Join In! Raleigh, N.C. Sponsors First U.S. Regional Datapalooza
By Reid Serozi
The first regional DataPalooza in the United States is taking place this Thursday, September 12 in Raleigh, N.C. Socrata will be participating and we’d love to see you there, too.
A “datapalooza” is a style of open data competition that, previous to this event, has only been organized by the White House. It connects experts, innovators, and entrepreneurs to relevant data drawn from every level of government. North Carolina’s, in particular, focuses on the fields of health, education, and energy.
The event on Thursday is the second half of a two-part program. The first half took place in April 2013. It was the well-attended NC DataJam that provided a kick-off opportunity for developers, citizens, government members, elected officials, and entrepreneurs to brainstorm solutions to existing problems using data. The three leading ideas moved forward to an accelerator program, granting each team access to resources such as business coaching and technology. On Thursday, these teams will present the results of their work over the last few months.
Say “Hi” to Socrata
If you are able to attend the event, we’d love to meet you. You can join Socrata’s Director of Open Data Ian Kalin and me, Data Solutions Architect Reid Serozi, from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. We’ll cover the newest innovations in open data, offer insights from domain experts, and provide a space for you to network with an audience of data professionals. We want as many people as possible to participate and contribute to the N.C. Research Triangle’s startup ecosystem. Please join us and offer your skills and energy to help the program grow.
Register for NC DataPalooza
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Top Three Innovators
The Energy Efficiency team is making it easier for everyone to do analytics on data related to water use. Their product will provide real-time water monitoring independent of the utilities.
The Parking Initiative team is developing an application that will identify parking opportunities and relevant information (prices, payment method, etc.) in urban and downtown areas based on a user’s desired final destination.
BetaVersity designs spaces and tools that encourage collaboration, entrepreneurship, and inventiveness. These collaborative prototyping workspaces help students and educators develop solutions to the world’s challenges.
Brain is the founder of HowStuffWorks.com, which was acquired by Discovery Communications in 2007. He is actively involved in the Triangle’s entrepreneurial scene; Brain teaches in the Entrepreneurial Engineering program at NCSU, serves as a mentor to several local startups, and is an investor with Triangle Angel Partners.
Kalin is the Director of Open Data for Socrata, where he helps governments free their data to drive innovation. A former White House Innovation Fellow in the Department of Energy, Kalin also served as a Counter-Terrorism Officer and as a Nuclear Engineer in the US Navy.
Hellekson is the Chief Technology Strategist for Red Hat’s US Public Sector where he works with government agencies to encourage the use of open data. He is also co-chair of Open Source America and has been named one of Federal Computer Week’s Fed 100.