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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.

Previous Articles on Midnight Lunch

NC Data4Good

NC Data4Good – Morrisville Nov 7-8

Morrisville, NC – NC Data4Good is a collaboration of Maxpoint, Data Crunch Lab and the Research Triangle Analysts with the United Way of the Greater Triangle to address childhood hunger & food insecurity in Durham, Johnston, Orange and Wake Counties. Make an impact in the community using your skills for social good.

Some of the questions to explore with data are:

  • What influences childhood hunger?
  • What does childhood hunger affect?
  • Where is food available?
  • Where are current providers of fresh and nutritious foods located?
  • Can resources be accessed through public transportation?

NC Data4Good Details

  • What: NC Data4Good
  • When: Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 8am to 5pm and Sunday, November 8, 2015 from 8:30am to 3pm
  • Where: MaxPoint, 3020 Carrington Mill Blvd, Suite 300, Morrisville, NC 27560
  • Why: Give back to the community. Your contribution will make it possible to inform decisions regarding childhood hunger and food insecurity.
  • NC Data4Good Registration Site
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 Launches in Morrisville

Morrisville, NC – On June 1, 2015, the newest class of HOTTovators was launched at the Campbell University RTP Campus. On hand were Morrisville Council Member Steve Rao, Morrisville Innovation Foundation Chair Creighton Blackwell, Morrisville Chamber President Sarah Gaskill and Campbell University RTP Campus Director Sandy Gareton to wish the participants best luck in the program.

Competition for HOTTovation was very strong this year. 14 applications were received and 8 teams were interviewed to select the 5 finalists.

“Our decision was made very difficult based on the high quality of the applications we received.”

The 5 participants in HOTTovation for 2015 are:

  • Aura Life
  • Castaway Therapies
  • Data Crunch Lab
  • LoboStim
  • PRI Gym

Technology Tank has been honored to run the Morrisville Innovation Startup program during the period between the departure of former Chamber President Carlotta Ungaro and the arrival of Sarah Gaskill. We have successfully redeveloped the HOTTovation program that last ran in 2013 and launched the new program for 2015.

Google Fiber Coming to NC

Google Fiber in the Triangle

Morrisville, NC – Last night I attended a TiE event focused on Google Fiber. Morrisville Town Council Member Steve Rao introduced the program and led a Q&A session with J. Erik Garr, Head of Operations for Google Fiber in the Triangle.

Why is Google Fiber Important?

The first question from Steve was from his father, “Why is Google Fiber important for me?”. Erik replied that when you are on a high speed network, all of the communication tools get better, whether or not they are supplied by Google. So Skype, Hangouts and the like become much more reliable. Google Fiber’s importance for a senior is to be able to have a great conversation with their grand kids over high definition video. An example of the high video quality and audio fidelity was a collaborative concert performed by musicians located in Kansas City, Austin and Provo.

From the first time that Google solicited bids for a Goggle network, they knew there were many issues people had with their network connections. ~1,100 applications were received in that first round where Kansas City ultimately became the first Google Fiber City. All that demand pointed to a need for better networks.

The fact that Google has entered the market as a new option will help improve all networks. Competition is a great motivator to provide better service and will also lead to many innovations. The end goal that Erik sees for development of Fiber networks in the area is that the network will become better and better and no one will be talking about it anymore.
150520 Google Fiber

When Will I Get Google Fiber?

Erik Garr is happy to take this question as many times as you want to ask. The answer is that there is still too much to do to be able to project when anyone will get Google Fiber. Google has no existing infrastructure in the Triangle and will first have to build a backbone before they begin to hook anyone up. Only once the first ring has been completed and lit will any connections be able to be made.

Right now, the activity has been to file permits or preliminary permits for the Fiber Hut locations. Google wants to be a good citizen and does not want to push our municipalities into a new process to get their network built. Hopefully the preparation for all the permit activity for the Google Fiber network will make the permitting process easier for everyone that is building in the Triangle. Look for Google permit activity to come soon to your Town or City council.

Can Businesses Get Google Fiber?

Google has an offering for businesses, but really for entrepreneurs with small offices. Google is not building a network to support companies like SAS Institute. Go to the Google Fiber Website for more information

Previous Articles on Google Fiber:

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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.

Previous Articles on HOTTovation


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.

Previous Articles on the Morrisville Innovation Foundation

Google Fiber Coming to NC

Google Fiber Coming to NC

Cary, NC – Google announced on January 27, 2015 that Google fiber is coming to the RTP region and Charlotte. These are 2 of the 4 regions that Google has selected to expand their Gigabit Internet service.

In the RTP area the following towns/cities will be participating:

Recent studies have shown that availability of Gigabit Internet infrastructure has a huge impact on regional economic development and property values. Be patient as it will take a year or 2 but the results will be remarkable.

Google Gets Lots of Press!

Our apologies to those news outlets that are not mentioned.

Appy Hour - A DOit Apps Event - From Lenovo

Appy Hour – by Lenovo

Morrisville, NC – A new tech event has come to our attention: Appy Hour – A DOit Apps Event – by Lenovo. The event will be in a week on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, so don’t delay adding this to your calendar!

What is Appy Hour?

Tantalyzing technology. Incredible networking. Brilliant speakers. Tasty food. Amazing apps. And cold, craft beer on tap.

We’ve assembled a line-up of some of our region’s most brilliant scientists, developers and thinkers.

Get a taste for some of the coolest applications in the area.

The team of Erin Monday and Will Hardison will be the co-emcees for this event. If you have seen them at the RTP180 events, you will want to go for their performance alone!

Appy Hour Details

  • What? Appy Hour – A DOit Apps Event – by Lenovo
  • Where? Lenovo Building 8, 8001 Development Drive, Morrisville, NC 27560
  • When? Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST) [You’re invited to pop in and browse right after work (5:00-6:00)]
  • Why? Tantalyzing technology. Incredible networking. Brilliant speakers. Tasty food. Amazing apps. And cold, craft beer on tap.
  • Appy Hour Registration Site
The Hardware Store by Bi-Link in Morrisville, NC

The Hardware Store by Bi-Link

Morrisville, NC – Thursday night, January 8, 2015 the Morrisville Innovation Foundation hosted their Morrisville Startup Networking event at the Hardware Store by Bi-Link. The Hardware store is open to anyone to stop by and is full of really cool maker tools to prototype parts.

The Hardware Store by Bi-Link in Morrisville, NC

Stefan Stalgren leads a tour of the Hardware Store in Morrisville

Bi-Link is famous for manufacturing hard to make parts that can be produced in volume at low cost. As the Bi-Link designers and engineers work with you on your project they will be looking at how best to make the part looking toward the ultimate production and service requirements. They really can make anything, but if it cannot be produced in the quantity and cost required then your prototype will not be very useful…

The Hardware Store by Bi-Link in Morrisville, NC

Morrsville Chamber President Carlotta Ungaro welcomes attendees to the Morrisville Startup Networking event at the Hardware Store by Bi-Link

Stefan Stalgren gave us a tour of the facility. They have 2, 3-D printers, a small retail quality printer and a large extremely accurate printer (Stefan showed a part with 16 micron holes they had made). In the back shop they have a multi-axis CNC machine, a vacuum molding setup, and a very small plastic injection machine where individual parts can be molded. If they do not have the capability to produce your part in Morrisville, then the design can be sent to the main facility in Chicago and parts will arrive by FedEx in a few days. I’m sure I missed a few pieces of equipment, but you can visit and see everything for yourself.

Stefan mentioned that this is the first of the Hardware Stores in the world. Bi-Link located the store here since they have quite a lot of customers in the NC area. A second Hardware Store will open soon in San Diego.

The Hardware Store is an authentic workspace, outside Bi-Link’s headquarters, to create a technology-driven “home away from work” for product engineers — an open atmosphere with all the tools and resources necessary to push the boundaries on design projects.

Stephan stated that there was no ultimate plan for the Hardware Store and it would grow and evolve to fit the needs of the people that come and use the store.

The Hardware Store by Bi-Link in Morrisville, NC

The Hardware Store is a great resource for entrepreneurs and the local maker community. Everyone is invited to stop by and see the many samples of parts they have made and to get a tour of the facility. If you are looking at a new product you will definitely want to consider talking to them about assisting you with the design and producing some prototypes. You will want to call ahead since Stefan is not at the facility at all times and does travel frequently.

Hardware Store Info

The Hardware Store by Bi-Link
200 Trans Air Drive, Suite 800
Morrisville, NC 27560
HardwareStore@Bi-Link.com
(919) 246-9100