Triangle’s December headliners: Previewing 59 upcoming events, webinars

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 December 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 January 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 December—most have been switched to a virtual format due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements. 

NC State Entrepreneurship Start Here Monday

December 7, 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.

2020 Durham Chamber Legislative Forum

December 7, 5-6 p.m. (online)

Durham Chamber’s 2020 Legislative Forum will feature the city’s newest public officials discussing emerging issues affecting the local business community. The Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award will also be presented during this event.

Triangle Hard Matter Workshop

December 7-8 (online)

Duke University’s Materials Initiative is hosting a virtual workshop focused on energy materials, quantum materials and metamaterials. The event will include plenary talks, multiple tracks and a poster session.

2020 Carolinas Federal/State Energy Policy Summit

December 8, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (online)

E4 Carolinas’ annual Federal/State Energy Policy Summit returns this year with a program focused on federal and state regulatory policies and more topics relevant to industry executives.

Talking Shop: Prototyping Ideas & Best Practices

December 8, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. (online)

First Flight Venture Center is hosting an interview-style discussion with local entrepreneur Sam Fox, the founder and CEO of medical device startup Seneca Devices.

Leveraging the CIO for Generating New Revenue

December 8, 12-1 p.m. (online)

This free virtual workshop will cover innovative, revenue-generating strategies in Information Technology.

Demystifying Clearview: Vehicle Tracking with Public CCTV Cameras & TensorFlow

December 8, 12-1:30 p.m. (online)

All Things Open RTP’s next virtual meetup will focus on the Clearview platform. The session will be presented by Samuel Brice, software engineer and director of engineering at Two Sigma and NumFOCUS.

Scale School: Leading a Successful Launch

December 8, 12-2 p.m. (online)

In this five-week virtual course, participants will craft and implement a sales plan that guides them through the process of bringing a product or service to market.

2020 in Review: US Grid Modernization Activity & Trends

December 8, 12:30-1:30 p.m. (online)

In this virtual event, North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center’s policy experts will dig into this year’s biggest grid modernization actions and trends from across the U.S.

5-Step Marketing Strategy During a Pandemic

December 8, 1-2 p.m. (online)

This virtual workshop will feature five steps on how to make sure your marketing efforts are generating the highest possible return on investment.

WooCommerce Tricks & Tweaks That Can Improve Your Online Performance

December 8, 4-5 p.m. (online)

This virtual workshop will show participants how to grow their WooCommerce store traffic and revenue through technical adjustments and digital marketing strategies.

Triangle Biotech Tuesday

December 8, 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.

Code for Durham: Civic Hacking Session

December 8, 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.

How to Effectively Build Relationships & Partnerships

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

This online workshop will offer some effective yet under-utilized strategies to get creative with business partnerships.

Duke MEDx Entrepreneurship Workshop Series

December 8, 7-10 p.m. (online)

Duke MEDx’s free Entrepreneurship Workshop Series features interactive talks from local experts. Events will be held on select Tuesdays and Thursdays via Zoom.

Raleigh Chamber Annual Leadership Conference 2020

December 8-9

Raleigh Chamber’s 2020 Leadership Conference will convene local business and community leaders to discuss leading during unprecedented times, future opportunities, leadership best practices, strategies in equity, talent and company culture, and the future of real estate.

SBIR/STTR Grant Education Seminar

December 9, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (online)

First Flight Venture Center and scientific consultants from Eva Garland Consulting are hosting two educational seminars on how to submit a successful SBIR/STTR grant application. Seminars will be held on December 9 and February 10.

1 Million Cups RTP

December 9, 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.

AWS IoT Greengrass: Computing at the Edge

December 9, 12-12:45 p.m. (online)

Computer Enterprises is hosting a webinar covering AWS IoT Greengrass’s capabilities and benefits, real-life applications, and how to get started adding the technology to an IoT environment.

RTCC Annual Meeting 2020: Cleantech Innovation Awards

December 9, 12-1:30 p.m.

The Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster is hosting its second annual Cleantech Innovation Awards, celebrating the top individuals and organizations driving the cleantech sector in the Triangle.

What Exactly Does ‘Infringement’ of Intellectual Property Mean?

December 9, 1-2 p.m. (online)

In this virtual lunch and learn, Michael (Mike) Steel and Igor Ozeruga of the Tarolli Law Firm will present examples of infringement of patents, trademarks and copyrights, and what businesses need to know about IP protection.

Becoming an Investor-Ready Entrepreneur

December 9, 1-4:30 p.m. (online)

In this two-part virtual workshop, entrepreneurs will learn how to understand the investment process and find out what investors are looking for. These insights will help participants prep for raising capital with an insider’s perspective in mind. More TechWire coverage here.

From Pre-K to Workforce: County Educational Data & Strengthening the Pipeline

December 9, 1:30-2:30 p.m. (online)

The NC Rural Center, myFutureNC and Carolina Demography are hosting an event to showcase a new system that compiles county-level educational attainment and education and workforce performance metrics in every North Carolina county.

TriWiSTEM Holiday Happy Hour

December 9, 6-7 p.m. (online)

TriWiSTEM is hosting a holiday happy hour to bring the community together for a year-end toast.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center 2020 Business Workshop Series

December 9, 6-8 p.m. (online)

This event is part of a series of business workshops hosted by Shaw University’s School of Business and Professional Studies Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center. This session will cover the business of sports.

From Idea to Entrepreneur: Tactical Tools To Get You Started

December 9-10 @American Tobacco Campus, The Classroom

American Underground is hosting a startup 101-style workshop led by entrepreneur Chris Heivly of TechStars (formerly The Startup Factory and Mapquest). Attendees will gather to network with peers over dinner on day 1, then join for in-person instruction on day 2. More TechWire coverage here. (Note: Spots are limited; social distancing and mask protocols will be followed.)

Triangle Virtual Healthcare Career Expo

December 10, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (online)

This career expo will include career opportunities from the Triangle’s top healthcare companies, who will be available to live chat and discuss job openings with local job seekers.

Mission Impossible: Return to the Worksite

December 10, 2 p.m. (online)

This webinar will cover the health considerations businesses should take when reopening, and how employees can prepare to protect themselves and their families after returning. The session will be led by John Staley of the Occupational Safety and Health Education Research Center at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Virtual Life Science Winter Celebration

December 10, 5-7 p.m. (online)

The North Carolina Life Sciences Virtual Networking Group is hosting a virtual winter celebration with RTP AgBio + AgTech to convene the local life science community.

AITP-RTP Meeting: Counting Blessings or Burdens

December 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (online)

AITP-RTP’s next virtual meeting will focus on the effects of gratitude on our personal and professional lives. The session will be led by Teresa Molter of the John Maxwell Company.

Momentum Crash Course: An Intro To Python

December 10, 7-9 p.m. (online)

Momentum is hosting a virtual workshop covering the basics of Python. Participants will learn how to use it to make drawings.

Application Deadline: Boxyard RTP PopBox Residency & Micro-Grant

December 10

The Research Triangle Foundation is seeking BIPOC- or woman-owned entrepreneurs and restaurateurs to apply for a three-month residency inside of PopBox, a space inside the new Boxyard RTP development. Each of the four selected businesses will also receive a micro-grant of $5,000. More TechWire coverage here.

Plugged In: Emerging Consumer Technology & Tomorrow’s Resilient Grid

December 11, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (online)

This virtual conference will cover how advanced controls and AI are optimizing power delivery, renewable energy and enhanced reliability, and fundamentally changing power consumption.

Application Deadline: Leadership Cary 2021

December 11

Leadership Cary is a seven-month program focused on building leadership skills through engagement with local non-profits, health and medical services, economic development, local government, entrepreneurship and innovation, law enforcement and more areas of the local community.

GDG Cloud RTP Meetup

December 13, 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

December 14, 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.

Application Deadline: 2021 Raleigh Chamber Emerging Leaders Program

December 14

Emerging Leaders connects local professionals with prominent executives for a five-session mentorship program centered on leadership.

Raleigh Chamber C-Suite Perspectives

December 15, 9-10:30 a.m. (online)

This month’s Raleigh Chamber C-Suite Perspectives event will feature Cree | Wolfspeed CEO Gregg Lowe, who will discuss how his company and employees are adapting to the pandemic.

NCBiotech Life Sciences Marketing Group

December 15, 12-1 p.m. (online)

During this meeting, NCBiotech’s Life Sciences Marketing Group will share the results of a survey exploring how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the marketing field this year.

Advancing Your Cybersecurity Webinar

December 15, 12-1 p.m. (online)

This NC TECH webinar will feature a discussion on how organizations can leverage the 208-M State Contract to advance their cloud, endpoint and XDR security posture processes.

Code for Chapel Hill

December 15, 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.

Ecommerce Open Mic: Live Q&A Hour

December 15, 1-2 p.m. (online)

This virtual event will include a live Q&A centered around ecommerce topics such as couponing, payment gateways, tax calculations, and more.

1 Million Cups RTP

December 16, 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.

Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program at RDU

December 16, 10-11:30 a.m. (online)

This virtual info session will cover the Airport Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) program, administered by the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority. Attendees will learn more about how the program works and how to apply for ACDBE certification.

CPA 4th Quarter Webinar for Small Businesses

December 16, 12-1 p.m. (online)

This online workshop will cover important tax considerations for the fourth quarter of 2020.

Virtual Lunch & Learn: Smart Farming with IoT

December 16, 1-2 p.m. (online)

In this virtual lunch and learn, Tony Sammarco of Device Solutions and Kyle Woosley of EnVision EES will share how automated systems can help players in the poultry and hog production ecosystem achieve a fast return on investment.

Sustainable Fleet Technology Virtual Conference 2020

December 16, 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.

Cary Chamber Business of Women

December 17, 12-1 p.m. (online)

This month’s Cary Chamber Business of Women event will feature Rebecca Corbin of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, who will discuss the organization’s research from their work with women entrepreneurs.

Virtual NC HUB & NC DBE Certification Info Session

December 17, 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.

Raleigh Chamber Young Professionals Network Social

December 17, 4:30-5:30 p.m. (online)

In this virtual event, members of Raleigh Chamber’s Young Professionals Network will convene for a casual after-work social.

Triangle Tech Net

December 18, 11:30 a.m. (online)

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

Application Deadline: Venture Connect Online 2021 Pitches

December 18

Applications are open for companies interested in pitching in the Council for Entrepreneurial Development’s Venture Connect Online 2021 conference, held March 23-25.

GDG Cloud RTP Meetup

December 20, 10-11 a.m. (online)

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

Code for Durham: Civic Hacking Session

December 22, 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.

1 Million Cups RTP

December 23, 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.

Application Deadline: CED GRO 2021 Cohort

December 23

The Council for Entrepreneurial Development’s GRO program is a nine-week incubator that provides programming and coaching to high-growth tech and life science companies. The 2021 cohort will begin in February.

GDG Cloud RTP Meetup

December 27, 10-11 a.m. (online)

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

Downtown Techies Happy Hours @Midtown

December 29, 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.

1 Million Cups RTP

December 30, 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.




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