Innovation Under Development

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1100 Wicomico Street

Baltimore, MD 21230

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Innovation Under Development

Presented By: Harbor Designs & Manufacturing, LLC and 1100 Wicomico

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Everyday technology breakthroughs are being made, changing the way we live and work. The technology being enhanced and developed is being built into new products and breathing life and a new purpose in old ones. A diverse and enthusiastic group of Baltimore, MD companies are motivated to expand Development Day beyond software and technology. The action-packed day of events will showcase how technology is enhancing our lives, businesses, homes, and decisions in technology products of the future.

The day’s theme, Innovation Under Development consists of educational programming regarding innovative technology, software development, tech projects, Maryland startups, LIVE Demos, an Entrepreneur Fair, and a Made In Baltimore Sourcing & Supplier Fair. Educational programming (Currently Under Development) includes technologies of the future, funding, and startups, technology innovation in products and software. The interactive LIVE Demo area features EcoMap of Baltimore, a local Battle Bot from the Science Channel’s “Battle of The Beasts”, and Balti Virtual’s Virtual and Augmented Reality showcase.


8:30 am-9: 30 am: Networking & Coffee
Innovation Lounge - Presented by 1100 Wicomico

Settle into your morning with coffee, a chat, and 360 views of the city. Located in the Southwest Baltimore neighborhood of Pigtown, 1100 Wicomico’s 8th floor is the highest point in the area with completely unobstructed views. While you’re here waking up, take the time to meet your peers and set your plan for the day. There’s a lot to take in!

For more information about this event, please contact Marissa McDonald

9:30 am -10:15 am: An Introduction to React Native
8th Floor Stage 1 - Presented by SmartLogic

React Native is a modern open-source framework for native app development developed and maintained by the team at Facebook. React Native is a cross-platform development tool, but unlike previous options, React Native uses native platform-specific interface components, making it both easy to program and highly performant.

In this talk, we’ll provide some high-level historical context for the origins of React Native, and then we’ll dive into some basics of how to get started building apps. We’ll also outline which cases we find to be the best match for React Native and when other approaches are a better fit, and share a couple of examples of apps we’ve built at SmartLogic using React Native along with tips and lessons learned.

For more information about this event, please contact Rose Burt

10:30 am -11:15 am: Developing a Successful Engineering Apprentice Program
8th Floor Stage 1 - Presented by SmartLogic

Launched in 2018, the SmartLogic developer apprentice program offered three junior developers the opportunity to accelerate their careers through a paid apprenticeship. We were able to solve for an internal hiring need and provide an alternative pathway for community members into the development profession.

An apprenticeship program is a valuable tool for any team facing a talent gap or working to increase diversity and inclusion, both common scenarios in the tech industry. We’d like to share our success story along with some key factors and takeaways for any other tech teams out there who might be interested in implementing a similar program.

For more information about this event, please contact Rose Burt

11:00 am - 1:15 pm: Company Tours
1100 Wicomico Floors 1-8 - Presented by 1100 Wicomico

Welcome to 1100 Wicomico. At 105 years-old, 1100 Wicomico is experiencing a resurgence of activity as it reclaims its identity as the economic hub of West Baltimore. Originally the new home of the growing Baltimore Bargain House, it is now outfitted with modern amenities and optimized with multiple floors of office and production space.
Come meet the companies who are powering this resurgence. Highlights of this self-guided tour through this 8-story, 416,000 sf. building include:

  • 228 Grant Street Candle Co.
  • The Art of Poncho
  • Baltimore BioWorks, Inc.
  • CoWork@1100
  • Harbor Designs & Manufacturing, LLC
  • Fashions Unlimited
  • Klik Solutions
  • MANIFOLD Design
  • RxRemedies
  • Supreme Studios
  • Varia Systems
  • Suite 335
  • Suite 550

Strategically located near major transportation routes as well as biotech, industrial design and academic institutions, 1100 Wicomico is uniquely positioned to support entrepreneurs as they establish and scale their businesses. New ownership has set in motion redevelopment plans to bring additional value to the property in the form of coworking, event, art studios, fashion design, fitness, retail and lab spaces. Tour available suites and see how you can join our community.

For more information about this event, please contact Marissa McDonald

10:30 am - 11:15 am: 5 Things to Start a Company and Find Your Customer
8th Floor Stage 2 - Presented by StartupGrind Columbia and Harbor Designs & Manufacturing, LLC.

How do you start a company and who is your customer? You can’t do one without the other! Learn key tips to starting a company by identifying your target market. Who is your customer and how do you get them to notice you?
There are critical things you need to know to start a company and things you should know to find your true customer. Spend an hour with our expert facilitators who will help you save time and money, and who can't afford to save time and money?

For more information about this event, please contact Chris Haug

11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Technology's Rise in the Maker Movement
8th Floor Stage 2 - Presented by Made in Baltimore

Long gone are the days where makers are viewed just hobbyists and tinkerers. Increased access to high-tech equipment and diverse resources have forever changed the maker movement.

Resulting in an evolution that has brought about a new crop of entrepreneurs who are creating familiar products in new and more advanced ways. Join us to hear from our panel of technology-based entrepreneurs who are changing the way we view making.

For more information about this event, please contact Andy Cook

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Made in Baltimore Sourcing & Supplier Fair
8th Floor - Presented by Made in Baltimore

Are you ready to save your business time and money by sourcing materials and contracted manufacturing services locally?
The Made In Baltimore Sourcing & Supplier Fair will feature raw material suppliers, packaging suppliers, contract manufacturers and more, from across the Mid-Atlantic region.

Whether you're looking to find a new cut & sew facility for apparel production, new packaging for your food products, a quicker turnaround on labeling or shipping supplies, or a commercial printing connection with a face, your business is guaranteed to find new and exciting opportunities at this expo. Let's strengthen bonds across our region's manufacturing ecosystem and build your business to its greatest potential!

For more information about this event, please contact Andy Cook

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Entrepreneur Showcase: Inventions You Had No Idea Were Made Here
8th Floor - Presented by Harbor Designs and Manufacturing, LLC

Technology products are impacting the way we live and here is a first-hand opportunity to see many of these innovative and cool technologies and products coming out of MD! Come meet and see the hottest entrepreneurs and products coming out of Baltimore. Emerging technologies range from medical devices, technical products, and consumer products coming to market, we have startups, early-stage, and emerging companies.

Our goal is to expand the knowledge and market the awesome tech-centric business ecosystem which just keeps growing in Baltimore.

For more information about this event, please contact Josh Barnes

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Live Demonstrations
8th Floor

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality
Presented by Balti Virtual

Balti Virtual is a full-service studio focused on building amazing augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) experiences for brands, agencies, and institutions. Over the past four years, the Baltimore-based company has worked with forward-thinking partners including Marvel, Hallmark, Under Armour and PayPal.

Balti Virtual is a one-stop-shop that solves complex industry problems with expert knowledge of cutting-edge technology. From mobile native AR apps and WebXR to headset-based VR/AR, the BaltiVirtual team excels at creating compelling immersive experiences.

Whether it’s marketing or entertainment, education, training or healthcare, Balti Virtual works with industries to create awe-inspiring and out-of-the-box campaigns. With roots dating back to the video game industry of the late 90s and a stellar track record of delivering cutting-edge experiences, Balti Virtual is uniquely positioned to help make virtually any AR/VR dream a reality. For more information, visit

MAMMOTH – Discovery Channel BattleBot Celebrity
Builder: Ricky Willams

This celebrity is no coward and loves a crowd!
Huger than HUGE, this Battlebot is back and on the hunt!
Coined the LARGEST BattleBot ever, Mammoth is pushing the limits of combat robotics on Discovery Channel’s BattleBots. Mammoth and its team builders are a must see!

EcoMap of Baltimore
Presented by Pava LePere

The EcoMap contains information about all of the resources for entrepreneurs in Baltimore, as well as about the organizations that provide them. There are a variety of pre-filtered views that you can explore, or you can adjust the data yourself using filters for a resource type, industry focus, stage focus, and more.

Are you an entrepreneur? See how this live EcoMap can find valuable services right in your own neighborhood or state. Or if your service provider, see if your company made the list and if not, now is the perfect opportunity to add your services.

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Explore The Agritech Revolution With F³ Tech
8th Floor Stage 2 - Sponsored by Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit, Facilitated by F3

Join F³ Tech and thought leaders in agritech, aquatech, and envirotech to explore an exciting emerging market set to transform the agriculture industry and the world. New concepts like automation and robotics, data and analytics, synthetic biology, and vertical farming are transforming the way that food is produced. A growing population, climate change, urbanization, and globalized trade are a few of the megatrends that are creating opportunities for entrepreneurs, investors, and innovators

The agritech market is forecasted to surge to $20B by 2020, in part due to the enormous challenge of growing 70% more food by 2050 to feed a growing global population. Join us while we explore one of the biggest opportunities for entrepreneurs who seek to solve one of the most pressing issues facing humanity today.

Big Data Analytics In Decision Ag
Presented by Sri Sabesan, CEO for Tier 1 Digital

Big data and analytics are helping to improve and transform a multitude of industries in the modern world. The most impactful thing such technologies do is provide detailed and real-time insights into operational and financial activities. In agriculture, this very thing is playing out as we speak. Every grower has a goal for their operation. Some of the more commonly cited are around improving profitability and efficiency, reducing the cost of an operation, or increasing product value. To achieve each goal, growers must make better decisions and move beyond the use of general knowledge from ground experiments, which can only carry them so far. No business is the same, and there is now an increasing need for information generated in a location-specific manner, providing a solution which fits in line with what each grower needs. Through big data and connected devices, every one of the goals around profitability, efficiency and cost management are not only achievable, but completely realistic. The question is less about whether or not the technology offers benefits — it indeed does — and more about the “how” it achieves such a thing. In this session, we will discuss few ways in which big data in agriculture is improving conditions or operations.

What Does The Future Of Production Agriculture Look Like - What Role Will Autonomy Play
Presented by Luke Derby, PLM Marketing Manager for CNH Industrial

Autonomy is one of many factors that will change the landscape of the future of Production Ag. However, there are many areas of technology that have developed significantly in the last few years that also add significant improvements to our operations before we reach autonomy. Three of these areas include:

Internet of Things (IoT) and Connectivity

  • Telematics for Agronomic, Animal, and Equipment Services

  • Remote Management

  • Marketing and Sales

Data Analytics (Big Data)

  • What is the value in what’s collected and what gaps do we need to collect?

  • How do we manage data and security?

  • Sources of data; human, machine, satellite, sensor, history

Machine Automation

  • Increase quality and consistency of product

  • Increase safety in operation and in food safety

Agriculture will be in greater need of autonomy and autonomous vehicles more than any other industry. Especially as we look to find a solution to meeting the world’s demand for quantity and quality of food for the growing population. A few of the topics that drive this conversation are:


  • What are the labor needs, costs, and how do we compete for labor?

  • Need to increase technology to compensate for operator skill variability


  • Autonomy can be a force multiplier, limited weather windows

  • Get more time back for the farms to be with family, quality of life

  • Cost- Where are the cost savings and where are the additional costs?

FeedTech - How Innovation In Feed Are Impacting The Future of Our Food
Presented by Sam Glickstein , Founder & CEO for Biotrophics and Paul Rosenberger, Founder & CEO of Greatalga

The demands we make of our food producing animals are getting higher each day. In order to enable our livestock and fish to produce optimum levels of the highest quality protein, it is absolutely essential that we provide them with the right quality and type of feed. This is where the challenge begins. Feed accounts for 50% of the cost of raising animals or fish. Fishmeal is not sustainable as the primary protein supplement to feed and alternatives are required. Learn about how two Baltimore startups are developing insects and algae as leading solutions to this feed challenge.

For more information about this event, please contact Mike Thielke

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Show me the Money
8th Floor Stage 1 - Presented by Squadra, Moderated by Mike Leffer, Squadra

Businesses need money to run and startups need it more than those with well-established sales pipelines. Where do most businesses get their funding? Is it through Crowdfunding, Angel Investors, Friend & Family or Grants?

Starting a business is hard enough without having to go and find the money to keep things going. Join our panel of experts who will share with you where the funding is and how they found the money to help their businesses grow.

For more information about this event, please contact Mike Leffer

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm: Technologies of the Future
8th Floor Stage 1 - Presented by MD MEP, Moderated by Nemphos Braue

Technology makes the world go round and there are numerous groundbreaking technologies emerging as game changers which are impacting our everyday lives.

We will take a look at how machine learning is advancing Artificial Intelligence (AI) as well as how Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) have expanded beyond video games to education, marketing, engineering design, space exploration, and healthcare. A fascinating technology still under development; Quantum computing (supercomputing) will also be explored including questions about the 20.4 billion things connected to the internet as the Internet of Things (IoT) as of 2020 will be kept safe and secure.

Join us for this exciting panel to explore how new technology is being used in the products of the future and how it will impact our lives.

For more information about this event, please contact Marjie Cota

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Higher Education and Workforce Development
8th Floor Stage 1 - Presented by

Coming Soon!

For more information about this event, please contact Clayton Wert

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm: DEV Day Happy Hour + Awards
8th Floor - Sponsored by Nemphos Braue &

What a better way to complete the day than with the Hump Day Happy Hour AND the announcement of who won the RealList of Engineers* Awards at 6pm!

This is a great way to wind down the day, congratulate the RealList Winners, continue conversations, make new friends and connect with those you don’t see often enough. Take in the best 360-degree views of the Baltimore skyline, the Ravens and Orioles Stadium, B&O Railroad and the Horseshoe Casino! Mingle with DEV Day sponsors, exhibitors, participants, and panel members while savoring light food & drinks along with conversations and views of our amazing city!

This is the final event of DEV DAY and an opportunity not to be missed, see you there! Register today and receive 2 complimentary drink coupons.

For more information about this event, please contact Marissa McDonald

Target Audience:

Founders, innovators, and entrepreneurs

About Harbor Designs & Manufacturing, LLC:
Harbor Designs & Manufacturing (Harbor Designs), is a full-service market-driven new technology product design and manufacturing company. From concept designs to product market launch and everything in between, Harbor Designs has experience and a quality team of innovators specializing in design, re-imagining and manufacturing technology products of the future.

About 1100 Wicomico:
Where Baltimore's tomorrow is built today. We Keep Good Company. Surrounded by biotech, industrial design and academic institutions, 1100 Wicomico champions innovation and collaboration. We give entrepreneurs the space and support they need to scale their businesses. And we call Pigtown—the city’s historically hard-working neighborhood with quick access to major transportation routes—home.

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