Midnight Lunch November 11

Midnight Lunch Coming November 11th

Morrisville, NC – Triangle Innovators: On November 11, 2015, Bi-Link is partnering with the Triangle Chapter of the American Marketing Association to bring the program Midnight Lunch at the Lab. The program will feature Sarah Miller Caldicott, great grandniece of Thomas Edison and an innovation process expert.

Midnight Lunch at the Lab Details

  • What: Midnight Lunch at the Lab
  • When: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Where: The Hardware Store by Bi-Link, 200 Trans Air Drive, Suite 800, Morrisville, NC 27560
  • Why: Learn a technique Thomas Edison used to accelerate collaboration during Midnight Lunch sessions at his world-famous labs.
  • Registration Site (Registration is $10)
  • Note: The Live Midnight Lunch Exercise (7:15 PM – 8:30 PM) is limited to 30 people, so sign up today!

In June 2015, Technology Tank partnered with Bi-Link to host a group of CEO’s and area catalysts for a presentation about Midnight Lunch (details are in the first article below). We are very happy to see this program is returning and that many other Triangle Innovators will get a chance to participate in Midnight Lunch.

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Midnight Lunch Lab by Bi-Link

Midnight Lunch Comes to the Triangle

Morrisville, NC – Technology Tank has partnered with Bi-Link and Sarah Miller Caldicott to bring Midnight Lunch™ to the Triangle. On Friday, June 5th, a group of CEO’s and area catalysts listened to a presentation about Midnight Lunch. Sarah explained the Midnight Lunch process while our guests munched on some good food provided by Tra’Li Irish Pub.
Midnight Lunch Lab Group

What is Midnight Lunch?

Midnight Lunch is a distillation of Edison’s innovation model developed by Sarah Miller Caldicott, great grandniece of Thomas Edison and an innovation process expert.

Thomas Edison worked with small teams in intensive 5-hour collaborations after hours that came to be known as midnight lunch sessions. The new Raleigh Midnight Lunch™ Lab draws upon the same intensive 5-hour approach that Edison used with his teams, allowing today’s knowledge workers to deepen their collaboration skills.

Project teams have shaved months off their timetables using the Midnight Lunch collaboration process, propelling the type of disruptive thinking that is crucial in today’s market environment!

Edison’s Midnight Lunch approach offers a unique context for problem-solving, including Analogical thinking, Needs statements, development of a Master question, and Hypothesis statements. Together, Edison’s 5-hour Midnight Lunch process offers a distinct pattern – a distinct approach – for synthesizing significant amounts of data and insight in a short time frame.

Clients using the Midnight Lunch protocol experience as much as 10 times the speed/efficiency of their normal pace, while also gaining new learning and new insight – not just rehashing facts. The process yields powerful engagement that creates momentum, urgency, and visibility while ensuring relevant needs are being addressed.

Initiating a Midnight Lunch includes business challenge selection, attendee selection, and brief pre-work associated with each session. A virtual capability also exists to tie in remote employees if needed. A report for each session captures all input digitally and is shared with each client within 48 hours. All sessions are led by a certified Midnight Lunch facilitator.

Bi-Link and the Hardware Store

Ray Ziganto, President of Bi-Link described how Midnight Lunch has allowed Bi-Link to transform their 53 year old business. Soon after the economic downturn in 2009, Bi-Link realized that their market had changed dramatically. While they had lots of ideas and energy on how to respond to this market change, they had no direction. After discussions with many consultants, they found Sarah Miller Caldicott and participated in their first Midnight Lunch.

The Hardware Store in Morrisville, and another Hardware Store soon to be opened in San Diego, were the result of this Midnight Lunch; a ‘third space’ to get closer to their customers and provide value in the initial stages of product design. Ray also wanted a way to be able to provide for their innovation to spin off the same value for others, which is why they located a Midnight Lunch™ Lab in their Hardware Store. In fact, Bi-Link has now gone through Midnight Lunch 4 times solving different issues where they need to take focused action.

Midnight Lunch Lab

Left to Right – Scott Doron, Assistant Director, North Carolina Department of Commerce, Steve Rao, Council Member Town of Morrisville, Sarah Miller Caldicott, CEO, Power Patterns of Innovation, Ray Ziganto, President , Bi-Link, Ian Henshaw, Managing Partner, Technology Tank

The Midnight Lunch Lab

The Midnight Lunch Lab is located in the Hardware Sore by Bi-Link in Morrisville. The lab is available to facilitate those who would like to participate in a Midnight Lunch in the Triangle. Please contact either Ian Henshaw or Sarah Miller Caldicott for more information about how Edison’s 5-hour Midnight Lunch process can transform your team’s innovation outcomes.

We will run another information session when Sarah is back in the area, so let us know if you would like to attend the next Midnight Lunch preview.

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HOTTovation is Open for Applications

Morrisville, NC – The HOTTovation program is starting again on June 1, 2015. Applications are now open and the application period will close on April 30, 2015. An in-person interview will be scheduled within three weeks of the application deadline as part of the application process.

What is HOTTovation?

HOTTovation is a “percolator” allowing people to “perk” an idea into a sellable strategic plan. The HOTTovation program is based off of Morrisville. Morrisville is located at the ‘Heart of the Triangle’, hence the acronym of HOTT.

The program will provide free office space at Campbell University RTP campus to five companies for a period of five months. Additionally, HOTTovation participants will receive a free Morrisville Chamber membership for a year.

Participants will receive points based on the completion of activities designed to give the entrepreneur’s business a solid foundation. At the end of the five months, the participants that have successfully completed the criteria will be invited to a special graduation event. The event will provide access to businesses and individuals to the local financial and start-up community. Assistance in setting up a long-term business mentor will also be provided.

Participants will enter the program on June 1, 2015 and the program ends on October 30, 2015.

HOTTovation Details

  • HOTTovation Program Document and Application
  • HOTTovator Scorecard
  • Applications start April 6, 2015
  • Applications are due by April 30, 2015 at 5:00 PM EDT
  • In-person interviews will be held on May 11-12, 2015
  • Accepted HOTTovators will be notified by May 15, 2015
  • HOTTovation will be begin on June 1, 2015 at 9:00 AM EDT
  • HOTTovation program will end on October 30, 2015

For questions about HOTTovation, please contact Ian Henshaw at (919) 633.0055 or send an e-mail to Ian Henshaw

HOTTovation Partners

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Campbell University, RTP Campus is the HOTTovation Facility Gold Sponsor. Wells Fargo is the Startup Gold Sponsor. HOTTovation is produced by the Morrisville Innovation Foundation StartUp program.

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This article originally appeared on the Morrisville Innovation Blog

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Morrisville Innovation Foundation News

Morrisville, NC – With the news that Carlotta Ungaro, Morrisville Chamber President, will be leaving the Triangle very soon, the board of the Morrisville Innovation Foundation has appointed Tech Tank Managing Partner Ian Henshaw as Interim Director to provide continuity of the Morrisville Innovation Foundation programs during the search for a new chamber president.

Programs of the Morrisville Innovation Foundation

  • Morrisville Start Up
  • Hottovation

Official News Release

Carlotta Ungaro will be leaving the Triangle at the end of this week for a new job in the Metro Atlanta area. Ian Henshaw will be stepping in to manage Morrisville Start Up until Ungaro’s replacement is named. Henshaw, a regular attendee to the Morrisville Start Up networking events, is the managing partner for Tech Tank and is the new managing director for the Cary Innovation Center. Henshaw’s affiliation with Tech Tank and the Cary Innovation Center make him the perfect interim staff for Morrisville Start Up!

Ungaro asks those that wish to stay connected, send her a message on Linked In and include in the note that you are part of Morrisville Start Up.

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The Frontier at RTP

Welcome to Your Endless Frontier

Research Triangle, NC – Thursday, January 15, 2015 saw the launch of The Frontier at RTP Park Center. Hundreds were in attendance to see the new facility and hear about the promise of this huge new addition to the entrepreneurship and innovation efforts in North Carolina.

What is The Frontier?

The Frontier is a 142,000-square-foot building in the Park Center portion of RTP. It is a mix of offices, co-working spaces and free meeting areas.

The Frontier is designed to create a collaborative “open innovation” environment – Bob Geolas, President and CEO of the Research Triangle Foundation

With the opening of the Frontier, RTP begins the development of the higher density mixed-use regions of the park to make sure RTP is ready for the next 50 years. This is reported to be the largest innovation center in the country!

RTP was created to belong to all the citizens of North Carolina and we now have a new hub for entrepreneurship and innovation in North Carolina.

This is just the beginning of what’s to come at Park Center, and it’s the community’s to use long after today is over. Come back any time!


Here are some pictures from the event which was followed by the acclaimed RTP180 series talks:

The Frontier at RTP Park Center

The Frontier at RTP Park Center

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RTP180 at The Frontier at RTP Park Center

Code for Cary

Code for Cary – Jan 2015

Cary, NC – Tuesday, January 13, 2015, the Code for America Brigade in Cary (Code for Cary) held their first meeting of the year. The regular meeting space for Code for Cary has now changed to the Cary Innovation Center. While there was a strong sign up on meetup the weather warning of ice reduced turnout for the meeting.

Code for Cary Hack Night

Code for CaryBrigade Captains Robert Campbell and Ian Henshaw introduced the program. After the attendees had all introduced themselves there were presentations about Code for America and several of the projects that Code for Cary has and is working on:

  • Development Visualization App
  • Public Art Finder
  • When is my Trash Pickup?

A discussion about the challenges of massaging and cleaning the datasets the brigade receives to populate the apps was also informative. The meeting broke early being mindful of the weather and the attendees safety. Code for Cary will get back to the projects in a few weeks.

Want to Know More?

There are 5 Code for America Brigades in North Carolina. Each of them are undertaking exciting projects that can dramatically change the way that citizens interact with their governments and government services. Look over the Brigade websites. If you like what they are doing, join their meetups, introduce yourself and get involved. You do not have to be a coder as many, many skills are required to make disruptive change through technology adoption.

Details about all 5 NC brigades can be found in the Tech Tank article Code for America in NC 2015.

Code for Raleigh

Code for Raleigh – Jan 2015

Raleigh, NC – Tuesday, January 6, 2015 saw the Raleigh Code for America Brigade (Code for Raleigh) hold one of their biggest hack nights ever – 40 “civic hackers” had signed up on the meetup group. Civic hackers started filtering in to the NC Innovation Center early in anticipation of the nights events.

Code for Raleigh Hack Night

Code for Raleigh PresentationsBrigade Captains, Jason Hibbets and Reid Serozi introduced the program. After the attendees had all introduced themselves there was a round of short presentations of the ongoing projects and pitches for projects that different people wanted to work on. The projects ranged from reuse of existing Code for America (CfA) projects to some really interesting new ideas:

  • Where’s My School Bus (Existing CfA project)
  • NC Connect
  • Flu Shot Finder (Existing CfA project)
  • Real Time Transit Finder
  • Optimized School Bus Routes [Using data from Where’s My School Bus?]
  • Where’s My Treatment
  • Prospect Citizen

Code for Raleigh PresentatonsAfter the presentations, the assembled crowd broke up into groups to discuss and work on the above projects. Much civic goodness will come from this and the subsequent Code for Raleigh Meetings. All these projects and their activity can be found on the Code for Raleigh Website.

Want to Know More?

There are 5 Code for America Brigades in North Carolina. Each of them are undertaking exciting projects that can dramatically change the way that citizens interact with their governments and government services. Look over the Brigade websites. If you like what they are doing, join their meetups, introduce yourself and get involved. You do not have to be a coder as many, many skills are required to make disruptive change through technology adoption.

Details about all 5 NC brigades can be found in the Tech Tank article Code for America in NC 2015.

Cary Innovation Center

Cary Innovation Center

Cary, NC – Cary Innovation Center located at the Olde Cary Commons in Cary is now under management of Technology Tank. Look for more News very soon.

Follow us on our new Twitter @CaryInnovCtr to find out what is going on in Cary for entrepreneurship and innovation.

What will we be doing you ask? Oh, the normal stuff like hosting networking events connecting awesome people, developing a thriving Co-Working community, supporting budding super-successful entrepreneurs…


What do you think we should be doing? How can we best serve you? Let us know by contacting Ian Henshaw or commenting on this post. Thank you in advance.

NC DOT Embraces Tech

NC DOT Embraces Technology

Raleigh, NC – Yesterday I got to try out the prototype for the new NC DOT drivers license renewal kiosk – see the picture above. I was attending a meeting of the Raleigh Code for America Brigade at the NC Innovation Center (iCenter) and noticed the kiosk. I asked Erik Ross, the Chief Digital Officer for the State of North Carolina, who was also attending the meeting about the kiosk and Erik took me through a demonstration of the new Tech.

NC DOT Temporary DL/ID

NC DOT Temporary Drivers License / ID

Renewal Kiosk Process

The process of renewal was very quick and easy with the kiosk. Your drivers license renewal is driven by a touch screen monitor which quickly steps you through the process. A bar code reader takes the information from your old ID and a card swipe takes your payment. When it is time for your new picture, you are directed back to some feet stickers on the floor and a countdown clock lets you get ready. Don’t like the picture and you can take it again. That and the process lasting a couple of minutes will make this an easy adoption for most people.

You get a temporary receipt (see image at right) and wait for your new ID to arrive in the mail. Look for this new technology coming to your area soon!

About the iCenter

On October 10, 2013, Governor McCrory opened the North Carolina Innovation Center to identify challenges, create solutions and transform the way state government delivers products and services. The iCenter is a working lab in downtown Raleigh where state employees, students, agency Chief Information Officers, private industry, and citizens collaborate on information technology solutions.

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Citrix Startup Accelerator: Innovators Program

NEW Venture Accelerator in the Triangle

Raleigh, NC – In partnership with HQ Raleigh, Citrix has officially launched the Venture Startup Accelerator Innovators Program.

Jason Widen, Executive Director and Co-Founder of HQ Raleigh, states:

We are very excited and hope this continues to push Raleigh forward.

Citrix Venture Startup Accelerator Innovators Program

Ten teams will be selected to receive financial support, in-depth training, and a workspace at the new Citrix Sharefile office in the Warehouse District. All interested candidates must submit their applications by Friday, August 29th. Winning participants will be announced at the Innovate Raleigh Summit on Sept. 10, and the program officially begins Sept. 17.

Citrix Sharefile Raleigh Office

Citrix Sharefile Raleigh Office

Who should apply?

We’re looking for a diverse group of both intra and entrepreneurs. Really, we want anyone with an idea how to improve business technology and help people work smarter.

Visit: to learn more about the program and how to apply.

About The Program

Bring your vision to fruition.
Join the Innovators.
Be a catalyst for the future workplace.

The Innovators Program is a three-month residency at key locations around the world, where small entrepreneurial teams and new corporate product teams receive training and coaching in leading-edge collaboration, design thinking and lean startup approaches.

The HQ Raleigh/Citrix Startup Accelerator Innovators Program is looking for great teams ready to test their business model. Selected teams will be provided with the resources, support and training to envision and bring to fruition world-changing business solutions in the areas of cloud, mobile, document management, collaboration, video, IoT (Internet of Things), and enterprise technologies. Raleigh entrepreneurs will learn alongside new corporate product teams.

The teams will meet every Thursday for twelve weeks, beginning September 17th at the new ultra-modern Citrix Sharefile office.

Citrix Sharefile Raleigh Office

The new ultra-modern Citrix Sharefile office is in the warehouse district, just west of downtown Raleigh’s Fayetteville Street. The building includes high tech meeting rooms and workstations, a bocce court, living wall, and a rooftop restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. It is a fitting place to design the revolutionary mobile workstyle technologies of the future.

Important Details

  • Applications for the Raleigh, North Carolina Innovators Program are open only until August 29, 2014.
  • Winning participants will be announced at the Innovate Raleigh Summit on September 10, 2014.
  • The program officially begins September 17, 2014.
  • Innovators Program Website – Learn more about the program and how to apply.