Frequently Asked Questions

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How can I sponsor Baltimore Innovation Week?

Sponsorship information is available here. Have a question about sponsorship? Contact’s Sales Team.

I have an awesome idea for an event as a part of Baltimore Innovation Week - how do I make it happen?

Read up on our BIW15 Event Organizer Guide for everything you need to know regarding becoming a community event organizer. Ready to submit your event idea? Click here to submit your event online. Deadline to be included in the print magazine is July 27. Final event deadline is September 4 (No event submissions will be accepted afterwards).

I want to speak at Baltimore Innovation Week, how do I submit my talk?

Fill out this brief Speaker Interest Form by Friday, August 7.

I’m interested in showing off or demoing my app, company, game or startup during Baltimore Innovation Week, where do I apply?

Fill out this brief Demo Interest Form by Friday, August 7.

I want to volunteer during Baltimore Innovation Week, how can I help?

Please sign up to be a volunteer here. We’ll get in touch as the week gets closer with volunteer opportunities. Thanks!

General FAQ

Can’t find the answer to your question? Contact us here.

Tell me about last year’s event, Baltimore Innovation Week 2014—

  • 50+ events
  • 100+ partners and sponsors
  • 6,000+ attendees

Check out the full recap article here and our BIW14 wrap video.

Who’s in charge of BIW? Baltimore, a news site that covers technology, startups and venture capital in Baltimore.

What are tracks?

Tracks are how we organize events. Their purpose is so that those that are interested in coding and programming can easily search via the “Dev” track and find events that suit their interests. Check out our 6 tracks below!

  • CREATIVE — Where art and technology collide. Think: Video games, digital art, community initiatives.
  • ACCESS — Discussing diversity and education issues that affect everyday citizens. Think: digital divide, digital education.
  • CIVIC — The impact of technology on government and civil society. Think: digital media, civic hacking, Open Data.
  • DEV — Where programmers, designers, developers and project managers come together. Think: coding, front and back-end development, and more.
  • BUSINESS — The startup and business community conversation. Think: Venture capital, startups, bootstrapping, entrepreneur stories.
  • MEDIA — The strategy around technology coverage & promotion. Think: content marketing, digital marketing strategy, social networks.

What are Conference Days? Baltimore have organized day-long events focused around some of the tracks. For example, there are multiple “Business” focused events across the week. Additionally, has organized a day-long conference with multiple events at the same location that apply to the Business track.

Will Baltimore lead reporter, Stephen Babcock, be there?

He will definitely be at many events throughout the week!

Why is Baltimore organizing this event?

We are committed to helping to increase Baltimore’s impact regionally and nationally and to increase the reach and relevance of Baltimore’s technology community.

I want to request accessibility services for an event I am attending. How do I go about doing that?

Please send over a detailed request to [us] (, including the titles of the events as well as the specific service you are requesting by Friday, September 4. We can help arrange those services, but please be sure to get your request in before the deadline.

Where can I pick up the official program for the week?


I see an event in the printed program that I can’t find online - help!

Be sure to do a thorough check of all of the events on the calendar. There are over 100 partners involved in making BIW happen; some of those partners submitted changes beyond the print deadline (including date & time changes). The most up-to-date changes will be reflected on this site.

Does Baltimore make money from BIW?

Baltimore Innovation Week is part of many efforts by Baltimore to help fund operations. Baltimore Innovation Week currently helps the company support 10 full-time employees dedicated to reporting on the community and growing an impactful Week.

I see a bug on the site. Who should I contact?

Please send a detailed description to us.

Code of Conduct

We value the participation of each member of the Baltimore Innovation Week community and want all attendees to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Accordingly, all attendees are expected to show respect and courtesy to other attendees throughout the conference and at all conference events, whether officially organized by Baltimore Innovation Week or not. To make clear what is expected, all delegates/attendees, speakers, exhibitors, organizers and volunteers at any Baltimore Innovation Week event are required to conform to the following Code of Conduct.

The Short Version

Baltimore Innovation Week is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form.

All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks.

Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees. Behave professionally. Remember that harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary jokes are not appropriate for Baltimore Innovation Week. Attendees violating these rules may be asked to leave events without a refund at the sole discretion of the conference organizers.

Thank you for helping make this a welcoming, friendly event for all.

The Long Version

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Be careful in the words that you choose. Remember that sexist, racist, and other exclusionary jokes can be offensive to those around you. Excessive swearing and offensive jokes are not appropriate for Baltimore Innovation Week.

If a participant engages in behavior that violates this code of conduct, the event organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from an event with no refund.


This Code of Conduct was forked from PyCon’s Code of Conduct Policy, which is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

Good News - Mark Your Calendars!

We’ve already booked the dates for next year’s Baltimore Innovation Week, September 23 - Oct 1, 2016