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Baltimore Innovation Week 2018

Baltimore Innovation Week October 4 - October 11, 2019

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

Jen MacLean


As the Executive Director of the IGDA and IGDA Foundation, Jen MacLean works to build a more inclusive game development community and support game developers around the world in achieving sustainable, fulfilling careers. From the start of her career as a playtester at Microprose Software, through senior roles at AOL, Comcast, and StoryArc Media, Jen has managed game development, strategy, marketing, business development and partnerships across multiple gaming platforms. She was named one of the “Game Industry’s 100 Most Influential Women” by Next Generation, one of the “Top 20 Women in Games” by Gamasutra, and is a frequently-requested speaker at interactive entertainment industry events.


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Clifton Morgan


Clifton Morgan has served Opportunity Youth with Year Up for nearly nine years as the College Partnerships Specialist, Director of Admissions and finally the Senior Director of Program in Year Up’s National Capital Region. Clif is currently the Site Director at Year Up, Baltimore and works with a great team providing young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education.

Clif knows that there is a demand for a trained and experienced workforce and a large number of youth who are disconnected from opportunities to the education and coaching needed to excel in their careers. Year Up’s six month Learning & Development phase and six month corporate internship help to level the playing field and give young adults access beyond many of the barriers to entry that may exist for them.

Clif has 25 years of experience in higher education and workforce development. He started his career as a job and career coach at Dawson Technical Institute in Chicago’s City College system. He aided in the establishment of Chicago State University’s Office of Distance Learning, and served as the department’s inaugural Assistant Director.  Clif also had the privilege to serve on the advisory board and as program facilitator for Project Brotherhood, a nationally recognized men’s health clinic, which has been featured on CNN’s “Black in America”.  Through his work with Project Brotherhood Clif was given the opportunity to partner with Grammy Award winning artist Common’s - Common Ground Foundation to establish and facilitate youth development programs for high school students on Chicago’s Southside.  

Clif holds a B.S. in Finance from Hampton University, is a trained Diversity and Cultural Humility Facilitator, a trained Predictive Index Analyst, noted speaker and has been recognized for his dedication to the communities he serves with several Honors.


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Alexandré Wing


Alexandre Wing is a Co-Founder at MoJoe Brewing Company who helps busy professionals to conveniently brew and enjoy coffee on the go, so that they can be more productive and have more energy throughout the day.

Before joining MoJoe Brewing Co., Alexandre worked a number of years as a freelance brand identity designer, one-man video production team, and photographer.

After a successful career helping fitness trainers, and small businesses, Alexandre now consults them on how to get more sales with video and digital marketing strategies.

Alexandre is an early student of UX, lover of visual storytelling, and a stickler for branding and proper water-to-coffee ratios.


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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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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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Colleen Fisher


Colleen Fisher is the Director of the U.S. Commercial Service’s U.S. Export Assistance Center in Baltimore. In this position, Ms. Fisher leads a team of five international trade specialists who assist U.S. businesses based in Maryland with increasing their international sales. Ms. Fisher acts as the Executive Secretary of the Maryland-DC District Export Council and works with local partners integrate export promotion efforts in the state of Maryland. Ms. Fisher received her B.A. in Political Science and Spanish and her M.A. in International Trade and Investment Policy from George Washington University in Washington, DC. She is also a Certified Global Business Professional (NASBITE) and trained as a Co-Active Coach through the Coaches Training Institute (CTI).


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Jay Reilly


With his private practice and in-house experience, Jay Reilly brings to clients a dual perspective of legal issues facing businesses. He has a deep knowledge of the bio-tech, life sciences and pharmaceutical industries and regularly counsels entrepreneurs and early-stage companies on a wide variety of business matters.

Prior to joining Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, Jay was General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Emergent BioSolutions, a publicly traded specialty pharmaceutical company in Washington, D.C. In this position, Jay managed the company's in-house legal staff and monitored government contract and compliance matters. He has extensive knowledge of securities law compliance and has directed numerous complex corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, real estate deals, joint ventures, strategic alliances and licensing agreements. In addition, Jay has first-hand experience counseling members of boards of directors on governance, fiduciary duties and risk mitigation.


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Angel Johnson


Angel (LaBell) Johnson is a Temple University, Computer Information Systems graduate and has taken life by the reigns. She consistently pushes toward excellence both professionally and personally. Her career started out as a computer developer and has grown into leading technical and mobile app development teams to success for large organizations such as GE Capital, M&M Mars, AKQA, Digitas Health, Travel Channel and Marriott International. She is a self-taught stock market, real estate and cryptocurrency investor and has a love and passion for technology. Angel is currently getting her MBA in Cybersecurity. Angel is happily married with a wild and rambunctious 2-year-old daughter and seeks out opportunities to inspire and motivate others to live their best life.


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