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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

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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Chip Dizárd


Chip Dizárd is an accomplished speaker, leader, and serial entrepreneur who travels the world teaching others how to achieve their goals through the use of technology and media. As the founder and lead cinematographer at Chip Dizárd Weddings, he’s leveraged his expertise in photography and social media to build a wildly popular and profitable brand. Before becoming a professional photographer, Chip led a thriving career in media and education. He holds a degree in Communication and Media Production from Coppin State University and has taught media production, photography, and videography courses at the high school and college levels. For 8 years, he served as the General Manager of Baltimore City Public Schools Education Channel 77 and is also a former web designer for local nonprofit organizations in the Washington, D.C. area. Because of the excellent quality of his work as a photographer, Chip was named a Munaluchi Bride Rising Star and Coterie Ambassador, and he’s also a Wedding Wire Couples Choice Award winner. His images have been featured in notable media outlets such as CNN, Forbes.com, Essence.com, and The Huffington Post. The common denominator in all of Chip’s work has been a love for teaching and mentoring, making his career as a speaker a natural evolution of his brand. A high-energy speaker with an exuberant personality, he’s shared his insights on photography, entrepreneurship, and social media marketing at conferences and events across the United States and internationally, including Bowie State University, Blogalicious, The Planner’s Suite, and Munaluchi Bride Coterie conferences.


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Travis Case


Travis Case is a book/film reviewer, co-owner of MasonDictionENT, and a graduate of Morgan State University, where he received his BA in English Literature. In 2014, Travis wanted to share his love of literature and film. As a result, he began his review series, with a highly successful review of Paulo Coelho’s book, “The Alchemist.” In fact, Coelho saw the review, loved it, and shared it on his social media sites. This experience was a reaffirmation for the Morgan State grad as he had been talking about his passion for books and film since the third grade. While continuing to review novels and movies, Travis is currently expanding his brand to video essays in which he has also garnered some success with. The reviewer received praise from Director, Allen Hughes, and Screenwriter Tyger Williams for his video analysis of the critically acclaimed film, Menace II Society. Travis Case lives in Baltimore, Maryland.


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Dan Taylor


Dan Taylor leads display advertising platform strategy for Google’s global business organization, focused on product innovation, commercialization and advertiser engagement at scale across Google Ads and Google Marketing Platform in all countries where Google operates.


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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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Gina Carter


Gina Felder-Carter is mother, and wife. Gina has worked in multiple roles within IT upon graduating from Temple University in 2000. Currently she is a Data Analyst at AmeriHealth Caritas. In 2013, she had an opportunity to pursue her passion of digital media. The role as a social media coordinator/ project management for a regional event planning and public relations firm. While serving in this role I quickly learned my passion could potentially align well with my current career.  In 2017 she developed media presence for a couple of restaurants in West Philadelphia. In addition, she continues to enhance her skills by attending several conferences, staying abreast of new technology, and enrolling in free courses.
She has 3 children and enjoys cooking and eating dinner with her family daily.


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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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Matthew Stanton


Matt Stanton has over 20 years of experience in directing public policy for elected officials, non-profit organizations and Fortune 500 companies. Matt is currently Vice President, Global Public Policy for Under Armour. In this role he leads the formation and implementation of Under Armour public policy strategy at the local, state, federal and international levels. Under Armour is one of the largest apparel, footwear and technology companies in the world. Under Armour is headquartered in Baltimore, MD with nearly 16,000 employees world-wide. Prior to joining Under Armour, Matt had an extensive career in the public and private sectors. As Vice President, Public Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility for Beam Suntory, the third largest spirits company in the world with iconic brands like Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Courvoisier and Laphroaig, Matt led the government affairs function and managed social responsibility strategy. Before Beam Suntory, Matt was Vice President, Corporate Affairs for Fortune Brands, a diverse consumer goods company with brands like Master Lock, Moen faucets, Titleist golf, as well as many beverage alcohol brands. Prior to his work in the private sector, Matt worked on Capitol Hill for various members of Congress, helping them implement their legislative agenda. Matt is a native Washingtonian. He received his undergraduate degree from Catholic University of America and his law degree from American University Washington College of Law. Matt lives in Bethesda, MD with his wife Katie and their six children.


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