Looking Back at #BIW17

This year, we welcomed fall with the help of Baltimore Innovation Week — Maryland’s largest technology, entrepreneurship, and innovation event!


If you haven’t heard, ETC joined Technical.ly for the first time this year as a formal organizing partner of BIW. We were the official BIW headquarters, and we had a WallPixi in our space for the entire the week to celebrate!



Goals of this partnership included making all topic-specific conferences free to attend so BIW could be more inclusive, as well as bringing together Baltimore’s tech and innovation corners in order to facilitate more collaboration.

Looking back on the week, we can confidently say that the Baltimore innovation community helped us achieve those goals.


We started off BIW with a kick-off Happy Hour with our new partner in coworking, Brewers Hill Hub. We had over 90 people RSVP for the event, and attendees had the chance to network, learn about startups in both coworking spaces, and of course, grab complimentary drinks! 🍻


We also organized a week-long Coffee & Coworking campaign across many of Baltimore’s coworking spaces! This free opportunity to cowork at places like ETC and Brewers Hill Hub gave Baltimore’s entrepreneurs the opportunity to enjoy a free coworking session while getting a chance to explore the city’s various coworking spaces. Plus, they could drink as many free cups of Charm City Roasters’ coffee as they wanted to, all day long. 😏


Our very own Deb Tillett, ETC’s President and Executive Director, had the opportunity to moderate the City Genius speaker series panel about Accelerators, Incubators, and Innovation Hubs. At ETC, Deb provides guidance, leadership and resources to entrepreneurs working to grow their startups. Learn more about Deb and the other panelists in this citybizlist article!


This year, the 5th Annual Baltimore Innovation Awards that took place at Mount Vernon Marketplace had five ETC companies nominated for various awards: Notice & Comment, FactoryFour, Kapowza, Arbit, and the CTO of Allovue. Notice & Comment took home the grand prize — the Tech Startup of the Year Award! Read more about their award over on Technical.ly Baltimore.


Plus, did you hear about ETC company dex? They were the official app of BIW17! dex is the maker of the app that makes networking easier as it connects people by exchanging their information digitally rather than with business cards. Here’s some more information about the company.

None of this would have been possible without ETC’s supporters: Arrow Electronics, Kapowza, Lyft, Yet Analytics, and theBaltimore Development Corporation. Not only did they help ensure that all events would be free to attend, but each one of these incredible companies played a huge part in spreading innovative ideas during panels and helping people in the tech community expand their networks. Check out our News post here to learn more about our supporters!


That about wraps it up for one of the most exciting weeks for Baltimore innovators! We had a blast being part of this city-wide event. See you next year at BIW18!