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Events Roundup: Baltimore County’s virtual manufacturing job fair is centering access

Plus, local-yet-virtual events for professionals exploring diversity, water scarcity and entrepreneurship.

VR on the RMI Manufacturing Day demo floor in 2017. (Courtesy photo)

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In Baltimore County, a manufacturing job fair is going virtual in April.

The April 8 event will seek to connect jobseekers with more than 100 open positions at regional companies, including many of the County’s largest employers.

Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland (RMI) teamed with the Baltimore County Department of Economic & Workforce Development and the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) to host the event. It comes as the COVID-19 pandemic has led to job losses, hitting retail and restaurant industries particularly hard.

“Many of those who found themselves without a job as a result of the pandemic would be ideal candidates for jobs in manufacturing, whether those jobs are in the production, design, management, financing, sales or customer service,” RMI President Mike Galiazzo said in a statement. “Today’s manufacturing jobs present great opportunities for individuals with skills and experience of all levels, not to mention family-sustaining incomes.”

The organizers have access in mind. Offering free admission for jobseekers, they’ll be using a platform that allows to connect through video, chat and audio. And for those who lack internet access, CCBC will be opening up computer labs at three of its campuses in Catonsville, Hunt Valley and Essex for use, as well as staffing the centers to provide assistance.

And the organizers are hosting two prep sessions to help jobseekers prepare: On March 24, an in-person session will be held at each of three CCBC locations. An online session will be held via Zoom on April 2.

So far, companies signed up to participate include Coty, McCormick, Textron Systems, Stanley Black & Decker, BD (Becton, Dickinson), Green Bay Packaging, Curio Wellness, BW Papersystems, ST Engineering, Independent Can Company, Saft Batteries, Filamatic and Strategic Factory.

Other tech events coming up in the Baltimore area:

2021 Cyber Maryland Conference

The annual conference from the Federal Business Council is taking the theme of “Building the Cyber Generation,” with a series of speakers and sessions aiming “to ensure the cyber-safety of today and educate the cybersecurity professionals of tomorrow.”

  • Wednesday, March 24 to Thursday, March 25
  • Register

AGILE: Innovations in Protecting the World’s Water Supply, Part 2

Leaders in water management and conservation who are working to reduce the burden on water infrastructure and the environment will take part in this panel discussion on finding ways to mitigate the risk of water scarcity, as well as commercial opportunities to address theses challenges. It’s the latest event in the World Trade Center Institute’s innovation series.

  • Wednesday, March 24
  • 11 a.m. to noon
  • Register

Baltimore Collegetown Industry Days

The Baltimore Collegetown Network event series provides university students from the region and employers space to meet. It could a ticket to an internship or job. Sponsored by the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore and Maryland Technology Internship Program, multiple events will be held with a focus in specific industry areas. See the dates and registration links below:

Black & Brown in STEM

Minority Innovation Weekend presents a virtual discussion panel and networking event. Made up of STEM professionals and individuals with a STEM degree working outside their field, the panel will take a multidisciplinary look at people of color in the STEM workforce and feature discussion of their experiences. Panelists include:

  • Jazmine Staten, diversity and inclusion program manager, Dell Technologies
  • Carlton Sapp, VP of analytics and AI research, Gartner
  • Tori Sombright, edtech coordinator, Plano Independent School District
  • Marisol Monzon, medical student, University of Utah School Of Medicine
  • Andres Marquez, software engineer, Facebook

Logistics are as follows:

  • Thursday, March 25
  • 6:30 to 9 p.m.
  • Register

Digital Health Forum

Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore and BioHealth Innovation are teaming to host a forum on the growing digital health community in the Baltimore-Washington region, and beyond. Two panel discussions will cover topics including digital health in academia, the healthcare system and international collaboration.

  • Thursday, March 25
  • 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Register

Shock Trauma and Emergency Medicine, Part 1

Anchor Ventures is kicking off a two-part series that explores Baltimore’s shock trauma and emergency medicine technology ecosystem. The series illustrates how local institutions are supported by technology development, the challenges of commercialization and areas of unmet needs in the industry. Part one is a panel featuring Shock Trauma director Dr Thomas M. Scalea, as well as University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers discussing gaps in the field, and the technologies they are developing to improve patient care, including drones, artificial blood cells and artificial intelligence.

  • Thursday, March 25
  • 4 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Register

Taking Technologies to Market

Gary Evans, director of Maryland’s DefTech, leads a session on the five most important rules for any entrepreneur looking to take a technology to market.

  • Friday, March 26
  • 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Register

R-Ladies Baltimore: Building Websites in RStudio

The meetup, which promotes gender diversity in the community around the programming language R, features a talk from Dr. Maria Tackett, assistant professor of the practice in the Department of Statistical Science at Duke University.

  • Thursday, April 1
  • 3 to 4:30 p.m.
  • RSVP
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.

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