View Your Schedule

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.

Civic Track Presented By

400x400

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

  • Rodney Foxworth

    Rodney Foxworth

    Rodney Foxworth is a social justice advocate, community builder, and grassroots grantmaker. Rodney is Community Manager of BMe, a nonprofit social venture organization developed by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in partnership with Open Society Foundations that celebrates black men as societal assets and funds, promotes and networks enterprising black male leaders across a growing number of U.S. cities. He is also co-founder and co-organizer of SocEnt Breakfast, a monthly meetup that convenes Baltimore-area social entrepreneurs.

  • Thibault Manekin

    Thibault Manekin

    Thibault (TBO) grew up in Baltimore and graduated from Lehigh University with a degree in business and marketing. In 2006, Thibault moved back to Baltimore and co-founded a real estate development firm called Seawall Development Company. Seawall’s mission is to help improve communities by breathing a new life back into forgotten old historic buildings while at the same time filling them with people who in their everyday lives are making cities better places.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Henry Blue

    Henry Blue

    A co-founder of Alchemy Learning, Henry Blue, works with cultural institutions and organizations to help them reach modern learners thought digital education programming. Prior to Alchemy Learning, Henry taught at the Boys' Latin School of Maryland and Xinyu College in Jiangxi, China. Henry holds a B.A. from Davidson College, an M.A. from University of Virginia, and a graduate certificate in instructional technology from UMBC.