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Events Roundup: Here’s a sampling of the virtual sessions at Baltimore Data Week 2021

Plus, meet technologists at a pair of IRL brewery happy hours, and dig into software tools.

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The long-running event known as Baltimore Data Day is virtual once again in 2021. That means it extends to an entire week.

Baltimore Data Week 2021 runs July 19-23, said organizers with the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance at the Jacob France Institute in The University of Baltimore’s Merrick School of Business. Gathering policymakers, civic technologists and community leaders, the 11 sessions are dedicated to helping neighborhood leaders access data for their communities through workshops, talks and panels.

There’s been a lot of activity on the civic data front over the last few months in Baltimore, and a July 22 session will bring together a look at the developments. Mayor Brandon Scott and his new administration have released new data tools like Open Budget and Open Checkbook that use a mix of data and visualizations to allow residents to track spending. Mayor Scott and City leaders will be attending Data Week, as recently-hired leaders incluidng Director of Broadband and Digital Equity Jason Hardebeck and Chief Data Officer Justin Elszasz will host discussions on what they do, and the significance of their roles.

Plus, check out a close look at BNIA’s annual Vital Signs report, as well as sessions on using data to understand COVID-19, Baltimore’s Black Butterfly and the entrepreneurial landscape.

Baltimore Data Week is free to the public and hopes to show all attendees what data is available in Baltimore, where to find and access that data and how data can be actionable for communities.

See the full schedule

Intro to Tableau for Nonprofits

A webinar, this introductory session explores how to use the data visualization tool Tableau to make more of an impact with data. The webinar is led by Jennifer Newsome, who for 15 years has been discovering insights in the tech, media and advertising industries as a data visualization and business intelligence consultant business called Data Unicorn Analytics.

  • Thursday, July 15
  • 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Register

AI Happy Hour

The Baltimore Tech Meetup is reserving tables at Highlandtown’s Monument City Brewing. The event offers a chance to meet technologists and discuss software, products, business development and careers.

  • Thursday, July 22
  • 5 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Monument City Brewing, 1 N. Haven St.
  • RSVP

BaltoMSDN July 2021 Meeting

The local Microsoft user group hosts a summer social and open discussion. It’s a chance to catch up on what’s going on in Baltimore tech, and sample options at Hampden’s Waverly Brewing.

  • Thursday, July 22
  • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Waverly Brewing, 1625-C Union Ave
  • RSVP

Introducing Datawave – Scalable Data Ingest and Query

At this virtual meetup, Data Works MD offers an introduction to Datawave, a complete ingest, query, and analytic framework for Accumulo. The program was open-sourced by the National Security Agency, and capitalizes on Accumulo’s capabilities, provides an API for working with structured and unstructured data, and boasts a flexible and scalable backend, organizers said. The webinar will be led by Hannah Pellón, who spent 11 years at Northrop Grumman contributing to R&D efforts and programs centered around Accumulo and Hadoop. She is now a software developer and lead at Tiber Technologies, focusing on Datawave and distributed computing technologies.

  • Saturday, July 24
  • 12 to 1:30 p.m.
  • Register

Health Tech Entrepreneurs Meetup

This months’s meetup organized by Nao J. Gamo of downtown Baltimore’s Maryland Development Center will feature Brad Hennessie, CEO of NextStep Robotics. The company is commercializing a treatment option for foot drop to help stroke survivors. Hennessie will share his experiences with the logistics of getting a company started, covering topics like type of entity and in which state, team formation, splitting equity.

  • Thursday, June 29th
  • 7  to 10 p.m.
  • Register

Global Consortium of Enterpreneurship Centers Annual Meeting

The Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers’ (GCEC) Annual Meeting is coming to Baltmore. Hosted by University of Baltimore and Loyola University Maryland, the event expects to draw more than 500 leaders in campus life to share best practices and develop programs around the theme of “Leading with Entrepreneurship: Succeeding in Revitalization.” Early bird registration prices are available through August 15.

Donte Kirby is a 2020-2022 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation.
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