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Triangle headliners: 78 local events & program deadlines coming up in Oct. – WRAL Tech Wire


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

Following is a list of October events in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and the greater Triangle area. To find out what’s happening this month in cities outside of the Triangle, check out part two of the “Headliners” column. Another post highlights November events. Meetups that occur regularly are listed here.

If you’d like your event to be included, feel free to send me an email.

Also, check out a full range of events on TechWire’s interactive calendar, along with our comprehensive resource guide for startups in the Triangle.

Note: The following list is our lineup of Triangle events through the end of October—most have been switched to a virtual format due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements. 

NC State Entrepreneurship Start Here Monday

October 12, 1-2 p.m. (online)

NC State Entrepreneurship is hosting a virtual open house every Monday to meet with students and answer any questions they have about entrepreneurship and launching a venture at NC State University.

How To Find Your Customers

October 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (online)

In this free webinar, Wake Technical Community College’s Small Business Center will cover four strategies small business owners can use to grow their audience and find more customers.

3rd Quarter Business Tax & Financial Planning

October 13, 12-1 p.m. (online)

In this virtual workshop, CPA Jill Ruvidich will lead small business owners through the process of reviewing their books, projecting 2019 tax liabilities, assessing their cash flow, and other important areas of tax planning.

Myth Busting Your SEO on Your WordPress Website

October 13, 1-2 p.m. (online)

In this virtual training event, TheeDigital will show participants effective strategies for boosting SEO on WordPress.

Triangle Biotech Tuesday

October 13, 5:15-7:30 p.m. 

Triangle Biotech Tuesday is a monthly meetup that connects scientific professionals across the RTP/greater Triangle area. Join for food, drinks and networking with professionals from different industries. The group meets on the second Tuesday of every month.

NC State Alumni Entrepreneurs Network: Pursuing a Lifetime of Entrepreneurship

October 13, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (online)

NC State’s Alumni Entrepreneurs Network is hosting a virtual panel discussion with JiNan George of Magic#, Scot Wingo of Spiffy, and Julie Gavaghan of Keystone Corporation.

Code for Durham: Civic Hacking Session

October 13, 5:30-8:30 p.m. (online)

Code for Durham brings together technologists, designers, developers, data scientists, map makers and activists to collaborate on civic technology projects. Meetings are held every two weeks on Tuesdays.

Black Business Momentum: Building Business Owner Resilience

October 13, 6:30-8 p.m. (online)

In this webinar, Wake Technical Community College’s Small Business Center will show small business owners tools they can use to build resilience in the COVID-19 pandemic.

NC TECH Virtual Job Fair

October 14, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (online)

NC TECH’s Job Fair series connects local tech talent to the companies and organizations looking to hire in the community. This full-day event will be held virtually. More TechWire coverage here.

1 Million Cups RTP

October 14, 9-10 a.m. (online)

1 Million Cups, presented by Kauffman, is a weekly informal pitch event for the startup community. Join for free coffee and entrepreneurial support as local startups deliver their presentations.

Information Session: Launch Chapel Hill Accelerator

October 14, 12-1 p.m. (online)

Launch Chapel Hill is hosting an info session about its 12-week startup accelerator program. Join to learn more about the program and how to apply. Applications for the spring 2021 program are due on October 31.

Virtual Lunch & Learn: Connected Agriculture with SAS

October 14, 1-2 p.m. (online)

In this lunch and learn, SAS Distinguished IoT Analytics Architect Brad Klenz will share how AI and IoT can be used to help beekeepers make real-time decisions through data and analytics.

Application Deadline: NCBiotech Innovation Impact Grant

October 14

The NC Biotechnology Center’s Innovation Impact Grant provides up to $150,000 for the purchase of research equipment for university core facilities.

ReCONNECT to Move Forward: A Digitally Inclusive NC

October 15, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (online)

The Institute for Emerging Issues’ ReCONNECT to Move Forward program is a three-part series of virtual events held in September and October. The topic of this session is digital inclusion in North Carolina.

Cary Chamber Business of Women

October 15, 12-1:15 p.m.

Cary Chamber’s next Business of Women event will feature a talk from author, consultant and speaker Katherine Loflin, who is in the process of writing a play about Cary’s history.

NC Rural Center Community Resiliency Webinar Series

October 15, 1-2:15 p.m. (online)

This month, the North Carolina Rural Center is hosting a series of four free webinars about community resilience and recovery from natural disasters.

Making Energy Work: Integrating Clean Energy into Utility Resource Planning

October 15, 3 p.m. (online)

The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association is hosting a monthly webinar series with local and national experts covering clean energy trends. This month’s topic is: Integrating Clean Energy into Utility Resource Planning.

Duke-CZI Neurodegeneration Challenge Network: Bench to Bedside Series

October 15, 3 p.m. (online)

This month, the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative Community Project at Duke University is hosting a series of online events to connect local academic and biotech researchers, as well as patients and clinicians working in the neurodegeneration field.

RTP180: Relationships

October 15, 6-7 p.m. (online)

This month’s RTP180 will focus on relationships, featuring five experts: Marilyn Shannon of Dialogue Inc., Linda Nguyen of Girl Eats World, Nancy Fantozzi of Saturn Speaks, Jessica Jameson of NC State University and Margaret A. Brunson of Illumined Leadership Solutions.

Wake Tech Small Business Center Pre-Launch Series

October 15, 6:30-8 p.m. (online)

Wake Technical Community College’s Small Business Center is hosting a new eight-week webinar series with tips and best practices for new business owners who are ready to launch their product or service. Each week will cover a new topic.

Deadline: FlyRDU Triangle Impact Challenge Team Formation & Project Abstracts

October 15

Duke, NC State, NCCU, UNC, RTI and RDU have teamed up to launch a program calling for innovative solutions to problems in the air travel industry during the pandemic. Students, faculty and employees of the group are welcome to apply. Team formation and project abstracts are due on October 15. More TechWire coverage here.

Dress for Success Triangle NC Job Fair

October 16, 10 a.m. (online)

Dress for Success Triangle NC is hosting an online job fair for jobseekers in the healthcare/medical, staffing, trade/manual, data/analytics, telecom and financial sectors. Jobseekers can chat with human resources professionals and recruiters in 20-minute Q&A sessions.

Submission Deadline: 2020 Cleantech Innovation Awards [EXTENDED]

October 16

The Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster is hosting its second annual Cleantech Innovation Awards on December 9. Nominations are open for the top individuals and organizations driving the Triangle’s cleantech sector. (Note: The nomination submission deadline has been extended to October 16.)

Application Deadline: Duke Incubation Fund

October 16

The Duke Incubation Fund provides grants of up to $20,000 for early-stage entrepreneurs working on technologies with commercial potential.

GDG Cloud RTP Meetup

October 18, 10-11 a.m. (online)

This weekly meetup brings together developers, IT professionals and tech enthusiasts who are interested in the Google Cloud Platform.

NC State Entrepreneurship Start Here Monday

October 19, 1-2 p.m. (online)

NC State Entrepreneurship is hosting a virtual open house every Monday to meet with students and answer any questions they have about entrepreneurship and launching a venture at NC State University.

Cleantech Connect Career Fair

October 19, 3-6 p.m. (online)

The 7th Cleantech Connect Career Fair (now all-virtual) will gather hundreds of local jobseekers to connect with cleantech employers seeking talent.

All Things Open: Inclusion & Diversity in Open Source

October 19 (online)

Part of All Things Open 2020, this conference will feature talks and panel discussions focused on diversity and inclusion in the open-source community.

All Things Open 2020: Community Leadership Summit

October 19 (online)

Part of All Things Open 2020, this one-day event will offer several sessions covering community-focused open-source topics.

Application Deadline: Kenan-Biddle Partnership Grant

October 19

The Kenan-Biddle Partnership Grant program invites students at Duke and UNC to collaborate on projects that connect both universities’ resources, talent and communities. The program awards $50,000 in grant funds every year.

All Things Open 2020

October 19-20 (online)

This year’s All Things Open conference will take place online. Designers, developers, entrepreneurs and technologists can attend to learn more about the tools, processes and people that make up the open-source community. Read more TechWire coverage here.

NC State Energy Week

October 19-23 (online)

NC State’s Energy Collaborative is hosting a week-long series of virtual events focused on clean energy research and opportunities.

UNC Research Week

October 19-23 (online)

UNC-Chapel Hill’s annual Research Week features the latest research projects and strategic initiatives happening across the university’s programs.

NC Rural Center Community Resiliency Webinar Series

October 20, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (online)

This month, the North Carolina Rural Center is hosting a series of four free webinars about community resilience and recovery from natural disasters.

NC TECH Virtual Workshop: Workplace Reimagination

October 20, 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. (online)

NC TECH is hosting a free virtual workshop on how businesses can balance in-office work with remote flexibility.

Non-Profit Solar Leasing Opportunities

October 20, 12:30-1:30 p.m. (online)

This webinar will feature presentations from organizations with experience in solar photovoltaic (PV) leasing.

Government Vendor Network

October 20, 3-4:30 p.m. (online)

NC TECH’s Government Vendor Network is a forum for member companies who are interested in doing business with state government.

Live Webinar: Ask Anything About HubSpot

October 20, 4-5 p.m. (online)

This webinar will focus on the basics of HubSpot CRM, covering how to add and update contacts, create email templates and embed meeting links in emails.

Code for Chapel Hill

October 20, 6-8 p.m. (online)

Join the Code for Chapel Hill meetup to network with like-minded individuals and work on civic hacking projects. Meetings are held every two weeks on Tuesdays.

Precision Medicine Leaders’ Summit

October 20-21 (online)

Presented by the North Carolina Precision Health Collaborative, this virtual conference will feature discussions on advancing the science and implementation of evidence-based precision medicine.

1 Million Cups RTP

October 21, 9-10 a.m. (online)

1 Million Cups, presented by Kauffman, is a weekly informal pitch event for the startup community. Join for free coffee and entrepreneurial support as local startups deliver their presentations.

Federal Market Contracting Overview & Considerations

October 21, 12-1 p.m. @Wake Tech Small Business Center, Western Wake Campus

In this webinar, Wake Tech Community College’s Small Business Center will provide insight on topics related to doing business with the federal government, covering things like the federal purchasing process, registering as a federal contractor, marketing to the federal government, and more.

Sustainable Fleet Technology Virtual Conference 2020

October 21, 2-3:30 p.m. (online)

The fourth annual event of its kind, the 2020 Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference will feature the latest trends and tech in sustainable fleet operations and implementation. This year’s program will be presented in a series of 12 webinar sessions, held from July to December. See the list of dates here.

Venture Atlanta Live Online

October 21-22 (online)

Venture Atlanta will be presented in an online format this year. Join for two days of discussion around the latest venture capital trends in the Southeast.

Southeast Region Federal Construction, Infrastructure & Environmental Summit

October 21-22 (online)

This two-day conference, hosted by the NC Military Business Center, will cover energy resilience, 2021 priorities for the U.S. Department of Energy, environmental cleanup at military bases, and innovative energy technologies in North Carolina and other bases across the U.S.

Academic Medical Center Security & Privacy Virtual Conference

October 21-22 (online)

This two-day conference features multiple sessions covering privacy, compliance cybersecurity and information/data-sharing topics for professionals in the healthcare privacy, security and compliance space.

Application Deadline: Innovate Carolina Dreamers-Who-Do Award

October 21

This award is open to UNC-Chapel Hill students with innovative ideas. Funding will be provided to support the winner as they enter the proof-of-concept process.

Women > A Force in Business Virtual Conference

October 22, 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (online)

NC Chamber of Commerce’s 2020 Woman > A Force in Business virtual conference will feature keynotes, breakout sessions, a virtual exhibit hall and networking opportunities with women leaders in North Carolina.

Virtual NC HUB & NC DBE Certification Info Session

October 22, 2:30-4 p.m. (online)

The City of Raleigh is hosting monthly virtual workshops on the benefits of the HUB (Historically Underutilized Business) and DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) certification programs.

Duke-CZI Neurodegeneration Challenge Network: Bench to Bedside Series

October 22, 3 p.m. (online)

This month, the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative Community Project at Duke University is hosting a series of online events to connect local academic and biotech researchers, as well as patients and clinicians working in the neurodegeneration field.

Wake Tech Small Business Center Pre-Launch Series

October 22, 6:30-8 p.m. (online)

Wake Technical Community College’s Small Business Center is hosting a new eight-week webinar series with tips and best practices for new business owners who are ready to launch their product or service. Each week will cover a new topic.

Virtual Caregivers Summit 2020

October 22 (online)

This year’s Caregivers Summit, now held online, will feature over 75 resource exhibitors and more than 20 education sessions focused on a range of caregiving topics such as dementia, avoiding scams and fraud, caring for the caregiver, legal topics, exercise and wellness, navigating COVID-19, driving, paying for long-term care, family dynamics and more.

Triangle Tech Net

October 23, 7-10 a.m. (online)

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

NC State Entrepreneurship Idea Test Zone

October 23, 10-11 a.m. (online)

NC State Entrepreneurship’s Idea Test Zone series provides an opportunity for students to meet with mentors to share their business ideas and discuss potential next steps.

Legal Design Derby Solutions Showcase

October 23, 12:30-1:30 p.m. (online)

Duke University’s Center on Law & Technology is hosting teams of law students from Duke, Wake Forest and NCCU to showcase their ideas on redesigning the regulation of lawyers to maximize access to justice.

GDG Cloud RTP Meetup

October 25, 10-11 a.m. (online)

This weekly meetup brings together developers, IT professionals and tech enthusiasts who are interested in the Google Cloud Platform.

Application Deadline: Big Launch Challenge ‘Lite’ [EXTENDED]

October 25

This year, The Launch Place is hosting a “lite” version of its annual Big Launch Challenge pitch competition. On November 18, 10 startups will pitch to a panel of five investors representing groups across the U.S. Applications are open now.

NC State Entrepreneurship Start Here Monday

October 26, 1-2 p.m. (online)

NC State Entrepreneurship is hosting a virtual open house every Monday to meet with students and answer any questions they have about entrepreneurship and launching a venture at NC State University.

UNC Water & Health Conference: Science, Policy & Practice

October 26-30 (online)

This week-long conference will explore drinking water supply, sanitation, hygiene and water resources in both developing and developed countries, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on these topics.

Community Modeling and Analysis System (CMAS) Conference 2020

October 26-30 (online)

Hosted by UNC’s Institute for the Environment, the 19th annual CMAS Conference will be held virtually and will include live keynote talks, prerecorded presentations and live panel discussions for all sessions.

Raleigh Chamber Networking 101

October 27, 8-9 a.m. (online)

Raleigh Chamber is hosting a virtual event to help local professionals build their networking skills.

NC Rural Center Community Resiliency Webinar Series

October 27, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (online)

This month, the North Carolina Rural Center is hosting a series of four free webinars about community resilience and recovery from natural disasters.

Are You Ready to Take Your WooCommerce Site to the Next Level?

October 27, 12-1 p.m. (online)

This virtual workshop will focus on the basics of WooCommerce, covering the benefits of the platform, SEO tips, couponing as a sales tool, and more.

LinkedIn Profile Revamp: Advice From a LinkedIn Expert

October 27, 5:30-7 p.m. (online)

In this virtual workshop, hosted by the NC Life Sciences Virtual Networking Group, LinkedIn expert Heidi Scott Giusto will show participants how to optimize their LinkedIn profiles to showcase their value proposition and increase opportunities.

Code for Durham: Civic Hacking Session

October 27, 5:30-8:30 p.m. (online)

Code for Durham brings together technologists, designers, developers, data scientists, map makers and activists to collaborate on civic technology projects. Meetings are held every two weeks on Tuesdays.

Downtown Techies Happy Hours @Midtown

October 27, 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.

Digital Marketing: How to Use Square

October 27, 6:30-8 p.m. (online)

This webinar, hosted by the Wake Tech Small Business Center, will show participants how to use Square Marketing to grow revenue and consumer engagement.

1 Million Cups RTP

October 28, 9-10 a.m. (online)

1 Million Cups, presented by Kauffman, is a weekly informal pitch event for the startup community. Join for free coffee and entrepreneurial support as local startups deliver their presentations.

Virtual Lunch & Learn: Writing Checks During a Pandemic

October 28, 1-2 p.m. (online)

RIoT is hosting a lunch and learn with Varun Sadana of The Launch Place, who will discuss investing in the pandemic and how the organization is adapting during this time.

Finding your Zone of Genius

October 28, 4-5 p.m. (online)

Innovate Carolina, CUBE, the Entrepreneurship Center and University Career Services are hosting an event to help UNC students create habits that unlock their full potential.

Started at State: Andrew DiMeo

October 28, 6-7 p.m. (online)

As a part of the Started at State series, NC State Entrepreneurship is hosting a virtual talk with CanvasGT Co-founder and CEO Andrew DiMeo.

Raleigh Chamber C-Suite Perspectives

October 29, 9-10:30 a.m. (online)

Join Raleigh Chamber at its next C-Suite Perspectives to hear from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC President and CEO Tunde Sotunde, who will share his plans for leading North Carolina through the pandemic with affordable healthcare.

ReCONNECT to Move Forward: Mental Health & Well-Being

October 29, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (online)

The Institute for Emerging Issues’ ReCONNECT to Move Forward program is a three-part series of virtual events held in September and October. The topic of this session is how the COVID-19 pandemic impacts mental health and well-being.

FDII Deduction: How NC Exporters Can Save Taxes on Foreign Income

October 29, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (online)

The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina is hosting a webinar with Elliott Davis tax advisors on how North Carolina exporters can take advantage of the foreign-derived intangible income (FDII) deduction.

Duke-CZI Neurodegeneration Challenge Network: Bench to Bedside Series

October 29, 3 p.m. (online)

This month, the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative Community Project at Duke University is hosting a series of online events to connect local academic and biotech researchers, as well as patients and clinicians working in the neurodegeneration field.

Wake Tech Small Business Center Pre-Launch Series

October 29, 6:30-8 p.m. (online)

Wake Technical Community College’s Small Business Center is hosting a new eight-week webinar series with tips and best practices for new business owners who are ready to launch their product or service. Each week will cover a new topic.

Triangle InfoSeCon 2020

October 29-30 (online)

This annual conference is the flagship event of the Information System Security Association’s Raleigh chapter. The event will offer education and networking for the local information security community.

Application Deadline: Launch Chapel Hill Spring 2021 Cohort

October 31

Launch Chapel Hill is a 12-week accelerator program for local early-stage entrepreneurs. Participants will get one-on-one mentorship, business workshops, access to resources and business services, and more. The spring 2021 program will be offered virtually.





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