WRAL TechWire keeps tabs on the latest and greatest meetups, summits and conferences, workshops and all things happening in the North Carolina startup world. “The Headliners” is a two-part weekly roundup of noteworthy upcoming events to add to your calendar.

Here’s our preview for the extensive lineup of Triangle events happening through July, including some conferences and summits, a handful of lunch and learns, several educational workshops and plenty of networking. The roundup also features application deadlines for competitions, grants and accelerators.

To find out what’s happening in cities outside of the Triangle, check out part one of this week’s “Headliners” column. The digest is paired with a preview of the upcoming Black Entrepreneurship Week in Raleigh.

Another post highlights hot events in August. Monthly meetups that occur on a regular basis are listed in full here.

Check out a full range of events on TechWire’s interactive calendar for more. If you would like an event to be added to the calendar and weekly roundup, feel free to send me an email.

FinTechFeed: Using Free AI Tools for Customer Discovery + Activation
July 9, 6-8 p.m. @American Underground (@Main)

The second FinTech Feed event—hosted by American Underground and Lincoln Financial Group—will feature a discussion on AI and customer discovery with Kairos CEO Brian Brackeen.

Application Deadline: 2019 ACC Smithsonian Creativity & Innovation Festival Proposals
July 9

Innovate Carolina invites UNC faculty, staff and students to submit their exhibit and performance proposals for next year’s ACCelerate ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival.

Black Entrepreneurship Week 2018
July 9-13 @Downtown Raleigh

Shaw University’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center is hosting a full week of insightful talks, panels and other events throughout downtown Raleigh to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the Triangle community. See the schedule here.

Women Innovators Day
July 10, 5:30-8 p.m. @The Cannon Room

After a successful inaugural Women Innovators Day last year with over 130 attendees, organizers are back with round two. Expect to walk away with new connections, shared knowledge and fresh strategies to further support women entrepreneurs this year.

Internet of Things: Trends, Law & Funds
July 10, 4:30-6:30 p.m. @Canal at Riverside Mill (Danville, Virginia)

The Launch Place is hosting an IoT-focused event featuring talks from RIoT Executive Director Tom Snyder, Woods Rogers Intellectual Property Attorney Mike Hertz and The Launch Place VP Varun Sadana.

Monthly COINversation
July 11, 7:30-9:30 a.m. @Cafe Carolina & Bakery in Cary

In this monthly networking event, participants can meet and connect with other entrepreneurs and companies in the science and technology space.

1 Million Cups RTP
July 11, 9-10 a.m. @The Frontier

Research Triangle Park, in partnership with Kauffman Labs, hosts regular informal pitch events for the startup community at The Frontier. Join for free coffee and entrepreneurial community support as Wilmington startup Petrics delivers a presentation.

How to Communicate with Developers Lunch
July 11, 12-1:30 p.m. @Mura

Agile development and communication strategies will be discussed at this monthly event, hosted by Tech Talent South Raleigh.

NC IDEA Summer School Series: Creating Authenticity with Margaret McNab
July 11, 1-2 p.m. @Momentum Learning in Durham

The NC IDEA Foundation is hosting a summer-long series of lunch and learns for the entrepreneurial community every Wednesday. In this session, freelance growth strategist Margaret McNab will show entrepreneurs how to use authenticity to influence their company’s growth.

OpenTox USA 2018
July 11-12 @NC Biotech Center

This conference will highlight the latest innovations in predictive toxicology. Topics include data interoperability, precision medicine and applications, reproducibility of silico analysis, and open data/data-sharing principles for predictive toxicology collaborations.

2nd NC Social Media Managers Meetup
July 12, 7-9 p.m. @Pour Taproom

The North Carolina Social Media Managers Meetup is holding its second event after debuting in June. The purpose of this meetup is to connect the local tribe of social media managers.

RTP Community Workshop: Maximizing Benefits for Small Businesses
July 12, 9-10:30 a.m. @The Frontier

July’s RTP Community Workshop will be led by Jan Levine of Business Benefits Solutions, who will discuss ways to maximize benefits and life insurance coverage for small businesses.

Triangle Tech Net
July 13, 7:30-10 a.m. @Family Legacy Financial Solutions in Cary

This free bimonthly event offers a space for local tech professionals to build connections and find potential job opportunities.

Chamber Professional Women’s Luncheon
July 13, 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. @Embassy Suites Raleigh-Durham/Research Triangle

The next Raleigh Chamber Professional Women’s Luncheon will focus on defining an effective mentor or sponsor. Attendees will get insights from an expert panel featuring Megan West Sherron of Campbell Law School, Nate Spilker of Citrix, Sheila Ahler of Ahler Consulting and Donna Sylver of Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Application Deadline: Queen City Fintech Accelerator Program
July 15

Queen City Fintech Accelerator is a 12-week business development program serving fintech startups. It offers mentorship, customer acquisition strategy, seed funding prep and a $20,000 grant per team.

The State of the City and County 2018
July 17, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. @North Ridge Country Club

At this Raleigh Chamber-hosted event, government leaders will offer updates on budgets and policies in Raleigh and Wake County, plus a preview at what priorities are planned for the coming year. Speakers include City of Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane, Wake County Commission Chair Jessica Holmes, Raleigh City Manager Ruffin Hall and Wake County Manager David Ellis.

ImBlackInTech Monthly Mixer Series
July 17, 6-7:30 p.m. @American Underground

ImBlackInTech’s monthly mixer event convenes the local entrepreneurial community in support of the growth of founders and professionals of color in the Triangle’s tech startup ecosystem.

Application Deadline: Pfizer-NCBiotech Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship in Gene Therapy
July 18, 12 p.m.

Pfizer, Inc. and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center have partnered to offer a two-year program supporting the scientific and professional development of postdoctoral fellows interested in gene therapy careers.

NC IDEA Summer School Series: Talking to Customers
July 18, 12-1 p.m. @Momentum Learning in Durham

The NC IDEA Foundation is hosting a summer-long series of lunch and learns for the entrepreneurial community every Wednesday. In this session, NC IDEA Senior Director John Austin will offer the audience tips on how to do a problem discovery interview.

Digital Health Happy Hour: Precision Health
July 18, 5-7 p.m. @American Underground

This month’s Digital Health Happy Hour features a talk with Dr. Sara Imhof, the senior director of North Carolina Precision Health Collaborative (NCPHC) in the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.

Application Deadline: NC Tech Awards Submissions
July 18

This is your chance to submit applications and nominations for North Carolina’s leading stars of the tech sector. The NC Tech Gala will be held on November 15.

Triangle TechBreakfast
July 19, 8-10 a.m. @RTP Headquarters

Developers, designers, startups and tech enthusiasts are invited to join this monthly meetup for free networking over breakfast, plus a series of showcase presentations.

Freelancers Happy Hour
July 19, 5-7 p.m. @Crank Arm Brewing Company

The Freelance League of North Carolina invites Triangle freelancers, independents and solopreneurs to come enjoy drinks and networking in Raleigh.

RTP180: Diversity & Inclusion
July 19, 5-7:30 p.m. @The Frontier

July’s RTP180 features an in-depth discussion on the Triangle’s current and potential efforts to forward diversity and inclusion. Speakers include Daisy Magnus-Aryitey of Code the Dream, Chad Johnson of Fidelity Investments, John Adams of Red Hat, Emily Diaz of Spacemaker Collective and Rahshek Ellis of Syngenta.

Tech Talent South Raleigh: Digital Architects Collaboration
July 20, 1-5 p.m. @HQ Raleigh

Tech Talent South students, alumni and the public at large are invited to attend TTS Raleigh’s first-ever Digital Architects Collaboration. Participants will build a template for a future city that serves both the tech and creative industries.

Application Deadline: Emerging Issues Forum ‘Call for Communities’
July 22, 5 p.m.

The Institute for Emerging Issues seeks five North Carolina communities to showcase their civic engagement and community development initiatives at the Fall Emerging Issues Forum on September 17 in Asheville. Applications are due by 5 p.m. EST on July 22.

Application Deadline: Innovate Durham
July 23

The City of Durham and Durham County return with their 12-week innovation program, Innovate Durham. It offers participants access to staff, data and facilities needed to build solutions to help make Durham more efficient.

Her Spark Summer Summit
July 23-27 @Wake Tech RTP Campus

Triangle nonprofit Her Spark is hosting a week-long coding summit to teach high school girls practical coding languages and STEM skills. Applications are due by June 19 at 11:59 p.m. eastern.

Automotive Intelligence Summit 2018
July 24-26, @Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley

This executive-level meeting convenes leaders of the automotive, auto finance and transportation industries for three days of insights and knowledge to keep attendees ahead of the technological curve.

Mastering Workplace Performance (Triangle)
July 24, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. @The Frontier

In this workshop, Jason Womack will show entrepreneurs and team leaders how to identify their unconscious daily routines and build better habits, how to use technology to be more productive and how to build basic levels of trust.

ReCity Roundtable
July 24, 12-1 p.m. @ReCity in Durham

ReCity Roundtable is a monthly speaker series spotlighting community leaders who are tackling complex social issues through innovation and collaboration.

Tech Talent South Raleigh: Understanding the Landscape of Virtual Reality
July 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. @HQ Capital Club

This Tech Talent South Raleigh-hosted event will spotlight the latest innovations in AR and VR, as presented by local industry professionals. Food and drinks will be served.

Raleigh Cybersecurity Conference
July 26, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. @Sheraton Raleigh Hotel

Several vendor exhibits, speaker sessions and cash/gift card prizes are in store for the 2018 Raleigh Cybersecurity Conference. Registration includes breakfast, lunch, event materials, sessions and exhibits. See the agenda here.

The State of Foreign Direct Investment, Focus: Asia
July 26, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. @Brier Creek Country Club

Raleigh Chamber is hosting a forum focused on the importance of foreign direct investment in the Triangle. The keynote speaker is Takashi Shinozuka, the Consul General of Japan, who will share insights on the relationship between Japan, North Carolina and the Triangle. A panel will follow, featuring local executive leaders—Michael Landguth of Raleigh-Durham International Airport, Chris Chung of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, Dennis Gada of Infosys, and Elissa Sharon of Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Triangle Tech Net
July 27, 7:30-10 a.m. @Family Legacy Financial Solutions in Cary

This free bimonthly event offers a space for local tech professionals to build connections and find potential job opportunities.

CAPER Summer 2018 Workshop
July 30, 8 a.m. – July 31, 5 p.m. @The StateView by Marriott

At this workshop, the Center for Advanced Power Engineering Research (CAPER) will dive into topics surrounding grid modernization technologies that can effectively meet the operational and expansion needs of the future.

TechGirlz Workshop: SQL and Databases
July 31, 5-8 p.m. @Varonis in Morrisville

In this hands-on TechGirlz workshop, students will examine the structures and functions of large databases.