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Events Roundup: SmartLogic conjures the Elixir Wizards Conference

Plus, a clean energy pitch finale, meetups and the Rise of the Rest job fair spotlights Baltimore.

The Elixir Wizards Conference is coming June 16-17. (Photo courtesy of SmartLogic)

SmartLogic is known for organizing events around the Baltimore tech community. With a conference coming up this month, the web and mobile application development agency is gathering the Elixir and Phoenix community from the around the globe virtually for a language-specific event.

The Elixir Wizards |> Conference is gathering developers building technology and companies with the programming language Elixir, and the framework Phoenix.

Held on June 16 and 17, the virtual event features keynotes, panels, short-form talks and networking.


Talks include:

  • “The Next Digital Divide,” by Randall Thomas, founder of Thunderbolt Labs
  • “Women Leading in Elixir,” a panel featuring technologists from Blinker, PagerDuty, and
  • “Dealing with a Monster Ecto Query,” by Mackenzie Morgan, Senior Back-end Engineer at Axios

SmartLogic has been evangelizing the benefits of Elixir for a few years now. As Director of Development Operations Dan Ivovich wrote in a 2019 guest post, the company was long passionate about Ruby on Rails, but recognized over the latter half of the last decade that Elixir offers a “toolset that is perfect for data-driven applications.”

“Most modern web applications are just that, data driven,” he wrote. “The application’s flow is a function of the data: data provided by external systems, data provided by the user, and data that is computed. Elixir’s functional programming, Erlang’s solid foundation and the power and ease of use of Phoenix combine to create a great environment for building today’s web applications.”

The agency’s developers started a podcast, which has the same name as the conference.

Check out more ways to connect with the tech community around your passion this month:

Cyber Summer Kickoff

An in-person pitch competition arrives in Columbia. It’s presented by the Maryland New Venture Fellowship for Cybersecurity, a federally- funded program of bwtech@UMBC and the University System of Maryland that pairs researchers and graduate students to grow startups. Capping nine months in the program, fellows will pitch for $10,000 in prizes to a panel that includes investors and advisors from DataTribeBrown Advisory and Blu Ventures.

  • Tuesday, June 8
  • 4:30 to 7 p.m.
  • Lost Ark Distillery, 9570 Berger Road, Columbia
  • Tickets ($30)


Women Spanning the Globe Leadership Conference

The World Trade Center Institute curates a daylong conference where female leaders and innovators have a chance to get inspired, connect, and learn. This year’s keynote is journalist, anchor and author Brooke Baldwin, who recently wrapped up a stint at CNN. Plus, hear from Under Armour Chief People and Administrative Officer Tchernavia RockerMcCormick Director of Supply Chain Innovation LaToya SupervilleWells Fargo VP of Community Development Monica Mitchell and more.

  • Wednesday, June 9
  • 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Register ($25-50)


Health Tech Entrepreneurs Meetup

This month. the meetup’s topic is Health Revenue Models 101. Emily Durfee, hub lead at CareFirst innovation arm Healthworx and co-manager of incubator 1501 Health, will lead a conversation about different business models and revenue streams for early-stage health and med tech companies.

  • Thursday, June 10
  • 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Register

B’more Bold

Community College of Baltimore County’s Center for Business Innovation is bringing together thought-provoking speakers and innovative business owners for a virtual business conference for entrepreneurs and innovators. The conference includes a keynote from former Baltimore Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome Jr., a talk from Silicon Valley entrepreneur Clarence Wooten, and more sessions. TEDCO, The Ratcliffe Foundation and the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore are supporting this event.

  • Friday, June 11
  • 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Register ($29-99)


MEIA pitch finale

It’s the culmination of work by teams participating in the Maryland Energy Innovation Accelerator’s latest cohort. The winner will receive, $1,000 sponsored by the Maryland Department of Commerce. Along with pitches, guest speakers Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly Schulz, Delegate Lily Qi, and Maryland Clean Energy Center Board Chair Geoff Oxnam.

  • Wednesday, June 16
  • 3 to 5 p.m.
  • Register


Rise of the Rest Tech Talent Tour

The virtual career fair features startup CEOs and hiring managers from companies in Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund portfolio. The three-day virtual event will highlight opportunities in Baltimore on June 22 at 3 p.m.

  • Tuesday, June 22-24
  • Noon to 3:30 p.m.
  • Register


Webinar – A Simple, Sustainable WordPress.Com Solution for Nonprofits

At this month’s Baltimore Techies for Good meetup, Gary Vaughan will demo how, a simplified version of popular WordPress software, can be a fully functional website for nonprofits. Vaughan is a senior technical consultant with Acuity, Inc., and provides Help Desk support for internal WordPress blogs and websites at the U.S. State Department in Washington D.C. He will explain the pros and cons of the all-in-one platform and the more robust but technical WordPress.Org self-hosted site.

  • Wednesday, June 23
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Register
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.
Companies: SmartLogic

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