Upcoming Tech Events - May 2014 Edition

Upcoming Tech Events – May ’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

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.

CocoaConf Mini Raleigh 2014 – May 9th–10th, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. Featuring an exciting line-up of sessions on iOS and OS X development, CocoaConf Mini Raleigh will have something for every iPhone, iPad, and Mac developer.

NCTA State of Technology Conference – May 15-16, 2014 in Durham, NC. Leaders from across sectors and functional roles will convene for a day of engaging keynotes, interactive panels and an exhibit showcase. Sessions will focus on how companies are integrating disruptive mobile technologies to stay ahead of their competition. It will also feature an NC start-up showcase, where companies will demo some of their latest mobile innovations.

Triangle Open Data Health DataJam Startup Weekend – May 16-18, 2014. This Health DataJam brings together passionate health professionals, students, entrepreneurs, developers, and designers on a mission to revolutionize the health sector through relevant open data. The weekends are 54-hour experiential learning events that provide participants the opportunity to pitch ideas, collaborate with others who have complementary skill sets, and produce startups that solve important health problems using open data. This particular Startup Weekend serves as a lead-in to the 2nd Annual NC Datapalooza competition. Triangle Health DataJam Startup Weekend Registration Site.

CarolinaCon-10 – May 16-18, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. CarolinaCon is an annual conference in North Carolina that is dedicated to sharing knowledge about technology, security and information rights. CarolinaCon also serves to enhance the local and international awareness of current technology related issues and developments.

BarCampRDU 2014, Saturday, May 17, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. BarCamp is a user-generated unconference primarily focused around technology and the Web with participatory workshop-events provided by participants.

CityCamp NC – May 29-31, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. CityCamp NC is three days of open sourced talks, workshops, and hands-on problem solving, to re-imagine the way the web, applications, technology, and participation will shape the future of NC. CityCamp brings together government, business, neighborhood, non-profit, and academic communities to work toward next generation solutions for local municipalities. You don’t need to be technical either–we need ideas from a variety of participants to help create solutions. CityCamp NC Registration Site.

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.

Maker Faire North Carolina -Saturday, June 7, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. Maker Faire North Carolina is a celebration of all things made. Get inspired at North Carolina’s largest celebration of DIY culture and innovation!

Triangle InfoSeCon 2014 – October 16, 2014 from 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. (EST) in Raleigh, NC. Topic: Information Security.

All Things Open – October 22-23, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. Hold the date.


Picture by Ted Eytan

Triangle Health Open Data DataJam Startup Weekend Logo

NC Datapalooza is Off to a Great Start

Raleigh, NC – The 2014 NC Datapalooza event kicked off on Thursday to a crowd of over 65 attendees who participated in the Boot Camp event.

The focus of the 2014 NC Datapalooza is innovation in the Health vertical resulting from Open Data.

Datapalooza Next Step: DataJam

The next stage of the 2014 NC Datapalooza event is a startup weekend to be held May 16-18, 2014. This event has a longer name; the Triangle Health Open Data DataJam Startup Weekend. Yes, the DataJam stage from the 2013 event has been combined with the focus and structure of a startup weekend to provide this year’s participants a stronger process and additional support for their ideas, products and services.

Triangle Health DataJam Details

Among the other prizes, the winning team from the Triangle Health Open Data DataJam Startup Weekend will receive an automatic spot in the remainder of the 2014 NC Datapalooza event, so this is a great way to get a leg up in this year’s Datapalooza!

2014 NC Datapalooza Boot Camp Recap

Picture from 2014 NC Datapalooza Boot Camp Event

Picture from 2014 NC Datapalooza Boot Camp Event

The Boot Camp event was well attended and the space at HQ Raleigh was well suited for the initial information session, talks and the breakout ideation sessions. We had a presentation from Reid Serozi about the data sets that the Data Tiger Team had prepared for the event as well as a look at the functionality of the Open Data Portal generously provided by Socrata for the event.

Case studies were presented by:

  • Ramon Rojano, Director Wake County Health Services
  • Tom Caruso, Health Informatics Liaison Research Associate, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Oakkar Oakkar, Keona Health CEO and Co-Founder

Finally we split up into groups for an ideation activity. What can you do with all of this data? The results of the ideation are available in the Raleigh Local Wiki (see below). Look over the available data and ideas and prepare yourself for the Triangle Health Open Data DataJam Startup Weekend. See you soon.

Important Data Repositories for NC Datapalooza

  • NC Datapalooza Open Data Portal – Find all of the data sets that the Data Tiger Team has curated. Look over the data sets to become familiar with what is available and suggest additional data sets that may be helpful for your idea
  • Boot Camp Ideation – Find lists of all the ideas that came out of the ideation sessions of the Boot Camp. Think about what you might want to work on or contribute additional ideas. Hosted on the Raleigh Local Wiki.
  • #TSWDataJam – The official hashtag. Search Twitter for information!

Past Articles on NC Datapalooza

Disclosure: Ian Henshaw and Technology Tank are part of the organizing team for the 2014 NC Datapalooza.

140330 Upcoming Tech April 2014

Upcoming Tech Events – April ’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

North Carolina Science Festival – March 28 – April 13, 2014. The North Carolina Science Festival is a multi-day celebration showcasing science and technology. The Festival highlights the educational, cultural and financial impact of science in our state. Through hands-on activities, science talks, lab tours, nature experiences, exhibits and performances, the Festival engages a wide range of public audiences while inspiring future generations.

Startup and Play The Main Event – Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT) in Raleigh. Startup and Play is a quarterly social that brings 8-12 local startup consumer companies and organizations out to meet and greet with the community. There is no agenda and anyone can attend.

Startup Grind – Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT) in Durham, NC. Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. Startup Grind Durham Hosts Don Rainey (Grotech Ventures)

Triangle Startup Weekend Maker Edition Website – Friday, April 4, 2014 at 6:00 PM – Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 9:00 PM (EDT) in Raleigh, NC. Triangle Maker Startup Weekend 2014 is proud to present one of the first maker startup weekends on the East Coast. Join makers across the Triangle for a weekend focused on building cool, crazy, innovative physical products and launching companies around them. Tinker with state of the art tools provided by BetaVersity and meet design experts brought in by DXLab Design. We’ll have micro-controllers, laser cutters, 3D printers, and an awesome makerspace for you to geek out on. The creation potential is only limited by your imagination. Triangle Maker Startup Weekend Registration Site

Triad Startup Weekend – Friday, April 4, 2014 at 6:00 PM – Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 9:00 PM (EDT) in Greensboro, NC. Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event 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 entrepreneurials. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on a idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup. Triad Startup Weekend Registration Site

ProductCampRTP 2014 UnConference – Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT) in Morrisville, NC. ProductCampRTP is a unique opportunity to share, network and learn with professionals involved in product management, marketing and development from around the Triangle. Unlike traditional conference formats, ProductCamp is an “unconference” where participants decide what is important and interesting.

2014 East Coast Game Conference – Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM – Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 5:30 PM (EDT) in Raleigh, NC. Attracting artists, game designers, developers, producers, programmers, industry experts and gamers from Europe and North America, the East Coast Game Conference 2014 promises an in-depth look at the future of gaming, as well as an opportunity to meet and learn from this industry’s leading innovators.

NC Datapalooza Education Boot Camp – Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT) in Raleigh, NC. See also the Open Data Health DataJam Startup Weekend below. Look for a Tech Tank post soon about the whole 2014 NC Datapalooza program.

STEAM Makers Fair for Teachers – Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT) in Raleigh, NC. Teachers of grades PreK–12, all disciplines. Join us for an after-school interlude exploring STEAM through drop-in, hands-on, creative demonstrations connecting techniques in the visual arts with STEM. The relaxed structure of this event allows time for teachers to explore the Museum’s collection and to network and create. Refreshments, ideas, and free resources provided.

2014 TriAgile Conference – Friday, May 2, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. We are excited to announce an Agile conference right here in the RTP area! Our goal is to create a premier conference, bringing together people from all disciplines to hear about how you are bringing agility to your organization.

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.

CocoaConf Mini Raleigh 2014 – May 9th–10th, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. Featuring an exciting line-up of sessions on iOS and OS X development, CocoaConf Mini Raleigh will have something for every iPhone, iPad, and Mac developer.

Open Data Health DataJam Startup Weekend – May 9-11, 2014. In conjuction with NC Datapalooza, this Startup Weekend will kick off the 2014 round of NC Datapalooza. Look for a Tech Tank post soon about the whole 2014 NC Datapalooza program.

NCTA State of Technology Conference – May 15-16, 2014 in Durham, NC. Leaders from across sectors and functional roles will convene for a day of engaging keynotes, interactive panels and an exhibit showcase. Sessions will focus on how companies are integrating disruptive mobile technologies to stay ahead of their competition. It will also feature an NC start-up showcase, where companies will demo some of their latest mobile innovations.

CarolinaCon-10 – May 16-18, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. CarolinaCon is an annual conference in North Carolina that is dedicated to sharing knowledge about technology, security and information rights. CarolinaCon also serves to enhance the local and international awareness of current technology related issues and developments.

BarCampRDU 2014, Saturday, May 17, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. BarCamp is a user-generated unconference primarily focused around technology and the Web with participatory workshop-events provided by participants.

CityCamp NC – May 29-31, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. CityCamp NC is three days of open sourced talks, workshops, and hands-on problem solving, to re-imagine the way the web, applications, technology, and participation will shape the future of NC. CityCamp brings together government, business, neighborhood, non-profit, and academic communities to work toward next generation solutions for local municipalities. You don’t need to be technical either–we need ideas from a variety of participants to help create solutions.

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.

Maker Faire North Carolina -Saturday, June 7, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. Maker Faire North Carolina is a celebration of all things made. Get inspired at North Carolina’s largest celebration of DIY culture and innovation!

Triangle InfoSeCon 2014 – October 16, 2014 from 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. (EST) in Raleigh, NC. Topic: Information Security.

All Things Open – October 22-23, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. Hold the date.


Picture by Keith Kissel

Triangle Open Data Day - Picture by Reid Serozi

Triangle Open Data Day Recap

Raleigh, NC – Thank you to everyone that registered and participated in Triangle Open Data Day (TODD). We have been told that TODD was the biggest Open Data event in the world, so we are going to go with that! We had a total of 308 registrations and we wrote about 20 badges for those who had not officially registered.

Please remember to thank all of our sponsors – MetLife, DZone, AIS, Red Hat, Socrata, Code for America, NCSU College of Engineering and the CodeAcross National sponsors, ESRI and Microsoft. Without our sponsors we would not have been able to put on such a great event.

Our Presenting Sponsor, MetLife, also passes along their Thank You for attending.

Open Data Day in the Triangle has grown from 80 attendees last year at Cary Open Data Day to over 300 this year at Triangle Open Data Day. We have plans to make the event even bigger next year so let us know what you want to see and better yet, let us know if you want to be on the 2015 planning committee.

TODD 2014 Results

Other Ways to participate in Open Data in the Triangle

Pictures from TODD 2014

Picture from Triangle Open Data Day 2014 - pictures by Mitch Amiano

Picture from Triangle Open Data Day 2014 - pictures by Mitch Amiano

Picture from Triangle Open Data Day 2014 - pictures by Mitch Amiano

Picture from Triangle Open Data Day 2014 - pictures by Mitch Amiano

Picture from Triangle Open Data Day 2014 - pictures by Mitch Amiano

Picture from Triangle Open Data Day 2014 - pictures by Mitch Amiano

Picture from Triangle Open Data Day 2014 - pictures by Mitch Amiano

Picture from Triangle Open Data Day 2014 - pictures by Mitch Amiano

Picture from Triangle Open Data Day 2014 - pictures by Mitch Amiano

Picture from Triangle Open Data Day 2014 - pictures by Mitch Amiano


Pictures by Mitch Amiano – Featured picture by Reid Serozi


Modified – Changed starting dates of NC Datapalooza from April to May

Tech Events Calendar Image February 2014

Upcoming Tech Events – Feb ’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

IBM Global Entrepreneur Day – Innovate, Transform, Grow – Tuesday, February 4, 2014 from 05:30 P.M. to 09:00 P.M. (EST) in RTP, NC. Come one come all to IBM Entrepreneur Day, where you can network and learn from your local ecosystem of entrepreneurs, VCs, academic leaders, accelerators, IBM executives and Business Partners. Your ecosystem is the most effective means of fostering the success of everyone in the business community. Working together, we can go further than we would on our own!.

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

SpeedCon 2014 – Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM (EST) in Raleigh, NC. SpeedCon is an unconference for all aspects of communication. Hosted by the NC State Technical Communication Association, this event is a great opportunity for students, alumni, faculty, professionals, and any other interested parties to learn about all forms of communication. We’re very excited to host this year’s event at the Hunt Library where we’ll get to utilize some of the cool (look, there’s no other word for it) digital spaces for our sessions.

Demo Day for the 15th Annual Duke Start-Up Challenge – Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (MST) in Durham, NC. The Duke Start-Up Challenge, founded in 1999, is designed to help Duke’s entrepreneurship community flourish, with a year long entrepreneurship competition followed by an accelerator program. All Duke students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and the general public are welcome to join us for the Demo Day for the 15th Annual Duke Start-Up Challenge. Over 100 Duke teams entered the Duke Start-Up Challenge this year.

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. Registration is open, tickets are going fast and the event is sure to sell out again! Triangle Open Data Day is produced by Technology Tank and Code for Cary.

CodeAcross the Triangle will be held in conjunction with Triangle Open Data Day. The theme this year is Beyond Transparency

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. The North Carolina Science Festival is a multi-day celebration showcasing science and technology. The Festival highlights the educational, cultural and financial impact of science in our state. Through hands-on activities, science talks, lab tours, nature experiences, exhibits and performances, the Festival engages a wide range of public audiences while inspiring future generations.

ProductCampRTP 2014 UnConference – Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT) in Morrisville, NC. ProductCampRTP is a unique opportunity to share, network and learn with professionals involved in product management, marketing and development from around the Triangle. Unlike traditional conference formats, ProductCamp is an “unconference” where participants decide what is important and interesting.

STEAM Makers Fair for Teachers – Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT) in Raleigh, NC. Teachers of grades PreK–12, all disciplines. Join us for an after-school interlude exploring STEAM through drop-in, hands-on, creative demonstrations connecting techniques in the visual arts with STEM. The relaxed structure of this event allows time for teachers to explore the Museum’s collection and to network and create. Refreshments, ideas, and free resources provided.

2014 TriAgile Conference – Friday, May 2, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. We are excited to announce an Agile conference right here in the RTP area! Our goal is to create a premier conference, bringing together people from all disciplines to hear about how you are bringing agility to your organization.

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.

CocoaConf Mini Raleigh 2014 – May 9th–10th, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. Featuring an exciting line-up of sessions on iOS and OS X development, CocoaConf Mini Raleigh will have something for every iPhone, iPad, and Mac developer.

BarCampRDU 2014, Saturday, May 17, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. BarCamp is a user-generated unconference primarily focused around technology and the Web with participatory workshop-events provided by participants.

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 – October 16, 2014 from 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. (EST) in Raleigh, NC. Topic: Information Security.

All Things Open – October 22-23, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. Hold the date.

Data Innovation Day 2014 Logo

Data Innovation Day

Cary, NC – Thursday, January 23, 2014 is Data Innovation Day.

What is Data Innovation Day

The purpose of Data Innovation Day is to raise awareness about the benefits and opportunities that come from increased use of information by individuals and the public and private sector.

Data Innovation Activities

There are many different efforts in North Carolina and nationally that deal with Data Innovation. Since it is Data Innovation Day, take a short break to learn about some of these activities and maybe also get involved.

  • The Center for Data Innovation in celebrating Data Innovation Day with a conference in Washington, DC.
  • The Open Data movement is active looking to liberate Government Data into machine readable easily accessible data that citizens and entrepreneurs can make us of. Raleigh is leading the state in their Open Data activities. Read more – Crowdsourcing Open Raleigh
  • Code for America is very active in North Carolina with a Fellowship City in Charlotte and 5 active Brigades. Code for America actively promotes Open Data and Open Source for programs and apps that will help municipalities and citizens. Read more – Code for America in NC

If you want an interactive program for Data Innovation, register now for Triangle Open Data Day! Triangle Open Data Day will be held in Raleigh from Saturday, February 22 to Sunday February 23, 2014.

What programs do you think show innovation in data?


Technology Tank is a partner in Data Innovation Day.

Regional Map of Startup Weekend Locations

Startup Weekends

Cary, NC – You have seen the notices for Startup Weekends and you may have participated in one or more of the events. Last year there were 3 Startup Weekends in the Triangle area and a few others around the state in Asheville and at Elon College. Mital Patel has been heard to say that the Triangle area could support more Startup Weekends, maybe up to 9, and the local organizing committee is looking to support maybe 6 this year.This got me to thinking about how many Startup Weekends there have been.

I did a quick study of the Startup Weekend Website and came up with 5 Startup Weekends that are scheduled in the general area, within driving distance:

What is a Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch startups!

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Startup Weekends are Global

Startup Weekends are a global activity. The Startup Weekend Website shows that there have been 1,068 completed events in 478 cities in over 110 countries with 8,190 startups created. An amazing fact is that “Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months”, now that is impressive. All the more impressive when you think that The Startup weekend organization only started in 2009.

And they have some cool logos!Startup Weekend Logo CollageStartup Weekend Logo Collage

Previous Stories on Startup Weekends

Open Data Institute, North Carolina Node Logo

Open Data Institute in North Carolina

Morrisville, NC – The Open Data Institute (ODI) now has a node in North Carolina – The North Carolina Open Data Institute (ODINC). The ODINC will create a Platform as a Service for open innovation and sustainable entrepreneurship and an associated regional ecosystem. The ODINC will partner with public and private sector organizations to accomplish its executive plan.

What is the ODI?

The Open Data Institute is catalysing the evolution of open data culture to create economic, environmental, and social value. It helps unlock supply, generates demand, creates and disseminates knowledge to address local and global issues.

We convene world-class experts to collaborate, incubate, nurture and mentor new ideas, and promote innovation. We enable anyone to learn and engage with open data, and empower our teams to help others through professional coaching and mentoring.

What is a Node of the ODI?

We [the ODI] have collaborated with dozens of people around the world, in an open process, to co-design a global network of ODI ‘Nodes’.

We have borrowed from the design principles of the web itself to bring people and organisations together, and will use open data both to collaborate with each other, and as the primary output of the network.

Each ODI Node has agreed to adopt the ODI Charter, which is a open source codification of the ODI itself, and embodies principles of open data business, publishing, communication, and collaboration.

The ODINC

ODINC is a Regional Node that will deliver projects, and can provide training, research, and development. ODINC is available to support regional governments in developing Open Data platforms and the necessary workforce development to support this new economy.

ODINC will be offering the full suite of ODI certification classes so that people do not have to travel to London for these important Open Data certifications:

  • Open Data in a Day
  • Open Data in Practice
  • Open Data for Marketers
  • Introduction to Open Data for Journalists
  • Open Data, Law and Licensing
Tech Events for November 2013

Upcoming Tech Events – Nov ’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

MetLife TechJam 2013 – 9:00 AM Friday, November 1 through 5:00 PM Saturday, November 2 in RTP, NC. Inspired by the MetLife Wall technology, our goal is to bring together the most talented minds in technology to create an innovative solution in support of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ mission to serve veterans, service members and their families. Teams will be challenged to deliver a technology solution that allows veterans to access all of their medical and health information in one place, effectively connecting and aggregating data across all VA locations. Each team will receive the background and software they need to develop a solution, and will pitch their solution to a panel of expert judges at the end of the two-day event.

TEDxRaleigh 2013 – Saturday, November 2, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT) in Raleigh, NC. “Quarry the Marvelous” at the National Historic Landmark Josephus Daniels House Auditorium. Come marvel with NC innovators, thinkers, and doers as we explore the waters off North Carolina, unravel the design process, overcome overwhelming odds, and more.

DevFestNC 2013 – Día de los Datos (Day of the Data) – Saturday, November 2, 2013 from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (EDT) in Durham, NC. This inaugural event will focus on providing a day for local developers to share knowledge, projects, and products that utilize the vast amount of data available today. Google Developer Group (GDG) meetings are focused on Google technologies, but the conference is open to anything local developers might be working on (web, mobile, server-side, etc.) regardless of the vendor.

Remember to change your clocks at 2:00 AM on November 3, 2013 as we ‘fall back’ from EDT to EST.

Cary’s GREAT PUNKIN’ CHUCK – Sunday, November 3, 2013 at Noon – 5:00 PM (EST) in Cary, NC. Cary’s GREAT PUNKIN’ CHUCK is cancelled due to lack of registration.

TRINUG’s Raleigh Code Camp ’13 – Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM (EST) in Raleigh, NC. Code Camp is a free event for software developers to come and learn from their peers. This community driven event has become an international trend where peer groups of all platforms, programming languages and disciplines band together to bring content to the community. The registration site is available and is showing a wait list.

NewME PopUp program – American Underground – November 9-11, 2013, in Durham, NC. NewME Accelerator is a nationally recognized Startup Accelerator for minorities and women based in San Francisco. The American Underground has launched a high-intensity version of the critically acclaimed program. Entrepreneurs will get a taste of what it’s like to participate in the 12-week program in just 3 days.

The Startup Factory (TSF) Fall ’13 Company Showcase -Tuesday, November 12, 2013 from 9:15 AM to 12:30 PM (EST) in Raleigh, NC. The Startup Factory Company Showcase is set for November 12th, 2013. This time, TSF is coming to Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh! Six amazing presentations will be given by TSF Fall 2013 class 4Soils, Brevado, Szl, Coursefork, RocketBolt Website and Home Wellness Website. This is a time you can hear directly from the TSF startups about their startup journey. This is an opportunity to meet and network with entrepreneurs, investors and many other like-minded people. This is a place to enjoy live music, food, drinks and great conversations.

InternetSummit 2013 – November 12-14, 2013 in Raleigh, NC. Internet Summit is a premier digital strategies forum with a goal of educating and promoting forward thinking and thought leadership on topics related to internet business and marketing.

Triangle Startup Weekend (TSW) – Friday, November 15, 2013 at 6:00 PM – Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 9:00 PM (EST) in Chapel Hill, NC. 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. NOTE, this TSW will be participating in the Startup Weekend Global Startup Battle!

GitHub Training at NC State University – Tuesday, November 19, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EST) in Raleigh, NC. Git and GitHub have become indispensable tools for software developers of all backgrounds: industrial software engineers, computer scientists, and students and researchers in any other field in which coding is a key part of your work. In this three-hour workshop, GitHub trainer Tim Berglund will lead you carefully through the basic skills you need to be productive with Git and to collaborate with other developers on GitHub. Learn how to convert an existing project to a Git Repository, track changes to your project, protect your work from experimental changes through branching, push code to repositories on GitHub, and collaborate with colleagues through Pull Requests. Bring a laptop with Git installed and be ready to follow along! We look forward to helping work better together with Git.

Global Entrepreneurship Week Luncheon – Entrepreneurship in the Triangle – Wednesday, November 20, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM (EST) in Cary, NC. Join us for a conversation with Mital Patel to hear his view on the budding Technology ecosystem in the Triangle. We want to ask Mital about Startup Weekends, NEXT and many other initiatives Mital sees as important to the triangle ecosystem. This luncheon is part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week and immediately follows the Triangle Startup Weekend held in Chapel Hill that is competing in the 2013 Global Startup Battle!

indieconf 2013 – Saturday, November 23, 2013 from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM (EST) in Raleigh, NC. The indieconf 2013 has been postponed due to scheduling issues.  We will post details as they become available.

WordCamp Raleigh – November 23-24, 2013 in Raleigh. WordCamp Raleigh is a day and a half long event with over 20 sessions spread across three tracks – Users, Power Users and Developers.

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!

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.

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Glass Under Pressure

Durham, NC – If you missed the hype about Google Glass coming to Durham, you either are living under a rock, or are not involved in the Triangle Technology Ecosystem. 3,500 people sold-out the event in about 24 hours. Much of what you have read in the press about Google Glass has been developed during private invitation only sessions (many links can be found at the end of this article). As the Technology writer for Cary Citizen, I wanted to witness the Google Glass experience through the crush of people at the Durham event.

Logistics

The event was scheduled from 10 AM to 6 PM at Bay 7 of the American Tobacco Campus. 3,500 people in 8 hours means that the event needed to be set-up for handling 437 people per hour or just over 7 each minute! I was concerned about excessive waits as I was seeing pictures on various social media showing long lines and then about 1 PM I saw the following Tweet from @AmerUnderground

Three hours in and the line keeps growing! #durhamthroughglass #durm pic.twitter.com/AJ3D4Bj50g

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I showed up just before 3pm and the line went just past Bay 9 (shorter than I had seen in pictures). I then found out how well organized the event was. As I arrived in line, we were given a card showing the basics of operation of Google Glass. We were also told that the wait would be 35- 40 minutes (my wait was 32 minutes) and were provided iced water as we waited (thankfully due to the 92F temperature). Inside the event was very well organized; registration went quickly and we were grouped to first have a demonstration of Google Glass, and then moved to another area where we could personally try out Google Glass. Afterwards, we were provided wonderful refreshments by Angus Barn, as we waited for our picture wearing Glass, provided a poster (we now had 3 souvenirs of the day) and the option to give feedback (on a new Chromebook Pixel via Google Docs).  In total it took me about 2 hours.

A well organized Google Glass event in Bay 7.

My Glass Experience

The demo was not going so well. Monty and Jim were giving us a demonstration where we should be able to watch simulcast on a tablet, but the Wi-Fi was overloaded and we were not being able to see what we were told was happening. Many excuses about connectivity problems and the overloaded Wi-Fi. In the loud room, Glass was having trouble understanding verbal commands and the user was basically unable to hear from the device.

Quick look around while in-line for picture at the Durham Google Glass Event - Everyone on their smart phones.

Quick look around while in-line for picture at the Durham Google Glass Event – Everyone on their smart phones! How much Wi-Fi and cell service do you need?

We were now able to try Glass. In the the RSVP confirmation we were told:

Leave your Glasses behind: If you wear glasses or contacts, please put contacts in for the event. If you only wear glasses we’ll do our best to fit Glass over your frames, but your experience will be much better with contacts.

Now I have worn glasses since 5th grade and had given up wearing contacts over 15 years ago. Based on the above suggestion I tried without my glasses (thinking that something close to the eye would be easily visible) but this turned out to be nearly impossible as the image is projected at infinity so it was very fuzzy. I also could not get Glass to be able to find directions to anywhere (which apparently resulted from the device not being synced to GPS due to the Wi-Fi overload or other issue)

My Glass Experience, Part 2

My Cary Citizen Press Credentials were seen by the event promoters, and I was quickly introduced to Devin Buell from Google (Devin was working at the Google Chapel Hill office until he recently joined the Glass team) and given a different Glass that had connectivity. This time I tried the Glass over my glasses and what a difference! I could see the screen clearly (Note to those wearing glasses – definitely use Glass over your glasses).  After a few tries, Glass finally understood where I wanted to go and gave me directions (remember the room was really noisy).  I fumbled through a few navigation steps, but was able to see the promise of this very cool technology.  I was glad to have the press credentials that gave me a second try to be able to evaluate Glass through a few paces.  (I’ll probably follow up with another article about my specific observations and things I have thought of since the demonstration.)

Privacy Invasion with Glass?

There has been much written about invasion of privacy with Google Glass, but after seeing Glass in use, these fears seem to be overblown. The Battery life was given by one of the presenters as 45 minutes watching video, but could ‘last all day’ under normal use (which is normally not on). People wearing Glass have to make obvious gestures on the side of the unit and need to make very clear verbal instructions for the Glass to go through its paces. With the ability of all new cell phones to be recording devices, Glass seems to be a very clumsy and obvious way of invading your privacy.

My Takeaways

Google Glass was clearly playing to their potential early adopter customer base at this event. My estimate is that the average age of attendees was ~35 years old and a smart phone owner. No one seemed to mind the line waits and a ~2 hour experience to get their hands on Glass for maybe 5-10 minutes. The event was very well managed and everyone had the chance to try Glass and even more importantly get their picture taken wearing Glass. Social media was chock full of people sharing their experience, so Google got a huge bang for their buck from hosting this event. I would be interested to see the results of feedback from such a pro-Glass audience and if this is really an indicator of support from the general population.

131005 Ian aI think that Glass provides an interesting presentation of information – kind of like being able to check your rear-view mirror while you are driving. Glass seems to be a good complementary device to your desktop, tablet and smartphone, but would not replace any of these at this point. I’m intrigued and would like to be able to evaluate Glass for a longer time and I look forward to see how Glass continues to develop as part of Google X.

What Was Your Experience?

Did you go to the Google Glass event in Durham? We would be interested in your experience.  Please comment below or E-mail me about your experience with Glass.

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