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Where ETC Director Deb Tillett will be during Baltimore Innovation Week

Some top-notch event picks from a top-notch member of the Baltimore tech community.

Deb Tillett at the Baltimore Innovation Week 2014 Innovation Celebration after being named Tech Community Leader of the year. (Photo by Michael Rosner)

We’re asking where prominent Baltimore tech leaders will be during Baltimore Innovation Week, an open calendar of more than 50 events running Sept. 25 to Oct. 3. Find the full calendar here.


NameDeb Tillett
Neighborhood: Roland Park
Job: Director of Emerging Technology Centers
Deb Tillett is a former entrepreneur and the prominent director of the Emerging Technology Centers, the city-backed incubator.
Fresh off a local TV appearance talking about how the tech and entrepreneurship community is growing influence in Baltimore, she’ll be speaking and attending more than a half-dozen Baltimore Innovation Week events.
Here’s where to find Deb Tillett this year:

1. Startup Grind Presents Christopher Wink
  • Thursday, Sept. 24, 5:00-8:30 p.m., ETC Haven Campus

For #BIW15, Technical.ly cofounder and Editorial Director Christopher Wink, who is also a co-organizer of Baltimore Innovation Week, will share what he’s learned from reporting on and living the startup life. This regular monthly fireside with an entrepreneur is always full of detailed experiences, advice and great stories.

2. Kickoff Festival with The Gathering
  • Friday, Sept. 25, 5:00-10:00 p.m., Power Plant Live!

Come celebrate the start of Baltimore Innovation Week. The Kickoff Festival will feature The Gathering food truck rally, entertainment and cool tech on display.

3. The Women in Tech Summit
  • Saturday, Sept. 26, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., University of Baltimore

The only women in technology conference to engage with attendees in multiple formats, Women in Tech will bring together women in all types of careers in tech and at every level from students to senior executives.

4. Rise of the Rest: Pitch Competition
  • Monday, Sept. 28, 6:00-10:00 p.m., Baltimore Museum of Industry

The Rise of the Rest: Pitch Competition will feature Steve Case, cofounder of AOL and the current CEO of investment firm Revolution, and a $100,000 investment prize. Be sure to catch some of Baltimore’s most innovative companies’ pitch and stay for the Happy Hour Startup Celebration that follows with the judges, participants and local leaders. That’s a party worth visiting.

5. Beta City
  • Thursday, Oct. 1, 1:00-10:30 p.m., Betamore and City Garage

This daylong event is organized by Betamore, Technical.ly, Plank Industries and Startup Maryland. In the afternoon, entrepreneurs will be pitching investors. By the evening, the biggest party of the week will take place at City Garage.

6. Game On: The History of Computer Gaming in Maryland
  • Thursday, Oct. 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Baltimore Museum of Industry

Come see the inspiration behind the museum’s Video Game Wizards exhibition and hear legendary software developer Sid Meier and other video game professionals give insights into this growing industry.

Companies: Emerging Technology Centers (ETC Baltimore)

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