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Tech Explosion in Raleigh

Raleigh, NC – Today there was not one but two different major tech announcements in Raleigh. Innovation is really taking off in Raleigh!

American Underground

American Underground announced an expansion into Raleigh aptly named @Raleigh. @Raleigh will be located at 213 Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, right above the bar Foundation. the building will feature a “regional coworking desk,” allowing startups in the Underground to work in any Underground location. This means a startup based in Raleigh can take meetings at both of the Durham-based spaces and not miss a beat. See the Triangle Business Journal story for more information.

HQ Raleigh

HQ Raleigh (recently renamed from HUB Raleigh) announced they are moving to new, larger space in the warehouse district. Their future home is located at 310 Harrington Street, directly behind the Contemporary Art Museum. The move is expected for Fall 2013. See the HQ Raleigh Press Release and the Triangle Business Journal story for more information.

Center for Digital Government (CDG) Digital Cities and Digital Counties Surveys

NC Counties 2013 Rank in Digital Counties

Wake County, NC –

Each year the Center for Digital Government (CDG) conducts the Digital Cities and Digital Counties Surveys to chronicle and rank local governments’ use of digital technology to streamline operations and improve service to constituents. The 2012 surveys found that although cities and counties are making great strides in information technology to support areas like economic development and constituent engagement, weaknesses still remain that are ripe for innovation. This Best Practice Guide helps address some of these weaknesses by highlighting the best practices displayed by cities and counties that are managing to move the needle and innovate.

The Center for Digital Government‘s Digital Counties Survey is conducted in partnership with the National Association of Counties (NACo) annually in the spring: March – April. All U.S. counties are invited to participate.

Congratulations to the 2013 Digital Counties Survey Winners!

500,000 or more population category:

150,000-249,999 population category:

Less than 150,000 population category:

Congratulations to all the NC Counties that placed in the Digital Counties Survey ranking!

Tech Events - Aug '13 Edition

Upcoming Tech Events – Aug ’13 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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Burlington Mini Maker Faire – Saturday August 17th from 10:00am to 6:00pm (EDT). A family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. Tickets are Free, Registering for a Ticket and bringing that ticket to the Faire enters you into a random drawing with a chance to win several different door prizes from our makers and sponsors.

2013 Startup Alley – August 27, 2013 from 3:30 PM TO 6:30 PM (EST) in Raleigh, NC. Are you an entrepreneur who wants to put your ideas in front of hundreds? Would you like to pitch your business to investors? The Chamber is partnering with HQ Raleigh (formerly HUB Raleigh) to present Startup Alley at this year’s Business Showcase. How does it work? All you have to do is tell your startup’s story and encourage your friends, social media networks, co-workers—anyone—to vote for you. Register Here.

RTP 180°: TBD – Wednesday, August 28, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT) in RTP, NC. The theme for the next RTP 180° has not been set at time of our publishing so check the RTP 180° Website for details.

IDEA Pitch – August 28, 2013 in Durham, NC. Have an idea or startup you want to pitch? Want to receive feedback and meet fellow entrepreneurs? Join us once a quarter in the American Underground classroom on the American Tobacco Campus to meet the team and have the opportunity to pitch your business idea. We’re always interested to meet new entrepreneurs and learn about the companies they’re building. We welcome entrepreneurs across all industries. Attendance is free, but space is limited, so we ask that all attendees register in advance. Also, we ask that service providers not attend as these events are solely for entrepreneurs.

Summit on Transformative Innovation in Health Care – Monday, September 9, 2013 from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT) in Durham, NC. Join us for the inaugural Summit on Transformative Innovation in Health Care that will help celebrate the launch of a new, exciting initiative at Duke Univeristy, the Duke Institute for Health Innovation (DIHI).

Triangle Entrepreneurship Week – September 9-13, 2013. We bring together entrepreneurial communities to provide resources, knowledge and connections for businesses to succeed. Throughout one week, local leaders, investors, supporters and entrepreneurs share their knowledge, resources, and connections during our sessions and events.

NC Datapalooza Celebration – Thursday, September 12, 2013. The inaugural NC DataPalooza is a two-part event, beginning with the NC DataJam competition at HUB Raleigh on April 22nd and culminating with a celebration in September. DataPalooza is an open-data competition sponsored by the White House that connects local experts, innovators, and entrepreneurs to relevant, clean data drawn from federal, state, and local resources.

CED Venture Conference – September 17-18, 2013 in Raleigh, NC. Be inspired at the CED Tech Venture Conference 2013, where ideas that spur creation, iteration and growth will take center stage over the course of two stimulating days, in Raleigh, NC. For 29 years, CED has led the region’s biggest conference uniting technology entrepreneurs and the businesses that can help them grow. We’ve expanded this year, adding to the investors and entrepreneurs more corporate partners looking for innovation.

NCDevCon 2013 – North Carolina’s Premier Web Conference – Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 8:00 AM – Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 5:00 PM (EDT) in Raleigh, NC. 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 the NCDevCon Site. Organized by TACFUG, the Triangle Area ColdFusion User Group.

Google in Education North Carolina Summit – Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 7:30 AM – Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 5:00 PM (EDT) in Cary, NC. We invite you to join us for the first annual Google in Education North Carolina Summit to be held at Cary High School on October 19 & 20, 2013 . This high intensity two day event focuses on deploying, integrating and using Google Apps for Education to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education. The program features Google Certified Teachers, Google Apps for Education Certified Trainers, practicing administrators, solution providers, Google engineers, and representatives from the Google education teams.

All Things Open™ – October 23-24, 2013 in Raleigh, NC. All Things Open is a conference for technologists and decision makers around the topic of open source in the enterprise and will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center in downtown Raleigh, NC, the open source city.

Cary’s GREAT PUNKIN’ CHUCK – Sunday, November 3, 2013 at Noon – 5:00 PM (EDT) in Cary, NC. Cary’s GREAT PUNKIN’ CHUCK is a mash up of science, back-yard technology and good clean fun hurling pumpkins with trebuchets at targets and for distance. Teams compete for prizes (and glory). Registration Site

TRINUG’s Code Camp will be held in Raleigh on November 9, 2013. More details to follow.

InternetSummit 2013 – November 12-14, 2013 in Raleigh, NC. Internet Summit is a premier digital strategies forum with a goal of educating and promoting forward thinking and thought leadership on topics related to internet business and marketing.

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A Look Inside: Code for America Cary

Cary, NC – What is civic hacking for social good? Who or what is Code for America?

Lets take a look at what is going on with the Code for America Cary Brigade and maybe you will find out. (Full disclosure, I am an organizer and member of the Cary Brigade)

The Cary Brigade formed in May 2013 as a development of the Cary Technology Task Force, the subsequently formed Technology Tank, the first Cary Open Data Day and the support of the vibrant Raleigh Brigade of Code for America. The Cary Brigade has decided to start with visualizing commercial permit data in the town of Cary.

Code for America aims to improve the relationships between citizens and government. We help governments restructure to create low-risk settings for innovation, engage citizens to create better services, and support ongoing competition in the govtech marketplace.

Tuesday, July 23 was the third meeting of the brigade (we meet monthly). On May 24, 2013 we received commercial permit data files from Cary in response to a public records request from member Robert Campbell. We received 9 data files most likely from a relational database.

At our June meeting, the Google AppEngine was discussed as a way to develop the ‘back-end’ of the application. The first issue we encountered was that the file with the property locations had all of the geo-locations zeroed out, so an effort was made to geolocate all of the 79,000+ records (with a method that still has not been disclosed…) Since then, there were 2 different efforts to house and use this geocoded information:

Socrata

With the help of Reid Serozi, just hired by Socrata, The Cary Brigade was offered a Socrata Community Data Platform.  Here is what we were able to do in an hour with the Socrata platform:

Property Data set on Socrata

Property Data set on Socrata

Socrata Visualization - Heat Map of Cary Property Data

Socrata Visualization – Heat Map of Cary Property Data

Socrata Visualization - Point Map of Cary Property Data

Socrata Visualization – Point Map of Cary Property Data

During the meeting, Reid showed us how the point map could be accessed and displayed on his smart phone.

Parse.com

Brandon Smith took another route and used Parse as his data repository and with some awesome code was able to provide a simulated app from the data (we did not ask how long this took…):

Parse data file

Parse data file

Brandon Smith simulated app - Properties nearest to my Location

Brandon Smith simulated app – Properties nearest to my Location

Brandon Smith simulated app - Properties in my Neighborhood

Brandon Smith simulated app – Properties in my Neighborhood

Where do we go from here?

There is more investigation into the data, as we are not sure that we have the information that would allow the app to answer a compelling question. More data scrubbing, another public data request(?) and more investigation into the front-end display of the information.

If you are interested, please join us. You can contact Ian Henshaw for more information.

The McKinsey Global Institute May 2013 Report – Disruptive technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy

If You Read One Thing This Year

Cary, NC – At the Cary Chamber of Commerce 2013-2014 Planning Conference, Ted Abernathy, Executive Director of the Southern Growth Policies Board, told us to read only one thing this year: The McKinsey Global Institute May 2013 Report – Disruptive technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy

Read more

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American Underground @Main Opening Party

Durham, NC – We reported earlier about the American Underground @Main Opening Party. What a party!

If you get a chance, take a tour and look into their space.

Outside View

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Inside Offices

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Bullpen / Co-Working

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The Vault

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The Vault – Dilemma

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The Award-Winning Smoffice

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Fun!

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July 25 Deadline for 2013 Demo Company

Raleigh, NC – Story by Managing Partner Ian Henshaw

Tech startups! Apply to demo at the CED Tech Venture Conference. Deadline is July 25, 2013. All the investors will be there!

Demo Criteria

  • You are headquartered in North Carolina
  • You are creating breakthrough technologies in one of the following areas: Cleantech, Gaming, Hardware, Advanced Materials, Software, Social, Mobile, IT Services, Education Technology, Healthcare IT, Cloud, Tech-enabled Services, or Data
  • Complete the online application

Demo Benefits

  • Recognition as a Top High-Potential Tech Company in North Carolina
    Conference Demo Room Exhibit Booth (3X6 table, power, internet)
  • Access to 800+ Industry Leaders, Venture Capitalists, Angels and Corporate Partners
  • Two-minute Lightening-Round Pitch to an Investor Audience
  • Invitation to attend Entrepreneur & Angel Workshop and the CEO Breakfast
  • Exposure to Local and National Media Coverage

Apply Here!

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Tech Meetup Groups in the Triangle

Cary, NC – Here is a listing of Tech Meetup groups in the Triangle 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

API

Apps

Cryptography

Hackers

Hardware

iOS/Mac

Languages / Platforms

Open Data

Miscellaneous

Security

Startups

SEO / Web Design

Tech

Tech for Women

Video

WordPress

User Experience (UX)

Tech Events – July ’13 Edition

Upcoming Tech Events – July ’13 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.

Triangle Startup Weekend, Friday, July 12, 2013 at 6:00 PM – Sunday, July 14, 2013 at 9:00 PM (EDT) in Durham, NC. Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. For all event details, visit the Triangle Startup Weekend Site

RTP 180°: Movie Night in the Triangle – July 23, 2013 in RTP, NC. The Research Triangle Park gathered together 300+ of the region’s marketers for its May RTP 180° event. There, it threw the gauntlet to all North Carolina’s best: come up with the best 2-3 minute video short. A panel of elite judges will review the best of the best in front of a live audience. Whomsoever wins will go on to achieve fame, fortune, and prizes of epic proportion.

NCDevCon 2013 – North Carolina’s Premier Web Conference – Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 8:00 AM – Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 5:00 PM (EDT) in Raleigh, NC. 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 the NCDevCon Site. Organized by TACFUG, the Triangle Area ColdFusion User Group.

Cary’s GREAT PUNKIN’ CHUCK – Sunday, November 3, 2013 at Noon – 5:00 PM (EDT). Cary’s GREAT PUNKIN’ CHUCK is a mash up of science, back-yard technology and good clean fun hurling pumpkins with trebuchets at targets and for distance. Teams compete for prizes (and glory). Registration Site

TRINUG’s Code Camp will be held in Raleigh on November 9, 2013. More details to follow.

Listing of all Tech Meetup Groups in the Triangle.

To keep up with Tech events in NC bookmark the Technology Tank Tech Calendar.

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Imagine Cary Preview

This morning the Chamber of Commerce got a preview of Imagine Cary.  Scott Ramage, AICP, Principal Planner for the Town of Cary Planning Department spoke at the monthly Economic Development Committee Meeting.  Everyone that will be attending the Summit on the Future this Thursday night will get to see lots of good information.

Changing Demographics

The median age of Cary Citizens is the third highest among the 14 largest cities in NC. From the 2000 Census to the 2010 Census, the median age of Cary increased from 33.7 to 36.6 years old. This is a much faster increase in age than is being seen in neighboring Raleigh, or Wake County, NC or the US.

A Missing age Group?

The 20 to 29 year old population in Cary is noticeably missing with only 10.9%. Compare this to 14% regionally and nationally. Raleigh has 19.7% of their population in the 20 to 29 year old range! The 30-39 year old population in Cary is also a little low for the region.

This age range drop off comprises the age group of the Millenial generation.

Cary is Diverse

Cary leads the 14 largest municipalities in percentage of citizens who are foreign born. Cary has 19.1% foreign born which beats out the next highest cities of Charlotte, Durham and Raleigh which all come in around 14.5%

What does this mean for Cary?

We are really not sure, but this is what the Imagine Cary process is all about. Asking questions, challenging beliefs and determining what we want to be and look like 20 years from now.

There is lots more information than the few things that struck me, so get involved to find out more. Scott mentioned that a “Snapshot Report” will be available in about a week which will include much more information. The report as well as all Imagine Cary information can be found on the Imagine Cary Website at www.imaginecary.org