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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

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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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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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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Deborah Tillett

  • BIW @ BIGTIME - Tue 10/09 –Sat 6/30 , 6:30pm– 8:00pm
    The BIG Theater
    1727 North Charles Street Baltimore, MD

Marketing and General Management for technology companies; both early stage and start-up. Computer game executive since 1989.

Specialties: Entrepreneurship, start-up strategy and resources, international sales and marketing for technology with an emphasis on computer games. Experience in the Middle East and globally.


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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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Christina Caraballo


Christina is a Director at Audacious Inquiry, a health information technology and policy company that is making healthcare more connected. She is transforming health care by synergizing her passions for policy, innovation, interoperability, consumer engagement, access to information and the adoption of health IT. Christina’s mission is to transform healthcare, make a positive impact in the world and improve communities at the local, national, and international levels. During her tenure at Get Real Health, a patient engagement technology trailblazer, Christina quickly solidified a reputation as a leading global subject matter expert on consumer engagement strategies and initiatives and has been at the forefront of the global culture shift to put patients and families at the center of care. Christina led the company’s government strategy, consulted with clients on how to best meet regulatory requirements, and oversaw the company’s health IT certifications. Christina is a member of the Federal Health IT Advisory Committee (HITAC) and the Maryland-D.C. District Export Council (DEC) by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.


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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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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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Technical.ly BaltimoreSaul EwingCallTrackingMetricsMosaic LearningCatalyteSystem IntegrityYear UpCoppin State UniversityMindgrub
Business Track
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U.S. Commercial Services
Creative Track
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Maryland Institute College of Art
Civic Track
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Baltimore Tree TrustBreak A Difference
Access Track
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Innovation Works
Sciences Track
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F3 Tech SeriesWaterfront Tech SeriesMid-Atlantic Farm Credit