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Station North’s tech cred: No. 5 Baltimore tech trend of 2015

The arts district has tech-driven nonprofits, a gaming studio and plans for an ambitious makerspace. What's next?

BCPL's Rocking Chair Flash Mob. (Courtesy photo)

Beyond individual stories, a tech community is defined by how its component parts work together. So, to look back at 2015, we’re unpacking 10 themes that kept popping up with big headlines all year long. See the full list of 2015 trends here.

While officially designated as an arts & entertainment district, Station North has long welcomed all forms of scrappy, urban-dwelling doers. In other words, tech types fit right in.
Redevelopment projects of former theaters and more involvement by universities showed room for tech’s growth in the neighborhood. For now, the main hub is Centre Theatre, where the social entrepreneurship-focused coworking space Impact Hub is getting ready to open on street level, and video game studio Sparkypants and education nonprofit Code in the Schools share space a couple floors up.
With Baltimore Node and Station North Tool Library, the area already had makers. In 2016, Open Works, a massive new space for making stuff, is set to come online and FutureMakers’ new space will get up and running in the Motor House.
As institutions like MICA and Johns Hopkins get more involved in the area, tech seems set to grow with the neighborhood in a big way.

Companies: Code in the Schools / Maryland Institute College of Art / Bio-Rad Laboratories

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