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CRTC Q3 Tech Talk: Mapping the Maryland EdTech Landscape

Posted By Shervonne Cherry, Mindgrub Technologies LLC, Monday, July 28, 2014
We at Mindgrub are proud to host the 2014 CRTC Q3 Tech talk featuring a discussion on Maryland’s EdTech landscape. As a teacher turned technologist, EdTech has always been very important to Mindgrub CEO Todd Marks. Fortunately, he has been able to turn that love into a reality with some of Mindgrub’s projects. Mindgrub is always looking for new ways to better establish ourselves in the EdTech community. By investing in education technology, we hope to foster a new generation of developers and engineers. Hosting this Tech Talk is one way that we can further highlight the many great EdTech companies working in the Maryland area. Some of the other great Baltimore area companies and groups who are working to improve the EdTech community are: Citelighter, Allovue, Greater Baltimore EdTech Advisory Task Force, Three Ring, An Estuary, Learn It Systems, Curiosityville, and Moodlerooms.

Baltimore is poised to become a leader in the EdTech market. The Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore posted a EdTech Index report detailing Baltimore’s position in the wide open education technology field, and the future looks bright. They found that the retention of large companies like Sylvan and a steady stream of well-qualified graduates passing the AP exams from Maryland’s #1 Public School System nationwide is perfect fuel for the steadily growing EdTech industry. It is exciting to know that we will have the major players working towards a better future, both in their economy and education, for the next generation under one roof. 

Come out on Tuesday, July 29th to our Locust Point offices for a different kind of discussion panel on the current Maryland EdTech landscape. Tickets are $25 for CRTC members

Tags:  EdTech  Mindgrub 

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Health Tech Forum Draws Diverse Crowd, Highlights Growing Innovative Companies in Field

Posted By Kris Shock, Chesapeake Regional Tech Council, Friday, June 27, 2014
Theresa Downs, Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation

More than 40 executives from health technology companies and related organizations joined the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council (CRTC) and the Chesapeake Innovation Center for the launch of the CRTC’s Health Tech Forum on Thursday, June 26. Designed to identify, pull together and form a group of health technologists and health providers, the forum is the newest member-led initiative of the CRTC, and highlights the variety of emerging health technology solutions that regional entrepreneurs are launching. From start-up to established small business, the attendees explored their greatest challenges and pain points, and worked to identify ways to build a community and bring technologists and the end-users together to share common challenges and concerns in the burgeoning industry.

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Techies Networking at a BBQ? On the Bay?!

Posted By Rachael Osberger, HRi, Friday, June 20, 2014

Well…another BBQ on the Bay has come and gone – and the 10th Annual Tech Expo certainly didn’t disappoint!

Thank you to the 400+ participants and attendees for braving the Monsoon of 2014! I don’t think anyone escaped without getting wet.

The beginning of the night certainly was interesting – umbrellas were flying, wardrobe changes actually happened, and I think there was even a competition for trendiest wellies! 

As the evening continued, the crowds rolled in and the party started. Drinks were flowing, we "pigged out” on delicious food, and there were plenty of familiar and new faces to catch up and connect with – all on the beautiful shores of the Chesapeake Bay’s Bembe Beach. By the end of the night, the skies were clear and the breeze off of the Bay made it hard to leave!

A special shout out and thank you to Wendy Hickok of Hickok Photography for her fabulous photography (check out the Facebook album), Bryan Goldberg and Mike Venezia of With the Film for capturing all of the shenanigans on video and Orlando Phillips for supplying Caribbean flair with live steel drum music.

And finally, THANK YOU to all of our BBQ on the Bay Tech Expo sponsors:

Title Sponsor

Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development

Gold Sponsor

TeleCommunication Systems, Comcast Business

Silver Sponsor

Mavenspire, Expedient, TierPoint, Sidus Data, Human Resources inc., Watkins Meegan, IntelliGenesis

Bronze Sponsor

The Sutter Group, WebMechanix, Millennium Marketing Solutions, Alliance Info Systems, Alpha Engineering, American Technology Services, Mackenzie, Layline Risk Management, VersaTech, CPSI, Mindgrub, Vision Technologies, i4DM, impactHR, Sandy Spring Bank, Anne Arundel Workforce Development, ITNOVA

There was a lot I missed, so please share your stories!

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Event Recap: 2014 CRTC Mini Golf Mixer

Posted By Garret Ohm, EXIT10, Wednesday, May 28, 2014
We’re fresh off another successful Chesapeake Regional Tech Council Mini Golf Mixer, so I just wanted to take a minute to write a quick recap of the event. Approximately 75 members and prospective members gathered on May 13th at Arundel Golf Park just outside of the BWI Airport to eat, drink, socialize and make connections before heading out on the links for 18 holes of mini-golf.

As anyone that has been following the event for the past 5 years or so knows, the weather has often had us wishing we could have a mulligan, but thankfully I can report that this year’s event enjoyed perfect weather! I can’t report on any official winners because the golf is actually just for fun, but judging by the feedback I received, we all won.

In the end, none of this could have been possible without the 75 people or so that showed up and especially without our sponsors. So I’d like to recognize them for their support once more.

Food & Beverage
Law Offices of Vasilios Perros

Vision Technologies

Eagle Sponsor
Exit10 (Special thanks to them for also donating the event creative)

Birdie Sponsor

We also had 9 additional hole sponsors, which, by the way, is quite possibly the most cost-effective sponsorship solution ever invented. For future reference, a hole sign on one of the mini golf holes only costs $50! Yes, that’s right, $50 to get your company’s name out in front of the Baltimore, DC, and Maryland tech community’s best and brightest.

If you’d like to take a look at the pictures from the event, please click here. You can also check out past years’ events here.

If you’re interested in discussing participation (playing or sponsorship) in next year’s event, ping me through the handy dandy membership directory!

Garret Ohm

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Still Growing a Fresh Crop of Girl Geeks!

Posted By Lindsay Powell, Chesapeake Regional Tech Council, Monday, May 19, 2014

Before two full weeks fly by I must take a moment to pause and thank the mighty team of members, volunteers and staff responsible for the great success of the CRTC’s second Cupcakes and Computers and Rails Girls events – welcoming 50+ girls on Friday and Saturday, May 9th and 10th in Baltimore! These events could not have happened without the unflagging support of CRTC Board Member, Angie Lienert, CEO of Columbia based IntelliGenesis, Rosa Cruz of Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation and Mary Beth Wickless of Seton Keough Alumnae Association

The mission of the CRTC Women in Tech Forum, led by Angie Lienert is to positively influence, through networking, speaking engagements, training, volunteer work and mentoring, women and girls who work or aspire to work in the technology field.

From this mission came two awesome inaugural events over the weekend of May 9th – Cupcakes and Computers for girls from K-12 and Rails Girls Baltimore for high school girls.

Cupcakes and Computers offered brief age-specific presentations and peer bonding over stickers and cupcakes! More than 40 Girls from K-12 got to share their curiosity and love for computers with each other and hear from professional geeks on fun techie topics.

Elementary attendees were treated to a presentation on Internet Fundamentals by volunteer presenter Tom Shock and learned about internet content and the importance of firewalls.

Malia and Misty Melton of GirlDevelopIT presented an introduction to the fun of coding. This was a fun mother – daughter peer presentation that the girls just loved!

Our High School cupcakes enjoyed a lively presentation on "My Tech Career” by Rails Girls Head Coach, Alana Frome.

In the midst of these fantastic presentations and all of this bonding many girls were arriving with laptops in hand for Rails Girls installation. We first learned of Rails Girls back in March 2013 when we got wind of Rails Girls Baltimore’s great success. We reached out to Mike Subelsky and Kate Bladow and enlisted their support in our first Rails Girls Columbia at /training/etc back in September. That event was such a success, we just had to do it again!

We put out another call for coaches and students and were thrilled with the response as we hit student capacity. Angie Leinert, Rosa Cruz and Mary Beth Wickless did an amazing job preparing the program and workshop materials and enlisted the help of additional coaches Tom Shock, Misty Melton and peer coach Malia Melton, Alana Frome, Tara Reinhold, Tara Govie, Ryan Ahearn, Leah Vogely, Marcelle Lee, Adam Schwartz and Kristal Gibson.

In all we were incredibly proud to welcome all the Rails Girls for the second-ever CRTC WIT Community Event. We’re all buzzing about "next time” and hope to offer Spring and Fall CRTC Rails Girls events moving forward.

Many thanks to everyone who made the events such a great success – all noted here plus the Seton Keough and IntelliGenesis teams who went over and above the call of duty to inspire a new generation of tech talent!

For information on future Women in Tech events, contact us today!

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