More than 4,000 people took part in the second annual Baltimore Innovation Week at the end of September, in partnership with many great organizations throughout the region. Full disclosure, we at Technical.ly Baltimore helped lead the big open calendar of events.
Find a wrap video and some outcomes of the week below.
This year, we saw a huge increase in participation from our inaugural year in 2012, with nearly 4,500 people attending more than 45 events organized with help from 80 partners and sponsors.
Some of the exciting happenings during BIW13 included:
- First Women/inTech conference, which brought out more than 50 women technologists (and aspiring technologists)
- A group of tech business leaders shared their vision for the future of the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem at the BioPark, including a keynote from developer Bill Struever.
- City Council held its first ever hearing on the tech and innovation economy, and District 7 Councilman Nick Mosby introduced a resolution officially recognizing Baltimore Innovation Week.
- Video game legend Sid Meier came out to discuss trends in mobile gaming
- More than 1,500 people voted in the first ever people’s choice Baltimore Innovation Week Awards.
- Ignite Baltimore 13 was a big and thrilling as ever.
- 200+ people gathered on Under Armour’s promenade to celebrate at the Innovation Celebration.
- See photos from the week here: Baltimore Innovation Week Facebook
- 45 percent of participants fell into the age range of 21-29. The next largest age group represented was 30-39 with 26 percent.
- 61 percent of participants found out about Baltimore Innovation Week from Technical.ly Baltimore. 32 percent of participants cited “word of mouth” as their source, including 1 in 5 — 22 percent, to be exact — who found out about the week or another event from one they were attending.
- 25 percent of participants attended one event during the week, while 23 percent attended two, and 16 percent attended as many as 5.
- The most attended type of event was in the Business (Entrepreneurship/Investment) track, with 58 percent of participants answering they had attended Business events. The next most attended track was Dev (Design/Development (48 percent), with Access (Access/Policy) coming in at third with 38 percent.
- 76 percent of participants answered that the quality of events during Baltimore Innovation Week was best described as “Great programming, great speakers and networking experience. Would recommend to a friend.”
- 64 percent felt that Baltimore Innovation Week “brought attention to Baltimore’s technology community locally” while 29 percent believed it brought attention to the tech community nationally and locally.
- 50 percent reported that they were unable to attend all the events they had hoped to because there were too many events to attend. 43 percent were able to make it to all the events they wanted to attend.
We can’t wait for another awesome Baltimore Innovation Week in 2014!