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Events Roundup: The end of the hybrid school year is here. Let’s look back on it

Plus, Juneteenth weekend features a Black-owned pop-up shop and marketplace, and technical events featuring Elixir and Azure DevOps.

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Tuesday is the last day of school for Baltimore City Public Schools students. While bringing a collective exhale, whether you’re on Zoom or in the classroom, the end of a year can also offer a moment to reflect. Luckily, Edtech Maryland is offering space to share by hosting a meetup Tuesday night to look back on the lessons learned from the year that mixed online and in-person learning, and how they might apply going forward.

Titled: “Education Post Covid, What did we Learn.” the meetup will evaluate tools that leverage the insight and ability of human instructors while reducing extraneous workload. It will address how to implement those leveraging tools, including administrative buy-in, deployment, and teacher training. Along with discussing a long-term evaluation method to guide continual refinement and potential expansion of enhanced/extended classrooms.

Join the conversation (virtually of course) from 6:30-8 p.m. Panelists include:

  • Andrew J. Hampton, research scientist & assistant professor, The University of Memphis
  • Erika Finchen, senior director of digital products, The College Board
  • Phil Horwitz, chief architect, JBS Custom Software Solutions

Here’s a look at more events offering an opportunity for technologists and entrepreneurs to look back, and look ahead:

BaltoMSDN: Using CLI/REST API/Powershell to control Azure DevOps

This meetup centers around how most of what can be done in the the Azure DevOps Portal can also be done via the REST API, AZ command line tools, or PowerShell cmdlets. This talk will show you tips and tricks to use these tools to automate common tasks, generate ad-hoc reports, and master Azure DevOps from VS Code, Jupyter notebooks, and the Windows Terminal. It will be a hybrid (real world/virtual) event. The IRL event is at Barret’s Grill.

  • Wednesday, June 16
  • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Barrett’s Grill, 118 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley
  • Register

Elixir Wizards |> Conference

With the Elixir Wizards |> Conference, Baltimore software development firm SmartLogic is gathering developers building technology and companies with the programming language Elixir, and the framework Phoenix. The two-day, virtual event features keynotes, panels, short-form talks and networking.

  • Wednesday, June 16-17
  • 12 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Register ($75)

MEIA pitch finale

This event is 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

Black-owned Business Pop-Up Shop & Marketplace

For Juneteenth weekend, Remnant 144 and Eat Cafe 4:44 are hosting a Black-owned Business Pop-up Shop & Marketplace as the latest event from the Baltimore Black Entrepreneurs and Startup Founders meetup. The event includes food, vendors, shopping, music and giveaways.

  • Sunday, June 20
  • 3 to 8 p.m.
  • Hair by AJ & Lola, 3347 Greenmount Avenue
  • 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

Artificial Intelligence in Manufacturing: It’s Not Just Robots

Howard Community College is hosting a hands-on workshop (in-person or virtually) focusing on human-centered automation in the manufacturing sector led and facilitated by Mind Over Machines. The event will break down the buzz about AI and automation in the manufacturing sector, discover the separation between robotics and business process automation, explore the difference between hardware robots and software robots and identify the roadblocks for automation in businesses and what that means the workforce.

  • Wednesday, June 23
  • 9 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Maryland Innovation Center, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia
  • 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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