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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

Akilah Lindler


Akilah Lindler is a Philadelphia native and graduate of Temple University. She is currently an IT Consultant working in the private sector creating websites for background screenings. She has worked for privately held fortune 500 companies in the areas of Distributions, Capital Markets, Banking and Real-Estate. Akilah is also the owner of The Lindler Consulting Group; an events planning consulting firm based in Philadelphia. She is an advocate for diversity initiatives and has become a catalyst for change by closely working with small businesses, faith based organizations, community organizations, non-profits, and other power influencers. With over 19 years of business acumen in the corporate world, Akilah became an advocate for women in business that want to become successful entrepreneurs. Akilah furthered her business talents and partnered with a group of successful African American entrepreneurs to produce and become a cast member for “Makin’ It Philly.” "Makin' It Philly", an independently produced docu-series that depicts the lives of African American entrepreneurs coming together to form Palmieri Jeans that aired on Bounce TV. The show gave inspiration and hope to families that shared her background. "Knowing who you are and where you come from is important to building your future success! Akilah has professional affiliations to Destined for a Dream Foundation, Temple University Black Alumni, National Action Network, New Born Productions, Toastmasters, Nicetown Community Development Center, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Women of Faith & Hope, Network of Women in Computer Technology, National Association for Female Executives, Black Data Processing Association and National Black MBA Association, Inc. She is featured in many publications and received numerous awards including a citation from the City of Philadelphia and 2016 American Black Film Festival finalist for VH1 Storytellers Workshop. Akilah attributes her merit to her mother and the many great women in her community that has helped to cultivate her life through mentoring. Currently, Akilah is working as a contributor to several media outlets and working on her technology book entitled "Stems and Olive Branches" which will be released in 2018. She is also working on a future project for the depiction of race and equality of Catholic School Girls and several short films to launch in 2020.


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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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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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Claire Foster


Claire Foster is a sculptor, illustrator, and craftswoman living and working outside of Baltimore, MD. A transplant from the North East, Claire graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2016 with an MFA in Illustration Practice, and has since been working across a wide variety of media including steel sculpture, digital illustration and animation, and woodworking.


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Joni Daniels


A nationally recognized management development consultant, Joni Daniels is Principal of Daniels & Associates, providing solutions and presenting programs on effective management and professional effectiveness. She has successfully worked with a variety of clients, written articles on professional issues, and serves as a resource for many online and print publications, TV, and radio. Author of “POWER TOOLS FOR WOMEN®: Plugging into the Essential Skills for Life and Work,” she has served as an instructor in management topics for a variety of colleges and universities. Joni regularly contributes to CityBizList.com, currently serves on the Board of Overseers for the Baltimore School for the Arts and is the facilitator of TEDCO’s Women’s Executive Leadership Roundtable.


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Boris Vishnevsky


Boris Vishnevsky joined Slalom Consulting in Philadelphia from IBM, where he led business transformation initiatives and translated complex business requirements into actionable systems. His focus was on execution of strategic go-to-market initiatives, cyber security and hybrid cloud projects for Fortune 100, Big Four, and Management Consulting Companies.

Boris is leading Cyber Security within Slalom’s Technology Enablement practice in Philadelphia with focus on designing and building innovative solutions that deliver new, differentiating and long-lasting value to Slalom’s clients. He will partner with Slalom cyber security teams from other markets to grow Philadelphia-based cyber security practices and to increase market awareness of Slalom’s cyber security capabilities.

Boris is a Board member of Cloud Security Alliance Delaware Valley (CSA-DV) , where shares his experience and often presents at cloud security conferences and events.


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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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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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