Your Guide to [email protected]

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A guide to [email protected]

The second annual Light City festival opens in Baltimore March 31-April 8, and it’s time to plan your itinerary. In addition to the free illuminated artwork, performances, and music to experience, the festival offers themed, day-long conferences full of interactive talks and workshops. The newly dubbed [email protected] bring together innovators, thought leaders, and engaged, inspired citizens from diverse backgrounds in six industries: Health, Design, Social, Green, Education and Food for interactive, hands-on talks throughout each of six days of the larger nine-day festival. By creating a weeklong community at these intersections of culture and innovation, the festival encourages its visitors to explore cutting edge concepts to spark social change, and envision a more brilliant future. Below is a helpful guide to what you will find at each themed conference, so you can choose wisely.

Monday, April 3: [email protected]

Explore emerging technologies and innovative practices that have the potential to affect the quality of life and health outcomes for all people, here and around the globe. Discussions include themes like Youth, Health & Social Media, The Peril & Promise of Genetic Information, The Intersection Between Health and Policing in Baltimore, and Urban America, and Pushing the Boundaries of Brain Science.

Confirmed SpeakersDr. Siddhartha Mukherjee (The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer), Dr. Jeffrey Kahn (Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics), Dr. Luis Diaz (Personal Genome Diagnostics), Paul Rabil (professional lacrosse player, social media influencer), Michelle Antoinette Nelson (Brown & Healthy), Dr. John Krakauer (JHU), Dr. Leana Wen (Baltimore City Health Commissioner), Sonia Sarkar (Baltimore Health Department) , Dr. Panagis Galiatsatos (Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center), and Kevin Lindamood (Health Care for the Homeless).

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Tuesday, April 4: [email protected]

Join the conversation about how we think about energy, ecology, and economics while providing a glimpse into innovations that provide a more sustainable path to the future. Discussions include themes on Climate Change, Systems, Design and Making Change, and a Green Tech Panel. 

Confirmed speakers: Calvin G. Butler Jr., (CEO, BGE), Dr. Leyla Acaroglu (Disrupt Design and the UnSchool), Lynn Heller (Abell Foundation), Evie Schwartz (RetroFit Baltimore), Greg Cangialosi (Betamore), Majora Carter (Urban Revitalization Strategist), Curtis Bennett (National Aquarium), Genevieve LaRouche (Chesapeake Bay Field Office; U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service), Holly Shields (National Wildlife Federation), Robert Wallace (BITHenergy), J.J.Ready (Urban Pastoral).

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Wednesday, April 5: [email protected]

Rethink learning. Join future-focused education innovators for a dialogue on the central role of education in our society. Discussions include Education Technology and its effects on learning and access, Awakening Youth through connection: Making and Mentoring, Addressing racial opportunity gaps, community engagement, urban teacher education, and the Equal Opportunities in American Schools.

Confirmed Speakers: Alec Ross (NY Times best-selling author, The Industries of the FutureAisha DaCosta (I Am O’Kah! Inc), Donovan Livingston (Public Speaker, Poet), Wendel Patrick (Boom Bap Society)Freeman A. Hrabowski, III (President, UMBC)Rob Helfenbein (Loyola University), Dr. Simone Gibson (Morgan State University), Dr. Omar Simpson (Hop-In Center for Student Success, JHU, The Omar Simpson Foundation), Dr. Sonja Santelises (Baltimore City Schools), Jason Hardebeck (The Foundery), Todd Marks (Mindgrub).

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Thursday, April 6: [email protected]

Gather with social entrepreneurs, activists, thinkers, and writers to explore, together, how to build a more equitable and responsible society. Discussion topics include: Business and its impact on communities, Perceptions of Blackness and the affect on student development and society as a whole, Young leaders disrupting the status quo, New Perspectives on Re-Entry and Recidivism.

Confirmed Speakers Include: Carlmichael “Stokey” Cannady (The Stokey Project), Nilofer Merchant (Strategist, CEO, author, speaker), Luvvie Ajayi (NY Times best-selling author), D. Watkins (Author, The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir)Destiny Watford (Goldman Environmental Prize Winner), Sharayna Christmas (MUSE 360 Arts), Coffin Nachtmahr (OhYesYo!), Jeff Cherry (Conscious Venture Lab), Fagan Harris (Baltimore Corps), Molly McGrath Tierney (Baltimore Dept. of Social Services), Darius Graham (Social Innovation Lab, JHU), Michelle Geiss (ImpactHub), Sarah Hemminger (Thread), Joseph T. Jones (Urban Families), David Warnock

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Friday, April 7: [email protected]

Features some of the most inventive designers, makers, artists, entrepreneurs, storytellers and thinkers convening to explore how emerging creative practices shape our world and create change. Discussions on the surging “maker” community in Baltimore, Creative Placemaking and Neighborhood Centered Redevelopments in post-industrial American cities, Designing wearable devices for health, Art, Music, Video Games and the Future of Medicine.

Confirmed Speakers include: Dale Dougherty (Make Magazine, Maker Faire), Kwame Kwei-Armah (Center Stage), Andrew Coy (Former Senior Advisor for Making at the Whit House), CJay Philip (Dance & Bmore), MegSaligman (Mural Artist), Jimmie Thomas (Curators of Hip Hop), Thibault Manekin (Seawall Development), Nasreen Alkhateeb (Transmedia Storyteller), Jason Hardebeck (The Foundery), Dan Pallotta (Speaker, Author, Founder of the Charity of Defense Council), Ellen Janes (Central Partnership Baltimore), Joyce J. Scott (Sculpture Artist/ MacArthur Fellow), Neighborhood Lights Resident Artistsand more.

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Saturday, April 8 [email protected]

Acclaimed culinary thinkers and chefs explore the world of food – how it’s grown, accessed, eaten and innovated. Our attitudes toward what we eat may change the trajectory of society. Woodberry Kitchen will provide a wholesome, local, sustainable and delicious lunch to attendees for the same cost it takes to produce the average school cafeteria lunch. Discussions on the value of what we eat, food fairness and building intentional equality into food systems, and the dynamics of food shaming, race, and identity in America.

Confirmed Speakers include: Spike Gjerde (Woodberry Kitchen), Danielle Nierenberg (Food Tank), Marcus Samuelsson (Chef & Author), Chef Jeff Henderson (Food Network personality), Aisha Pew (Dovecote Cafe), Rev. Heber Brown III (Black Church Food Security Network), Sean Smeeton (Taharka Bros. Ice Cream), Holly Freishtat (Baltimore Food Policy), Mike McDevitt (Terra’s Kitchen).

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Tickets to [email protected] are $149 for one day, and just $99 for each additional day. Conferences run 8am-6pm and are held at The IMET Columbus Center, 700 E. Pratt Street, Pier 5, Inner Harbor.  Groups of ten or more are eligible for a bulk purchase rate of $99 per ticket and can be arranged by contacting the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts at 410-752-8632. for more info.

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