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Free and Open Source Software Fair

Raleigh, NC – The Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Fair has opened registration for their event to be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at NCSU. This is an unconference specifically for free and open source software!

It is completely driven by you, the participants. Any topic relating to Free and Open Source Software is welcome.

The event is to promote FOSS to students and open to the public.

FOSS Event Details

  • What: The Free and Open Source Software Fair
  • When: Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (EST)
  • Where: Engineering Building II (EB II) on NC State’s Centennial Campus, 890 Oval Drive, Raleigh NC 27606
  • Why: Learn about any topic relating to Free and Open Source Software
  • FOSS Registration Site
  • Register to make sure that you are included in the lunch plans!

FOSS Schedule

  • 8:30 AM: Coffee and bagels (sponsored by Red Hat)
  • 9:00 AM: Opening session and talk proposals
  • 10:00 AM: Sessions begin!
  • 12:00 PM: Lunch (sponsored by Red Hat)
  • 1:00 PM: More sessions!
  • 5:00 PM: Fair ends

Open Source

For a good definition and primer on open source, we asked local open source guru Jason Hibbets who works for Red Hat and is also the Project Manager for OpenSource.com. Jason pointed us to the OpenSource.com article: What is open source?

Feature image courtesy: Nicole C. Engard.

Triangle Open Data Day 2015

Triangle Open Data Day 2015 Update

Raleigh, NC – What a change a couple of weeks brings after registration for Triangle Open Data Day (TODD) was announced. We are now at 44% of the registration capacity and ticket sales are still going strong.

Here is what the distribution of registration types looks like right now (remember that these are self-selected categories):
Triangle Open Data Day 2015 Registration

Themes for TODD 2015

We will be matching the Code for America themes this year at our hackathon. These themes are:

  • Health
  • Economic Development
  • Safety & Justice

All civic and open data events this year in the Triangle will be using these same 3 themes, so you can get support and move your idea along at several different events:

Previous Articles on TODD 2015

BetaBox at CAM Raleigh

BetaBox at CAM Raleigh

Raleigh, NC – the first ever public open house of the BetaBox mobile prototyping lab will be held outside CAM Raleigh on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST).

Michael Hobgood, Director of Operations at BetaVersity, will be demonstrating their technology and having a conversation with the community on innovative ways to merge art and technology into our schools.

What is BetaBox?

BetaBox is a custom prototyping lab built inside of a shipping container. Whether you’re a K-12 school, a university, or a company, BetaBox is the perfect rapid prototyping solution for classes, events, conferences, and community outreach.

BetaBox by BetaVersityEvery pod comes with rapid prototyping equipment like 3D printers, laser cutters, 3D scanners, and speed of thought materials. But it’s not just about having the latest rapid prototyping equipment; it’s about creating a culture of creativity and entrepreneurial thinking on your campus. This is what Betaversity excels at.

BetaBox at CAM Event Details

  • What: BetaBox @ CAM Raleigh
  • Where: CAM Raleigh, 409 West Martin Street, Raleigh, NC 27603
  • When: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)
  • Why: Tour BetaBox and join a conversation on innovative ways to merge art and technology into our schools.
  • BetaBox at CAM Registration Site

Previous Articles on BetaBox or BetaVersity


Top picture from Gregory Wilson. Picture in article courtesy of BetaVersity.

Upcoming Startup Weekends in NC

Startup Weekends in NC – RAL and CLT

Raleigh, NC – Mark your calendars for the 2 upcoming Startup Weekends:

About Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend is a 54 hour event that brings together designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and experts from all domains to do amazing things.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and embark on a three-day frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback!

Charlotte Startup Weekend

The Charlotte Startup Weekend is a generic format meaning that an idea from any market vertical can be pitched and worked on. lots of interesting ideas come out of these startup weekends! Lots of fun and definitely worth attending.

Triangle Startup Weekend EDU

The Triangle Startup Weekend EDU has a focus on the education vertical. Come with your ideas on great products and services in the education space.

Note: Triangle Startup Weekend EDU is going on at the same time as Triangle Open Data Day (TODD). From the Hunt Library, you will be only a few buildings over from Engineering Building II where TODD is happening. So stop by and get the advantage of adding an open data facet to your Triangle Startup Weekend EDU project!

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.

Triangle Open Data Day - Picture by Reid Serozi

Triangle Open Data Day 2015

Raleigh, NC – Registration for Triangle Open Data Day 2015 (TODD) is open and tickets are going fast. We sold out last year and are expecting another sell-out crowd this year. We will be in the same location as last year at the Engineering Building II on Centennial Campus which proved to be a great place to hold the event.

Triangle Open Data Day LogoThis year we will be putting more focus on the hackathon and will be identifying mentors that can help you start and rapidly progress on an open data project of your own interest. We are looking for mentors with programming, start-ups, data analysis and open data skills to help us out at the event.

For some of you this is a warm up for the NC Datapalooza competition to be held later in the year, so come out and figure out what sort of winning project you can start working on for that competition.

Our keynote speakers are the Durham CIO team of Kerry Goode and Greg Marrow who will be informing us of the different direction that Durham is taking over many other US cities in their upcoming open data program.

This year you will also be able to interact with the Open Data Institute of North Carolina (ODI NC), the local affiliate of the Open Data Institute co-founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, founder of the Web and the overall director of the W3C. Sir Tim states that “Open data and a change of mindset is the next step in the internet revolution”.

The Triangle Code for America Brigades will also be participating in CodeAcross during TODD 2015.

TODD 2015 Details

  • What: Triangle Open Data Day 2015
  • Where: NCSU Engineering Building II on Centennial Campus, 890 Oval Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606
  • When: Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 9:00 AM – Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 6:00 PM (EST)
  • Why: 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.
  • Registration Site

Previous Tech Tank Articles on TODD

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Code for America in NC 2015

Research Triangle, NC – 2014 was a very busy year in NC for the Code for America Brigades. In 2015, NC will continue to have a large percentage of the Code for America activities in the US.

NC Cities with Code for America Brigades 

Check out the brigade websites to see all of the cool projects that are being worked on. The best thing is that the projects are all open source and open data so they can be reused in other cities or expanded to regional efforts.

In the Triangle, the brigades take turns hosting big hack events including Triangle Open Data Day, CityCamp NC and Hack Duke while also supporting many other events during the year.

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.

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.

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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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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All Things Open 2014

All Things Open 2014

Raleigh, NC – The world’s top developers, technologists and decision makers will gather on October 22-23 in Raleigh, NC for the second annual All Things Open conference, presented by IT-oLogy and OpenSource.com. Two days of keynotes, talks, tutorials and networking opportunities will be presented on the most important topics in open source, open tech, and the open web in the enterprise. More than 90% of all companies use open source and open technology.

The 2013 event was attended by more than 750 people from 25 states and 3 countries. More than
1,000 are expected in 2014, including nearly every leading technology company in the U.S.

New for 2014

All Things Open has added several new things for this year’s event including:

  • Hosting a Women in IT/Open Source panel on Thursday, October 23 during lunch
  • Meet-the-Speaker sessions: Some real superstars in the Open Source space will make themselves available to meet attendees and sign books.

Why Attend All Things Open:

  1. The focus is on education
  2. World-class experts and thought-leaders featured
  3. Great networking opportunity (See also Social Events)
  4. A fair price – tremendous value

All Things Open Details:

  • What: All Things Open Conference
  • When: October 22-23, 2014
  • Where: Raleigh Convention Center, 500 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
  • All Things Open Registration Site
  • Note Act Today! Online ticket sales end this Wednesday, October 15 at 11:59 pm EST. After Wednesday, anyone interested will need to purchase tickets at the door on October 22 or 23.

Previous Articles on All Things Open:

Opensource.com Lightning Talks

Opensource.com Lightning Talks: Linux, Docker, IT Automation and more

Raleigh, NC – Join the Opensource.com team and the Raleigh Red Hat User Group for an evening of lightning talks exploring open source topics such as Linux, Docker, open source in schools, and automating IT infrastructure. There are nine speakers lined-up to share interesting ideas, projects, and more in the open source universe, each in a 5-minute lightning talk.

Get a glimpse of Red Hat Tower! Located in the Red Hat Annex, enjoy snacks and drinks prior to the All Things Open welcome reception (happening just after this event at Jimmy V’s from 7-9pm). Get a burst of open source before the conference officially begins on Wednesday at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Registration is free. Seating is limited. Register now!

Speakers and Topics:

  • Jen Wike – Building a premier storytelling platform on open source
  • Scott Nesbitt – Easing into open source
  • Brian Proffitt – Why Is everyone hating on Operating Systems?
  • Vincent Batts – Docker in 5 minutes
  • Michael DeHaan – Why Ansible wants to make your IT infrastructure boring
  • Rikki Endsley – Social media for slackers
  • Luis Ibanez – Unmanagement and unleadership
  • Remy DeCausemaker aka “RemyD” – The first FOSS Minor at RIT
  • Charlie Reisinger – Open source schools: More soup, less nuts

Event Information:

  • What: Opensource.com Lightning Talks
  • When: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)
  • Where: Red Hat Tower, 190 E Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601
  • This event is open to the public but registration is required
  • Registration Site

  • Guest post by: Jason Hibbets


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