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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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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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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

Town of Cary Technology Task Force Report

Cary Technology Task Force Recommends

Cary, NC – In July of 2012, the Town of Cary commissioned the Technology Task Force (TTF) to study technology and engagement for the town. Over a four month period, the nine members of the original task force studied a wide scope of questions including municipal websites, mobile applications, social media, open data, video, Cary as a community tech hub, legal issues and sustainability.

The final report for the TTF was delivered in December of 2012. The report is no longer found on the Town Website, so we thought it beneficial to list the summary recommendations and then ask the reader if these recommendations are still valid.

TTF Overarching Policy Recommendations

  1. The Town should give the same care and attention to planning and implementation of our virtual properties as the Town spends on its physical properties.
  2. Adopt an Open Data and a Public API Policy
    • Critical to support “Cary is a Community Technology Hub”
    • Will allow for independent Mobile application development
  3. Make Cary a “Community Driven” Technology Hub
  4. [Vision:] Cary actively supports Technology User Groups, Hack-a-Thons, School Technology Partnerships, Code for America Brigades, etc.

    • Make Cary a location of choice for people moving into the Triangle area who are taking technology positions.
    • Will attract highly-skilled technology professionals
      • More affluent and active demographic
      • Could help balance the aging population demographic trend
    • User Groups can provide the Town advice on Technology implementation and sustainability.
    • Will have a positive influence on the development of mobile and other apps in the Town.
    • Will support Economic Development in the Town
    • Will support and promote Technology Education in the Town
  5. Promote Citizen Engagement
    • 2-Way Communication Policy
    • More people involved in the community
    • Town gains an on-going feedback mechanism
    • Claim the Town’s social media properties
  6. Develop Generation 6 Website (or Websites)
    • CaryNC.gov
    • Integrate with Social Media Channels
    • Incorporate open data and mobile responsiveness
  7. Develop an official, simple mobile application to gain experience developing and deploying mobile applications
  8. Re-envision the Video Production Department
  9. Provide Leadership for Technology Related Legislative Issues
    • Protect our citizens from new age threats to their privacy and security.
    • Use Technology to enhance citizen participation in the decision-making process.
    • Allow us communication methods with our youth that are not public record.
  10. Encourage Partners to Adopt Parking Lot Items
    • Technology Education
    • Economic Development
Morrisville Innovation Foundation Logo

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!

The hardware Store by Bi-Link

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

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.

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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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NC DOT Embraces Tech

NC DOT Embraces Technology

Raleigh, NC – Yesterday I got to try out the prototype for the new NC DOT drivers license renewal kiosk – see the picture above. I was attending a meeting of the Raleigh Code for America Brigade at the NC Innovation Center (iCenter) and noticed the kiosk. I asked Erik Ross, the Chief Digital Officer for the State of North Carolina, who was also attending the meeting about the kiosk and Erik took me through a demonstration of the new Tech.

NC DOT Temporary DL/ID

NC DOT Temporary Drivers License / ID

Renewal Kiosk Process

The process of renewal was very quick and easy with the kiosk. Your drivers license renewal is driven by a touch screen monitor which quickly steps you through the process. A bar code reader takes the information from your old ID and a card swipe takes your payment. When it is time for your new picture, you are directed back to some feet stickers on the floor and a countdown clock lets you get ready. Don’t like the picture and you can take it again. That and the process lasting a couple of minutes will make this an easy adoption for most people.

You get a temporary receipt (see image at right) and wait for your new ID to arrive in the mail. Look for this new technology coming to your area soon!

About the iCenter

On October 10, 2013, Governor McCrory opened the North Carolina Innovation Center to identify challenges, create solutions and transform the way state government delivers products and services. The iCenter is a working lab in downtown Raleigh where state employees, students, agency Chief Information Officers, private industry, and citizens collaborate on information technology solutions.

Previous Articles on NC Government

How Libya’s Election Process is Better than the United States’s

Carrboro, NC – Libya’s efforts to establish a stable democracy have been marred by violence and the constant threat of government collapse since the ouster of General Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. Despite the seemingly endless news about the country’s political chaos, Libya accomplished something the United States could not with healthcare.gov: the successful and smooth launch of a new technology platform.

Libya implemented a national voter registration by text messaging program that registered 1.5 million voters for June 25th’s elections. It is the first system of its kind in the world. Over 6 million text messages were sent to and from the system. What’s surprising is that nothing went wrong. An even more astonishing fact? It was an American firm, NC based Caktus Group, that developed the technology. Caktus developers created the technology in less than six months and for a fraction of the cost of healthcare.gov.

Libya SMS Voter Registration by Caktus Group
“The beauty of what we do as open source developers is that we can move very very quickly,” says Tobias McNulty, Caktus CEO. “Behind our team of four developers was the open source community, a global network of developers.”

Caktus developers, working closely with the Libyan government, a data security firm, a cellular network integrator, and well known technologist, Elliott Wilkes, and Middle East expert, Hunter Price, created a system that allowed voters and poll workers to register within seconds from any location in Libya, including their own homes. Registrants texted their national ID number and the code of their preferred voting location, then received a text confirmation.

During the pivotal June 25th elections widely considered to be Libya’s tipping point, Caktus staff were in Libya, making sure the voter registration system was again working smoothly. The voter registration databases were essential to how poll workers determined whether those that showed up could vote. Any hiccup in the system would be tantamount to disenfranchisement. News of violence dominated media coverage of the election, but this one aspect of the electoral process went off without a hitch.

“We were deeply aware of the responsibility we had to Libyan voters,” said McNulty, “We constantly tested the system at each step, including the capacity to handle hundreds of thousands of simultaneous text messages. Even the smallest amount of code was raked over the coals.”

Libya continues to face many incredible challenges as a doubtful world watches on. But amongst the seemingly unending bad news, there is at least one bright spot even the US cannot claim: you can text message your voter registration while drinking a cup of coffee.


Article and picture contributed by Caktus Group. Caktus began in 2007 in Carrboro’s Creative Co-working space. It has since grown to the point that they have purchased and are currently refurbishing a building in downtown Durham.

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


Picture by Dennis Crowley

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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