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JHTV Presents ‘Lessons on Building an Urban Innovation Ecosystem’…

JHTV Presents ‘Lessons on Building an Urban Innovation Ecosystem’ at SXSW

On March 14, a crowd at South by Southwest (SXSW) got a glimpse into the transformative nature of innovation. Social Innovation Lab Director Darius Graham and FastForward Program Manager Megan Wahler’s presentation showed how innovation is revitalizing Baltimore, and how other communities can drive positive change within their communities.

The session, “Lessons on Building an Urban Innovation Ecosystem,” highlighted how Baltimore’s recent unrest inspired  universities, companies, foundations and community organizations from across the city and state to double down on existing efforts to drive change in the city. Baltimore is now poised to emerge as a hub for innovation.

As Graham and Wahler shared Baltimore’s story, they provided takeaways from the efforts of Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures to empower the city’s entrepreneurs. With these tips, they set the session’s attendees on a path to drive change in their own communities through the construction of an inclusive innovation ecosystem.

Have an idea for how to change the world or your community? See how the Social Innovation Lab can help.

Below see some pictures of our JHTV representatives at the event:


Attending SXSW? Win a Trip to Tour Baltimore’s Burgeoning…

South by Southwest (SXSW), the annual mega-conference that includes a film festival, music festival and discussions on technology and innovation, will return to Austin, Texas from March 10-19.

This year, Startup Village, a track for entrepreneurs, investors and innovative taste makers, will feature Baltimore’s burgeoning innovation ecosystem.

Darius Graham (Director of the Social Innovation Lab) and Megan Wahler (FastForward Program Manager) will lead “Lessons on Building an Urban Innovation Ecosystem,” a session that shares insights derived from Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures’ (JHTV) and its collaborators’ efforts to support startups and innovation in Baltimore.

One attendee at this session will win a trip to Baltimore to explore our innovation ecosystem. See below for details.

Can’t make it to SXSW? Join the conversation on Twitter using #SXSWBaltimore.

Session Details:

Lessons on Building an Urban Innovation Ecosystem

When: Tuesday, March 14, 3:30 p.m. CT
Where: Hilton Austin Downtown (Salon D)
More info:

Prize Details:

One person attending the session will win a trip to Baltimore to explore the innovation ecosystem. Trip includes:

  • Roundtrip economy airfare (within the continental U.S.)
  • Hyatt Place in Harbor East (one night)
  • Breakfast at Atwater’s ($20 gift card)
  • Lunch at R. House, Baltimore’s innovative food hall ($25 gift card)
  • Meeting with ecosystem leaders and entrepreneurs
  • Tours of Baltimore innovation spaces, including JHTV’s FastForward 1812 incubator and labs

Terms & Conditions:

  • Must be used by 12/31/2017
  • Dates of travel must be mutually agreed upon
  • Travel will be booked by JHTV
  • Must be present during session on 3/14/17 to enter and win
  • Must be 18 or older to enter and win
  • Trip and related items are non-transferable


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