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Civic Track Day

Wednesday, September 17
7:30am–7pm

Learn about how technology is impacting local government and civil society. Hackers, politicians, bureaucrats and citizens will meet to discuss social enterprise, the creative class and technology's economic impact.

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Track Day Events

  • #SocEnt Breakfast

    The SocEnt Breakfast is a forum and platform for idea sharing, resource exchange and connecting among Baltimore's social entrepreneurs, nonprofit and civic leaders, community advocates, grant-makers, and social investors.

    Wednesday, September 17, 7:30am–9:30am
  • Bridging the Gap: Connecting Cultural Institutions and Learners in the Digital Age

    A lunch roundtable connecting museum professionals from area cultural institutions with educators and school leaders to examine the educating role of cultural institutions in the digital age.

    Wednesday, September 17, 11:30am–1:00pm
  • Economic Impact of the Technology Sector Roundtable

    This panel will focus on economic development and business taxes that affect the tech economy in Baltimore.

    Wednesday, September 17, 5:00pm–7:00pm

Speakers

  • Merlin Hanson

    Merlin Hanson

    Merlin taught history and served as a librarian for 13 years in Baltimore County Public School before moving to The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland as the middle school librarian in 2010. Merlin has served on the board of directors for multiple cultural institutions, including the Great War Association in PA where he was also the media liaison, and more recently as VP of the board of the Fire Museum of Maryland. Merlin also owns Hanson Mechanical Restorations, a historic Jeep restoration shop which was featured on the National Geographic show Family Guns. Merlin consistently works with a few graduates in his shop as a continuance of his belief in hands-on experiences and learning for young adults.

  • Decker Ngongang

    Decker Ngongang

    Decker Ngongang is the Senior Associate of Fellowship Programs at Echoing Green. Decker provides day-to-day management of our search, selection, and support processes for the Black Male Achievement Fellowship Program. Prior to joining us he was VP of Programs at Mobilize.org where he focused on millennial driven solutions to funding and resource management to effect change on pressing social issues.

  • Edward Papenfuse

    Edward Papenfuse

    Dr. Edward C. Papenfuse recently retired as the Maryland State Archivist and Commissioner of Land Patents, positions he has held since 1975. He helped design the Archives building, co-created the Maryland State Archives website, and teaches courses at the University of Maryland College Park, the University of Maryland Law School, and the Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of ''In Pursuit of Profit: The Annapolis Merchants in the Era of the American Revolution'' (1975), with Joseph M. Coale, ''The Hammond- Harwood House Atlas of Historical Maps of Maryland, 1608-1908'' (1982) and ''The Maryland State Archives Atlas of Historical Maps of Maryland 1608-1908'' (2003). He was named a Digital Preservation Pioneer by the National Archives in 2011.

  • Senator Bill Ferguson

    Senator Bill Ferguson

    Senator Ferguson, 30, was elected to the Maryland State Senate in 2010, then becoming the youngest ever-elected State Senator in Maryland’s history. Bill is currently serving his first term as State Senator for Maryland’s 46th Legislative District. The 46th Legislative District is located entirely within Baltimore City, including neighborhoods in south Baltimore, downtown near and around the Inner Harbor, and southeast Baltimore.

  • Sheri Parks

    Sheri Parks

    Sheri Parks’ research focuses on public aesthetics, with particular concern for popular culture as public mythology and its effect upon individuals, families and minority cultures. Her book Fierce Angels: The Strong Black Woman in American Life and Culture will be released in paperback edition in April of 2013. She is an active public intellectual, appearing in national and local media, and is in demand as a public speaker. Dr. Parks is active in the university’s civic engagement initiatives, as a steering committee member of the Coalition for Civic Engagement and as an instructor whose classes often include projects that benefit non-profit associations. In 2008 she was recognized by the campus as the Outstanding Woman of Color and as Faculty of the Year in the University Honors Program.