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Mayor Brandon Scott and Hanna Pugh at The 2024 Be. Org Sneaker Ball (Kianna Wilson for

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Stompin’ in our Air Force Ones for STEM

The Be. Org’s Sneaker Ball showcased the fusion of Baltimore’s sneaker culture and STEM education at the Rita Rossi Colwell Center this weekend. Amid the vibrant ambiance, guests immersed themselves in multi-room celebrations while experiencing the city’s tech and startup culture firsthand.

Beyond the stylish attire, the event served as a fundraiser, generating approximately $5,000 to support The Be. Org’s youth-focused initiatives. (Full disclosure: was a media partner on this event).

➡️ Find out who wore which sneakers at The Be. Org’s Sneaker Ball

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News Incubator: What else to know today

• Backpack Healthcare has been selected as one of the 15 companies in the prestigious Google for Startups Accelerator: AI First cohort program. [Backpack Healthcare]

• Forbes’ annual billionaires list for the U.S. features 67 new names, with over a quarter being tech founders or investors in tech startups. [American Inno]

• Speaking of Entertainment Tech Month, there’s a new tech and startup podcast in town. “Why Yall Working” is hosted by tech scene denizens Alairé Jameson and Michael Ogunsanya. [“Why Yall Working”]

• Baltimore Collegetown is marking its 25th anniversary with the Staff Awards, celebrating professionals across its network. [Baltimore Collegetown]

• The University of Maryland (UMD) announced the launch of the AI Interdisciplinary Institute at Maryland (AIM). [UMD]

🗓️ On the Calendar

• Impact Hub Baltimore is hosting a member Yappy Hour for members and their furry friends on April 11. [Details here]

• Attend the MASD ’24 Capstone Presentations at MICA’s Social Design Exchange event on April 22 [Details here]

• Join HR Geckos for the HR Bytes Meetup, where local HR leaders and practitioners will discuss the latest trends and innovations in HR. The April 30 discussion will focus on technology and artificial intelligence. [Details here]

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