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NC Datapalooza Kicks Off on May 16

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

What is Datapalooza?

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

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

DataJam Details

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

DataJam Agenda

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

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Raleigh – Emerging Tech Hub

Raleigh, NC – Raleigh was just included in a list of the 8 emerging tech hubs. The list originally appeared on the TransferWise blog: Why you should pay attention to these 8 emerging tech hubs (TransferWise is the new way to transfer money between countries and is “from the people who built Skype and PayPal“)

The TransferWise folks “found 8 cities where technology’s influence is growing by the minute, and the world should start paying close attention.”

The List

  1. Eindhoven, Netherlands
  2. Pune, India
  3. Nicosia, Cyprus
  4. Dublin, Ireland
  5. Raleigh, North Carolina
  6. Hong Kong
  7. Malmö, Sweden
  8. Tel Aviv, Israel

The Word About Raleigh

Affordable housing, short commutes and the title of No.1 U.S. city for young families are all triggers for the flock of technology companies and university graduates to Raleigh. Over the past two decades, Raleigh has experienced the third-highest job growth and second-highest population increase in the country. It’s also part of the North Carolina Research Triangle, one of the most prominent U.S. research parks pioneering in IT and biotechnology. The region (known as Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) is anchored by cutting-edge research institutions from surrounding universities, growing high-tech companies like Bandwith and Yealink as well as Fortune 100 companies IBM, Cisco, Sony Ericsson and many more.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation as an Economic Development Tool

The efforts of everyone in Raleigh pulling together for entrepreneurship and innovation is a powerful economic development tool. The momentum is continuing to build and recognition of Raleigh and the Triangle as a premier Tech Hub will only continue.

What are all the pieces that are building our strong and vibrant Tech community?

Takeaway

I hear people wondering if we have too many things going on in the Tech space and if the market is now getting crowded. I think there is room for many more, companies, programs and meetups. Competition, friendly competition, in the Triangle area will develop even better programs and offerings than we have right now and will ensure our place as a premier Tech Hub.


Featured picture by James Willamor under Creative Commons

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Dart Flight School in the Triangle

Research Triangle, NC – Local developer Luke Dary and the Google Developer Group in Research Triangle (GDG Research Triangle) are working with the American Underground to bring the Dart Flight School to the Triangle. On February 8, There will be simultaneous classes at the Main and new Raleigh locations of the American Underground.

What is Dart?

The Dart Language is a new class-based and object-oriented platform for scalable web app engineering. Dart is an open-source project with contributors from Google and elsewhere and includes many tools and libraries to help with the development process. Compiling using Angular Java Script will produce Dart web apps that will run in all modern browsers.

What is Dart Flight School?

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. As we get closer to the date, we will see what GDG Research Triangle has finalized as an agenda for the Triangle Dart Flight School.

Dart Flight School Details

  • When: Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 1-5pm
  • Durham: American Underground @ Main, 201 W Main St., Durham, NC 27701 // Durham Registration
  • Raleigh: American Underground @ Raleigh, 213 Fayetteville St. , Raleigh, NC 27601 // Raleigh Registration

Learn Dart and Angular, Get Your Web Development Wings

Sign up for only one of the sessions. The Raleigh location can hold ~20-30 people and the Durham facility can hold ~80 people. Resources for the Dart Flight School can be found on the Dart Website.  Also the GDG Research Triangle will be publishing more details and may conduct some preliminary activities at their normal meet-ups.

If you attend, please let us know what you think of Dart, Angular and the Dart Flight School.

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Google Tech Hub in the Triangle

Durham, NC – The suspense was building and everyone was wondering about the American Underground mysterious September 25 campaign. Today we found out what this was all about.

The American Underground has joined the Google for Entrepreneurs Tech Hubs in North America (Press Release).

From a Google Blog Posted by John Lyman, Head of Partnerships, Google for Entrepreneurs:

We started Google for Entrepreneurs to help foster entrepreneurship in communities around the world. Through our work in more than 100 countries, we’ve been incredibly impressed with the catalyzing impact that tech hubs have had: helping startups grow, and creating jobs in local communities in the process. So today we’re announcing a Tech Hub Network with seven partners, initially located in North America. 1871 (Chicago), American Underground (Durham), Coco (Minneapolis), Communitech (Waterloo), Galvanize (Denver), Grand Circus (Detroit) and Nashville Entrepreneur Center (Nashville) are all top notch spaces fueling entrepreneurship. We believe these hubs have pioneered a new approach to launching a business, and it’s our mission to help support them.

Adam Klein, the Chief Strategist for American Underground was reported in WRAL TechWire to say:

In making this decision, Google is validating what is going on in the Triangle and we now have points of contact and a platform from which we can speak to Google

The News & Observer reports:

Each company in the American Underground also will receive a Google “startup pack” that will include $1,000 worth of credit for Google products such as storing and accessing data on the Google Cloud Platform.

This announcement is a huge validation of the Tech community that is developing in the Triangle.

Kudos to the American Underground!

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NewME Accelerator: for Minorities and Women

Durham, NC – NewME Accelerator is a nationally recognized Startup Accelerator for minorities and women based in San Francisco.

We’ve launched a high-intensity version of the critically acclaimed program in cities around the country. Entrepreneurs will get a taste of what it’s like to participate in the 12-week program in just 3 days. Participants get: one-on-one coaching from Silicon Valley business leaders, hands on workshops, and the opportunity to pitch their idea to local and Valley-based investors with the chance to win $45,000 worth of prizes from our sponsors and the opportunity to participate in the NewME Accelerator in San Francisco.

NewME is coming to the Triangle with a PopUp program at the American Underground in Durham from November 9-11, 2013.

More details are available on the NewME Durham PopUp Registration Site.

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Tech Explosion in Raleigh

Raleigh, NC – Today there was not one but two different major tech announcements in Raleigh. Innovation is really taking off in Raleigh!

American Underground

American Underground announced an expansion into Raleigh aptly named @Raleigh. @Raleigh will be located at 213 Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, right above the bar Foundation. the building will feature a “regional coworking desk,” allowing startups in the Underground to work in any Underground location. This means a startup based in Raleigh can take meetings at both of the Durham-based spaces and not miss a beat. See the Triangle Business Journal story for more information.

HQ Raleigh

HQ Raleigh (recently renamed from HUB Raleigh) announced they are moving to new, larger space in the warehouse district. Their future home is located at 310 Harrington Street, directly behind the Contemporary Art Museum. The move is expected for Fall 2013. See the HQ Raleigh Press Release and the Triangle Business Journal story for more information.

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American Underground @Main Opening Party

Durham, NC – We reported earlier about the American Underground @Main Opening Party. What a party!

If you get a chance, take a tour and look into their space.

Outside View

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Inside Offices

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Bullpen / Co-Working

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The Vault

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The Vault – Dilemma

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The Award-Winning Smoffice

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Fun!

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American Underground @ Main St Opening Party

Durham, NC – American Underground @Main St Opening Party, Thursday, July 18, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT) in Durham, NC.

One of the most prominent street corners in Durham is now home to more than 45 of the region’s hottest startups in the newly expanded American Underground @ Main St.

Come join us for a night of drinks, food, great music, and mingling with these companies. And while you’re here check out our supersonic slide, say hello to Office Big Mac, lounge in The Vault, and kick back in the Bullpen Coworking area.

Registration is required.

Information about the American Underground:

The American Underground is the central station for ascending entrepreneurs, housing more than 80 startups, accelerator and incubator programs, venture capitalists and support organizations in downtown Durham. The new American Underground @Main St expansion completes the entrepreneurial ecosystem with space for 1-5 person startups in an unparalleled downtown environment just blocks from the flagship American Underground @ATC space. Come join the revolution at www.americanunderground.com.

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Triangle Startup Weekend Recap

Durham, NC – Triangle Startup Weekend (TSW) was a rousing success. Over 250 designers, developers, entrepreneurs and investors packed the new co-working space in Durham, American Underground at Main.

The 54 hour event started with 56 pitches and ended with 14 teams presenting the projects that they had worked on tirelessly. Lots of great ideas were developed but as always only a few made it to the top of the judging criteria.

A description of the 14 final team pitches are listed in the TSW Blog.

Coursefork™, the winner of the March 2013 Triangle Startup Weekend gave a great presentation about their progress in the 4 months since they won the last TSW.

Congratulations to all the teams! TSW was a great place to network, so make sure you plan on attending the next Startup Weekend in your area.

Startup Weekend – powered by the Kauffman Foundation – is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities.

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Upcoming Hack-A-Thon in Durham

Durham, NC  – On March 2-3, 2013, the American Underground is running a Hack-A-Thon.

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