Details Announced for Third Annual NC DataPalooza Demo Day

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Organizers recently announced details for the third annual NC DataPalooza Demo Day, the culmination of a 90-day startup competition that fosters open-data innovation in the Triangle.  The event, hosted at the downtown Raleigh Red Hat Annex on Monday, September 21st, will feature a keynote address by Red Hat’s Chief Information Officer, Lee Congdon, remarks from Durham-based open source startup, and pitches by three early-stage open-data teams.

The three finalists, chosen by a team of judges during a private pitch event earlier in August, include Open 511, an app that sends automated road closure data to services like Google Maps and Waze; BernieSez, a platform to make NC judicial records easy to search, sort, and use; and Points of Note, an app that would provide cultural resource, land trust, and historic data to visitors around North Carolina. Points of Note, a father-son team spearheaded by ten-year-old Gavin Clark, was the winning idea at CityCamp in June.

The three teams have worked with expert coaches, including former Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network Director, Bob Creeden, Duke entrepreneurship professor Kevin Wright, and CED Venture Mentors such as Mark Taber, Skip Williams, and Chip Royce, to refine their concepts prior to the finale event. On September 21t, they will pitch to receive a $5,000 cash prize, three months of workspace at HQ Raleigh, marketing services from Brasco Marketing + Design, and an additional $500 award from ESRI for the best use of their ArcGIS technology.

Previous competition winners include The Parking App Development Team, which continued to partner with both North Hills and the City of Raleigh to implement their mobile parking solution, and Stone Soup, an online platform to connect food donors with those in need.

NC DataPalooza is an initiative of HQ Raleigh in partnership with Ambrose Strategy.  The competition is supported by ESRI, Red Hat, Socrata, Wells Fargo, Innovate Raleigh, the Kenan Institutes, Validic, Carolina Health Informatics, Duke University, Brasco Marketing, ArchiveSocial, Technology Tank, Wake County, and the City of Raleigh.

Early bird tickets are on sale for $25 through Friday, August 28th. General admission tickets are $35.

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