conference and workshop on March 12th and 13th, 2014 at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill, NC. We invite you to participate in the premiere Software Testing conference and workshops of the Carolinas. Come on out and join us for a two day confirmation that testing is alive and kicking!! We will gather to confirm that indeed Software Testing is alive and well and more valuable than ever. The theme for this conference challenges a notion put forth by Dr. James Whittaker that software testing is on its way to being a dead field. There are no zombies at this conference Dr. Whittaker!

North Carolina Science Festival – March 28 – April 13, 2014.

Digital Marketing for Business – Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 8:00 AM – Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 5:00 PM (EDT) in Raleigh, North Carolina. Digital Marketing for Business (DMFB) is an organization that provides regional marketing conferences. DMFB conferences allow people to learn and exchange marketing solutions from conference sessions, networking events, and exhibition areas. The key types of people who attend and participate in DMFB events include business owners, entrepreneurs, managers and marketing consultants. Registration Site.

BarCampRDU 2014, Saturday, May 17, 2014 in Raleigh, NC.

Save the date for 2014! NCTech4Good Conference June 5-6, 2014 in Chapel Hill. The NCTech4Good Conference will be held June 6, 2014, at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill. It will be preceded by a workshop on Thursday, June 5. Beth Kanter has been invited as our workshop leader and keynote speaker.

Triangle InfoSeCon 2014 – 8:00 A.M. – 7:00 A.M. (EDT) Oct-16, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. Topic: Information Security.

Oakhaven Co-Working Logo

Coworking Model for Suburban Areas

Cary, NC – At Technology Tank, we are always looking at Technology trends in order to develop good Technology policy and implementation strategies for our clients. Coworking is a rapidly developing social trend occurring with Technology adoption but most of this activity is in urban walkable areas. In the Triangle, you may have heard of the American Underground and Bull City Coworking in Durham or HQ Raleigh, all of which have very successful coworking facilities located in walkable urban areas.

A few of us in Cary have been looking at a coworking model that will work in residential suburban areas but we have not been successful in finding partners for such a venture. So this time we have dipped our toe into the implementation waters and we are opening Oakhaven Co-Working to develop and prove this model of coworking.

What is coworking?

The Coworking Wiki defines coworking as follows:

The idea is simple: independent professionals and those with workplace flexibility work better together than they do alone. Coworking spaces are about community-building and sustainability. Participants agree to uphold the values set forth by the movement’s founders, as well as interact and share with one another. We are about creating better places to work and as a result, a better way to work.

Oakhaven Co-Working Defined

We have initially developed space at Oakhaven Research. The space is located within a large residential area offering 24/7 access with electronic keys and the space is protected by security cameras. We have installed 2 very large white boards to enhance the collaboration of the members. Technology Tank looks forward to helping to build a strong community of entrepreneurs in suburban Cary. In fact, the Code for America – Cary Brigade, or Code for Cary, has started meeting in our Oakhaven Co-Working space.

When is space available?

The space is ready to go and entrepreneurs and potential coworkers who have questions can contact Ian Henshaw directly. There is an opening social on Friday, December 13th and we ask that those who are interested please register so we can assure sufficient refreshments. We look forward to your feedback.