Open Source Innovation at NC DataPalooza

September 4, 2013 9:30 AM

Open source is quickly gaining traction as a major driver of innovation and economic development here in the Triangle. We've seen local companies like RedHat and SAS experience major success in the open data sector, and new businesses take flight during events like Triangle Startup Weekend and City Camp. Another event driving entrepreneurship via open-data is NC DataPalooza, the nation's first-ever regional event of its kind. DataPalooza, which has previously only occurred at the White House, will continue to build recognition for open source innovation here in the Triangle region.

How does it work?

NC DataPalooza celebrates the culmination of a 90-day open-data competition that began earlier this summer with the support of the White House and appearances by Todd Park and Nick Sinai, the Chief Technology Officer and Deputy CTO for the US Government.  Since the competition kicked off, 10 teams have used open data drawn from federal, state, and local resources to develop applications and business ideas that will catalyze positive change in the fields of health, energy, and education.

Three teams will advance to the final round, pitching their ideas to the audience and a panel of judges at the September event. The winning team, selected by experts from Blue Cross Blue Shield NC, Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network, Red Hat, PlotWatt, and NC State, will receive a cash prize and a pitch spot at the CED Tech Venture Conference later in the month.

NC DataPalooza features presentations by notable keynote speakers including Marshall Brain, Ian Kalin, and Gunnar Hellekson. Brain is the Founder of HowStuffWorks and is highly involved as a mentor in the Triangle’s entrepreneurial community. Kalin is a former White House Innovation Fellow and now serves at the Director of Open Data at Socrata. Hellekson is the Chief Technology Strategist for Red Hat’s US Public Sector. All three will share an array of knowledge and experience that will allow local entrepreneurs and change makers to discover how open data can positively impact their businesses and community.

NC DataPalooza would not be possible without the generous support of Blue Cross Blue Shield NC,  Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network, and our partners at CED, RTP, and Triangle Entrepreneurship Week. More information and event registration can be found here.


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