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Baltimore Innovation Week 2018

Baltimore Innovation Week is an opportunity to connect with the innovation community and learn more about entrepreneurship while celebrating the city of Baltimore

Interested in sponsoring Baltimore Innovation Week? Check out our BIW18 Sponsorship Prospectus for more information on impact, various packages and opportunities. Reach out to cmonroe@etcbaltimore.com for more info.

Event Submission Deadline is Friday, September 21st
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Track Days

Baltimore Innovation Week is organized into 7 different Track Days (Civic, Explore, Science & Education, Creative & Media, Dev, Business, and Access). You can filter for events that match your interests by clicking on one of the track icons.

Don’t miss BIW18 Coffee and Coworking! Check out our list of participating spaces to register for drop-in coworking and FREE coffee all week! Each day will feature a Coffee Talk and Lunch & Learn so be sure to reserve your tickets when you sign up for drop-in hours.

  • The impact of technology on government and civil society. Think: digital media, civic hacking, open data.
  • City experts lead the way as you discover the hidden secrets
    and rich history of your very own city. Think: guided tours, scavenger hunts, and more.
  • Where leaders in healthcare, the sciences, economic development, public health and academia come together. Think: commercialized technology, creating connectivity, influencing policy.
  • Where art, technology, and promotion strategies collide. Think: video games, digital art, social networks, and content marketing.
  • Where programmers, designers, developers and project managers come together. Think: coding, front and back-end development, and more.
  • The startup and business community conversation. Think: venture capital, startups, bootstrapping, and entrepreneur stories.
  • Discussing diversity and social impact issues that affect everyday citizens. Think: digital divide, digital education.

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Speakers

David Tohn


David Tohn is the Chief Executive Officer at BTS Software Solutions (BTS-S2) in Columbia, Maryland as well as co-founder of the BTS-S2 spinoff, Verb8tm, Inc. David is a retired military officer with over 24 years’ experience in military intelligence, strategic planning, and a deep background in cyber security operations, policy, and planning.

Following his military career, he entered the private sector, joining the CyberPoint International team in Baltimore, MD to promote CyberPoint’s commercial and international cybersecurity products and services. He assumed the CEO position of BTS-S2, a defense and intelligence community products and services company, in 2014. With a focus on growth since joining, BTS-S2 tripled in size; expanded the government services and solutions portfolio; added and then spun out Verb8tm, an advanced speech-to- text solution for complex audio, in 2015.

David’s background includes cybersecurity operations, strategic and operational planning, Signals, Geospatial, and Human Intelligence. His current emphasis is in big data analytics, bioinformatics, data compression, technical forensic exploitation, and teaching critical thinking and logical reasoning for cyberspace operators.

Publications include authoring and coauthoring two books, several professional articles and op-eds focusing on key geo-political security topics, strategic intelligence, and cyber-security.


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Claire Foster


Claire Foster is a sculptor, illustrator, and craftswoman living and working outside of Baltimore, MD. A transplant from the North East, Claire graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2016 with an MFA in Illustration Practice, and has since been working across a wide variety of media including steel sculpture, digital illustration and animation, and woodworking.


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Katie Marquette


Katie Marquette is the producer for a number of local programs for 88.1, WYPR, including Future City and Life in the Balance. She hosts and produces an original podcast called The Noir and Bizarre, a show that explores strange and eerie history. Additionally, she works as a production assistant for the award-winning podcast, Out of the Blocks. Katie has a masters degree in conflict resolution from Georgetown University and an undergraduate degree from St. Mary's College of Maryland, where she majored in religious studies and English.


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Gabriel Pendleton


Gabriel is a digital tech evangelist, community builder, and people connector. He is also the co-founder of AudioStaq, a publishing and monetization platform for podcasters. Gabriel is a contributor to Technically Baltimore and former Editor in Chief at BaltimoreGamer.com


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Mike Gill


Secretary Mike Gill is a business leader with four decades of experience as an entrepreneur, a technology executive, an investment banker, and a public servant.

​He was tapped by Governor Larry Hogan to lead the Maryland Department of Commerce (formerly the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development)​ in January 2015. Prior to his appointment, Mike Gill led Evergreen Advisors, an investment bank, as chairman and principal. Previously, Gill founded Hoyt Capital, an investment and advisory firm serving start​ups and growth companies. Mr. Gill was also a founder of First Page, which was acquired by Metrocall; served as chairman of Curtis Engine, a Baltimore power generator company; and was chairman of Bluefire Security Technologies, a mobile cybersecurity developer, from 2006 to 2008. In 1984, Gill founded AMERICOM, a Baltimore-based provider of cellular products and services to businesses in the area. Under Gill’s leadership, AMERICOM expanded nationwide with more than 1,200 team members. In 2000, it was acquired by Solectron. He started his career with IBM and held a number of positions in sales and marketing. He then became Director of Data Systems in the mid-Atlantic region for Ernst & Young.

Gill served on the University System of Maryland Board of Regents from 2004 to 2009, heading the audit committee and technology transfer and commercialization workgroup. His past and present board memberships also include the Calvert Hall Board of Trustees, Baltimore County Economic Development Commission, St. Joseph's Medical Center, Bay National Bank, and Towson University of Board of Visitors. He is also a member of the President's Advisory Board at Clemson University.

Gill earned his B.S. in business administration from Towson University in 1974 after first attending Clemson University on a baseball scholarship. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Towson University in 1996.


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Johnny Boursiquot


Johnny Boursiquot is a multi-disciplined software and cloud engineer with two decades of industry experience spanning various server, client, and mobile technologies. He enjoys teaching technology, training developers, and has authored “Go Standard Library Solutions” available now from Packt Publishing.

His love for technology is matched only by his passion for community service. He is a GoBridge Core Member, the founder and organizer of the Baltimore Golang User Group, and a previous organizer of both the Boston Ruby User Group and the Boston Golang User Group. He regularly serves as a speaker and teacher for various organizations that seek to diversify the tech industry. He has been known to mentor a number of up and coming technology professionals in the Boston and Baltimore metro areas.


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Nicole Hayes


Nicole Hayes is the Regional Director for CarNow, the fastest growing autmotive technology company in history. CarNow is transforming the way dealers communicate and transact with customers. CarNow’s tools are built on a unique software architecture that provides dealers the ability to have their consumers get all of their questions answered within seconds as well as complete all of the details of buying a car online within a dealers current website- therefore saving the consumers time in the dealership.

Nicole has over 15 years of experience in the automotive digital landscape working within every facet of buisness including the vendor, agency and dealership side. Nicole was a graduate of Towson University where she played college lacrosee and graduated with a Major in Mass Communications and a Minor in buisness, she now lives in Harford County with her 3 kids and husband.


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Jeehye Yun


Jeehye Yun is the founding CEO of RedShred, an AI company that uses machine learning and natural language processing to search, find and extract knowledge from unstructured documents. RedShred helps customers take unstructured data and remove the hard task of preprocessing the raw data so it can be used in machine learning models and enhanced search. RedShred has taken over 12 million RFP, grant and procurement documents and analyzed them with the RedShred engine.Prior to RedShred, Yun was CEO of SSG, an IT services firm with specialities in enterprise content management and agile development. SSG customers include National Geographic, NGC/Fox TV and the US Marine Corp. She was previously Director of Computing Facilities at the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) an interdisciplinary research institute. She has also managed IT security at UMBC and has taught topics in computer security at UMBC. She is also a past recipient UMBC Outstanding Alumni of the Year award.


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Maryland Institute College of Art
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