A Community Event
One of the unique aspects of NC Datapalooza was that it was a truly community event, engaging and bringing together parts of the ecosystem we don’t see together quite enough. There were new entrepreneurs (2 of the 3 final teams were mostly new to the startup scene), experienced entrepreneurs and investors, mentors and support groups (Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network), larger corporations (Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC), universities and state and city government, of course.

Triangle Emerging As An Open Data Hub
While the City of Raleigh was the first to pass an Open Data Resolution early in 2012, Cary followed closely behind and Durham seems to be on its way to following suit. Coupled with access to state government data, the Triangle is emerging as hub for open data, as validated by the NC Datapalooza teams. If entrepreneurs continue to take advantage of the opportunities created by open data, there’s no telling where the movement could go, and the Triangle could be in the middle of it all.

Credit: Photos by Deron Tse at Tangerine Pictography