Baltimore daily roundup: Local options for the solar eclipse; a local founder swims in the ‘Shark Tank’; the port’s $5B impact

Plus, meet the Baltimoreans appearing at our Builders Conference.

Baltimore skyline from Federal Hill ( / Anthony McCray)

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Mister sun, sun mister golden sun, where are you?

We’ve got a couple of articles on the site containing details about the upcoming solar eclipse and its viewing opportunities in PittsburghDelaware, and the DMV (which, yes, does not include Baltimore, by all local accounts). Now, we offer some tips for Baltimore.

While we won’t witness a total solar eclipse on April 8, residents can still enjoy the event at places like the Maryland Science Center. Val Sullivan, the marketing manager, shared insights on the center’s preparations for the eclipse, including sun-safe viewing techniques and the distribution of eclipse glasses.

➡️ Find out more about how you can prepare in my full report here.

Happy birthday to the Delaware Tech Council

The Tech Council of Delaware celebrated its first anniversary with a special message from executive director Zakiyyah Ali, welcoming all technologists. The event, held at the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce, highlighted Delaware’s diverse tech sector.

As it reaches the end of its three-year incubation with the Rodel Foundation, the council aims to enhance the state’s tech ecosystem with a focus on diversity and representation.

➡️ Find out more about the tech council’s first year in senior reporter Holly Quinn’s full report here.

News Incubator: What else to know today

• Rarebreed Ventures’ McKeever Conwell, UpSurge Baltimore’s Kory Bailey and EcoMap Technologies’ Sherrod Davis are among the Baltimore tech leaders appearing at our Builders Conference on May 9.  []

• 2023 Awards winner Dawn Myers conceived the idea for her product, The Mint, while watching ABC’s “Shark Tank.” In a full circle moment, she appeared on the show to pitch her product to the Sharks. Tune in on Friday, April 5, to catch the episode. [Richualist]

• Related to last week’s tragic Key Bridge collapse, a new report reveals that cargo and cruise operations at both state-owned and private marine terminals in the Port of Baltimore generated over 51,000 jobs and $5 billion in personal income for Maryland residents. [Maryland Port Administration]

• The US Army Corps of Engineers is employing sonar technology to survey the underwater debris resulting from last week’s Key Bridge collapse. [US Army Corps of Engineers]

• In an email to, Maggie Villegas and Sharayna Christmas announced their departure from Baltimore Creatives Acceleration Network (BCAN) and MICA. They expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve Baltimore’s creative community and highlighted achievements including support for over 2400 creatives and the acceleration of over 100 businesses in the past six years. [BCAN]

🗓️ On the Calendar

• Dawn Myers invites people to come to DC and celebrate The Mint’s “Shark Tank” appearance with her on Friday, April 5. [Details here]

• The Center for Equitable AI & Machine Learning Systems (CEAMLS) at Morgan State University holds its inaugural National Symposium on Equitable AI on April 5 in Pikesville. [Details here]

• Coppin State University is hosting its annual Economic Inclusion Conference on Thursday, April 25. [Details here]


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