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Baltimore Innovation Week 2016: 70 events and 10K attendees

It was the most events ever for the five-year-old event series organized by

The crowd at the #BIW16 Media Conference, one of 70 events that took place during the week. (Photo by Tim Savage)

The tradition is set. And helpfully, more groups of people are joining in.
That’s the message coming out of the fifth annual Baltimore Innovation Week. The annual open calendar of events around technology, entreprenuership and innovation that we at organized with the support of dozens of community partners, event organizers and sponsors, including our title sponsor 14 West, part of The Agora Companies.


BIW events by year.

In reviewing the week’s footprint and impact, one of the biggest changes this year was an unexpected jump in the number of events that landed during the week — 70, a more than 20 percent jump from last year. That follows 2015’s big surge in the aggregate number of attendees. (Look back at five years of BIW magazines for insights.) All told, nearly 10,000 people were out during the week.
It’s what an organic community event series looks like: habits are formed and relationships grown over time.
In truth, among the loudest early feedback following #BIW16 was that perhaps, yes, we’ve crossed the threshold of there being too many events during one week, a lesson we’ll take into next year.
It’s worth a reminder of the Innovation Week format: We at organize several of the week’s larger and more-programmed events, including an awards ceremony and a series of conferences, alongside a curated community calendar of events from you that align with BIW’s mission. In tandem, the events offer a comprehensive picture of Baltimore’s tech and startup sector. Those community events range from a broadly inclusive Kaiser Permanente social good hackathon to the gargantuan networking affair Beta City.
As always, beyond the powerful little moments of connections and discovery, lots of bigger outcomes can be pointed toward. Here are some from #BIW16:

Companies: 14 West / Betamore /
People: Mike Binko
Projects: Beta City / Baltimore Innovation Week

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