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GiG East

Gig East is Wilson’s home for technology and innovation networking. Our events focus around gigs – whether its conversation around our gigabit network, Greenlight, or creative conversations inspired by the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park. We bring eastern North Carolina together to explore next generation technology.

The history of Gig East traces back to 2016. In November, 2016, Greenlight sponsored its first Gig East thought-leadership event, featuring Blair Levin, known for serving at the FCC as Executive Director of the country’s first national broadband plan. His speech was titled “Make American Great — With Great Broadband.” In November 2017, Greenlight sponsored its second annual Gig East event featuring WRAL and Harvard Law professor Susan Crawford, who spoke on “Why Fiber?” In November 2018, Greenlight sponsored its third Gig East event, “The Future of Work Outside the Metro” featuring world renowned Gary Bolles, who is Chair for the Future of Work for Singularity University.

You can join us for our Quarterly meet ups and our annual technology summit, held in early May. Sign up for our digital newsletters to learn more about upcoming meetups.

RIoT Accelerator Program (RAP)

RIoT, the North Carolina-based economic development nonprofit, is working with early stage startups into their fourth cohort of the RIoT Accelerator Program (RAP), launching in Wilson, NC on February 2020.

Up and coming ventures from Eastern NC and beyond participate in a 12-week intensive business program where RAP heavily coaches’ companies through market validation, product development, and go to market strategy, and connects them to more than 75 business and technology advisors. The culminating RAP Wilson Pitch Night, where startups present their businesses on stage, will take place on May 7 as part of the Gig East Summit.

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Apply to Speak at Gig East

Have an idea to share? Apply to speak at a Gig East event.
All topics need to be related to the E.A.S.T. formula – Entrepreneurship, Art, Science, or Technology. We have three available opportunities for you to reach our members and the Wilson community.

  1. Gig East Gab: evening, quarterly, open mic TEDx style, speak for 3 min. Q&A for 2 min.
  2. Lunch and Learns: BYOL, speak on topic of choice for up to 30 min w/ Q&A for 10 min., quarterly
  3. Morning Coffee: potentially members only, Casual conversation for networking, share topic with members, no presentation necessary, quarterly

Before submitting please note available speaking opportunities are on a first-come, first-served basis. Each submission will be reviewed thoroughly. A Gig East representative will contact you with further information.

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Events in December 2022

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November 28, 2022 November 29, 2022 November 30, 2022 December 1, 2022 December 2, 2022 December 3, 2022 December 4, 2022
December 5, 2022 December 6, 2022 December 7, 2022 December 8, 2022 December 9, 2022 December 10, 2022 December 11, 2022
December 12, 2022(1 event)

4:00 pm: Wilson, What's Next? Preparing for New Business Gains in 2023

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Wilson, What’s Next? Preparing for New Business Gains in 2023
Monday, December 12 | 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Gig East Exchnage

Join RIoT and Gig East for an evening celebrating the progress of 2022 and looking forward to 2023 goals!

Come support and be supported at this special event, featuring a panel discussion from business support resources who can help your business reach new heights in 2023 and a mini holiday market of local vendors to help with your holiday season gift shopping.

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