Location & Venue

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Raleigh, NC is a Global Epicenter of Technology and Open Source Innovation

The conference will take place in downtown Raleigh, NC at the world-class Raleigh Convention Center. As one of the three corners of the Research Triangle Region, Raleigh is home to tech companies like Red Hat, Citrix, Bandwidth, Lulu.com and many others.

The Research Triangle Park, the nation’s largest and most prestigious R&D business park, is only a short drive away. Prominent Fortune 100 multinational operations, university spin-outs, and start-up businesses in more than a dozen pioneering industries, including biotechnology, information technology, and clean technologies, all call RTP home.

2023 Accolades

  • #1 Best place to start a business (Raleigh), and #3 (Durham) among the nation’s 100 largest metros – Lending Tree study
  • #4 Largest Biotech Hub in the U.S. – Fierce Biotech
  • #6 Most educated city in the U.S. (Durham-Chapel Hill) – Wallethub
  • #8 Most educated city in the U.S. (Raleigh-Cary) – Wallethub
  • #3 Among Best Business Climates (Large) in the U.S. (Raleigh-Cary MSA) – August 2023, Business Facilities
  • #3 – Third fastest growing economy in the U.S. (Research Triangle Region) – Kenan Institute 
  • #5 (Durham) and #11 (Raleigh) best places to start a business among big cities in the U.S. – Business Facilities 
  • #2 Tech Talent Leader (Raleigh-Durham) 

2022 Accolades

  • #3 Among STEM Job Growth Index (Raleigh) – RCLCO
  • #3 Among America’s Happiest Cities (Raleigh) – Men’s Health
  • #1 Best City for Working Women (Raleigh) – Apartment List 
  • #4 Among 50 Best Places to Live in the U.S. (Raleigh) – Money
  • #5 Among Best Music Cities in the U.S. (Raleigh) – Clever Real Estate
  • #3 Among America’s Happiest Cities (Raleigh) – Men’s Health
  • #2 Among The South’s Best Cities on the Rise 2022 – Southern Living

2021 Accolades

  • Apple picks RTP for $1B east coast hub and campus
  • Google chooses Durham for engineering hub
  • Raleigh – #4 top cities in the U.S. for remote workers

The Research Triangle Park (RTP) is the largest research park in the United States.

One of the most educated places on earth:

  • 53% have an associates degree or higher
  • 50% have a bachelors degree or higher
  • 19% have a graduate degree or higher

Approximately 8,500 students graduate each year from the region’s top research universities.

Just a few of the international companies based or with significant operations in Raleigh and the RTP:

More than 275 global companies and 36,000 tech workers call the RTP home. Major research universities surround the area, including NC State, Duke University, UNC Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, the Wake Tech system, and more.

The venue is world-class and structured perfectly 

For the 12th year in a row the Raleigh Convention Center in downtown Raleigh, NC will serve as the host location. It is grand in scale and is structured perfectly to maximize and amplify the attendee experience.