Triangle Startup Weekend and Triangle Open Data Day - Feb 20-22

Winter Won’t Stop Busy Tech Weekend

Raleigh, NC – Winter may have put a hold on school events around the Triangle this week, but it will not put a stop to the upcoming busy Tech Weekend. So shake off the winter ice and come out to the events.

The 2 major events are going on just a few buildings away from each other on the NCSU Centennial Campus:

  • Triangle Startup Weekend EDU – Hunt Library – Friday, February 20, 2015 at 6:30 PM – Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 9:30 PM (EST)
  • Triangle Open Data Day – Engineering Building II – Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 9:00 AM – Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 6:00 PM (EST)
Triangle Open Data Day 2015 Sponsors

Triangle Open Data Day Sponsors

Cary, NC – We are proud and excited to announce the sponsors of Triangle Open Data Day (TODD):

Gold Sponsors

OpenDataSoft LogoOpenDataSoft is a Cloud-based turnkey platform designed for smart and easy transformation of all types of data into innovative services. Its mission: make it easier for business users to publish, share and reuse data.
Code for America LogoCode for America is a new kind of public service with brigades throughout the Triangle.

Bronze Sponsors

Caktus Group LogoCaktus Group. Caktus Group is the nation’s largest Django firm, building custom web and mobile apps to address the most complex challenges. In addition to being open source leaders, we’re committed to social good.

The Open Data Institute of North Carolina LogoThe Open Data Institute of North Carolina (ODI NC). The ODI NC provides Open Data thought leadership, research, training, consulting, dataset certifications and networking opportunities in North Carolina and south-east United States.

We are exceptionally pleased to have such an excellent venue for this year’s event, Engineering Building II on North Carolina State University’s Centennial Campus.
NC State College of Engineering

We are fortunate to have a Brigade Data Portal provided by Socrata for Triangle Open Data Day and Code Across.

Triangle Open Data Day is produced by Technology Tank in partnership with Code for Cary

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CodeAcross at Triangle Open Data Day

Raleigh, NC – During Triangle Open Data Day (TODD) we will also be participating in the Code for America CodeAcross 2015 event. If you cannot find an open data project to work on that interests you, please find one of the Brigade Captains and work on one of the 4 challenges for CodeAcross 2015.

CodeAcross 2015 Challenges

CodeAcross 2015 in the Triangle

Triangle Code for America Brigades

Code for Raleigh Brigade Captains:

Code for Durham Brigade Captains:

Code for Cary Brigade Captains:

  • Robert Campbell
  • Ian Henshaw
  • For more information about the local brigades read the Tech Tank article Code for America in NC 2015

    This post originally appeared on the Triangle Open Data Day Site

    Triangle Open Data Day 2015

    Triangle Open Data Day Schedule Update

    Raleigh, NC – We have finalized the schedule for Triangle Open Data Day and are putting much more focus on the hackathon this year as we have mentioned in the past.

    TODD Schedule

    Saturday, February 21, 2015

    • 8:30 am – Doors Open for Registration
    • 9:00 am – Opening and Keynote by Durham CIOs Kerry Goode and Greg Marrow
    • 10:00 am – Lightning talks to inform and inspire you for the remainder of the event – More information coming soon.
    • 11:30 am (latest) – Hackathon begins – Brainstorm, find a project and/or team, talk to mentors
    • 5:00 pm – Doors close for the day

    Sunday, February 22, 2015

    • 9:00 am – Doors Open, Hackathon continues
    • 3:00 pm – Presentations – What did you accomplish?

    TODD Mentors

    Do you have trouble finding a topic to work on or a problem to solve? Are you having problems identifying or finding data? Do you need assistance with programming, analysis or visualization tools? Well you are in luck this hackathon since we are going to have lots of mentors to help you. Our mentors are subject matter experts, data gurus and programming wizards! Anyone can chip in their talents to help others out and Mentors can still work on interesting projects during the event.

    If you are interested in helping out as a mentor, let us know at the beginning of the event or e-mail Ian Henshaw in advance.

    TODD Miscellaneous

    We promise not to blow out the fuses and have coffee ready for when you arrive on Saturday!

    There will be several options during the year to continue with your projects. The first one NC Datapalooza kicks off on May 16, 2015.

    This post originally appeared on the Triangle Open Data Day Site

    Triangle Open Data Day 2015

    Triangle Open Data Day 2015 Update

    Raleigh, NC – What a change a couple of weeks brings after registration for Triangle Open Data Day (TODD) was announced. We are now at 44% of the registration capacity and ticket sales are still going strong.

    Here is what the distribution of registration types looks like right now (remember that these are self-selected categories):
    Triangle Open Data Day 2015 Registration

    Themes for TODD 2015

    We will be matching the Code for America themes this year at our hackathon. These themes are:

    • Health
    • Economic Development
    • Safety & Justice

    All civic and open data events this year in the Triangle will be using these same 3 themes, so you can get support and move your idea along at several different events:

    Previous Articles on TODD 2015

    Upcoming Startup Weekends in NC

    Startup Weekends in NC – RAL and CLT

    Raleigh, NC – Mark your calendars for the 2 upcoming Startup Weekends:

    About Startup Weekend

    Startup Weekend is a 54 hour event that brings together designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and experts from all domains to do amazing things.

    All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and embark on a three-day frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback!

    Charlotte Startup Weekend

    The Charlotte Startup Weekend is a generic format meaning that an idea from any market vertical can be pitched and worked on. lots of interesting ideas come out of these startup weekends! Lots of fun and definitely worth attending.

    Triangle Startup Weekend EDU

    The Triangle Startup Weekend EDU has a focus on the education vertical. Come with your ideas on great products and services in the education space.

    Note: Triangle Startup Weekend EDU is going on at the same time as Triangle Open Data Day (TODD). From the Hunt Library, you will be only a few buildings over from Engineering Building II where TODD is happening. So stop by and get the advantage of adding an open data facet to your Triangle Startup Weekend EDU project!

    Triangle Open Data Day - Picture by Reid Serozi

    Triangle Open Data Day 2015

    Raleigh, NC – Registration for Triangle Open Data Day 2015 (TODD) is open and tickets are going fast. We sold out last year and are expecting another sell-out crowd this year. We will be in the same location as last year at the Engineering Building II on Centennial Campus which proved to be a great place to hold the event.

    Triangle Open Data Day LogoThis year we will be putting more focus on the hackathon and will be identifying mentors that can help you start and rapidly progress on an open data project of your own interest. We are looking for mentors with programming, start-ups, data analysis and open data skills to help us out at the event.

    For some of you this is a warm up for the NC Datapalooza competition to be held later in the year, so come out and figure out what sort of winning project you can start working on for that competition.

    Our keynote speakers are the Durham CIO team of Kerry Goode and Greg Marrow who will be informing us of the different direction that Durham is taking over many other US cities in their upcoming open data program.

    This year you will also be able to interact with the Open Data Institute of North Carolina (ODI NC), the local affiliate of the Open Data Institute co-founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, founder of the Web and the overall director of the W3C. Sir Tim states that “Open data and a change of mindset is the next step in the internet revolution”.

    The Triangle Code for America Brigades will also be participating in CodeAcross during TODD 2015.

    TODD 2015 Details

    • What: Triangle Open Data Day 2015
    • Where: NCSU Engineering Building II on Centennial Campus, 890 Oval Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606
    • When: Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 9:00 AM – Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 6:00 PM (EST)
    • Why: A gathering of citizens in the Triangle 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.
    • Registration Site

    Previous Tech Tank Articles on TODD

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    Civic Ideas Could Win $3,000 at CityCamp NC

    Raleigh, NC – CityCamp NC, an unconference to help spur civic innovation for North Carolina, is set for May 29 – May 31. CityCamp is an international unconference series focused on innovation for municipal governments and community organizations. Organizers have opened registration and have prepared everything except for the agenda during the unconference–that will be determined by the participants who make pitches at the beginning of the day and the best ideas that get voted on. Let’s take a look at what CityCamp NC has in store.

    Thursday, May 29, 2014 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    CityCamp NC will kick things off at the The Architect Bar and Social House
    (108 1/2 Eeast Hargett Street Raleigh, NC 27601) with inspiration and presentations. There will be lightning talks and a keynote speech by Wake County CIO Bill Greeves followed by networking.

    Friday, May 30th, 2014 | 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

    The CityCamp NC unconference will be held at William Peace University. Friday will start out with participant pitches, sharing ideas to improve our government or challenges that need to be solved. Attendees will then vote on the top ideas and organizers will create the agenda for the rest of the day. Teams can form at the end of the day to compete for the a $3,000 cash pirze, 2-months of co-working membership at HQ Raleigh, and a consulting session with Jason Caplain of Bull City Venture Partners, for the best prototyped idea to be worked on over the next 24 hours.

    Saturday, May 31, 2014 | 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

    CityCamp NC will transition from unconference mode to build day. Teams that are competing for the prize package will have an opportunity to work on their projects and presentation. Team Presentations will start at 4:00 pm.

    Those not participating on a team can join the civic hackathon brought to you by the Triangle Code for America Division. There will be a number of projects that can be worked on by the community.

    CityCamp NC Information

    Article contributed by Jason Hibbets

    Previous Articles on CityCamp NC:

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    NC Datapalooza Starts April 24

    Raleigh, NC – The 2014 NC Datapalooza program this year kicks off with a boot camp next Thursday night from 5:30 – 8 PM at the new HQ Raleigh location. Make sure you attend this session to get a jump on the whole datapalooza process.

    What is NC Datapalooza?

    NC Datapalooza is a competition where teams build commercial products or services based on Open Data. The Datapalooza process is extended to allow you the time to build really good and well thought through ideas. There are lots of resources available to the NC Datapalooza teams to help challenge and refine your ideas. This year, the NC Datapalooza process focuses on the Health Care vertical.

    Why go to Boot Camp?

    The Datapalooza program this year will have some new elements to help you to better develop your ideas and offerings. Starting with Boot Camp next week, there will be a Startup Weekend May 9-11 followed by a period of mentoring and product development and ending with final presentations and awards in September. While you might be able to start NC Datapalooza some time else during the process, your best bet is to start at the beginning and take in all of the goodness that NC Datapalooza has to offer!

    Boot Camp Details

    • What: NC Datapalooza Boot Camp
    • When: Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Where: HQ Raleigh, 310 S Harrington St, Raleigh, NC 27601
    • NC Datapalooza Boot Camp Registration Site

    What to Expect From NC Datapalooza

    I was part of a NC Datapalooza team last year and wrote about my experience in the process. There are new elements that are being added this year, but the article will give you a flavor of what to expect through the process.

    Past Articles on NC Datapalooza

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

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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