Clockwise from top: Christopher Wink, Brady Dale, Andrew Zaleski and Juliana Reyes.
Some of the big trends in Baltimore’s tech scene in 2013 were also found in the cities of Technical.ly Baltimore’s sister publications, Philadelphia and New York City.
Technical.ly Baltimore sat down with reporter Juliana Reyes of Technical.ly Philly and reporter Brady Dale of Technical.ly Brooklyn in the first year-end conversation held among the three sites. Led by Technical.ly editor Christopher Wink, we talked maker movements, the sharing economy and civic hacking, among other topics.
Some of the Baltimore-specific highlights:
- The maker economy looks to grow up: It should no longer be about desktop 3D printers, as a new Howard County project called 3D Maryland hopes to make additive manufacturing a means to grow a workforce.
- Cybersecurity will continue to expand: Maryland’s status as a cybersecurity hub, especially given its proximity to Washington, D.C., is fairly solidified. Whether that serves Baltimore city economically, however, remains a question.
- Ridesharing is not a settled question: Uber was subpoenaed and Lyft was asked to respond to challenges from Yellow Cab in Baltimore. Can ridesharing startups continue to cast themselves as only tech companies, and not as transportation services?