SmartLogic just awarded 9 women $6,000 in microgrants for tech projects in Baltimore - Technical.ly Baltimore

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May 2, 2017 10:27 am

SmartLogic just awarded 9 women $6,000 in microgrants for tech projects in Baltimore

The beneficiaries of the Baltimore Women in Tech program range from moms to middle schoolers.

At the Bmore on Rails Workshop for Women in 2016.

(Photo by Stephen Babcock)

After reviewing a wide variety of applications for the Baltimore Women in Tech microgrant program, SmartLogic decided additional funding was warranted.

Initially, the Canton software development firm was going to provide a total of $5,000. But Chelsea Keene and Paige Bolduc, who organized the microgrant program to empower women in the Baltimore tech community, upped the allotment to $6,000.

The eight selected projects each received grants of between $500 and $1,000. Projects have to be completed by Oct. 31, so we’ll be on the lookout in the coming months. Here’s the full list:

  • Tammira Lucas is organizing Moms Who Tech, a full-day workshop to introduce mom entrepreneurs to coding. Lucas is cofounder of Moms as Entrepreneurs and founder of The Cube coworking space.
  • Laura Mitchell is creating Rosie’s List, a platform to connect queer women in the Baltimore area who are interested in technology.
  • Brittany Young received a grant for B-360, a program that teaches STEAM through dirt bikes, and aims to change perceptions. Read our profile.
  • Cadeatra Harvey received support for Baltimore’s Gifted Art & E-Commerce, a platform for youth to sell and showcase original art.
  • Kate Fischl is organizing the Wearable Electronics Workshop. It’s born of a partnership between grad students at Johns Hopkins and students at Western High School.
  • Kathleen Mazurek is creating Decode Me, a mobile sanctuary and social group for young girls to develop digital solutions to bullying.
  • Bridget McGiffin received funding for Internet Intelligence, a program that will inform young mothers about best practices on social media and the internet.
  • Lochan Shah and Pooja Yesantharao received support for Girls in Tech Day, a middle school workshop where girls will use design thinking to develop app-based solutions to problems.

The projects were selected by a committee of women from the tech community including Keene, Bolduc, ETC Assistant Director Jacqueline Albright, Ellen Ambrose from Protenus, Valerie Walters of emocha Mobile Health, Claudia Jolin-Freeland of Downtown Partnership of Baltimore and Ashley Jean of mdlogix.

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Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the lead reporter for Technical.ly Baltimore. A graduate of Northeastern University, he moved to Baltimore following a stint in New Orleans, where he served as managing editor of online news and culture publication NOLA Defender. While there, he also wrote for NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune. He was previously a reporter for the Rio Grande Sun of Northern New Mexico.

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