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 a preview for the lineup of Triangle events happening in the next month, 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 the “Headliners” column.
This week’s digest is paired with a separate preview of the upcoming NC VetBiz Summit. Another post highlights events in September. Monthly meetups that occur on a regular basis are listed in full here.
August 6, 6-9 p.m. @HQ Raleigh Cannon Room
Eight summer fellows from local social impact organizations will showcase their work at this event, co-hosted by Arc Benders and Inspiring Capital. Join to hear all about the social impact projects being launched across the Triangle this summer.
August 7, 12-1 p.m. @American Underground (@Blackwell)
Learn all about the upcoming four-week NC IDEA LABS program at this info session held in Durham’s American Tobacco Campus. Applications for the first cohort in the fall 2018 program are due on August 13. Applications for the second cohort are due September 10.
August 7, 5:30-8:30 p.m. @Caktus Group
Hear existing project updates and break into groups to create your own at the next Code for Durham Civic Hacking Session.
August 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m. @HQ Raleigh
August 8, 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.
August 8, 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 Cary startup Freshspire delivers a presentation.
August 8, 12-1 p.m. @American Underground at Blackwell
At this hands-on workshop, Voltage Control President Douglas Ferguson will demonstrate the five stages of the Design Sprint process and show entrepreneurs how they can implement them. This event is part of NC IDEA’s summer-long lunch & learn series for local startups.
Co-run by Google for Entrepreneurs and American Underground, Black Founders is a week-long mentorship and training program aimed to address the funding gap for startups led by Black founders. The program culminates in a Demo Day; the winner will travel to meet potential investors in the Bay Area.
August 9, 8-4 p.m. @Brier Creek Country Club
Individuals, HR professionals and organizations are invited to learn the best practices for developing diversity and inclusion strategies at this informative conference.
August 9, 12-1 p.m. @The Cannon Room
Join this lunch and learn to find out how you can use Smashing Boxes’ Slack-integrated tools to create impactful Internet of Things solutions.
August 9, 1-5 p.m. @WRAL-TV
Learn all about the storytelling techniques involved in newsroom production from a panel of women in different positions at Capitol Broadcasting Company. Bring a camera or camera phone for the workshop. Snacks will be provided.
August 9, 5-7 p.m. @Raleigh Brewing Company
The Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster will host special guests for a series of five-minute presentations on their technology. Tickets are free for RTCC board and leadership; $15 for RTCC members; and $25 for non-members.
August 9, 5:30-8:30 p.m. @NC State University Club
Join the local chapter of CompTIA AITP for a panel and Q&A featuring penetration testers and ethical hackers. Panelists include Jay Ward, president of WireGhost Security, and Charlie Housholder, blockchain expert and security entrepreneur.
August 9, 7-9 p.m. @Clairmont at Hillandale Apartments
At this meetup, participants can just relax and enjoy the sunset, maybe exchange some info too (if interested). The purpose of this meetup group is to meet your tribe of Social Media Managers and enjoy yourself.
August 10, 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.
August 11, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. @HQ Raleigh Warehouse
The NC Open Pass event brings together urbanists, civic hackers, government staff, developers, designers and community organizers for a day of activities to make their communities better. The focus of this event will be on open data solutions to challenges faced by local first responders.
August 13, 5 p.m.
NC IDEA seeks a new round of entrepreneurs for the fall 2018 cohorts of its LABS program, a four-week business development program covering important topics from customer discovery to business model strategy to product-market fit and more. Applications for the first cohort of the fall 2018 program are due August 13. Applications for the second cohort are due on September 10.
August 14, 8-10 a.m. @Raleigh Convention Center
Executives at Raleigh’s three large healthcare systems will discuss the evolution of healthcare in the Triangle. The speakers are UNC REX President Steve Burriss, WakeMed Health & Hospitals President and CEO Donald Gintzig, and Duke Raleigh Hospital President Dr. David Zaas. Tickets are $50 for employees of member firms; $80 for employees of non-member firms.
August 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m. @Loading Dock Raleigh
The next Bunker Brews Raleigh event will feature a panel focused on the value of mentorship in entrepreneurs’ personal and professional lives. Panelists include Preston Linn of UNC and NC State’s joint Biomedical Engineering program, Brad Lienhart of EntreDot and Chris Wellington of Foosye.
August 14, 6-8 p.m. @Momentum Learning (Durham)
August 14, 6-8 p.m. @HQ Raleigh
Learn the jargon, functions and tools of programming in this three-week course hosted by Tech Talent South Raleigh. The third and final installment in this program will be on August 21.
August 15, 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. @Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center
This event convenes educators and business leaders to share ideas and collaborate on the roles each can play in ensuring North Carolina’s students are ready for the jobs of the future.
August 15, 8 a.m. – August 17, 3 p.m. @FREEDM Systems Center
NC State faculty and industry representatives will lead a course equipping engineering professionals with essential knowledge in power electronics and modern microgrids.
August 15, 12-1 p.m. @American Underground at Blackwell
At this workshop, NC IDEA Senior Director John Austin will guide entrepreneurs through the process of crafting the perfect pitch for potential funders. This event is part of NC IDEA’s summer-long lunch & learn series for local startups.
August 15, 5-7 p.m. @Launch Chapel Hill
Join DHIT for networking and a health engagement discussion featuring pop-speaker Charlene Foley, director of consumer experience and enterprise strategy at Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina. This event is free to attend.
August 15, 6-8 p.m. @Momentum Learning (Durham)
Learn the basic tools and frameworks used in virtual reality through an informative lesson and hands-on demos with staff from Lucid Dream.
August 16, 7:30-9 a.m. @Hughes Pittman & Gupton, LLP
Local CFOs are invited to join this monthly event to meet and collaborate with peer professionals in the Triangle.
August 16, 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.
August 16, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. @The McKimmon Center at NCSU
Check out all kinds of jobs and opportunities with local employers, including Fred Smith Company, Spectrum, NC State, the City of Raleigh, Extron, Grifols and more. Jobseekers can attend for free.
August 16, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. @Bank of America Building, Raleigh
Join this lunch & learn to hear about the tech employment landscape in the Triangle and how military veteran career transitions can help address the IT workforce shortage in North Carolina.
August 16, 12:30-6:30 p.m. @Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown
This half-day event will feature small business roundtables, networking and showcasing opportunities. The keynote speaker is Jesse Lipson, founder of Sharefile and HQ Raleigh. Tentative agenda here.
August 16, 5-7:30 p.m. @The Frontier
August’s RTP180 will feature five speakers who are using the applications of Agile in their day-to-day processes. Speakers include Mike Heydlauf of Siemens Healthineers, Janelle Gardner of Cisco Systems, Johnny Hackett Jr. of Unity Digital, Charles Rodriguez of Cengage and Arjay Hinek of Red Hat.
August 18, 7-10 p.m. @The Dillon
Join for evening of hors d’oeuvres and drinks, a costume contest and creative activities ahead of SPARKcon 2018 (which will be held September 13-16 in Raleigh).
City Startup Labs is welcoming applicants for the fall cohort of its Center of Excellence, a business strategy and development program for local ventures.
August 20, 6-8 p.m. @Google Fiber
Each month, Big Top leads an exclusive Startup Crawl taking founders and their teams to the hottest startup spaces in the Triangle. For August, Big Top is heading to the Google Fiber space in downtown Raleigh.
August 21, 3:30-6 p.m. @Ward and Smith, P.A.
This meetup group meets every other month to unpack the basics of blockchain and its commercial applications.
August 21, 5-8 p.m. @Parata Systems, Durham
This Triangle TechGirlz workshop offers participants hands-on interaction with Arduino programming. They’ll learn how to run their own projects using sensors and light displays.
August 21, 5:30-8:30 p.m. @Caktus Group
August 21, 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.
August 21, 6-9 p.m. @Lincoln Theatre
Ten startups will compete for this year’s RIoT Championship Belt. Join to hear their pitches, meet past winners and get acquainted with the inaugural cohort of the RIoT Accelerator Program. (More TechWire coverage here.)
August 21, 6 p.m. – August 22, 4 p.m. @McKimmon Center at NCSU
The North Carolina Veteran’s Business Association’s VetBiz Summit extends resources, education and connections to North Carolina’s veteran-owned businesses. The three education tracks for this Summit are: business tools, certifications and procurement opportunities. Check out the agenda here.
August 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m. @HQ Raleigh
Learn the jargon, functions and tools of programming in this course hosted by Tech Talent South Raleigh. This is the final installment in the three-week series.
August 22, 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. @Raleigh Marriott City Center
This Raleigh Chamber-hosted conference will feature a series of keynotes, panels and breakout sessions focused on the ROI of diversity, equity and inclusivity within local companies.
August 22, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. @Bank of America Building, Raleigh
In this lunch and learn hosted by Veracity Solutions, participants will hearn how Apache Spark can help them create a pragmatic technology roadmap to AI, machine learning and Big Data analytics.
August 22, 1-3 p.m. @HQ Raleigh
Tech Talent South Raleigh invites locals to attend its Digital Architects Collaboration event. Participants will work together to build a template for a future city that cultivates both technology and creative industries.
August 22-23 @Durham Convention Center
This conference features 50+ speakers, 40+ exhibitors and content tracks covering topics focused on connected fleets and alternative fuel. Attendees will get the latest insights on technologies surrounding biofuel, electric and natural gas and propane. (More coverage here.)
August 23, 5:30-7 p.m. @The State View Hotel
Engage with local CIOs and senior IT leaders at a reception in the Triangle, hosted by NC TECH.
August 24, 7:30-9 a.m. @Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary
Raleigh Chamber members are invited to hear a talk from Highwoods Properties, Inc. CEO, President and Director Ed Fritsch on how he combines the elements of people, portfolio, balance sheet and communication for continued success.
August 24, 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.
August 28, 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.
August 28, 5-7 p.m. @Hickory Tavern, Cary
At the next AgBio + AgTech meetup, attendees can share ideas, make introductions and build connections at a casual networking social.
August 28, 6-9 p.m. @HQ Capital Club
Triangle Marketing Club’s August meeting will host Daniel Russell of Go Fish Digital, who will explain how to get great content ideas from Reddit.
August 28, 7-9 p.m. @Fox and Hound
Bring your ideas and opinions to the next Midtown Techies meetup. Events are held on the last Tuesday of every month.
August 29, 12 p.m.
This grant, offered by the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, supports research into the commercial applications of early-stage university inventions.
August 29, 6-8 p.m. @Momentum Learning (Durham Campus)
August 30, 6-9 p.m. @Spaces
The Triangle chapter of Startup Grind will be hosting Morgan Creek Digital Assets for a talk on the future of blockchain, crypto and tokenized securities.
PGS Workshop planners are inviting students to submit proposals for technical session presentations in this year’s program.
Apply to present your five-minute pitch in front of VCs, CEOs and founders on the main stage of this year’s All Things Open conference in October.
North Carolina Chamber’s Emerging Leaders Program, a new professional development initiative, educates participants on business leadership, talent development and retention. The program will be held September 26 and 27 in Raleigh.