We are! And we're excited to announce that registration for the sixth annual CityCamp NC Civic Technology Unconference event, a part of NC Open Pass, is now open.
- Register: http://citycampnc.org/register/
- Date/time: September 22 - 24, 2016
- Location: Nash Hall,108 S Blount St, Raleigh, NC 27601
What is CityCamp NC?
CityCamp NC, part of NC Open Pass, is a three day event developed to bring citizens, government, and businesses together to openly innovate on next generation solutions for communities. CityCamp NC's mission seeks to provide a space for the exchange of ideas across a broad spectrum of community leaders, citizens, and technologists by encouraging peer-to-peer learning, collaboration, and creative engagement.
What is an Unconference?
An unconference is a participant-driven conference where you, the participant, set the agenda for the unconference at the beginning of the day. Anyone who wants to initiate a discussion can pitch a topic and the group votes on which topics will get time and space during the event. The event includes open sourced talks, workshops, and hands-on problem solving to re-imagine the way the web, applications, technology, and participation will shape the future of NC cities.
What's new for CityCampNC?
If you participated in any of the past CityCamp NC's events you know the great sessions, discussions, and outcomes that come from these three days. This year will not be any different, but we do have a few changes that we're sure you'll be pumped to be a part of.
Firstly, CityCamp NC 2016 will take place in downtown Raleigh at Nash Hall, a gathering space focused on helping create positive community changes. From the opening event on Thursday evening to the final hours of the code sprint on Saturday, we'll be gathering together in a great space. The event will start, much like last year, with a kickoff event on Thursday evening, September 22nd, including opening remarks, a round of lightning talks, a taste of CityCamp, and networking.
In addition to the location, we're also excited to announce a slight shift in our Saturday hackathon competition. This year we will be co-located with NC DataJam during our Saturday code sprint which mean CityCampers will also be able to participate in the NC Datapalooza competition kickoff. Teams will develop their ideas into reality during this code sprint and begin prototyping for the competition. Presentations from the code sprint and judging for NCDataJam will be held on Saturday afternoon.
Lastly, and yes of course we save the very best for last, we have some great speakers heading up much of our CityCamp NC 2016 lineup. The final list isn't set yet but to help give you an idea of who to expect before the unconference portion of the program, we've highlighted a few here:
- Public CIO Panel who will include representatives from Wake County, Raleigh, Greensboro
- Amy Gaskins, Panopticon Global, formerly of MetLife and NOAA
- J Erik Garr, Google Fiber
Where can you sign up?
CityCamp NC remains committed to delivering incredibly high participant value that is not dependent on hefty registration fees. Thanks to the generosity of many sponsors, including ESRI, Raleigh and Wake Economic Development, Red Hat, All Things Open, HQ Raleigh, Panopticon Global, Department of Marketing, and HomeAdvisor, registration for the unconference remains at only $20.00 for general admission. Government employees receive discounted admission at $10.00. Students with valid identification are free. All levels of registration can be completed online at http://citycampnc.org/register/ or by clicking the button below. Walk-up registration may be available the day of the event as space permits, but is not guaranteed.
*If you are an NC Open Pass holder, you should have received an email at this point with a unique promo code to use with your CityCamp NC registration. You will still need to register, but be sure to use that code because you're already covered by the pass.