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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

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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Andrew Wichmann


I am a patent lawyer who enjoys the technical rigour of patent prosecution while also embracing the world of art and design. My clients have included startups and early stage companies as well as members of the Fortune 100. I have experience in a range of technical fields, including artificial neural networks, integrated circuits, FinTech, medical devices, wearables, and EdTech. The non-technical side of my practice includes the protection of designs and other creative works through the prosecution of design patents, trademark and trade dress rights, and copyright registrations.

I frequently counsel early stage companies emerging from universities and government research labs on IP licensing and patenting strategies. In the context of corporate M&A or IP acquisitions, I advise on the ownership, validity, scope, and enforceability of IP assets, as well as conduct freedom-to-operate analyses.


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Rick Ducey


Rick leads BIA Advisory Service's strategy consulting practice and serves as an adviser to an affiliated investment banking group BIA Capital Strategies. Rick works with media, adtech and martech companies to see and evaluate opportunities and strategies in the market to achieve corporate goals. He helps client with strategic planning, developing partnership strategies, product planning, and achieving revenue growth and diversification. He helps marketers including brands and agencies with effective planning and use of digital media platforms. He also works on investment banking projects assisting buy-side and sell-side clients.


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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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Chris Curtis


Chris is an SMB Community Engagement Coordinator on the Small and Medium Business team in Menlo Park, CA. He focuses on showcasing how small businesses are using Facebook and on helping small business communities better understand how to use Facebook to connect and grow. Chris is especially passionate about working with small businesses having watched his father start and run a small business, and seeing the time and dedication it requires. Chris was born and raised in Philadelphia and graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelors in Business Administration and a minor in Sustainability.


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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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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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James West


Johns Hopkins University Professor James E. West has over 250 patents to his name. He is best known for his work at Bell Labs and  his invention of the electret microphone. Ninety percent of microphones produced annually are his, and can be found in everyday items such as your cellphone. West was inducted into The National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1999 for the invention of the electret microphone. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering; a Fellow, and past President, of the Acoustical Society of America, and a Fellow of the IEEE. West was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in 2006 by President George W. Bush, and is also the proud recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Engineering. In addition to his scientific contributions, West has also served as an advocate for greater diversity in STEM fields serving on the board of countless philanthropic organizations including The Ingenuity Project. Jim is currently working with a local startup, Sonavi Labs, on developing a life- changing smart digital stethoscope with machine-learning algorithms to diagnose respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.


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Maryland Institute College of Art
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