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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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Triangle Adds Brigades to Code for America

Research Triangle, NC – Code for America has released a list of 15 cities that will be added to the Brigade Program in 2013 which is great news for the Triangle. Both Cary and Durham have been added and will join Raleigh with Code for America Brigades in the coming year. Cities like Austin, Boston, Chicago, San Diego, Seattle and Washington DC have Code for America Brigades.

With this announcement, the Triangle will have 3 of the 31 Brigades in Code for America (NC has 4 Brigades including Asheville). This is a strong indicator of the developing Technology ecosystem here in the Triangle.

What is Code for America?

Code for America aims to improve the relationships between citizens and government. We help governments restructure to create low-risk settings for innovation, engage citizens to create better services, and support ongoing competition in the govtech marketplace.

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What is a Code for America Brigade?

The Code for America Brigade Program started with 15 cities in 2012 including Raleigh.

The purpose of Brigade is to create and sustain local instances of shared goals and strategic outcomes.

  • Governments leveraging technology more effectively
  • Citizens and community groups solving civic issues
  • Cities collaborating to work better
  • Civic apps built on linked, open data

The targeted outcome is to establish or reinforce a local citizen group for civic tech that interacts with municipal government on a regular basis.

Code for America Raleigh Brigade

Code for Raleigh formed in 2012, and has Captains Chad Foley, Jason Hibbets, Jason Horne and Reid Serozi. The Raleigh Brigade runs the very successful CityCamp program for several years with the latest CityCamp NC held in May.  The Raleigh Brigade also supports the adoption of the Triangle Wiki project.  In the Brigade meetings, the group is working on an Adopt-a-Shelter app for bus shelters in Raleigh.

Our Brigade is participating in the Code for America Race for Reuse campaign, however the City of Raleigh didn’t ask us to do this. As citizens, we saw an opportunity to improve our city and implement a technology front-end to an existing program offered by the city. It wasn’t just about deploying a project, it was about making our city and the citizen experience a little bit better. By forming and organizing our Brigade, we’re helping to advance the open government movement. – Jason Hibbets, Brigade Captain.

Code for America Cary Brigade

Code for Cary formed in early 2013, and has Captains Robert Campbell and Ian Henshaw. The Cary Brigade ran the successful Cary Open Data Day in February and is planning Triangle Open Data Day for February, 2014.  In the Brigade meetings, the group is working on a visualization of development data in the Town of Cary.

Code for America is a great way to engage our citizens who have a technical background. By using their techie skills, they can get involved in some interesting web projects or apps and in doing so will learn more about the Town and may find other ways to also get involved with other civic projects. I am very happy that Code for Cary has been accepted as an official Brigade since this will bring added visibility and credibility to our efforts to help the Town of Cary – Ian Henshaw, Brigade Captain.

Code for America Durham Brigade

Code for Durham is newly formed in 2013, and has Captains Colin Copeland and Andrew Krzmarzick.

For several months, we have been meeting with key stakeholders from Durham City and County, the nonprofit sector as well as entrepreneurs and software developers interested in leveraging open data for the benefit of our community. This acknowledgement by Code for America as part of the regional Triangle Brigade is another important milestone that is sure to vault Durham and the Triangle to the forefront of the global open government movement – Andrew Krzmarzick, Brigade Captain.

Code for America Triangle Brigade

Due to the nature of the Technology ecosystem in the Triangle Area, the Raleigh, Cary and Durham Brigades are working together to develop a Triangle-wide Brigade (or Division?). Each City will have their own Brigade working closely with their municipal governments on projects important to the Town or City, but there is also a need to assist with Regional issues that are important to all of the Towns, Cities and Counties in the Triangle Area.

The Brigades in the Triangle want to support additional brigades in Triangle municipalities, so if you are from Apex, Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, Morrisville, Wake Forest, etc. and you want to form your own brigade, please contact any of the Brigade Captains listed above.  Anyone outside the Triangle that wants to start a Brigade, feel free to contact us as well (Hey you in the Triad, Charlotte, Wilmington, Greenville, Fayetteville, Jacksonville, etc. – contact us).

There is a Triangle Code for America Meetup Group that lists all of the meetings of the Raleigh, Cary and Durham Brigades as well as the newly forming Triangle Division.  Please come to a meeting and find out how you can become involved.

 

CORRECTION: We originally reported the introduction of  the numbers of Brigades (should be 16 in 2012) using the numbers for the introduction of Fellowship cities (3 cities in 2011 and an additional 8 cities in 2012).

 

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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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NEXT Starts September 11

Durham, NC – The Startup Weekend Organization is bringing NEXT to the Triangle starting September 11th, 2013. You may know of the successful Triangle Startup Weekends in March and July, and NEXT is another Startup Weekend program.

What is NEXT?

NEXT is a product of UP Global which helps startup founders become better prepared to build successful startups. It is a five-week “pre-accelerator” program rooted in Steve Blank’s Customer Development methodology, driven by mentors and unique video content. The NEXT program helps founders gain a crucial base of entrepreneurial skills and knowledge.

What You Will Learn?

  • How to generate assumptions to validate about your assumed customer’s wants/needs, motivations and behaviors.
  • How to find and reach out to people for interviews that match your assumed customer segments.
  • How to define experiments that validate or invalidate assumptions you have about your business model.
  • How to develop your own customer discovery interview plan.
  • How to conduct effective customer discovery interviews.
  • How to turn customer feedback into real insight.

How do I register for NEXT?

Registration is easy through the EventBrite Registration Page. An Early Bird pricing of $149 is still available which is a very reasonable charge to entrepreneurs to be able to gain this knowledge.

Disclosure: I have signed up for the class and am not receiving any benefits for promoting the class. Sign up soon and join me for what looks to be a fun time! Warning, there may be a lot of work involved… At least I hope so.

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Triangle Open Data Day Launched

RTP, NC – Technology Tank has launched the Website for Triangle Open Data Day. Mark your calendars for February 22-23, 2014. Triangle Open Data Day is in support of the annual International Open Data Hackathon expected to be on February 22, 2014.

What is the International Open Data Hackathon?

It’s a gathering of citizens in cities around the world to write applications, liberate data, create visualizations and publish analyses using open public data to show support for and encourage the adoption open data policies by the world’s local, regional and national governments.

International Open Data Hackathon is a creation of the Open Knowledge Foundation, the first held in 2010. Cary, NC joined the international event last year with the very successful Cary Open Data Day. [News: Pre-Event, Post Event]

Why Change from Cary to Triangle Open Data Day?

Cary is a part of a the vibrant Technology Ecosystem that is the Triangle, so the name change to encompass the whole Triangle is natural. Our local Wiki was initially launched as Triangle Wiki. Even the local CityCamp, initially branded Raleigh, has become more encompassing with the latest edition of this event named CityCamp NC.

Who Should go to Triangle Open Data Day?

  • Developers
  • Designers
  • Policy Wonks
  • Data Analysts/Statisticians
  • Librarians
  • Citizens

How do I Register?

Registration is not open yet. We wanted to get the information out early so you can hold the date for this important event. There are many details still to be worked out, so keep visiting the Triangle Open Data Day Website. When registration is open we will post the news here on Tech Tank.

Lots of information can be found on the Triangle Open Data Day Website.

Registration Information

Disclosure: Triangle Open Data Day is a production of Tech Tank.

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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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May 4 is a Busy Day for Tech in NC

This coming Saturday, there is an Analytics event in Durham, NC and a Code Camp in Charlotte, NC. Both events still have space available.

AnalyticsCamp 2013 – Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM (EDT) in Durham, NC. AnalyticsCamp is a free day of networking and learning for folks interested in any kind of analytics.

Carolina Code Camp 2013 – Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM (EDT) in Matthews, NC (Charlotte). Get in-depth exposure to exciting new developer technologies. Sessions will range from presentations, to hands on labs, to informal “chalk talks”. We will have a mix of speakers including Microsoft MVPs, authors, and most importantly, local developers just like you! Carolina Code Camp also includes a Builder Faire. Tech Tank Fellows Ian Cillay and Jamie Dixon are presenting sessions at the Code Camp.

May 4th is a busy day for Tech in NC with many options for those that do not watch the Kentucky Derby… If you go to either event, let us know what you learned.

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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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