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June 11
Wake County Takes Part in Annual Civic Technology 'Unconference'

CityCamp NC is not your typical technology conference. As a sponsor of the annual event, Wake County has worked hard to make sure it stays that way. The unique "unconference," as it is known, kicks off today, Thursday, June 11, and will bring together businesses, residents and governments to collaboratively use technology to solve some of the challenges facing cities and counties.

"Technology enthusiasts and community activists involved with CityCamp NC donate their time and skills, often collaborating with local governments to create tools that meet a local need," said Bill Greeves, Wake County Chief Information Officer. "This teamwork approach not only leads to a better product based on the broad perspective of the group, but it also helps fill a gap that government may not have the resources to address. This is our third year of active involvement in CityCamp NC, and each year, the event is invaluable."

During the event, Wake County will demonstrate its data portal, available at data.wakegov.com, which provides innovators and residents with one place where they can go online to easily search for Wake County data.

"By participating in CityCamp NC, we hope to encourage the innovators who attend to use our data to develop solutions to issues affecting our community," said Bill Scanlon, Wake County’s Open Data Coordinator.

CityCamp NC participants begin the conference with a real-life problem and often have a solution created by the time the conference is complete. The team judged to have the best solution wins $1,500. Last year, the winning team created a local bike route application.

Several Wake County representatives will participate in the event, including:

  • Caroline Sullivan, Vice Chair, Board of Commissioners;
  • Bill Scanlon, Open Data Coordinator;
  • Anne Payne, Geographic Information Services (GIS) Database Administrator;
  • Carter Vickery, Senior Geographic Information Services (GIS) Analyst; and
  • Chris Mathews, Senior DBA and Open Data Engineer.

CityCamp NC takes place at the Wake County Commons Building, 4011 Carya Drive, Raleigh, from Thursday, June 11, 2015, to Saturday, June 13, 2015. For more details on the conference, visit citycampnc.org.





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