Cary Open Data Day & Hackathon


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Cary, NC – Cary’s first Open Data Day and Hackathon are coming on February 23, 2013. The event is open to developers, designers, policy wonks, data analysts and regular citizens.

Cary Open Data Day

The Open Data movement is about utilizing the massive amount of information on the web about our towns and communities. From International Open Data Day:

[Open Data Day is] a gathering of citizens in cities around the world to write applicationsliberate 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.

Open Data is where technology meets government Sunshine laws.

But Open Data is just a stream of information until someone (or some group) turns it into a useful application. It could be a website about traffic, a mobile app about parks or visualization of energy usage.

Who Should Attend?

Open Data Day is open to everyone.

  • Developers
  • Designers
  • Writers
  • Hackers
  • Data Analysts
  • Policy Wonks
  • Elected Officials
  • Business Leaders
  • Municipal Staff
  • Citizens

If you have an interest in technology or a skill to share, register now.

Hosted by: Cary Chamber of Commerce

41 cities across the world are participating in Open Data Day, including London, Paris, Rome, Berlin, Shanghai and Tokyo. In the United States, only six cities have signed up:

  • Cary, NC
  • New York City
  • Washington, DC
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Oakland, CA
  • San Francisco, CA

Cary Open Data Day is the brainchild of Ian Cillay, a Cary developer and member of, the successor to Town of Cary’s Tech Task Force.

Cary’s first Open Data Day is being hosted by the Cary Chamber of Commerce, leading the charge on technology and information in our fair town.

Get Involved

Learn more about Cary Open Data Day:

  • Facebook:
  • Twitter:
  • Wiki:

18 people have signed up in Cary as of January 24. With about a month to go until the event, Cary Open Data Day promises to be a lively event.

Event Details

Cary Open Data Day
Presented by
Saturday, February 23, 2013
8:30 AM to 5:45 PM
Cost: Free

Cary Chamber
307 North Academy Street
Cary, North Carolina 27513

Register Now


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4 replies
  1. Ian Cillay
    Ian Cillay says:

    UPDATE: one week later, 63 people have signed up as of January 31. The response has been overwhelming and we are all very excited at the prospect of putting together a fantastically engaging and productive day!

    • Hal Goodtree
      Hal Goodtree says:

      Good question, Doc! Tech Tank is the initiative of the former members of CaryTTF. It gets no support at this time (zero) from Town of Cary.

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