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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

Sanjay Kalasa


Sanjay is the president of Adashi Systems, a Baltimore-based software company which gives public safety agencies the tools to staff, respond to, and manage critical incidents safely and efficiently. Adashi provides public safety technology to 1,500+ emergency services organizations worldwide. One of Adashi’s largest international customers is Australia-based Fire and Rescue New South Wales, which employs over 7,500 active duty firefighters and responds to more than 120,000 calls per year. Sanjay has over 25 years of experience in the public safety industry, and he also works as a volunteer firefighter/EMT at Rockville Volunteer Fire Department in Montgomery County, Maryland.


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Alissa Starzak


Alissa Starzak is the Head of Public Policy at Cloudflare, a web performance and security company that is on a mission to help build a better Internet. Cloudflare protects and accelerates more than 10 million web properties worldwide, with customers ranging from individual blogs to small businesses to Fortune 500 companies.
Prior to joining Cloudflare, Alissa worked for the U.S government in a variety of national security positions. Most recently, she served as the 21st General Counsel of the Department of the Army, after confirmation by the Senate. Before her appointment as Army General Counsel, Alissa served as the Deputy General Counsel (Legislation) of the U.S. Department of Defense, advising on legal issues with a legislative or congressional component and managing an office of attorneys responsible for developing the Department of Defense legislative program. Prior to moving to the Department of Defense, she served as Counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and as an Assistant General Counsel at the Central Intelligence Agency’s Office of General Counsel. She also worked in private practice in Washington, D.C., and clerked for The Honorable E. Grady Jolly, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

She graduated from Amherst College and the University of Chicago Law School, where she served as an editor of the University of Chicago Law Review.


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Tosin Adegbite


I am a certified product owner (SAFE, CSPO) and PMI certified project manager with over 18 years of professional experience in all aspects of product development. She has a deep passion for providing educational opportunities for all children. She is currently fulfilling that dream by working with a team of product owners for Pearson to build products that provide learning opportunities for children in grades K-12. She is an enthusiastic learner, that is always looking for the next challenge. Tosin actively participates in many community and company outreach programs including Girls love STEM/NSBE and ambassador/mentoring programs at local universities such as the University of Maryland. Tosin holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer and Information Science from Temple University in Philadelphia and is pursuing her MBA at NYU’s Stern school of business. In her free time she enjoys traveling off the beaten path, spending time with her three warrior princess’ and husband and training for the next marathon.


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Smitha Gopal


Smitha Gopal is the CEO of Rendia, a Baltimore company that creates visual patient education software to help doctors and patients communicate with each other. Prior to joining Rendia (formerly Eyemaginations), Smitha worked at a boutique investment bank. She earned an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Finance from the University of Virginia. Smitha was once misdiagnosed with juvenile glaucoma and sent home with only an outdated pamphlet. That frightening experience has made her passionate about taking a patient-centered approach to healthcare, and she believes that technology-driven communication is a key element in every medical practice.


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Signe Pringle


As a Managing Director of the Office of International Investment and Trade at Maryland Department of Commerce, Ms. Pringle is responsible for the State’s international operations, including foreign direct investment attraction and export promotion. Prior to that, Ms. Pringle served as a Regional Manager for Europe, assisting Maryland companies with developing export markets for their products and services, attracting investment from Europe and managing the Maryland European Office in France.
Ms. Pringle holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from University of Baltimore, and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business, Banking and Accounting, from Estonian Business School and a certificate from the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. Ms. Pringle is a Vice President of State International Development Organizations (SIDO) and serves on the boards of Eastern Trade Council (ETC), DC/MD District Export Council (DEC), Governor’s Subcabinet on International Affairs, The FDI Frontlines Coalition, and the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.


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Valerie Chua


Valerie is currently the Regional Director of the Singapore Economic Development Board’s (EDB) office in New York. Prior to her role, Valerie was a Senior Officer in the Infocomms and Media cluster of the EDB and was part of the team overseeing the Internet, Software and IT Services sectors in Singapore. She was also involved in Singapore’s efforts to develop a data analytics ecosystem, through programs for talent development and research. Valerie obtained an MSc in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University in 2012, and a BSc First Class Honours degree in Economics from the London School of Economics in 2011. She was awarded the EDB scholarship in 2008. Valerie enjoys trekking, running and coffee


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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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Mark McTamney


Mark is the Founder/CEO of IsItGood, the social community and personalized recommendation platform for podcasts. IsItGood was 1 of 7 companies selected to the Accelerate Baltimore 2018 cohort and was awarded the program's grand prize of $125,000 in seed capital in June 2018. As part of the management team of his last local startup, Parking Panda, he led the company from zero to $30M+ AGR, 40+ employees, 2+ million paying customers, $11M+ in venture capital raised, and successfully acquired in 2017. Mark has a JD/MBA from the University of Baltimore and a BA in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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