Plans are coming together for the third annual Baltimore Innovation Week (Sept. 12-20), and so it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll be getting involved.
At a planning party in late April at the Little Italy office’s of digital agency Groove, attendees who work in arts, technology and venture capital came together to brainstorm ideas for events at this year’s Baltimore Innovation Week.
Below is their list of types of events and conversations they want to see represent Baltimore in September.
- Regional Distinction: Edtech or medical IT startup pitch night at the Johns Hopkins University (with DreamIt Ventures), others also pushed for a “SocEnt Day” devoted to social entrepreneurship in the city
- Unplug: A picnic for Baltimore city developers
- More Women in Tech programming: Geek Girl Dinner for women working in Baltimore’s tech community
- Global Awareness: Inviting foreign diplomats up from Washington, D.C., in a forum to ask them how their governments use open data
- Hardware exposure: A robotics and drone showcase at Penn Station Plaza
- Public Arts Display: Pyrotechnic or projection show with boats on the waters of the Inner Harbor
- Startup Competition: An event modeled off the popular TV show “Shark Tank” for startups to pitch ideas to local investors and an Early Stage East venture capital event
- Hub Open House: A day at the University of Maryland BioPark, which has 35 early-stage biotech and health IT startups on its campus
- Family inclusivity: A tech showcase for parents and their kids
- Creative Class involvement: Get the Baltimore Bike Party involved with the kickoff event on Sept. 12 at War Memorial Plaza
- Education: Work with FutureMakers to set up mobile makerspaces at middle schools in the city and give students access and Bring organizers of Computer Science Education Week to Baltimore to put on multiple “Hour of Code” events
- Leveraging Universities: A tech transfer showcase among several universities, including the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore
- Visual Arts: Animation and digital-shorts film festival and work with Amy Raehse of the Goya Gallery to set up a digital arts show
- Fun: Geek movie night
- Music: Have artists who perform at the High Zero Festival show off their digital and electronic instruments
- Attract bigger brands: Bring someone from Google Ventures, Oracle, reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian and others to Baltimore for the week
- An “alumni” services night for those who found jobs at Technical.ly Baltimore’s NET/WORK jobs fair in February
- A “costume gallery” of local wearable tech devices
- A Geeks on a Train or similar event to include people from the Philadelphia, New York City and Washington, D.C., tech communities in Baltimore Innovation Week
- Another Art Bytes hackathon at the Walters Art Museum
- Invite artists who perform at ScapeScape to do other performances during the week
- A “Google Prix” autonomous vehicle race
- A water conservation hackathon focused around clean-up efforts in the Inner Harbor
- A TechBreakfast Lite assembly for public schools to show students what running a startup is like
- Host a food/tech event in partnership with the Natural Products Expo conference happening then.
- Find a way to incorporate the War of 1812 Star Spangled Spectacular anniversary into the week, possibly with a “Sailors Night Out” on International Talk Like a Pirate Day
- Experiential tourism of Baltimore city with Visit Baltimore
- Have a Beat the Streets event, which combines wrestling with STEM education
- Invite Elizabeth Merritt, founding director of the Center for the Future of Museums, to talk about how Baltimore’s museums can incorporate more digital tools
Have more ideas? Add them in the comments below.
Missed Baltimore Innovation Week 2013? Here’s our wrap-up video of last year’s week: