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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.

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Article contributed by Jason Hibbets

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Raleigh – Emerging Tech Hub

Raleigh, NC – Raleigh was just included in a list of the 8 emerging tech hubs. The list originally appeared on the TransferWise blog: Why you should pay attention to these 8 emerging tech hubs (TransferWise is the new way to transfer money between countries and is “from the people who built Skype and PayPal“)

The TransferWise folks “found 8 cities where technology’s influence is growing by the minute, and the world should start paying close attention.”

The List

  1. Eindhoven, Netherlands
  2. Pune, India
  3. Nicosia, Cyprus
  4. Dublin, Ireland
  5. Raleigh, North Carolina
  6. Hong Kong
  7. Malmö, Sweden
  8. Tel Aviv, Israel

The Word About Raleigh

Affordable housing, short commutes and the title of No.1 U.S. city for young families are all triggers for the flock of technology companies and university graduates to Raleigh. Over the past two decades, Raleigh has experienced the third-highest job growth and second-highest population increase in the country. It’s also part of the North Carolina Research Triangle, one of the most prominent U.S. research parks pioneering in IT and biotechnology. The region (known as Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) is anchored by cutting-edge research institutions from surrounding universities, growing high-tech companies like Bandwith and Yealink as well as Fortune 100 companies IBM, Cisco, Sony Ericsson and many more.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation as an Economic Development Tool

The efforts of everyone in Raleigh pulling together for entrepreneurship and innovation is a powerful economic development tool. The momentum is continuing to build and recognition of Raleigh and the Triangle as a premier Tech Hub will only continue.

What are all the pieces that are building our strong and vibrant Tech community?


I hear people wondering if we have too many things going on in the Tech space and if the market is now getting crowded. I think there is room for many more, companies, programs and meetups. Competition, friendly competition, in the Triangle area will develop even better programs and offerings than we have right now and will ensure our place as a premier Tech Hub.

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Morrisville StartUp Networking

Morrisville, NC – The Morrisville Innovation Foundation is holding their first Startup Networking event this Thursday. The event will feature networking with a short presentation from Montie Roland of Montie Design on “What is Product Development?”

Startup Networking Event Details:

  • When: Thursday, January 9, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EST)
  • Where: Ruckus Pizza Pasta & Spirits, 1101 Market Center Drive, Morrisville, NC 27560
  • Registration Site

Register and find out what is going on with entrepreneurship and startups in Morrisville.

What is the Morrisville Innovation Foundation?

The Morrisville Innovation Foundation supports economic and community development in Morrisville, NC which includes creating a community for start-up companies, entrepreneurs and those that work for the large corporations in the area and want to foster an “intrapreneurial” spirit.

The Morrisville Innovation Foundation was created in 2013 as a public-private partnership to promote economic and community development in Morrisville. The Foundation is affiliated with the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce. Since its creation the Foundation had developed and supported many initiatives in Morrisville including:

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Trends in Civic Tech

The Knight Foundation has just published an analysis of Civic Tech; The Emergence of Civic Tech: Investments in a Growing Field. The full report can be found on Slideshare.

Over the past few years, the Knight Foundation has seen a ‘groundswell of interest at the nexus of technology, civic innovation, open government and resident engagement’. The analysis identifies clusters of innovation and investment in the Civic Tech area. The Knight Foundation partnered with Quid, a company that specializes in data analytics and network analysis. This analysis is the first of its kind and the Knight Foundation admits that the report is not exhaustive.
The above figure is from page 6 of the report.  Titled Civic Tech: A Convergence of Fields, it illustrates the several Tech fields that are covered in the analysis.  Only those companies and projects that promote civic outcomes were used as the basis for the analysis.

The report is a summary of quite a lot of information. The detailed information used to develop the visualizations and analysis  is available on the Knight Foundation Website for those who wish to do their own analysis.

What follows is the Innovation Clusters that were developed in the course of the analysis and several of the findings that I found interesting from the report.   If you get a chance to study the report, let us and/or the Knight Foundation know what you think.

Innovation Clusters

Open Government

  1. Data Access & Transparency
  2. Data Utility
  3. Public Decision Making
  4. Resident Feedback
  5. Visualization & Mapping
  6. Voting

Community Action

  1. Civic Crowdfunding
  2. Community Organizing
  3. Information Crowdsourcing
  4. Neighborhood Forums
  5. Peer-to-Peer Sharing

Report Findings

  • From 2008 to 2012, the field of civic tech grew at an annual rate of 23%.
  • Community Action clusters are growing at a faster rate than those in Open Government.
  • Compared to the tech industry as a whole, civic tech organizations are relatively young.
  • While the number of grant investments and private investments was relatively even, the vast majority of total capital supporting civic tech came from private investments (84%).
  • Open Government innovation clusters are mostly supported through grant funding while Community Action clusters mostly attracted private capital.
  • Financial investors and individuals support a large share of Community Action investments and Foundations account for more than half of the number of investments in Open Government.
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Dashboard 2030

Research Triangle, NC – RTI International announced yesterday the release of Dashboard 2030, an online tool to track North Carolina’s progress in economic development, business climate and job growth..

About Dashboard

Dashboard 2030 informs dialogue and catalyzes action to address North Carolina’s economic development challenges and opportunities. It provides independent and objective data on leading indicators of state and business competitiveness. It was created by RTI International and funded by the North Carolina Chamber Foundation, to track progress toward North Carolina Vision 2030 – A Plan for Accelerating Job Growth and Securing North Carolina’s Future.

Dashboard 2013 Design

The guiding principals for development of Dashboard 2013 are:

  • Independence
  • Objectivity
  • Transparency

RTI International was selected for objectivity and independence.  Transparency: The data is provided so that individuals can understand the indicators and perform additional analysis if they want.

A Useful Tool

We hope that this tool will be valuable for policy formation in North Carolina.  Check out Dashboard 2030 and let us know what you think.

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Triangle Road Wins Innovation Award

Triangle, NC – As many of you will be travelling for the Labor Day weekend, you may be interested to know that one of our new roads has won an award for Innovation. I can tell you don’t believe me, but even the roads in the Triangle are Innovative! The Triangle Expressway Project recently won an award for Innovation.

The Award

Now in its sixth year, the America’s Transportation Awards competition – sponsored by AASHTO, AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – recognizes the very best of America’s transportation projects in three main categories: Ahead of Schedule, Under Budget, and Best Use of Innovation.

In the Southeastern Regional Competition Best Use of Innovation category, The North Carolina Department of Transportation won in the large category ($200 Million and over) for its Triangle Expressway project (See the AASHTO Press Release)

The Triangle Expressway Project

North Carolina Department of Transportation’s $1 billion Triangle Expressway is the first in the state (and one of the first in the nation) to utilize all-electronic tolling technology on an expressway, allowing motorists to breeze through without delay due to toll plazas.

The accelerated design-build process and right-of-way acquisition process allowed the team to open to traffic ahead of schedule. The early open date allowed a toll-free period for travel and testing, officially opening for revenue service on Jan. 3 to minimal delays or technical issues.

Thanks to Joe Millazo II (@RTATriangle), for his tweet anouncing the award, and for all he does for the Triangle.
Picture from the America’s Transportation Awards Website

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Global Entrepreneurship Week

Cary, NC – Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.

Global Entrepreneurship Week will be held during the week of Nov. 18-24, 2013.

At time of writing, the only Global Entrepreneurship Week event in North Carolina is the 2013 NC Entrepreneurship Summit which will be held at the Charlotte Convention Center. The Summit is intended as a statewide event with strong urban participation and has been held in the Triangle, Greensboro and Wilmington in previous years. An Early Bird registration for the Summit ends on September 15, so make sure you sign up soon.

You can become a Global Entrepreneurship Week Partner by organizing at least one (1) activity during Global Entrepreneurship Week in November. The activity can be anything (e.g. speech, networking event, film festival, pitch competition, startup bootcamp, etc.) as long as it is relevant to entrepreneurship.

Are there any potential partners out there?

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Tech Explosion in Raleigh

Raleigh, NC – Today there was not one but two different major tech announcements in Raleigh. Innovation is really taking off in Raleigh!

American Underground

American Underground announced an expansion into Raleigh aptly named @Raleigh. @Raleigh will be located at 213 Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, right above the bar Foundation. the building will feature a “regional coworking desk,” allowing startups in the Underground to work in any Underground location. This means a startup based in Raleigh can take meetings at both of the Durham-based spaces and not miss a beat. See the Triangle Business Journal story for more information.

HQ Raleigh

HQ Raleigh (recently renamed from HUB Raleigh) announced they are moving to new, larger space in the warehouse district. Their future home is located at 310 Harrington Street, directly behind the Contemporary Art Museum. The move is expected for Fall 2013. See the HQ Raleigh Press Release and the Triangle Business Journal story for more information.

Center for Digital Government (CDG) Digital Cities and Digital Counties Surveys

NC Counties 2013 Rank in Digital Counties

Wake County, NC –

Each year the Center for Digital Government (CDG) conducts the Digital Cities and Digital Counties Surveys to chronicle and rank local governments’ use of digital technology to streamline operations and improve service to constituents. The 2012 surveys found that although cities and counties are making great strides in information technology to support areas like economic development and constituent engagement, weaknesses still remain that are ripe for innovation. This Best Practice Guide helps address some of these weaknesses by highlighting the best practices displayed by cities and counties that are managing to move the needle and innovate.

The Center for Digital Government‘s Digital Counties Survey is conducted in partnership with the National Association of Counties (NACo) annually in the spring: March – April. All U.S. counties are invited to participate.

Congratulations to the 2013 Digital Counties Survey Winners!

500,000 or more population category:

150,000-249,999 population category:

Less than 150,000 population category:

Congratulations to all the NC Counties that placed in the Digital Counties Survey ranking!