Monday, October 4, 2010

Some Baltimore Technology Heroes

I'm very grateful to have been nominated for a few nice awards this past year because of my work with Ignite Baltimore and other ventures. But there are others in Baltimore who are doing as much or more than I am to encourage Baltimore's development as a technology hub. Since these are annual awards, I'm hoping the organizers will check them out when it comes time for the next round of nominations. They've all got my vote!
  • Heather Sarkissian: I profiled her on BaltTech a few months ago. She deserves recognition for starting BmoreSmart, leading the Betascape effort, being one of the main organizers of Techcrawl East, and being one of the organizers of Ignite Baltimore.
  • John Trupiano and Yair Flicker: These guys own SmartLogic and have donated a considerable amount of time, money, and resources to the tech community. They have led the growth of the Bmore on Rails group from a mere monthly meetup for Ruby enthusiasts to a full-fledged networking and teaching society with weekly events for web programmers. They spearheaded the welcoming committee for June's Railsconf convention, and they funded the organization of a highly-regarded free unconference called BohConf. On top of that, they were also principal organizers of TechCrawl East.
  • Mike Brenner: He's just getting started but by the time 2011 rolls around he will be a serious contender. Baltimore was lacking a specific group that focused on technology entrepreneurship and he has taken up the charge with Startup Baltimore. They've had several well-attended startup breakfast meetings followed by workshops. This is probably the most energetic long-range community organizing effort we've seen to date.
  • Nate Mook: He was the co-organizer of TEDxOilSpill and one of the main organizers of TEDxMidAtlantic. These events are some of the highest-profile, highest-quality happenings in town and have brought a lot of outside attention to the city.
  • Baltimore Node Organizers: These people have built a mecca of Maker culture in Station North.  The key players that I know of were Adam Bachman, Jon Lesser, Mark Huson, Kelly Egan, Matt Forr but let me know in the comments if I left someone out.
Who did I miss?  Let me know and I'll update the post!

Side note: Baltimore is an extremely friendly town that embraces new projects and new leadership.  There are lots of other cool things that could be done to keep our momentum going, and you can expect that even a modest amount of effort on a meetup, hackathon, cofounder dating event, blog, podcast, or whatever will be recognized and celebrated!  That's been my experience with Ignite and the Baltimore Improv Group.

7 comments:

John Trupiano said...

Hey Mike, that's a great list! I've had the opportunity to work with every person on your list and couldn't agree more. Thanks for writing about us!

Elizabeth said...

Thanks for this list. I'm new to town and look forward to joining the scene. Glad to know it's open and friendly :)

Mike Subelsky said...

Elizabeth, TOTALLY! As a matter of fact, tonight (10/13) at 5:30 pm there's a new "Women in Tech" meetup happening at the Chesapeake Wine Company in Canton (on Boston St) if you can make it...

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Bob said...

Paul Capestany and Javier Rios both deserve mention. These are guys are supportive of most of the events that happen in the Baltimore startup community, and in a big way. Both are good guys.

Mike Subelsky said...

Bob, you're right - I also left out Ben Walsh. I knew I'd forget some awesome people and tried to hedge my bets by titling in "Some Heroes". Stay tuned for a follow-up!

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