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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

Curtis Funderburk


President and CEO of System Integrity, LLC located in Baltimore; Curtis Funderburk is a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a Cisco Certified Networking Instructor.

With over 25 years of design and maintenance experience, he served as a Systems and Test Engineer for corporation like Verizon and Dupont, as well as; the National Institutes of Health, the Food and the Drug Administration and the Office of the Chief Technology Officer in Washington, DC.

He is most proud of his accomplishments as an Instructor at the Veterans Education & Training Center in Washington; where he mentored and trained over 50 military veterans to obtain their network industry certifications and improve their chances of gaining employment after serving our country.


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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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Delali Dzirasa


Delali Dzirasa is the founder and President of Fearless, a digital services firm based out of Baltimore, MD with a mission to create software with a soul: innovative products that power the things that matter. The designers and developers at Fearless work closely with customers to build sleek custom products that meet individual needs and maximize user potential. Delali’s passion for entrepreneurship and outreach is reflected in Fearless’ devotion to customer support. Delali graduated with a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in 2004 and has over a decade of experience leading agile software teams and programs. 
 Delali strives to make a difference in technology and in his surrounding community. He serves as a Board Member on the UMBC Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Visiting Committee as well as the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore. He chaired the inaugural DevOpsDays Baltimore and is a founding member and current actor on the governing board of the Digital Services Coalition. He is passionate about increasing the rate of city youth heading into STEM fields and works closely with Dent Education and Code in Schools to provide funding and mentorship programs, as well as other education initiatives.

Delali currently lives Baltimore City with his family and when he isn’t busy running Fearless (rarely), he enjoys working out and hanging out with friends and loved ones. He can be reached at ddzirasa@fearless.tech.


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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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Kevin Kristofco


Co-Host: TitleTown Sound Off, a podcast for Green Bay Packers fans. A weekly podcast featuring original content and listener interaction.

As the Director of Day to Day Operations at Enradius, I have the unique opportunity to apply what I learn at work to my own personal project.


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Elena Hearty


Elena Hearty graduated from the University of Virginia in Y2K with a BS in Computer Science. Since then, she spent over fifteen years of her career focused on online advertising, which afforded her the opportunity to explore everything from mobile app development to big data solutions running in the cloud. This experience left her with a fascination for what makes audiences tick, so in 2017, Elena left her position as an architect at Oath to pursue this interest full-time at ICX Media, a video analytics startup in Washington, DC. There, she puts her varied expertise to good use providing insight into the behavior of social media users.


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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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Carey Arun


Carey Arun is a Foreign Service Office with the US Department of Commerce - US Commercial Service. Carey is assigned to the US Export Assistance Center in Baltimore, MD where she assists Maryland based IT, technology, Marine, Textile, Transportation and Chemical firms with their export efforts.

Carey has extensive Commercial and Government business development, contracting and program management experience holding positions within the Federal Government and Fortune 500 firms.


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Technical.ly BaltimoreSaul EwingCallTrackingMetricsMosaic LearningCatalyteSystem IntegrityYear UpCoppin State UniversityMindgrub
Business Track
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Creative Track
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Maryland Institute College of Art
Civic Track
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Access Track
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