Can technology make Baltimore better? Some believe that the key to the growth, development, and overall success of our city lies ensuring technology is best serving our needs. Recently the event, the Baltimore tech community convened with citizens of Baltimore to share their ideas about helping our city improve through technology. Reviews and recaps suggest that
Baltimore unWIRED was a great experience for those who attended. A blogger from gb.tc noted: “My first reaction was, what did I get myself into? I didn’t recognize anyone in the crowd. At first, I thought that was a bad thing, but it was wonderful to hear the presentations and ideas.” A result of this event was the creation of four groups that have the potential to improve Baltimore and the lives of its citizens:
- Lean, Mean Art Machine - a data-driven art platform to improve the quality of of life in Baltimore communities.
- From Wire to HirEd - a pipeline connecting learners to educators and employers.
- Barclay Neighborhood Business School – a program for adults to receive mentorship and job skills right in their own neighborhood.
- Good for Baltimore – a two-staged approach to building a crowd sourceable app to connect service providers and research seekers.
Even though this event has passed, you can still view some of the presentations that these groups created. Another recent event, Groundwork, put further emphasis on how technology projects can bring about a better Baltimore. Groundwork offered the teams from unWIRED an opportunity to come together again and try and create more technological solutions based on open data. If you are interested in any of these projects specifically or in the encouragement of tech entrepreneurship in Baltimore, be sure to stay in touch with gb.tc, and keep your eyes peeled for other events like these that emphasize technological solutions to Baltimore’s fundamental problems.