Tag: innovation

Light City’s Labs Bring Spotlight to Baltimore’s Community Innovators

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A look at one of Light City’s conferences from last year. Photo courtesy of Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.

In its second year, Light City Baltimore will bring some big names to town next week for its innovation conferences, ranging from a Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer to a renowned poet. But while there may be a national spotlight on the festival and its speakers, organizers have designed the conferences to bring attention to homegrown problem-solvers and social innovators, says Light City board co-chair Jamie McDonald.

City, State Planning to Build Innovation Center on Old ‘Murder Mall’ Site

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The proposed Innovation Center to replace the demolished apartments, Courtesy AB Associates

Today, the governor, the mayor and community officials gathered to bid farewell to the Madison Park North Apartments, a former subsidized housing complex off of North Avenue in Reservoir Hill once called the “Murder Mall” of Baltimore.

Light City 2017’s Innovation ‘Labs’ Now Include Education and Food

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Courtesy Light City/Facebook
Courtesy Light City/Facebook

Despite the intensifying testy legal battle between Light City Baltimore’s founders and the city, the show must go on. Last Friday, Baltimore’s arts promotion office announced it had opened registration for the nine-day festival’s innovation conferences (now called “labs”), along with some of the speakers and a couple new focuses.

Half Off Light City U Tickets, Today Only

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For Leap Day only, Light City U, the innovation conferences taking place as part of the Light City Baltimore festival March 28 – April 3, is offering all-conference tickets for $99, more than 50 percent off of the $200 regular price. Light City U is a series of four conferences with the theme of “Powering Social Change.”

Three Growing Baltimore Companies to Watch

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Citelighter's Lee Jokl and Saad Alam. Photo by Amanda Nolan.
Citelighter’s Lee Jokl and Saad Alam. Photo by Amanda Nolan.

Courtesy Bmore Media – Last year was a banner one for Baltimore area startups and the trend should continue in 2014, entrepreneurs say.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce named Maryland the top state for entrepreneurship and innovation while Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank launched a boot camp for entrepreneurs last year. And gb.tc Executive Director Jason Hardebeck recently launched a Baltimore accelerator, DreamIT Ventures, for healthcare information technology companies.

On Leadership: Seeing Baltimore as an Innovation Hub

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Last week, I shared the results of an Abell Foundation study comparing Baltimore’s innovation ecosystem with the more established community found in Boston. While the authors undertook a fair comparison and outlined what they viewed as the initiatives needed to accelerate Baltimore’s innovation community, Baltimore already has assets that make us well situated for a promising future; assets, which if marketed correctly, might help us solve some of the very challenges the report identified.

Hospitals Practice the Fine Art of Healing

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MERCY MEDICAL CENTER VOLUNTEER ANDREA COOPER ASSISTS EULALIA M. BELL WITH HER ART PROJECT – AMANDA NOLAN

Courtesy Bmore Media – Payroll manager Joey Campbell used to take her work with her to outpatient chemotherapy treatments at Mercy Medical Center.

But now she has found a more uplifting way to pass the time while she undergoes the brutal, hours-long treatment at the downtown Baltimore hospital. She’s making jewelry and creating rubber stamp projects, thanks to Mercy’s artist-in-residence, Andrea Cooper. Campbell says she hopes she and other volunteers have brightened the moods of patients at Mercy’s Institute for Cancer Care for the past five years.

Lessons From Boston: Abell Foundation Report Compares Innovation Ecosystems

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Courtesy Citybizlist – The Abell Foundation underwrote a comparison of Baltimore’s innovation ecosystem with that of Boston. Sean Pool and Matt Van Itallie, of Canterbury Road Partners, undertook the work and their report is telling of the challenges in front of us, but also reveals great promise of the resources we already have and what Baltimore’s innovation ecosystem can become. The full report can be found on the Abell Foundation website.

Sean and Matt set out to answer three foundational questions. What are the major characteristics of Baltimore and Boston’s current entrepreneurial ecosystems? What are some of the specific details of some of Boston’s institutions driving their ecosystem? What are the implications for Baltimore from the understandings these researchers reached in Boston? The Report is worth reading to gain insight to all these questions, but I am only going to focus on parts of the last one they raised – what can we learn from Boston?

Four Growing Baltimore Companies to Watch

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Peter Kojesta, Founder of Exis. Photo by Steve Ruark.
Peter Kojesta, Founder of Exis. Photo by Steve Ruark.

Courtesy of Bmore Media – One Towson company makes games. Another, in Columbia, manufactures a “smart” sports glove. The other two, in Baltimore and Catonsville, sell alternative energy and weather information. As diverse as they sound, they share a common trait – they’re all young, innovative companies that are growing.

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