The inaugural Baltimore Innovation Week is here. More than 20 events are taking place over the next two weeks. Check the Innovation Week calendar, or read on below to figure out which events to attend.
Yes, we have the initial 25 events from the now 30+ event calendar brought to you from a horde of community partners listed below.
Baltimore SQL Server Users Group Meetup: Head to Howard Community College to learn about the new columnstore index in SQL Server 2012. We’re not entirely sure what that means, but the experts with the Baltimore SQL Server Users Group should be able to tell you. Monday, Sept. 17, 6:30 p.m. Charles I. Ecker Business Training Center at Howard Community College, 6751 Columbia Gateway Dr., Columbia, Howard County. RSVP. FREE.
Startup Grind Baltimore: Wasabi Ventures and Loyola University Maryland play host to the inaugural Startup Grind event in Charm City. Come to network with like-minded startup fiends, but stay for the discussion with SocialToaster CEO Brian Razzaque. Tuesday, Sept. 18, 6 p.m. Andrew White Student Center at Loyola University Maryland, 4501 N. Charles St., Loyola/Notre Dame, Baltimore city. RSVP. $20.
SparkTruck in Baltimore: SparkLab’s educational build-mobile SparkTruck, coming to Baltimore all the way from Stanford University, will be in Baltimore starting September 19. Not all of its stops are finalized, but the truck will be at Liberty Elementary School on September 19. Wednesday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m. Liberty Elementary School, 3901 Maine Ave., Central Forest Park, Baltimore city. MORE INFO.
Game Engines from BaltoMSDN: Game engines are what game studios use to create simulations at lower costs. Tronster Hartley will share more on the topic at the BaltoMSDN’s Meetup. Wednesday, Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m. System Source, 338 Clubhouse Rd., Hunt Valley, Baltimore County. RSVP. FREE.
Ignite Education: Ignite events afford speakers five minutes to power through PowerPoint presentations about topics near and dear to them. The first-ever Ignite Education will enable the city’s game-changers—like Digital Harbor Foundation’s Andrew Coy, Common Curriculum’s Robbie Earle and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake—to speak about what needs reforming in the city’s education system. Thursday, Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m. City Neighbors High School, 5609 Sefton Ave., Glenham-Belhar, Baltimore city. RSVP. $5.
Innovation Panel and Happy Hour: The Baltimore-Washington Tech Meetup is hosting a panel on innovation at Mindgrub Technologies. Among the panelists are GBTC’s Jason Hardebeck, Ed Mullin of LCG Technologies and SocialToaster’s Brian Razzaque. Friday, Sept. 21, 6 p.m. Mindgrub Technologies, 640 Frederick Rd., Catonsville, Baltimore County. RSVP. FREE.
Pitch Across Maryland bus in Baltimore: Join Betamore co-founders and the Pitch Across Maryland crew for a happy hour at Mother’s. Friday, Sept. 21, 5 p.m. Mother’s, 1113 S. Charles St., Federal Hill, Baltimore city. FREE TO ATTEND.
Baltimore Innovation Week Kick-off Breakfast: The Technically Baltimore crew will meet with event organizers and sponsors at this invite-only event at Advertising.com’s headquarters. Monday, Sept. 24, 8 a.m. Advertising.com, 1020 Hull St., Locust Point, Baltimore city. INVITE-ONLY.
Social Enterprise Alliance Mid-Atlantic Summit: Held at the University of Baltimore’s Thumel Business Center, the Social Enterprise Alliance Summit will bring together practitioners and researchers in the relatively new field of social enterprise—businesses whose “primary purpose is the common good.” Monday, Sept. 24, 8 a.m. Thumel Business Center at the University of Baltimore, 11 W. Mt. Royal Ave., Mount Vernon, Baltimore city. RSVP. $50.
Inaugural BmoreTech Meetup: A monthly evening demo that explores how the local tech community is impacting job growth, digital access and government reform in Baltimore. Details are forthcoming. Monday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m. RSVP. FREE.
Cyber Security: Essential Understanding: Organized by the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council, this panel on cyber security is for business owners interested in best practices to protect their companies’ data. Tuesday, Sept. 25, 7:30 a.m. Anne Arundel Community College, 7009 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover, Anne Arundel County. RSVP. FREE.
GBTC Big Data Tools Workshop: Lead developers from Advertisim.com and MLN Advertising will provide Hadoop and MongoDB training for those interested in becoming better miners of open data. Tuesday, Sept. 25, noon. Advertising.com, 1020 Hull St., Locust Point, Baltimore city. RSVP. $10.
B’more on Rails Open Source Hack Night: Come prepared with some Ruby on Rails project or task you’d like to hack away at. The event location is still pending. Tuesday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m. Location TBA, Baltimore city. RSVP. FREE.
IdeaMensch Baltimore: Hear a range of speakers talk about their ideas for businesses, projects and nonprofit causes, and walk away with information on how to implement your own ideas. Tuesday, Sept. 25, 6 p.m. Loyola University Maryland Columbia Campus, 8890 McGaw Rd., Columbia, Howard County. RSVP. $12.
Venture for America Launch: Venture for America—the organization that puts plucky college graduates in startup companies for two-year periods—officially comes to Baltimore. Wednesday, Sept. 26, 5:30 p.m. Emerging Technology Center, 2400 Boston St., Canton, Baltimore city. RSVP. FREE.
DiversiTech #7: Head to Mindgrub Technologies for the seventh installment of the Diversity in Technology Meetup. Details are forthcoming. Wednesday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m. Mindgrub Technologies, 640 Frederick Rd., Catonsville, Baltimore County. RSVP. FREE.
Baltimore TechBreakfast: Travel to DLA Piper once again for another Baltimore TechBreakfast. NewsUp and Procurely are among September’s presenters. Thursday, Sept. 27, 8 a.m. DLA Piper, 6225 Smith Avenue, Mt. Washington, Baltimore city. RSVP. FREE.
Trivia with NewsUp and BeerGivr: Join BeerGivr for a special trivia night at Alonso’s bar on Cold Spring Lane, happening after the official launch of NewsUp. Thursday, Sept. 27, 5:30 p.m. Alonso’s, 415 W. Cold Spring Ln., Keswick, Baltimore city. RSVP. FREE TO ATTEND.
Easy WebContent Presenter Beta Launch: Be among the first to try out a demo of the Easy WebContent Presenter tool at this launch at the Beehive Baltimore. Thursday, Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m. Beehive Baltimore, 2400 Boston St., Canton, Baltimore city. RSVP. FREE.
Startup Weekend: The second Startup Weekend Baltimore commences on September 28 at Advertising.com. Developers, designers and those with ideas are encouraged to come and code and build for 54 hours. Launch your own startup during this weekend. Friday, Sept. 28, 8 a.m. Advertising.com, 1020 Hull St., Locust Point, Baltimore city. RSVP. $99.
Station North 10-Year Anniversary: Ten years ago the Station North neighborhood was officially declared an arts and entertainment district by the state. Celebrate the businesses, shops and artists who make Station North the great spot it is. Oh, and Governor Martin O’Malley will be there. Friday, Sept. 28, 5 p.m. Rooftop of Charles Street Parking Garage, 1714 N. Charles St., Station North, Baltimore city. FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
GBTC’s Groundwork: Hacker-techies and non-techies alike head to MLN Advertising to analyze a collection of open data, make sense of it all and use it to develop solutions to some of Baltimore’s pressing problems. If you attended UnWIREd—or wanted to attend UnWIREd and couldn’t go—be sure to get to Groundwork. Friday, Sept. 28, 5 p.m. MLN Advertising, 1608 Bush St., Carroll-Camden Industrial Area, Baltimore city. RSVP. $10.
Crowdstitch Demo: Be among the first to try out Mark Howells’ “Twitter hashtag on steroids” at the beta launch of Crowdstitch. Saturday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m. The Fitzgerald, 1201 W. Mt. Royal Ave., Mount Vernon, Baltimore city. RSVP. FREE.