DevFestNC 2013 – Día de los Datos (Day of the Data)

DevFestNC 2013 – Nov 2nd

Durham, NC – Join the Research Triangle Google Developer Group (GDG) for their inaugural DevFestNC. DevFestNC 2013 – Día de los Datos (Day of the Data) – is happening November 2, 2013.

We are focusing on providing a day for local developers to share knowledge, projects, and products that utilize the vast amount of data available today. 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.


  • 9:00 A.M. to lunch – Sessions
  • After lunch until closing time – Sessions and Hackfair

Tickets are available for $25 and include Lunch and all-day snacks.

There are still slots available for session speakers and project showcases if you, or someone you know, has a presentation they would like to give; just fill out the Speaker Application or contact Luke Dary.

DevFestNC 2013 will be held at the Solution Center located at 1101 Slater Rd, Durham, NC 27703.

If you go, please let us know about your DevFestNC 2013 experience.

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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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Triangle Joins National Civic Hacking Day

Press Release Published on 5/21/2013 at: CityCamp NC

HUB Raleigh, Rally Dev, Technology Tank, Code for Raleigh, and Triangle Wiki have joined forces to host a regional civic hackathon. Following two days of collaboration at CityCamp North Carolina and a successful start to NC Datapalooza in April, citizens and developers are invited to join in the local event on Saturday, June 1 celebrating a nationwide movement for more open government and finding new ways to use open data.

“This is an opportunity for the Triangle to participate in a nationwide civic event and practice regional collaboration,” said organizer Jason Hibbets, co-chair of CityCamp NC, an organizer for NC Datapalooza and co-captain for Raleigh’s Code for America Brigade. “Our ideas will only be limited by those who attend the civic day of hacking.”

NC Datajam teams are working on projects focused on health, education, and green energy. Teams that form at the CityCamp NC unconference are invited to continue their work at the civic hacking day.

Code for Raleigh, a Code for America brigade hosted in Raleigh, is providing an opportunity for Ruby on Rails developers to improve the Raleigh Adopt-a-Shelter application. Triangle Wiki is hosting a content sprint to update wiki pages and create new information about local knowledge.

The doors at HUB Raleigh will be open for any citizen to join the efforts of existing teams of attend to learn more about open data, open government, and how they can get involved.

When: June 1, 2013 9:00am – 4:00pm
Where: HUB Raleigh, 711 Hillsborough St, Suite 230, Raleigh, NC 27603
Who: NC Datajam teams, CityCamp NC teams, Triangle Wiki contributors, Cary Open Data team, and anyone interesting in civic hacking or learning about civic hacking
Register now:

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May 18 is a Busy Day for Tech in NC

Cary, NC – This coming Saturday, there is an BarCamp in Raleigh, NC and a ProductCamp in Morrisville, NC. Both events may still have space available so check out their websites.

BarCampRDU – Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM (EST) in Raleigh, NC. BarCampRDU is an “unconference” which means there is not a rigid schedule until everyone arrives and pitches the topics they would like to present. Topics are recorded on paper and posted where everyone can see and vote. The most popular topics/speakers are placed at the beginning of the day. Note: This year we may plan to gradually shorten the times allotted for talks as the day progresses. Migration into lightning talks will keep things interesting toward the end of the day.

ProductCampRTP 2013 UnConference – Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EST) 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.

If you go to either event, let us know what you learned.

Tech Relief in the Triangle

This is all Triangle Tech, so if you want to take a break from Tech in the Triangle this coming weekend, stop by the East Meets West Food Festival in Morrisville, NC, for a day filled with food, music, performance, and visual arts from many cultures that call the Heart of the Triangle home. (Sponsored by the Morrisville Innovation Foundation). If you go, look for Tech Tank Creative Director, Hal Goodtree, on his Fender J-Bass with the Fifth of Blues!

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Triangle Startup Weekend Returns in June

Raleigh, NC – Triangle Startup Weekend is returning in June July, specifically on June 7-9 July 12-14, 2013.  No final details yet but look at the Triangle Startup Weekend Website to keep updated with the progress of this event.

On March 8-10, 2013, Triangle Startup Weekend was held at HUB Raleigh. This was the first Education themed Triangle Startup Weekend event ever. Check out the final presentations from the education themed Startup Weekend.

UPDATE – May 12

Duham, NC – The Triangle Startup Weekend will be held on July 12-14, 2013 in Durham, NC.  Details are on the Registration site.

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NC DataJam Coming April 22

Raleigh, NC – The first part of a Data Palooza is coming to HUB Raleigh on April 22, 2013 from Noon to 6pm.

The NC DataJam registration site has all the details!

What is a Data Palooza, you ask? It is a sort of hackathon that has been used by Todd Park, the United States Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Assistant to the President. Todd has been a champion of using open innovation strategies and the Lean Startup approach to government initiatives in his role at Health and Human Resources (HHS). The innovation events at HHS evolved into Data Paloozas. Now as CTO, Todd is bringing Data Paloozas to other areas of government.

We found a June 2012 McKinsey & Company interview article titled: Unleashing government’s ‘innovation mojo’ which includes a good description of the Data Palooza in Todd’s own words:

The approach we took at HHS was to convene a group of 40 leading minds in the technology and health care arenas, and we put a pile of data in the room and said, “If you had this data, what would you do with it?”

Over the course of about eight hours, they brainstormed different applications and services. At the end of the meeting, we challenged them to come to the first Health Datapalooza—90 days later—and see if they could actually build what they had just brainstormed. The two criteria for products and services at Datapaloozas are that they must provide concrete value and have a sustainable business model; the Datapalooza is not meant to showcase stuff that’s purely academic or theoretical. Well, these innovators showed up 90 days later with more than 20 brand-new or upgraded products and services.

The Datapalooza had two important effects. One, it inspired entrepreneurs and innovators to get involved. Two, it gave us ammunition to liberate more data. Some folks within the government were adopting a “wait and see” attitude about data liberation. They weren’t ideologically opposed—it’s just that they said, “We’ve got a lot to do, so why should we invest in this?” We invited them to the Datapalooza, and when they saw that in 90 days these amazing innovators had taken open data and turned it into fully functional new products and services to advance their mission, they were blown away.

So NC DataJam will hopefully provide us with ‘ammunition’ to liberate more data from the municipalities in NC! If you go, let us know what you think of DataJam.

Cary Open Data Day: Survey Results

Cary, N.C. – Thanks to everyone who participated in Cary Open Data Day on February 23, 2013! We surveyed attendees after the event and here are the results.  Read more

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Education Disruption Coming to Raleigh

Raleigh, NC – The “Triangle Startup Weekend – Education” will be held at Hub Raleigh from March 8-10, 2013 and will be the first Education themed Triangle Startup Weekend event ever.

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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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