TODD LIghtning Talks

TODD 2016 Lightning Talks

Raleigh, NC – The lightning talks for Triangle Open Data Day have been announced and this is a great line up of speakers! There is still time to register for TODD.

Lightning Talks

TODD and Lightning Talk Details

The lightning talks are scheduled from 11 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday, March 5, 2016.

  • TODD Website
  • When: Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 8:30 AM – Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 5:00 PM (EST)
  • Where: College of Engineering Engineering Building II, NCSU Centennial Campus, 890 Oval Dr, Raleigh, NC 27606
  • Why: Help our cities and counties by using open data
  • TODD Registration Site

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Upcoming Tech Events – June ’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.

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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 is the workshop leader and keynote speaker. The NCT4G conference is designed to serve nonprofit professionals, volunteers, consultants, and small business owners. This two-day conference focuses on technologies in areas such as fundraising, social media, and communication and advocacy tools, offering both pre-selected presentations and workshops, as well as spontaneous sessions created by participants.

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!

Code for Charlotte Hack-a-thon – Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM (EDT) in Charlotte, NC. “The Best Hack-a-thon Ever”. The day we’ve been waiting for. Clear your calendar – It’s going down! Code for Charlotte Brigade is having it’s first Hack-a-thon and you’re invited.

Charlotte Data Day – June 17, 2014 from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM (EDT) in Charlotte, NC. The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute and the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, in partnership with the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, present the second annual Charlotte Data Day, which will explore the state of housing in Charlotte through local and national data sources.

ProductCamp CLT – June 21, 2014 from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM in Charlotte, NC. ProductCamp is a free, one-day conference for anyone interested in designing, building, launching and marketing great products. It’s collaborative and participant-driven. That means no set agenda and no sales pitches; just a great opportunity to interact with the region’s best and brightest on product strategy.

Data Matters Data Science Summer Workshop Series – June 23-27 in Chapel Hill, NC. Are you: A manager who needs to know how to stay afloat in the data deluge? A data analytics specialist grappling with large data sets? A data center administrator in the private or public sector? A researcher who must manage, share and archive large, complicated data sets? An entrepreneur, student, researcher, scholar, or employee determined to make the most of the data revolution? If so, the Data Matters Data Science Summer Workshop Series is for you.

Triangle Startup Weekend: Education – Friday, July 18, 2014 at 6:00 PM – Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 9:00 PM (EDT) in Raleigh, NC. Have you ever had an idea for improving education? Here’s your opportunity to transform your education ideas into action in 54 hours. Find the right people with complimentary skills & the passion & dedication to build a startup quick & smart. Test your idea with real potential customers, receive coaching from experienced education entrepreneurs & industry professionals, and win prizes that will help you take your startup idea to the next level of execution!

Startup & Play: Main Event – Thursday, July 24th at 6:00pm in Durham. More details to follow

Triangle Startup Weekend: Health – August 8th-10th in Durham, NC. All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Cryptolina – August 15-16, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. “The defining Bitcoin event for the Carolinas.” Cryptolina is the Carolinas first event bringing together Bitcoin entrepreneurs, financial professionals, venture capital and angel investors, enthusiasts and others who are looking to network, learn and discuss the emerging cryptocurrency industry.

NCDevCon 2014 – North Carolina’s Premier Web Conference – Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 8:00 AM – Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 3:30 PM (EDT) in Raleigh, NC. NCDevCon is a 2 day web and mobile development conference in Raleigh, NC. For $200 you get access to all sessions and hands on classes. Your conference fee also includes lunch, a snazzy conference T-Shirt and admission to our evening networking event. Learn more at

CED Tech Venture Conference: The Internet of (Every)thing – September 16-17, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. You’re invited to this year’s CED Tech Venture Conference, to be held September 16-17, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. Join 600 of the region’s most promising early-stage and high-growth companies, leading investors, and tech enthusiasts as we explore how the ubiquitous “Internet of Things” paradigm is increasingly blurring the lines between the physical and digital worlds.

Triangle InfoSeCon 2014 – October 16, 2014 from 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. (EST) in Raleigh, NC. The Raleigh ISSA Chapter fall conference is a great opportunity to learn more about information security, talk with companies who provide security products and services, and network with fellow information security professionals. We submit CPE Credits automatically for attendees who provide their CISSP certification information. Registration Site

BSIDES – October 17, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. Security B-sides (BSides) is a community-driven framework for building events for and by information security community members. The goal is to expand the spectrum of conversation beyond the traditional confines of space and time. It creates opportunities for individuals to both present and participate in an intimate atmosphere that encourages collaboration. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from participants. It is where conversations for the next-big-thing are happening.

Southeast SAS Users Group Conference – October 19 – 21, 2014 in Myrtle Beach, SC.

All Things Open – October 22-23, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. A Conference Exploring Open Source, Open Tech and the Open Web.

Internet Summit 2014 – November 11-13, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. More information to follow.

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Global Entrepreneurship Week activities in the Triangle area

Global Entrepreneurship Week Recap

Research Triangle, NC – Global Entrepreneurship Week was full of entrepreneurial activity in the Triangle area. On November 15-17, there was a Startup Weekend in Chapel Hill. On Wednesday, November 20, Technology Tank held the Global Entrepreneurship Week – Triangle Luncheon and then on November 22-24 another Startup Weekend was held at Elon University!

Triangle Startup Weekend

On November 15-17, there was a Startup Weekend in Chapel Hill. 86 participants formed 11 teams in this 54 hour event. The winning teams were:

  1. Let’s Chip In
    – A crowd funding platform for life’s big events. A favorite of the judges since they actually had revenue during the weekend.
  2. Get Back
    – “Lines suck. Crowd-source your atmosphere, interactions and rewards at the places you frequent.”
  3. Moneyball++
    – A predictive analysis program for Cricket.

More information about this event can be found in the Exit Event article “Chapel Hill’s Triangle Startup Weekend Has More Than Good Looks” by Ann Johnson.

Global Entrepreneurship Week – Triangle Luncheon

On Wednesday, November 20 Technology Tank held the Global Entrepreneurship Week – Triangle Luncheon. Over 75 people attended to hear about the 4 Things every Triangle entrepreneur needs to know.

To start the conversation over lunch we had short talks by Jeff Henriod, the Founder of Lets Chip In (the winning team from the preceding weekend’s Triangle Startup Weekend) and Linda Whipker, the President of Wake Robotics.

The program was a Q&A with Mital Patel, 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. The Q&A was conducted by Hal Goodtree, a Tech Tank fellow and the publisher of CaryCitizen.

The luncheon was a success based on our observation of the networking going on, let alone the quality of the speakers – the attendees reluctantly were seated for lunch and then stayed well after the program, deep in conversation and building new connections!

Triad Startup Weekend

On November 22-24, there was a Startup Weekend a 54 hour event held at Elon University. The winning teams were:

  1. iTellaShare
    – An online client based teaching service.
  2. Hope
    – “Helping Other People Eat”. A new social company focusing on fighting hunger sustainably.
  3. Well Dressed
    – A digital closet idea.

More information about this event can be found in the News & Record article “Startup competition provides prizes, feedback

Global Startup Battle

Global Startup Battle is a featured event of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

200 Cities. Thousands of entrepreneurs. One battle.

The winning teams from the 200 Startup Weekends held over the last 2 weekends are able to compete for fame and fortune. Each team has to submit a 60 second video to be considered for the competition. We will have to wait and see if any of our winning teams makes the cut.

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So these were not the only entrepreneurial events going on this past week.  What did I miss?

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Triangle Startup Weekend – Nov 15-17

Chapel Hill, NC – Are you ready for a third Triangle Startup Weekend (TSW) this year? The 2 previous TSW’s were not enough for you? Well, if you listen to Mital Patel, a local lawyer and technologist, the Triangle is primed and ready for many more startup weekends than 3 per year.

What is a Startup weekend?

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.

The November TSW

The November TSW does not have a specific industry focus and will be held at the Frank Porter Graham Student Union of the UNC – Chapel Hill campus. This location is a ‘new idea’ in that this TSW will be held on the campus of one of our premier Triangle University Centers (tapped into raw talent).

There is currently an early bird registration with a discount for students. There is also a Demo Day registration for those that want to see the results of the weekend (highly recommended for those interested in the ideas coming out of the Triangle Technology Ecosystem).

Don’t hesitate, register today as tickets are limited.

Global Startup Battle

This event is part of the 2013 Global Startup Battle and precedes the Global Entrepreneurship Week.

(Note: Tech Tank is sponsoring a Triangle Entrepreneurs Luncheon at Embassy Suites during the 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. Event Registration)

Previous 2013 TSW Events

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1 Million Cups in the Triangle

Research Triangle, NC – Every Wednesday morning in the Triangle, 2 local start-ups present to a diverse audience of mentors, advisers and fellow entrepreneurs. The program meetings alternate between the LaUNCh Chapel Hill business incubator and the RTP Headquarters.

What is 1 Million Cups?

1 Million Cups (1MC) is a simple way to engage entrepreneurs in communities around the world. Each week, the 1MC program offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their startups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs. Presenters prepare a 6 minute educational presentation and engage in 20 minutes of feedback and questioning after they present. Entrepreneurs gain insight into possible ways they can improve their businesses, gather realtime feedback, connect with a community that truly cares about their progress, and walk away feeling like they have advanced their business. The audience also learns a great deal from the presentations. Whether this is through passively listening or deeply engaging with the entrepreneurs, there is much to learn every week from these dynamic and diverse communities.

The 1 Million Cups program is a collaboration of and the Kauffman Foundation. 1 Million Cups can be found in 13 cities with Orlando joining on September 11. RTP/Chapel Hill is the only location in North Carolina for this engaging program.

Have you been to a 1 Million Cups program? What do you think about this entrepreneurship promotion program?

Visit the Chapel Hill / RTP 1 Million Cups Website for details about who will be presenting in the coming weeks.