Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

‘Hack Our City’ to gather social change, innovation leaders

16 speakers will give lightning talks, then allow attendees to keep the conversation going.

Ben Jealous, former head of the NAACP.

(Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

More than 15 speakers covering topics at the intersection of social change and innovation will give lightning talks on Saturday.
The event, called Hack Our City, will be held at 10 N. Charles St. from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
It’s free to attend.

The goal, according to a press release, is to “highlight some of the city’s unsung heroes working to make a positive difference in education, economic opportunity, criminal justice and reentry” and other areas. BMeEconomic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, Gensler, Global Shapers, Hack Baltimore and Impact Hub Baltimore are co-sponsors.

After speakers are finished, attendees will have a chance to share their ideas and participate in a conversation around the area that the presenters addressed.
Ben Jealous, the former president and CEO of the NAACP, will give the keynote address. Jealous is currently a partner in Kapor Capital, a VC firm that focuses on social impact tech companies.
Here are the rest of the speakers:

  • Aisha DeCosta, IamOKah
  • Celia Neustadt, Inner Harbor Project
  • Clyde Harris, Newborn Hollistic Ministries
  • Chris Wilson, Barclay Development Corp.
  • Darius Graham, Social Innovation Lab, Johns Hopkins University
  • David Harris, Reconstruct and Rebuild
  • Jess Gartner, Allovue
  • Joshua Harris, Haris Branding/Hollis Market Placemaking
  • Laura Law, Youth Empowered Society
  • Lydell Henry, Beat the Streets Baltimore
  • Merrick Moise, Groundswell
  • Meryam Bouadjemi, documentary filmmaker
  • Michael Franklin, Safe Space for All
  • Pres Adams, Impact Hub Baltimore
  • Vanessa Burnett, Planned Parenthood
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