Baltimore Innovation Week 2014: 50+ events, 100+ partners, 6K+ attendees - Technical.ly Baltimore

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Oct. 10, 2014 7:48 am

Baltimore Innovation Week 2014: 50+ events, 100+ partners, 6K+ attendees

We open our books on Baltimore Innovation Week 2014, sharing attendance figures and survey results. And, while we're at it, slot #BIW15 on your calendar: Sept. 25 to Oct. 3, 2015.

Some of the speakers from the third-annual Baltimore Innovation Week.

(Screenshot via the Baltimore Innovation Week website)

More than 6,000 people attended more than 50 events that took place as part of the third annual Baltimore Innovation Week, Sept. 12-20. It was another major step forward for the event, which we fashion as the yearly convening of the Baltimore tech scene.

(Here are the stats on last year’s event and the year before that.)

While we have BIW on your mind, pop #BIW15 on your calendar: it goes down Friday, Sept. 25 to Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015.

There’s lots more planning to come, so join our newsletter for updates.

Attendees at Dev Day, held at Betamore. (Photo by VMB Media)

Now, some of what took place during #BIW14:

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Part of the 400-strong packed crowd at the Innovation Celebration. (Photo by Michael Rosner)

From the first 100 people who took the BIW survey, including attendees from events of all the week’s tracks (Access, Business, Civic, Creative, Dev), here is some of what we learned:

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  • Seventy-six percent had never been to a Baltimore Innovation Week event before this year. (74 of 97 responses)

  • One in four attendees was interested in meeting a potential future employer. More than half were there to find like-minded creative and technology professionals whom they didn’t already know.
  • More than half left the week having met someone new whom they expect to collaborate with on future projects.
  • Forty percent found out about Baltimore Innovation Week from Technical.ly Baltimore (website or email). Another 12 percent came across BaltimoreInnovationWeek.com, and a collection of sources including social media, partner organizations and word-of-mouth made up the rest.
  • There were lots of requests for more structured networking opportunities and praise for the tracks that widened those involved. We also heard requests for both more events and for fewer events!
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Above the kickoff event, with food trucks from The Gathering coalition. (Photo by ZMB Media)

Baltimore Innovation Week was sponsored by AOL/Advertising.com, the Abell Foundation, Tenable Network Security, OrderUp, PayPal, Message Systems, Agora Publishing, the University of Maryland BioPark, TEDCO, the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, BackForty, Saul Ewing LLP, the Loyola University Emerging Media program and R2integrated, with additional support from the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, Event Rebels, Baltimore Angels, the Emerging Technology Center, Betamore, UMBC, the Greater Baltimore Committee, Mindgrub Technologies, Diversified Insurance Industries, Wasabi Ventures, Naden/Lean, Simplified Innovations, Evolve Communications, MyCity4Her, EventRebels and the Baltimore Museum of Art.

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Christopher Wink

Christopher Wink is a cofounder and Editorial Director of Technical.ly, the local technology news network. In that capacity, he is a co-organizer of Philly Tech Week, Baltimore Innovation Week, Delaware Innovation Week and other events that bring smart people together. Previously, Wink worked for a homeless advocacy nonprofit and was a freelance reporter for a variety of publications. He writes regularly about news innovation and best business practices on his personal blog here and curates a personal monthly newsletter of ideas and links here. The bicycle commuter loves cities, urban politics and squabbling about neighborhood boundaries.

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