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August 2015 Upcoming Events

Upcoming Tech Events – Aug 2015 Edition

Cary, NC – Here is a quick summary of Technology events coming up in the next few months. Let us know what you think of the events and also let us know if we have missed any.

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August 2015 Events

25 – Verge. Verge is for all people in the southeast working on or investing in tech startups. We are the best event for meeting and hanging out with other southeast entrepreneurs and software developers. Tuesday, August 25, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT) in Durham, NC.

September 2015 Events

3 – Entrepalooza. Join us for Entrepalooza, an entrepreneurship and innovation festival hosted by the NC State Entrepreneurship Initiative. Thursday, September 3, 2015 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT) in Raleigh, NC.

9 – Innovate Raleigh’s Innovatours. Innovatours: Meet Raleigh’s Makers + Doers (formerly known as the Startup Crawl). A walkable tour featuring 35+ innovative Triangle-based companies from a variety of industries. Wednesday, September 9, 2015 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT) in Raleigh, NC.

10 – Innovate Raleigh. Join us as we explore inclusivity for organizations of all sizes with a panel, keynote speaker and breakout session! Thursday, September 10, 2015 from 1:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT) in Raleigh, NC.

15-16 – CEDNC Tech Venture Conference. As the premier tech event in the Southeast, the CED Tech Venture Conference reflects the vibrant entrepreneurial community that exists in one of the nation’s rising technology hubs, attracting over 800 entrepreneurs, investors, corporate leaders and domain experts from across the nation. Tuesday, September 15, 2015 from 9:00 AM to Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 1:30 PM (EDT) in Raleigh, NC.

17 – Product Camp RTP Fall Conference. Thursday, September 17, 2015 AT 5:30 PM at Cree in Durham, NC.

21 – NC Datapalooza Finale. Join us on September 21st for the third annual NC DataPalooza Finale! We’re celebrating the culmination of a 90-day open data competition that’s putting a spotlight on open source innovation here in the Triangle region! Monday, September 21, 2015 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT) in Raleigh, NC.

23 – Groundwork Labs Info Session. Join us for an info session to learn more about Groundwork Labs—a no-strings-attached startup program in the heart of Durham, NC. Wednesday, September 23, 2015 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EDT) in Durham, NC.

26-27 – NCDevCon 2015. NCDevCon is a 2 day web and mobile development conference in Raleigh, NC. For $200 you get access to all sessions and hands on classes. Your conference fee also includes lunch, a snazzy conference T-Shirt and admission to our evening networking event. Learn more at ncdevcon.com. Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 8:00 AM – Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 4:00 PM (EDT) in Raleigh, NC.

October 2015 Events

19-20 – All Things Open. A conference exploring open source, open tech and the open web in the enterprise. Leading technology and business leaders will participate. Monday, October 19, 2015 from 7:00 AM to Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 5:30 PM (EDT) in Raleigh, NC.

November 2015 Events

18-19 – Internet Summit. Join Internet Summit for two days of leading-edge digital media and marketing content, mixed alongside top-flight networking with internet execs, online marketers, entrepreneurs and digital strategists. Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 8:30 AM – Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 6:30 PM (EST) in Raleigh, NC.


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Nina Hole's Fire Sculpture Cary NC 9224 from Flickr by bobistraveling

What is Art and How to Find It?

Cary, NC – The Code for Cary Brigade has started working with the Town of Cary Cultural Arts Department and the Cary Visual Art organization (CVA) to look at redeploying the Code for America Public Art Finder App.

Code fro America Public Art Finder AppAt the brigade meeting on February 10th, Denise Dickens, Public Art Coordinator for the Town of Cary and Shawnee Becker of CVA presented what was available in terms of information and existing on-line maps of public art in the Town. We then had a great discussion about what functionality the app should have. The delineation is that Code for Cary can provide an app and functionality but the Town/CVA needs to provide the content.

App Specification Creep?

An interesting part of the discussions were about what users of this app would expect to be able to discover with the app. The Town of Cary has a definition of public art to clarify scope of their activity but art sited before the Town’s Public Arts program started are not part of the town’s catalog.

Should the mural on the side of the Sorrell building be included? What about where art links to the history of the town, like the horse sculpture at SearStone? What about interesting architecture, folk art and historical sites? This is a slippery slope of specification to be sure!
Val Fox Mural from Waymarking.com

What Would You Expect as a User?

This is a very important question to ask in the development of any app, the market analysis, or as Steve Blank would say, “Get Out of the Building” and talk to your customers!

Here are some of the ideas we discussed. Feel free to add some of your own:

  • Only public art as defined by the Town
  • All public art, publicly or privately owned
  • Interesting or classic architecture
  • Folk art
  • Historical sites
  • Ability to ask for an item to be added to the app
  • Ability to engage in discussion about the art (ie. a forum)

Leave your ideas in the comments below this article.

Join the Public Art Finder App Team

If you want to help out with this new and exciting project, please attend any of the upcoming Code for Cary meetings. Code for Cary meets every other Tuesday night at the Cary Innovation Center in the 2nd floor conference room. All are welcome to attend and participate, you do not have to be a coder!

Approximately 30 minutes before the meetings pizza and beer is available courtesy of the generous support from the Code for America national organization. The brigade asks all attendees to sign up on their meetup group so sufficient food can be ordered in advance of the meetings.

Previous Articles on Code for Cary


Disclosure – Tech Tank supports the Code for Cary Brigade with space, leadership and logistical support

Nina Hole’s Fire Sculpture Cary NC 9224 from Flickr by bobistraveling

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Upcoming Tech Events - Feb 2015 Edition

Upcoming Tech Events – Feb 2015 Edition

Cary, NC – Here is a quick summary of Technology events coming up in the next few months. Let us know what you think of the events and also let us know if we have missed any.

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February 2015 Events

3 – Groundwork Labs Info Meetup – Groundwork Labs spring session will begin April 13. We’re holding an informal information session to let you know about our program and answer any questions you have about attending or applying.

7 – Free and Open Source Software Fair! Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Fair is an annual “unconference” where NC State students, faculty, staff, alumni, and affiliates can present on and talk about anything and everything related to Free and Open Source Software. Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM (EST) in Raleigh, NC.

9-10 – 30TH Annual Emerging Issues Forum. The 30th Annual Emerging Issues Forum will explore how innovators in all sectors are thriving. They flourish by leveraging new connections in order to locate leading-edge ideas, to adapt to an increasingly mobile workforce and to access shifting sources of capital.

17 – WRAL TechWire Executive Exchange: Crowdfunding in 2015. Many entrepreneurs and investors are hopeful that 2015 is the year in which crowdfunding legislation becomes law in North Carolina. WRAL TechWire’s next Executive Exchange event will focus on that topic, and headlining the program is North Carolina’s Department of Commerce Secretary who also wants crowdfunding enacted.

20-22 – Triangle Startup Weekend: Education – All startups created this weekend will be focused on education!

20 – ODI NC Training Class: Open Data Fundamentals. Get trained in Open Data in preparation for Triangle Open Data Day!

21-22 – Triangle Open Data Day 2015. Triangle Open Data Day 2015 is 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.

25-26 – High Five Conference – Where Marketing & Creative Meet, Raleigh, NC. If you consider yourself a marketer, and by that we mean strategist, communicator, designer, creative director, product manager, developer, writer, and everyone in between or on the periphery, this conference is for you. Analytics, customer experience, data-driven, digital marketing – fits our tech theme!

27 – Charlotte Startup Weekend. Charlotte Startup Weekend 2015 will be held Friday, February 27, 2015 at 7:00 PM – Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 9:30 PM (EST) in Charlotte, NC. Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs.

March 2015 Events

12 – Morrisville Start Up, Morrisville, NC from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT) at Tra-li. The event will feature Michael Hoy speaking on the CoFounders Lab.

April 2015 Events

16 – TriAgile 2015 – We are excited to announce the 2nd Annual TriAgile conference right here in the RTP area! Our goal is to create a premier conference, bringing together people from all disciplines to hear about how you are bringing agility to your organization.


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Cary CoWorking Meetup

Cary Coworking

Cary, NC – A new initiative of the Cary Innovation Center is to develop an authentic Cary coworking community in downtown Cary.

What is Coworking?

Coworking has developed over the past decade as a place for freelancers, remote workers and independents to work. Typically coworking facilities are located in walkable urban environments. Examples of coworking facilities in the Triangle are Bull City Coworking and American Underground both located in Durham and HQ Raleigh.

Building a successful vibrant coworking community is not easy and depends on the habits of local workers, the facility and the location. Technology Tank has been working on developing a coworking model for suburban locations and has been working on the moderately successful Oakhaven Coworking project for over a year, but location and facility were definitely an issue for Oakhaven Coworking.

Developing Cary Coworking

As was made abundantly clear by different coworking thought leaders at the WorkShift 2014 conference in Durham, building the community first and then finding a suitable facility is the most successful way of developing a facility to support those people that want to cowork. One of the biggest reasons for people wanting to cowork is that they are tired of being lonely working from home. A coworking facility provides a good working location without the distractions of a coffee shop or a library. A coworking community also provides a place for people to associate professionally to find advice or assistance from someone with needed skills or expertise. Please note that a coworking community is not a “networking group” so if that is what you are looking for you need to look at other groups more suited for networking!

With the move of the Technology Tank offices to the Cary Innovation Center, we are now working to develop a coworking facility in downtown Cary by first finding the community. We will be holding several “jelles” at the Cary Innovation Center starting in late January 2015. A coworking jelly is a meetup for potential coworkers to see if they like working together. For more information, or to get involved please join the Cary Coworking Meetup Group

Gather Coworking

Please also know that there is an existing coworking facility in downtown Cary – Gather. We don’t see our effort as competition, only strengthening the coworking community in Cary. If you have the chance please check out the Gather coworking opportunity and if that is what you are looking for, please join their community!

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Tech Tank Top 10 for 2014

Cary, NC – 2014 was a good year for Technology activity in NC and the Triangle. The pages and regular features from Technology Tank that you found most helpful were our listing of Tech Meetup Groups in the Triangle and Charlotte, the monthly lists of Upcoming Tech Events and our Tech Calendar. [Note, please contact us if you find any errors or omissions on our Tech Meetup Group lists.]

Tech Tank Top 10 Articles

Here are the Top 10 Tech Tank articles based on your views:

  1. Hortonworks launches in Durham. Tech Tank interview with with Barry Duplantis, Hortonworks new Vice President of Customer Success to discuss his move to Hortonworks and the decision to launch operations in the Triangle.
  2. Raleigh – Emerging Tech Hub. Raleigh included in a TransferWise blog list of the 8 emerging tech hubs.
  3. Oakhaven Coworking. A project of Tech Tank, Oakhaven Coworking follows the success of American Underground, HQ Raleigh and others by bringing a coworking space to suburban Cary.
  4. How Libya’s Election Process is Better than the United States’s. NC based Caktus Group developed the technology that registered 1.5 million voters for Libya’s June 25th elections.
  5. Triangle Open Data Day Recap. We were told that Triangle Open Data Day was the biggest Open Data event in the world!
  6. Morrisville StartUp Networking. The Morrisville Innovation Foundation periodic networking event.
  7. Triangle Open Data Day. An initiative of Tech Tank, Triangle Open Data Day unites developers, data analysts, civic leaders, students and activists in a weekend of learning, liberating data and building applications to display useful information.
  8. Code for America Brigade. The idea behind Code for America (CfA) is “hacking for public good” – developing civic apps that can be used across municipalities in America.
  9. LIVES – Open Data Standard. Wake County is one of four early adopters of the LIVES data standard – an open data standard which allows municipalities to publish restaurant inspection information that can be consumed by apps like Yelp.
  10. The Open Data Institute Comes to NC. The Open Data Institute founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee has a node in North Carolina – the Open Data Institute of North Carolina (ODI NC).

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Upcoming Tech Events - January 2015 Edition

Upcoming Tech Events – Jan 2015 Edition

Cary, NC – Here is a quick summary of Technology events coming up in the next few months. Let us know what you think of the events and also let us know if we have missed any.

Quick Links

January 2015 Events

6 – Code for Durham. Code for Durham starts their 2015 meetings with their first meeting on Tuesday, January 6, 2015. Code for Durham meets at the American Underground @Main facility on a biweekly basis. All meetings can be found on the Triangle Code for America Meetup Group.

6 – Code for Raleigh. Code for Raleigh starts their 2015 meetings with their first meeting on Tuesday, January 6, 2015. Code for Raleigh meets at the NC Innovation Center on the 1st Tuesday of the month. All meetings can be found on the Triangle Code for America Meetup Group.

8 – Morrisville Startup Networking. This month, Morrisville Start Up will be at a special location, The Hardware Store by Bi-Link. Come check out this state-of-the-art facility for engineers.

12 – American Tobacco Documentary. Private screening of Because No One Else Would and Q&A with the filmmaker.

12 – Exit Event. Be one of the first in the Triangle to toast a beer or glass of wine at RTP’s new Frontier open innovation center for entrepreneurs and creatives.

13 – Code for Cary. Code for Cary starts their 2015 meetings with their first meeting on Tuesday, January 13, 2015. Code for Cary is meeting at a new location in 2015 the Cary Innovation Center on a biweekly basis. All meetings can be found on the Triangle Code for America Meetup Group.

14 – Bull City Venture Partners Entrepreneurs’ Series. Venture Outlook: Come hear and meet the angel investors & venture capitalists that have funded some of the region’s most promising technology startups. They will talk about trends and where they are looking to invest in 2015.

15 – RTP Launching the Frontier. Come celebrate the launch of The Frontier with RTP team!

22 – Data Innovation Day. The third annual Data Innovation Day will be held on Thursday, January 22, 2015. No activities are planned for the Triangle.

28 – Data Privacy Day. Data Privacy Day is an international effort to empower and educate people to protect their privacy and control their digital footprint. Data Privacy Day will be held on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. No activities are planned for the Triangle.

February 2015 Events

21-22 – Triangle Open Data Day 2015. Triangle Open Data Day 2015 is 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.

27 – Charlotte Startup Weekend. Charlotte Startup Weekend 2015 will be held Friday, February 27, 2015 at 7:00 PM – Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 9:30 PM (EST) in Charlotte, NC. Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs.


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Meetup Groups in the Triangle

Spring Brings New Meetup Groups

Cary, NC – We have written several posts about the vibrant number of Meetup Groups in the Triangle. This spring brings many new Meetup Groups and several of those are Tech related. Here is a listing of the Tech Meetup Groups that have started since March 1. Hover over the link to see a description of the group.

New Tech Meetup Groups

Why Do You Belong?

Meetup Groups come and go based on the ‘hot product’ or platform of the day. Many build a stable community and continue for some time. What groups do you belong to and why are they important to you?

What is Missing?

What are the products, processes and platforms that do not have a Meetup Group in the Triangle? Which one would you like to start if there were enough like-minded people to get it started?

Past Tech Tank Meetup Articles


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MSA Areas for NC - Technology Density

Tech Meetup Density in NC – Updated

Cary, NC – This is an update of our post of January 3, 2014 to reflect additional population centers in North Carolina. We have added the MSA’s of Asheville, Fayetteville and Wilmington.

Meetup Groups are collections of people looking to proactively learn and interact about a specific topic. The focus of Tech Meetup Groups are fairly specific about an underlying program, platform or methodology. Those attending Tech Meetup Groups are not usually the type of person who could be called “9 to 5” developers, designers, etc.

Our analysis of Tech Meetup Group Density shows a large difference between the major population centers in North Carolina. The density of Tech meetup groups could be a useful indicator about the number of people in an area that are active in Tech fields and may be useful for companies looking to locate Tech labs or Tech related facilities.

Tech Meetup Group Density

Tech Meetup Group Density in North Carolina (Meetup groups per million population)

  • Triangle – 50.1
  • Asheville – 25.6
  • Charlotte – 21.0
  • Wilmington – 19.4
  • Triad – 9.9
  • Fayetteville – 8.0

Methodology

For the number of meetup groups in an area, we used the Tech Tank summaries of the Tech Meetup groups in the Triangle, Triad and Charlotte areas. We felt that there was a large difference in the number of Tech meetup groups in the 3 areas, so we looked to normalize the data and used the population of the Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA’s).

For population we went to the Wikipedia page for North Carolina Statistical Areas. The population numbers are as of July 1, 2011, as estimated by the United States Census Bureau, and the Core-based Statistical Areas are defined per the United States Office of Management and Budget. For the Triangle, we combined the MSA’s for Raleigh-Cary and Durham. For the Triad, we combined the MSA’s for Greensboro-High Point and Winston-Salem. The population data is not exhaustively collected and we used the Wikipedia summary page for convenience rather than rigor, but we feel that the numbers provide a good basis for our evaluation.

The number of Tech Meetup Groups is developed by a review of all groups on Meetup.com within 50 miles of a City. We selected the groups that we feel are Tech based and also included a few others that we are aware of that do not use Meetup.com. Our experience is that Tech groups list their meetings on Meetup.com since this is where Techies look for interesting meetings to attend. Chapters of possibly Tech related trade organizations do not appear in the numbers.

What Do You Think?

We are interested in what you think about this analysis or if we are missing out on a number of Tech meetup groups (eg. maybe an area uses something other than Meetup.com?). Leave your comments below or contact Ian Henshaw directly.

Meetup Density Chart - Tech Tank Analysis

Tech Meetup Density in NC

Cary, NC – Meetup Groups are collections of people looking to proactively learn and interact about a specific topic. The focus of Tech Meetup Groups are fairly specific about an underlying program, platform or methodology. Those attending Tech Meetup Groups are not usually the type of person who could be called “9 to 5” developers, designers, etc.

Our analysis of Tech Meetup Group Density shows a large difference between the major population centers in North Carolina. The density of Tech meetup groups could be a useful indicator about the number of people in an area that are active in Tech fields and may be useful for companies looking to locate Tech labs or Tech related facilities.

Tech Meetup Group Density

Tech Meetup Group Density in North Carolina (Meetup groups per million population)

  • Triangle – 50.1
  • Charlotte – 21.0
  • Triad – 9.9

Methodology

For the number of meetup groups in an area, we used the Tech Tank summaries of the Tech Meetup groups in the Triangle, Triad and Charlotte areas. We felt that there was a large difference in the number of Tech meetup groups in the 3 areas, so we looked to normalize the data and used the population of the Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA’s).

For population we went to the Wikipedia page for North Carolina Statistical Areas. The population numbers are as of July 1, 2011, as estimated by the United States Census Bureau, and the Core-based Statistical Areas are defined per the United States Office of Management and Budget. For the Triangle, we combined the MSA’s for Raleigh-Cary and Durham. For the Triad, we combined the MSA’s for Greensboro-High Point and Winston-Salem. The population data is not exhaustively collected and we used the Wikipedia summary page for convenience rather than rigor, but we feel that the numbers provide a good basis for our evaluation.

The number of Tech Meetup Groups is developed by a review of all groups on Meetup.com within 50 miles of a City. We selected the groups that we feel are Tech based and also included a few others that we are aware of that do not use Meetup.com. Our experience is that Tech groups list their meetings on Meetup.com since this is where Techies look for interesting meetings to attend. Chapters of possibly Tech related trade organizations do not appear in the numbers.

What Do You Think?

We are interested in what you think about this analysis or if we are missing out on a number of Tech meetup groups (eg. maybe an area uses something other than Meetup.com?). Leave your comments below or contact Ian Henshaw directly.

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Tech Meetup Groups in Charlotte

Charlotte, NC – Here is a listing of Tech Meetup groups in the Charlotte Area. It seems that if you are interested in a language or Tech topic, there is a Meetup group for that. Hover over the links to see a brief blurb about what the group does.

I have attempted to categorize the groups. Please feel free to comment if you think that I have made an error or have missed a group.  Thank you in advance!

Agile

Analytics

Android

Apps

Hackers

iOS/Mac

Languages / Platforms

Miscellaneous

Security

Startups

SEO / Web Design

Tech

WordPress