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Upcoming Tech Events – Dec ’13 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

CloudCamp Winston-Salem – Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 12:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EST) in Winston-Salem, NC. CloudCamp was formed in order to provide a common ground for the introduction and advancement of cloud computing.

Bull City Forward Winter Celebration – Tuesday, December 10, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EST) in Durham, NC. Join Bull City Forward on December 10th at the new American Underground on Main to celebrate and support social entrepreneurship in Durham and the Triangle. We will be featuring our inaugural class of Forward Fellows (via mini three minute TEDx style talks!) and the great social impact work they’re doing across sectors from revolutionizing the way we think about food to engaging PTSD combat veterans in entrepreneurial ventures. We will also give you a quick snapshot of what’s been going on in 2013 and what to expect in 2014!

Startup Grind – powered by Google for Entrepreneurs – Tuesday, December 10, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST) in Durham, NC. Startup Grind Durham Hosts Poornima Vijayashanker from Mint.com. Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 40 cities and 20 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies.

Oakhaven Co-Working Social – Friday, December 13, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST) in Cary, NC. Join us as we develop a suburban co-working model in the center of residential areas. Stop by and look at our facility and see if you would like to gain access to our co-working facility. What could be better on a Friday evening than to go to a social with beer, pizza and some interesting like minded entrepreneurial people?

Global Day of Code Retreat – Raleigh/Durham – Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (EST) in Durham, NC. Come one, come all to the 3rd Annual Global Day of Code Retreat – Raleigh/Durham edition! Coderetreat is a day-long, intensive practice event, focusing on the fundamentals of software development and design. By providing developers the opportunity to take part in focused practice away from the pressures of ‘getting things done’, the Coderetreat format has proven itself to be a highly effective means of skill improvement.

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.

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.

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

Triangle Open Data Day – February 22-23, 2014 in RTP, 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.

“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!

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.

Global Entrepreneurship Week Triangle Entrepreneurs Luncheon

Discount for Tech Tank Readers

Cary, NC – Technology Tank is offering a discount promotional code to our followers for our luncheon on this Wednesday, November 20, 2013. Use the promotion code “TechTank” for a nice discount off the normal price of this luncheon.

What is the Luncheon?

The luncheon is to celebrate 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 and we will find out the 4 Things every Triangle entrepreneur needs to know. You don’t want to miss this important entrepreneurship event in the Triangle. Tickets are limited so register now.

Luncheon Details

Global Entrepreneurship Week – Triangle Luncheon
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM (EST)
Cary, NC | Embassy Suites, Cary:
Discount Code “TechTank”

There are more details on the registration site.

Thank you to our Sponsors:

Punkin’ Chuck at Lazy Daze

Cary, NC – Story by Tech Tank Managing Partner Ian Henshaw

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The Technology Tank Team put together a Trebuchet in a couple of hours on the hot, humid weekend before Lazy Daze. We were under pressure to get a demo unit to display to the huge crowds of Lazy Daze.

Scrap lumber from under Tech Tank Fellow Jamie Dixon‘s deck and a blueprint that was partially in several of our heads developed into a Trebuchet (and we also burned out several of Jamie’s power tools putting this together…, sorry Jamie).  

Tech Tank Managing Partner Hal Goodtree stopped by to document the effort (and to try and figure out what we were doing).

TT Trebuchet

Building the Trebuchet with an onlooker wearing a Cary Open Data Day T-shirt!

Well we built the Trebuchet for display and it might even work… But you have time. You can do research, perform calculations and do a proper design layout and build process – There is lots of information available on the Internet.

The Tech Tank Trebuchet might be able to throw a pumpkin, but your designs will be much better for distance and accuracy!

Put a team together, plan properly and make sure you keep safe during the process (safety glasses, gloves, closed-toed shoes, etc.)  We look forward to seeing you on the Pumpkin’ Chuck Field of Glory!