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Here’s a look at the agenda for Baltimore Innovation Week’s dev, business and access days

The event series highlighting local tech and entrepreneurship runs through October 11. Here's where to meet the folks starting businesses and building new products during the week's home stretch.

Dev Day arrives at #BIW19 on October 9. ( Baltimore Photo)

It’s finally upon us: Baltimore Innovation Week 2019 is underway, with a full work week of highlighting the local tech and  entrepreneurship community, with plenty of chances to learn along the way.

Following up on last week’s look at the first half of the programming, we’re taking a little time on Monday morning to circle some key events that will bring us home through October 11.

Here’s a look at the schedule for track days including Dev, Business and Access:

Wednesday, October 9: Dev 

A full-day series of talks, showcases and awards offers a showcase for the new products and companies that are growing in the city.

Hosted at 1100 Wicomico, the Pigtown building’s team is joining forces with Harbor Designs and Manufacturing to organize Dev day, running from 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Events are taking place in a 46,000-square-foot space on the eighth floor of the building, which has a unique place bridging Baltimore’s entrepreneurial past, and future.

To begin the day, a pair of talks presented by Canton software development consultancy SmartLogic will feature a look at the programming language React Native and a software development apprenticeship program.

That’s followed up with a look at starting a company and finding customers from Startup Grind Columbia CEO Chris Haug and Whitebox Chief Revenue Officer Danielle Repetti.

Moving into midday the maker movement takes center stage. Made in Baltimore is presenting a panel on technology’s rise in the makerspaces and companies that are building in Baltimore, including Chord, Greenmount Tile and Global Air Media. Throughout the afternoon, there will be a chance to meet founders and check out new products from around the area through the maker sourcing and supplier fair, entrepreneur showcase and live demos.

The farm is increasingly close to the minds of innovators, and F3 Tech will offer a showcase on agritech, aquatech and envirotech from 1-5 p.m. Learn about the future of agriculture production and feed in a pair of panels.

Running concurrently, a series of panels will explore education, funding and technology.

Interested in gaining funding to grow a business? Starting at 1:30 p.m., Squadra organized a panel on the different avenues available featuring Maryland Momentum Fund Director Claire Broido Johnson, MD MEP ED Michael Kelleher, Protenus CEO Nick Culbertson and ABS Capital’s John Stockel.

Then, MD MEP and Nemphos Braue are talking technologies of the future with a panel featuring Balti Virtual CEO Will Gee and MindStand CTO Eric Solender.

At 4 p.m., a discussion on higher education and workforce development that’s organized by includes Maryland Technology Internship Program Assistant Director Annie Weinschenk, innovation strategist Brandon Ball, Catalyte Director of Strategic Partnerships Dana Ledyard and Johns Hopkins Carey Business School Faculty Member Adriano Pianesi.

To close out the day, we’re throwing a big celebration of Baltimore tech. At happy hour, we’ll announce the winners of the 2019 Awards, and honor the inaugural class of RealLIST Engineers. It’s a chance to mingle with some of  the most influential folks in the tech community.

Thursday, October 10: Business

ETC, the organizer of the week, plays host to a full day of events on the ins and outs of building a business.

It starts at 8:30 a.m. with a discussion from Founders Approach about the future of coworking: travel.

For those seeking federal funding to bring research to a company, ETC will also lead discussions about writing Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) proposals. Another highlight of the morning is the discussion of CRM and loyalty marketing, as Response Labs explores case studies and stories from marketing and biz pros.

Thoughts turn global in the afternoon, as the ETC teams with U.S. Commercial Service Maryland and Global Innovation Forum to discuss some simple steps startups can take to move into an international market. Sessions will focus on recognizing opportunities, regulations and how to interact with government.

Following these events, there will be a business day networking and happy hour event at ETC.

The day closes with Startup Grind Baltimore, as a panel takes on the topic of becoming an entrepreneur. Hear from Moxie Promotion owner Laura Gaworecki, SpotWash cofounder Mike LaRoque, Bee Well Living cofounder Steve Bumbry and OVFX owner (and former Baltimore Ravens player) Trevor Pryce.

In the evening, visitors can also travel to Towson to attend the EdTech Innovation Showcase for networking opportunities with investors, entrepreneurs and strategic partners.

Friday, October 11: Access and Innovation Celebration

The final day of BIW looks to emphasize increasing access and inclusion in innovation communities.

Open Works and Innovation Works will host a majority of the day’s events, including discussions about innovation in Baltimore neighborhoods, the accessibility of data and technology and innovative funding strategies. 

Local Baltimore innovators will lead an afternoon discussion about how they utilize entrepreneurship disciplines to address issues in their communities. 

To close out the week, the scene shifts back to ETC. The incubator will play host to the final event of BIW: The Innovation Celebration. This provides a chance to eat, drink and celebrate with the community. This is also the only event that requires purchasing a ticket, which are $10. 

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