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Events Roundup: A Maryland Tech Council panel will introduce a new inclusion initiative

Plus, dive deep on Docker and Kubernetes, and learn about rural innovation in Maryland. It's our look at upcoming tech and entrepreneurship events in Baltimore.

The Green Box mission statement, within a mural by Dan Fetters. (Photo: Holly Quinn)

Events Roundup is a Technical.ly column where we highlight events happening in the Baltimore area each month. Have a submission for the next edition? Email us the details at baltimore@technical.ly.

It’s Preakness week in Baltimore.

Like many big events, the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown will look a bit different this year. Attendance on Saturday is limited to 10,000 people on race day, and the usual InfieldFest is now the socially-distanced Preakness Live.

But even with changes to adjust for the times, there’s still room to introduce something new for fans. According to the AP, Preakness this week became the first horse race to put up NFTs for auction as digital souvenirs. NFTs, or nonfungible tokens, are “digital verification that an item is authentic and unique,” as Technical.ly reported. In the case of Preakness, there will be 17 of those items available, including full race videos, and a Preakness horse for the digital racing game Zed Run. Along with auctions that offer some bidding opportunity, Preakness is looking to connect with younger fans at a time that NFTs continue to rise in popularity.

Check out more events that are keeping up with the trends in software development and technology careers in Baltimore below:

Introduced by Technical.ly

For the second daylong event of Philly Tech Week from Technical.ly, come prepared to learn what the most innovative orgs in the world are doing to recruit, retain and support savvy professionals. Topics like DEI successes and failures, maintaining company culture during high-growth phases and the advancement of stakeholder capitalism will be discussed.

  • Thursday, May 13
  • 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Register

Baltimore Black Techies Meetup

This month’s meetup will revolve around Unity 3D. Speakers will discuss the ins and outs, while answering whatever questions they can about developing with the platform.

  • Thursday, May 13
  • 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Register

Impact Hub Connect & Trek

Impact Hub Baltimore is organizing a masked and socially distanced hike at Leakin Park to bring together collaborators and Baltimore changemakers.

  • Friday, May 14
  • 10 a.m. to noon
  • Register

In-Secure: Hiring and Retaining in InfoSec

Baltimore cybersecurity firm Point3 is having a panel discussion with industry professionals on how to build and maintain a strong cybersecurity team. The panel includes Jessica Robinson, CEO of PurePoint International, Karla Reffold COO of Orpheus Cyber. It’s moderated by Point3 CEO Evan Dornbush.

The Highs & Lows of a High-Tech Maryland: Setting the Stage for Workplace & Socioeconomic Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

This week, the Maryland Tech Council announced the launch of the Technology Inclusivity Initiative. Led by Stacey Smith, the former CEO of Cybersecurity Association of Maryland, Inc., the initiative “will work to identify, facilitate and enable technology-based solutions that enable socioeconomic advancement and empowerment of underrepresented groups who have significant potential,” a news release states. That work is kicking off with a panel discussion including Winston Phillip, the preisdent of Sequivalent and a key proponent of the City of Baltimore’s My Digital Data Locker platform for people experiencing homelessness, as well as represntatives form the Technology Policy Institute and Baltimore Tracks. Plus, LaToya Staten, Strategic Projects Specialist at Baltimore digital services agency Fearless and the initiative’s steering committee chair, will present the initiative’s action plan.

  • Tuesday, May 18
  • 9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Register

Programs Propelling Rural Innovation: A deep dive into TEDCO and TechPort

TEDCO CEO Troy LeMaile-Stovall and TechPort Director Tommy Luginbill discuss innovation in Southern Maryland, as well as offer a look at rural innovation around the state.

  • Tuesday, May 18
  • 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • RSVP

Baltimore Innovation Week

Baltimore Innovation Week is on the horizon. The three-day, virtual celebration of forward-thinking companies and entrepreneurs in Baltimore is designed to highlighting the city’s leaders, and offer lessons for the people building new ventures. Check out the lineup and register for the packed schedule of events at the 2021 Baltimore Innovation Week site.

The Future of Leadership: A Chat with General Stan McChrystal

Baltimore Startup Founder 101 hosts a presentation and Q&A on the future of leadership with General Stanley McChrystal (ret.), the former commander of U.S. forces in Afgahnistan.

  • Tuesday, May 18
  • Noon to 2 p.m.
  • RSVP

Designing and Working with Docker and Kubernetes

The BaltoMSDN meetup, which gathers the local Microsoft dev community, features a talk with Mark Lindell, the chief software architect with behavioural health EMR company ICANotes. If you’re ready to contanizerize software, this is for you. “This presentation will enlighten you to the basic architecture and components of Docker and Kubernetes, get you started on your desktop with Docker Desktop and WSL2 and allow you to build and deploy some simple examples,” the event description states.

  • Wednesday, May 19
  • 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Barrett’s Grill, 118 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley (virtual options, too)
  • RSVP

Mtech Ventures Pitch Event

Three early stage startups working out of the University of Maryland will be pitching their technologies, seeking out funding, support and intros.

  • Thursday, May 20
  • 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
  • register

The Digital Divide: How can we bridge the gap between the internet haves and the have-nots?

The League of Women Voters chapters from Baltimore city and county present an event with featured speaker Alex Marré, Ph.D., a regional economist at the Baltimore branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Marré will discuss “the many barriers urban and rural residents face in accessing the Internet, as well as state and national efforts to increase access,” per the event description.

Transforming Pharma Through Digital Health

The Chespeake Digital Health Exchange and Anchor Ventures team up to host an event on how digital health innovation is playing a role in the interaction between pharma companies and patients. Speakers include Sean Brusky, an entrepreneur and former head of healthcare delivery innovation at Genentech/Roche and Kris Philippe, an innovation technologist at AstraZeneca.

  • June 3
  • 4:00 p.m.
  • RSVP


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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