Stephen Babcock

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Stephen Babcock is the editor of Technical.ly Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

Show your support for postal workers in crisis with these mailbox badges

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A new crowdfunding campaign out of Baltimore is raising money to produce badges that show some love to postal workers in the midst of a crisis.

How early-stage start-up companies are navigating 2020

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Building a startup can feel like a narrow prism.

Early-stage companies are often looking to solve very specific problems and create new business models with technology that’s tailored to these aims. This process is all-encompassing, and it can feel like the outside world is tuned out.

Not in 2020.

This DuClaw exec founded a startup to help craft brewer-distributor sales go down easier

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BrewOptix Founder Elizabeth Hanfman

Before beer gets to a bar or liquor store, there’s a whole process that takes place between a distributor and brewery with lots of little details to figure out.

Elizabeth Hanfman is well aware of these. Having started as a server in DuClaw Brewing Company’s brewpubs and worked up to running day-to-day operations and sales as the Rosedale brewery’s VP, she learned the ins and outs along the way. She also learned that it’s a pretty chaotic process, shifting between phone calls, texts and emails, and between different team members.

Coworking while distancing: How Baltimore’s shared workspaces are reopening

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Like many coworking spaces, Spark Baltimore has started members only.

Around the city, Baltimore’s shared workspaces are starting to reopen. But those coworking and makerspaces that many left in March amid pandemic orders are doing things a little differently these days.

With the latest phase of government-ordered mandates requiring capacity limits and social distancing still very much a part of our lives, there are new measures that must be put in place. Given that coworking spaces are often testing grounds for new ideas about how to work, we reached out to some of the area’s leading voices to see how it was all working.

Station North has a new spot for food, music, and arcade games

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From our friends at Technical.ly

As Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young cut a ribbon with a pair of oversized scissors, a band on a nearby stage started the familiar first notes of “When the Saints Go Marching In.”

Baltimost: Brittany Young

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Photo courtesy of Brittany Young

Brittany Young

On a fall night at James McHenry Recreation Center last year, Brittany Young led a group of young people mixing polymers. Then, they heard from well-known dirt bike rider Chino Braxton about his career and some safety tips.

The dual approach provided a window into how Young built B-360. The organization is engaging students in lessons that provide an intro to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), which can be key to future jobs. Yet it's doing so in a uniquely Baltimore way, harnessing the dirt bike culture that remains wildly popular.

An engineer who graduated from Poly, Young saw the popularity of dirt bikes firsthand growing up in West Baltimore. But beyond the wows that the wheelies inspire, she saw that the fascination extended to how the dirt bikes work. And in the latter, she found plenty of engineering lessons that can help connect technical topics to something youth already love.

As Young launched the program, she got support from the city's entrepreneurs who are building ventures to create social change, like Baltimore Corps' Elevation Awards, the Johns Hopkins Social Innovation Lab and Red Bull Amaphiko Academy. On a national stage, she was selected for a highly competitive Echoing Green fellowship.

Along with bringing a new approach that can inspire students who wouldn't have previously considered an engineering career, the program is also shaping perception in fields where black people are still underrepresented.

"It's become my mission to better get people and organizations ready for STEM students of color," she told Technical.ly Baltimore in a recent interview.

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Public safety alert app Citizen launches in Baltimore

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Photo by Something Ferdinand, via Flickr

Citizen, an app offering real-time alerts about crime and other emergencies to users in a given area, launched in Baltimore on Wednesday.

Baltimore releases interactive map showing sewage overflows

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Image via Baltimore DPW

In Baltimore, heavy rain is often accompanied by sewage overflows into the city’s waterways.

The figures often released in the days afterward, with the number of gallons of the toxic mix of wastewater and rainwater–sometimes in the millions–and the location where the overflow happened.

The Baltimore City Department of Public Works is now offering a way to speed up the notification process and track the sewage by map.

Weekend Events Calendar: Maryland State Fair, Maryland Renaissance Festival, Vegan SoulFest, Dog Days of Summer

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Image via Facebook

This weekend, there’s plenty to do in the city. Bring the dog to get cleaned up and party, check out locally made films or explore vegan and Japanese culture. Outside the Beltway, a pair of the state’s biggest events get underway. Make the most of it:

Weekend Events Calendar: Artscape, after-hours events for Artscape, Ratscape and more

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Artscape 2017. Photo via Facebook.

Welcome to the middle of the summer, Baltimore. Of course, that means Artscape has arrived. Get the lowdown on what’s happening inside and around the Station North festival. Plus, a few foodie events and chances to combine fitness and awareness. Get out there:

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