Baltimore tech events -- a handy list
It may be easier than ever to appease your inner geek in Baltimore these days.
In Baltimore now, you could find a Web or technology-related event, group or happy hour to visit virtually every week.
In my time covering the Baltimore technology scene, I’ve seen a bunch of events sprout in the area, offering chances to rub elbows with entrepreneurs, brainy people, marketing and creative types and even potential investors. This year, the city’s annual Artscape event, a festive mix of creative arts, design and music from July 16 to July 18, will feature a technology section called Betascape.
“In the last three years, there’s been an explosion of events,” said Daniel Waldman, president of Evolve Communications and programming director for the Baltimore Social Media Club.
Below you’ll find a descriptive list of some of these groups and events happening throughout Baltimore. Clip this column out for your refrigerator and let’s see how many events or groups catch your fancy.
• Baltimore Social Media Club: This group, which brings together fans and practitioners of online social media in marketing and communications, just had its first happy hour event last week with 50+ people. Next event: July 23. Baltimoresmc.com
• Baltimore Node (Hackerspace): Interested in experimenting with, and creating, new gadgets with the camaraderie of other enthusiasts? The Node, in Baltimore’s Station North Arts District at 120 W. North Ave., is open for membership. Bring your ideas and projects – or let the Node inspire you. Baltimorenode.org.
• Bmore on Rails: For hard-core Website programmers, check out the friendly members of Baltimore’s Ruby on Rails Web development community. They meet weekly – for happy hours and technical sessions – to help improve their skills. Bmoreonrails.org.
• CrowdPitch Baltimore: Got a business idea but need some money and guidance? Make your pitch at CrowdPitch Baltimore, an event sponsored by a group called FundingUniverse. It’s a social, but competitive event for eager entrepreneurs looking to win cash and free services. Next event: Sept. 29. Details: http://bit.ly/a5pWPM
• Ignite Baltimore: A few times a year, there’s an Ignite Baltimore event – a place where smart speakers give rapid-fire, five-minute slideshow presentations on eclectic topics. It’s a good place to stimulate your brain and meet Baltimoreans. Hundreds usually attend. Next event: Sept. 30. IgniteBaltimore.com.
• Innovate Baltimore: Pure happy hour and networking fun for techies, marketing and communications types, entrepreneurs and start-up workaholics, every month. The last session in June had 150+ people. InnovateBaltimore.com.
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