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Morrisville StartUp Networking at Bi-Link

Morrisville, NC – The Morrisville Innovation Foundation is holding their first Startup Networking event for 2015 this Thursday. The event will will be at a special location, The Hardware Store by Bi-Link.

Calling all makers. Don’t miss this event!

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The Hardware Store by Bi-Link

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.

Built by engineers for engineers, The Hardware Store ™ is a place to:

  • Collaborate with top industry minds
  • Access latest technologies
  • Test proof of concept
  • Get a few parts fast!

The Hardware Store by Bi-Link in Morrisville is their first location with the next to be in San Diego.

Event Details

  • What: Morrisville Start Up Networking
  • Where: The Hardware Store by Bi-Link, 200 Trans Air Drive Suite 800, Morrisville, NC 27560
  • When: Thursday, January 8, 2015 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EST)
  • Why: Find out about both the Morrisville Innovation Foundation and the Hardware Store by Bi-Link
  • Registration Site

Previous Tech Tank Articles on Morrisville StartUp

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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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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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Code for America in NC

Research Triangle, NC –

What is Code for America?

Code for America is a 501(c)3 non-profit that envisions a government by the people, for the people, that works in the 21st century.

Our programs change how we participate in government by:

  • connecting citizens and governments to design better services,
  • encouraging low-risk settings for innovation; and,
  • supporting a competitive civic tech marketplace.

Code for America in NC

In 2014, NC will have a large percentage of the Code for America activities in the US.

NC Cities with a Code for America Fellowship Program

NC Cities with Code for America Brigades 

What is a Code for America Fellowship?

The Fellowship is Code for America’s best known program and consists of a one year residency placing developers, designers and researchers within local governments. Over the course of the program, fellows and government partners build apps, inspire new thinking amongst public servants and tackle some of our country’s toughest problems.

What is a Code for America Brigade?

The Brigade network is an ongoing effort to deploy, maintain and sustain civic technology and open data infrastructures. Each Brigade is comprised of local volunteers and government employees who connect for regular hack nights, discussions and app development.

Brigade Projects in the Triangle

  • The Raleigh Brigade was one of 15 inaugural Code for America Brigades in 2012. The Raleigh Brigade participated in the Code for America ‘Race for Reuse’ campaign and developed and deployed the Adopt-a-Shelter app for Raleigh. The Raleigh Brigade sponsors Triangle Wiki and CityCamp NC
  • The Cary Brigade formed in 2013 and is currently working on an app to visualize development data in Cary. The Cary Brigade sponsors Triangle Open Data Day
  • The Durham Brigade formed in 2013 and is currently working on a Durham Restaurant app. The Durham Brigade is working with the City of Durham and Durham County to adopt a joint Open Data Policy
  • In December 2013 the Triangle Brigades cooperated in an event to assist Raleigh with their Open Data Portal

Code for America - Joint meeting to assist Open Raleigh

How Do I Get Involved?

Code for America is an open group and all can join. We need a diverse voice to be effective. Please join your local Meetup Group:

If you don’t live in any of these areas, please contact Ian Henshaw, Brigade Captain for Code for Cary and Managing Partner of Tech Tank, and he will get you connected!

Previous Tech Tank Articles on Code for America

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Morrisville Discusses Open Data

Morrisville, NC – At the Morrisville Town Council Meeting on August 27, 2013, Morrisville Council Member Steve Rao led a discussion on a Smart Cities Open Data Initiative (Audio file 53:17-1:06:53). Steve would like Morrisville to join in the regional efforts about Open Data, and thinks Morrisville needs to adopt an Open Data Policy. Councilor Rao added that Open Data can bring increased citizen engagement and economic development to Morrisville.

Councilor Rao suggested that Morrisville could link the Open Data effort to the Blue Ribbon Commission on Transportation Funding (Briefing Sheet 2013-069), to bring data that would enable the commission to make better and more informed decisions. The Blue Ribbon Commission on Transportation Funding was discussed at the Council meeting (Public Address 21:10-24:37, Council Comments 25:20-30:48).

Morrisville staff has worked on a Morrisville Data Portal prototype with Jason Hare, a Morrisville resident and the Open Data Program Manager in Raleigh, NC. This portal included CAMPO data that had been transformed to be machine readable.

Councilor Rao recommended that the Council direct staff to investigate an Open Data Initiative for Morrisville and come back with a briefing – a recommendation supported by a majority of the Council. The briefing is expected to include:

  • Pros/cons of Open Data
  • Recommendations with options for Council to consider
  • An Open Data Resolution
  • Cost information

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Previous Discussions in Morrisville

The discussion on August 27, was preceded by the Smarter Cities and Open Data discussion that Councilor Rao brought before the Morrisville Council on May 28, 2013.  Prior documents and reporting:

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Morrisville Open Data Discussion On May 28

Press Release Published on 5/23/2013

Morrisville Town Councilman Steve Rao To Lead
Smarter Cities And Open Data Discussion On May 28

Councilman Rao To Discuss Support Of Initiatives And Their Goals At Town Hall

MORRISVILLE, N.C. – Steve Rao, (, an at-large member of the Morrisville Town Council, has announced that he will lead a discussion on the Smarter Cities and Open Data Initiatives on Tuesday, May 28 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Morrisville Town Hall, located at 100 Town Hall Drive.

Rao intends for Morrisville to join a growing list of Wake County cities, most notably Cary and Raleigh, in supporting the White House’s Open Data Initiatives project. Open Data Initiatives work to accelerate and expand efforts to make government information resources more publicly accessible in “computer-readable” form and spurring the use of those data by entrepreneurs as fuel for the creation of new products, services and jobs. Innovative tools including the Weather Channel and GPS systems have all resulted from the government’s release of open data to the public.

Additionally, Rao will discuss reasons for Morrisville to participate in the Smarter Cities initiative, a complementary effort to the Open Data Initiatives project led by IBM. Smarter Cities aims to provide more open data and information to enable municipalities and governments to make better informed decisions in transportation, sustainability, crime and other critical areas.

“The White House and cities across the United States have been turning to Open Data Initiatives to fuel the growth of innovations and entrepreneurship, while at the same time providing even greater government transparency for citizens and elected officials,” said Rao. “Morrisville, Wake County and North Carolina as a whole can all benefit from these types of programs, and I look forward to a productive discussion of the benefits of our participation in them.”

– For more information on the White House’s Open Data Initiatives project, visit

– For more information on IBM’s Smart City Initiative, visit

Steve Rao Facebook Page:

A resident of Morrisville, N.C., for 10 years, Councilman Steve Rao works to promote economic development by supporting local entrepreneurs, small businesses and startup companies in the IT industry to create new jobs in the Morrisville area and beyond. As business development manager at Alphanumeric Systems, he manages partnerships while increasing revenue and decreasing costs for companies through IT innovations. While serving his two-year term as an at-large member on the Morrisville Town Council through 2013, Rao serves as a member of the State IT Advisory Board, to which he was appointed by state Sen. Marc Basnight. He is charter member of the TIE Carolinas, a global mentoring organization for entrepreneurs, and a board member of the North Carolina Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning, an organization that focuses on entrepreneurial development in rural North Carolina, as he works to spur job creation locally. A founding member of the North Carolina Indian Political Action Committee (NCINPAC), Rao is the past president of the Indian American Forum for Political Education. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science from Emory University and his Juris Doctor from the West Virginia University College of Law. For more information on Rao and his platform, visit

Kelsie Murdock
MMI Public Relations
(919) 233-6600

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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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