Baltimore Data Day is an annual conference helping communities expand their capacity to use technology and data to advance their goals. Organized by Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance (BNIA), Friday, July 25th marks the fourth annual Data Day in which community leaders, nonprofit organizations, governmental entities and civic-minded hackers will discover the latest trends in community-based data, technology, and tools and to learn how people and institutions are using data to advance constructive change.
In a recent interview on Huffington Post Blogs, Brian Stevens, CTO of Red Hat, discussed the growing popularity of the open source movement within businesses. He explained that the open source community is “built on the principles of openness, collaboration and technology contribution.”
Openness. Collaboration. Technology. That sounds exactly like the community I want in my hometown! We must parallel these philosophies with Baltimore’s scene of hackers and visionaries to innovate, grow, and encourage change from our citizens and politicians. [Read more…]
At three o’clock in the afternoon there is no news. If you are old (like me) you remember when this was true. You could get the newspaper (made of actual paper) in the morning and evening, or watch the news at 8am, noon, or 6pm, and well, that was about it. If a story broke mid-afternoon, you were going to wait until dinner or the next morning to hear about it.
Wasn’t that the best?Wasn’t it better to have all the information held up in a handful of places, distributed at a controlled time and medium, translated through the lens of those few outlets? [Read more…]
We are joined by community dynamos Sarah Jones and Jonathan Erwin, who are among the key organizers of the arts-and-tech unconference Create Baltimore 4. It is fast approaching on April 26, 2014 so find out more at createbaltimore.org. Listen via the player below (and send us your suggestions for a better podcast for this new era).
I’m very pleased about the advent of Hack Baltimore. I’ve helped to start many different projects and organizations in Baltimore, and I’ve always found it a very receptive, supportive place, but I also think there’s much room for growth and improvement. Our innovation community is blessed with a corps of interesting and interested volunteer organizers as well as a large audience of smart people who support cool ideas and events. But too often we see the same faces, the same unsung heroes, making it all happen. The city still needs an organization that can build on these grass-roots efforts – if you’ll permit me to stretch a metaphor, an organization that can help turn those grass roots into a wild, forested ecosystem, a veritable garden of ideas. [Read more…]
Today is Opening Day, which means most of us here in Bawlmer are focused on our beloved O’s. Since I’m a geek, I’m also a fan of another kind of O, as in computer operating systems (forgive me, it’s Monday). Fundamentally, an OS does 2 things:
- Manages resources
- Provides common services
In other words, the OS is the layer between the programs that do useful things and the resources those programs need to work properly. It’s not particularly sexy, but it’s essential. This, in a nutshell, is our vision for Hack Baltimore… create an operating system to enable entrepreneurs to design and implement civic- and social-focused programs that require the cooperation and participation of government and corporate resources. It’s not necessarily a new idea; there are a number of non-profit organizations that are focused on parts of this effort. But what is new is how we intend to execute, by taking cues from the evolution of those digital operating systems and applying them to our analog city.
Here’s how. [Read more…]
What gives? On the homepage it says “tear downs walls” and “be inclusive.” Now there’s going to be another innovation advocacy organization in town? Doesn’t that mean another set of walls? Aren’t you just adding to the already burgeoning number of incubators, meetups, hackathons, and so on that already are set up in Baltimore? Hasn’t this all been done before?
Well, yes. And no.
It’s true. There are a lot of great people and institutions working to improve Baltimore. (Thank goodness!) So what are we doing here? [Read more…]