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Events Roundup: Pitches, PANDAS and a hike

Plus, technical meetups that offer an intro to new tools, and a closer look at medical devices.

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April is typically peak pitch season for the spring, but Maryland’s entrepreneurship community still has a few more big check presentations left on Zoom before we get into summer.

In May, the virtual event series are also hitting their stride. A pair of events will be connecting developers and professionals around the mid-Atlantic, while Protenus is gathering the healthcare compliance community. Then, Baltimore Innovation Week arrives.

In the meantime, there’s an assortment of events for technologists looking to get their product to market, and events for changemakers seeking to reconnect with like-minded individuals.

Check out the latest lineup of tech and biz events in the Baltimore area:

Hexcite: Pitching & Polling

The Johns Hopkins Technology Innovation Center’s Hexcite pre-accelerator program is hosting a Pitching & Polling competition for the early stage digital health teams in its program. The teams bring together members from  Johns Hopkins, MICA, and the University of Maryland, and they will be evaluated by industry judges.

Taking Technologies to Market

Deftech Maryland hosts biweekly sessions on how to leverage the federal government to get your technology to market. This week’s event has an emphasis on how the Army can help design and print a product prototype.

PANDAS Live 2021

Fells Point-based healthcare analytics company Protenus is presenting its fifth annual conference for healthcare compliance professionals. There will be discussions and forums on data analytics in healthcare, best practices in patient privacy monitoring, controlled substance diversion surveillance and building an active community that is the driving force for improving healthcare compliance standards and practices. Keynoting the conference will be Afia Asamoah, head of legal at Google Health. Developers Conference

The Developers conference is the place where programmers meet, to sharpen their skills, learn new approaches, and explore new opportunities, in an environment created by developers, for developers. The daylong virtual event is part of Philly Tech Week, but everyone is invited.

  • Tuesday, May 11
  • 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Register

Founder City: Med Device Innovation in Maryland

The entrepreneurship-focused event series from Betamore and Frederick’s FITCI is putting a spotlight on the region’s medical device startups, an emerging area of innovation strength over the last several years given the IP coming out of local universities. Panelists include:

  • Ulyana Desiderio, director of biohealth and life sciences, Maryland Department of Commerce
  • Chibueze Ihenacho, CEO, ARMR Systems
  • Brad Hennessie, CEO, NextStep Robotics
  • Jim Hughes, senior VP and chief enterprise and economic development Officer, University of Maryland, Baltimore (moderator)

Here are the logistics:

  • Wednesday, May 12
  • 12 to 1 p.m.
  • Register

Introduced by

For the second daylong event of Philly Tech Week from, come prepared to learn what the most innovative orgs in the world are doing to recruit, retain and support savvy professionals. Topics like DEI successes and failures, maintaining company culture during high-growth phases and the advancement of stakeholder capitalism will be discussed.

  • Thursday, May 13
  • 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Register

Baltimore Black Techies Meetup

This month’s meetup will revolve around Unity 3D. Speakers will discuss the ins and outs, while answering whatever questions they can about developing with the platform.

  • Thursday, May 13
  • 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Register

Impact Hub Connect & Trek

Impact Hub Baltimore is organizing a masked and socially distanced hike at Leakin Park to bring together collaborators and Baltimore changemakers.

  • Friday, May 14
  • 10 a.m. to noon
  • Register

Baltimore Innovation Week

Baltimore Innovation Week is on the horizon. The three-day, virtual celebration of forward-thinking companies and entrepreneurs in Baltimore is designed to highlighting the city’s leaders, and offer lessons for the people building new ventures. Check out the lineup and register for the packed schedule of events at the 2021 Baltimore Innovation Week site.

Mtech Ventures Pitch Event

Three early stage startups working out of the University of Maryland will be pitching their technologies, seeking out funding, support and intros.

  • Thursday, May 20
  • 4 p.m. to 5:15 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.
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