Tech Calendar: April 2014


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Tech Calendar: April 2014

North Carolina Science Festival – March 28 – April 13, 2014. The North Carolina Science Festival is a multi-day celebration showcasing science and technology. The Festival highlights the educational, cultural and financial impact of science in our state. Through hands-on activities, science talks, lab tours, nature experiences, exhibits and performances, the Festival engages a wide range of public audiences while inspiring future generations.

Startup and Play The Main Event – Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT) in Raleigh. Startup and Play is a quarterly social that brings 8-12 local startup consumer companies and organizations out to meet and greet with the community. There is no agenda and anyone can attend.

Startup Grind – Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT) in Durham, NC. Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. Startup Grind Durham Hosts Don Rainey (Grotech Ventures)

Triangle Startup Weekend Maker Edition Website – Friday, April 4, 2014 at 6:00 PM – Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 9:00 PM (EDT) in Raleigh, NC. Triangle Maker Startup Weekend 2014 is proud to present one of the first maker startup weekends on the East Coast. Join makers across the Triangle for a weekend focused on building cool, crazy, innovative physical products and launching companies around them. Tinker with state of the art tools provided by BetaVersity and meet design experts brought in by DXLab Design. We’ll have micro-controllers, laser cutters, 3D printers, and an awesome makerspace for you to geek out on. The creation potential is only limited by your imagination. Triangle Maker Startup Weekend Registration Site

Triad Startup Weekend – Friday, April 4, 2014 at 6:00 PM – Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 9:00 PM (EDT) in Greensboro, 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. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurials. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on a idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup. Triad Startup Weekend Registration Site

ProductCampRTP 2014 UnConference – Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT) 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.

2014 East Coast Game Conference – Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM – Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 5:30 PM (EDT) in Raleigh, NC. Attracting artists, game designers, developers, producers, programmers, industry experts and gamers from Europe and North America, the East Coast Game Conference 2014 promises an in-depth look at the future of gaming, as well as an opportunity to meet and learn from this industry’s leading innovators.

NC Datapalooza Education Boot Camp – Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT) in Raleigh, NC. See also the Open Data Health DataJam Startup Weekend below. Look for a Tech Tank post soon about the whole 2014 NC Datapalooza program.

STEAM Makers Fair for Teachers – Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT) in Raleigh, NC. Teachers of grades PreK–12, all disciplines. Join us for an after-school interlude exploring STEAM through drop-in, hands-on, creative demonstrations connecting techniques in the visual arts with STEM. The relaxed structure of this event allows time for teachers to explore the Museum’s collection and to network and create. Refreshments, ideas, and free resources provided.

2014 TriAgile Conference – Friday, May 2, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. We are excited to announce an Agile 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.

Digital Marketing for Business – Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 8:00 AM – Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 5:00 PM (EDT) in Raleigh, North Carolina. Digital Marketing for Business (DMFB) is an organization that provides regional marketing conferences. DMFB conferences allow people to learn and exchange marketing solutions from conference sessions, networking events, and exhibition areas. The key types of people who attend and participate in DMFB events include business owners, entrepreneurs, managers and marketing consultants. Registration Site.

CocoaConf Mini Raleigh 2014 – May 9th–10th, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. Featuring an exciting line-up of sessions on iOS and OS X development, CocoaConf Mini Raleigh will have something for every iPhone, iPad, and Mac developer.

Open Data Health DataJam Startup Weekend – May 9-11, 2014. In conjuction with NC Datapalooza, this Startup Weekend will kick off the 2014 round of NC Datapalooza. Look for a Tech Tank post soon about the whole 2014 NC Datapalooza program.

NCTA State of Technology Conference – May 15-16, 2014 in Durham, NC. Leaders from across sectors and functional roles will convene for a day of engaging keynotes, interactive panels and an exhibit showcase. Sessions will focus on how companies are integrating disruptive mobile technologies to stay ahead of their competition. It will also feature an NC start-up showcase, where companies will demo some of their latest mobile innovations.

CarolinaCon-10 – May 16-18, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. CarolinaCon is an annual conference in North Carolina that is dedicated to sharing knowledge about technology, security and information rights. CarolinaCon also serves to enhance the local and international awareness of current technology related issues and developments.

BarCampRDU 2014, Saturday, May 17, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. BarCamp is a user-generated unconference primarily focused around technology and the Web with participatory workshop-events provided by participants.

CityCamp NC – May 29-31, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. CityCamp NC is three days of open sourced talks, workshops, and hands-on problem solving, to re-imagine the way the web, applications, technology, and participation will shape the future of NC. CityCamp brings together government, business, neighborhood, non-profit, and academic communities to work toward next generation solutions for local municipalities. You don’t need to be technical either–we need ideas from a variety of participants to help create solutions.

Save the date for 2014! NCTech4Good Conference June 5-6, 2014 in Chapel Hill. The NCTech4Good Conference will be held June 6, 2014, at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill. It will be preceded by a workshop on Thursday, June 5. Beth Kanter has been invited as our workshop leader and keynote speaker.

Maker Faire North Carolina -Saturday, June 7, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. Maker Faire North Carolina is a celebration of all things made. Get inspired at North Carolina’s largest celebration of DIY culture and innovation!

Triangle InfoSeCon 2014 – October 16, 2014 from 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. (EST) in Raleigh, NC. Topic: Information Security.

All Things Open – October 22-23, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. Hold the date.


Ian Henshaw is Managing Partner of TechTank. Photo by Steve.