These 6 organizations and gatherings can keep you connected to Baltimore’s tech scene

How does a fledgling entrepreneur — or someone new to Charm City — find the network they need to succeed in Baltimore’s tech ecosystem?

These six organizations, meetups, and forums collectively offer an answer, opening doors and opening pathways that can make navigating the technological world of Smalltimore easier.

Equitech Tuesdays

Hosted every Tuesday by UpSurge Baltimore’s Director of Relationship Development Kory BaileyEquitech Tuesdays brings together Baltimore technologists to network and discuss a theme centered on equitech – a framework that prioritizes leadership by underrepresented founders, diverse teams, and solutions that address systemic societal challenges.

Baltimore Tracks

Baltimore Tracks is an organization and coalition dedicated to improving racial equity in Baltimore’s tech community. It counts more than 40 local technology companies among its members. If you’re a founder with a small network, this provides a great opportunity to connect with like-minded, mission-driven founders and technologists.

Baltimore Regional Technical Council

The newly created Baltimore chapter of the largest Maryland Technical Council is currently led by Ed Mullinthe executive director of the Baltimore Robotics Center and a split consultant CIO and CTO with an operations consulting firm Think Systems Inc.. Engaging with this recently active entity offers a chance to connect with other companies and stakeholders who want to strengthen Maryland’s technology ecosystem.

Greater Baltimore Committee

While the Greater Baltimore Committee is more of a general business association than a technology-focused association, it still offers the benefits of connecting to a wider professional network. Its proposed merger with the Greater Baltimore Economic Alliance is to make this network even bigger

ETC Baltimore Open Mic Pitch Party

Coworking space and incubator Emerging Technologies Center (ETC) has collaborated with partners such as the venture capital firm Squadra Venture to organize Open Mic parties almost monthly. These events, the next of which will take place at the end of June, allow founders to present their company to other startups and to improve their pitches thanks to constructive feedback.

Technically Slack

Our own publicly accessible Slack channels bring together technologists, entrepreneurs and professionals across multiple markets. It’s a place where entrepreneurs and job seekers can network with the community and find resources.

Donte Kirby is a 2020-2022 corps member of Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. -30-

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