Archives For Innovation & Tech

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Arab Health 2015 is the world’s second largest healthcare exhibition. Photo courtesy Arab Health 2015

Maryland companies are on the forefront of healthcare innovation, and the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) is helping them share their technology with the world.

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In one corner, students pounded a vortex machine, sending rings of air catapulting to the ceiling. Across the room, teenagers struck poses in front of an advanced camera to create blueprints for tiny 3-D prints of themselves.

The Digital Harbor Foundation opened the doors of its technological playground to visitors last week during its 2nd Anniversary Showcase. Enthusiastic students, working to become Baltimore’s next generation of tech professionals and entrepreneurs, greeted more than 200 attendees.

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Maryland firms will embark on the State’s second cyber trade mission to Israel this March, in conjunction with CYBERTECH 2015 in Tel Aviv.

The international market for cutting-edge cybersecurity technology is hotter than ever—especially in Israel.

Maryland firms will embark on the State’s second cyber trade mission to Israel this March, in conjunction with CYBERTECH 2015 in Tel Aviv. The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development’s (DBED) cyber development team is inviting companies throughout the State to participate.

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Digital Harbor Foundation's 2014 ShowcaseThe Digital Harbor Foundation (DHF) is training the next generation of technology professionals one student at a time.

It began in January 2013, when DHF took an about-to-be-closed South Baltimore recreation center and put an innovative twist on it. What they created was a tech center—a maker space for Baltimore youth to explore their interests and talents in technology, while receiving the guidance necessary for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) growth.

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Baltimore-based Under Armour launched UA Record, a new health and fitness network app, during International CES.

For more than 40 years, the International CES has been a launching pad for breakthrough technologies and the newest must-have gadgets. 

The International CES is the epicenter for the ever-expanding global consumer technology community, showcasing the promise and power of technology and serving as a platform for all innovators, big and small,” announced Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, which hosts the conference.

Held this week in Las Vegas, it’s no surprise that Maryland—ranked No. 1 in Innovation and Entrepreneurship by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation—is well represented at the conference.

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NCCOEOur increasingly connected world brings new opportunities for businesses, organizations and government agencies—along with new vulnerabilities. Fortunately, Maryland’s cybersecurity industry is leading the nation in developing products and services to defend against Internet threats.

With support from the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development and other sponsors, the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence will kick off its 2015 Speaker Series this month. Chris Inglis, former Deputy Director of the National Security Agency, will address “Security in a Cyber World” on Jan. 14 at the Universities at Shady Grove, University of Maryland in Rockville.

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The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) is looking to bridge the gap between Maryland’s booming cybersecurity industry and career-seeking veterans with help from a new Veteran Outreach Coordinator.

A 15-year member of the U.S. Air Force, Nigel LeBlanc has joined DBED’s Cyber Development team to connect veterans with public and private agency resources in the cybersecurity sector.

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Nigel LeBlanc, deployed to Afghanistan, with a General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper (UAV).

LeBlanc believes veterans have the skill set needed for the growing cyber workforce. “Veterans have the ethics, the knowledge of how to work in teams and how to operate very well under pressure. Veterans have the technical aptitude and the experience needed [to fill the workforce shortage],” he said.

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Drawing hundreds of professionals, students and public servants, the 2014 CyberMaryland Conference spotlighted Maryland as the nation’s epicenter for cybersecurity.

“If we invest and if we connect and if we appreciate the tremendous opportunities out there in this new world, Maryland will lead the way,” said Governor Martin O’Malley during his keynote address during last week’s two-day conference.

Watch highlights from the conference in the above video.

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Image courtesy of the U.S. Army’s Edgewood Chemical Biological Center.

Two Maryland companies are tapping new 3D manufacturing resources by partnering with local federal facilities.

Integrata Security and RPM Tech have each entered cooperative agreements through the Northeastern Maryland Additive Manufacturing Innovation Authority (NMAMIA) to expand their 3D prototyping capabilities.

Integrata will be working with the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) to manufacture a new casing for a cybersecurity product. The partnership will allow the Baltimore-based security company to quickly create 3D-printed prototypes and enhance the overall quality of its products.

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Wells_JeffreyHave a question about Maryland’s cybersecurity industry? Looking for a job or funding for your startup? Are you unable to make it to this year’s CyberMaryland Conference?

Don’t worry — DBED’s Cyber Development team will be answering your questions throughout the two-day event, including a live Q&A session with Executive Director Jeffrey Wells.

Jeffrey will be tweeting live from the CyberMaryland booth on Wednesday, October 29th, from 11 – 11:30AM. Questions received after the Q&A session will be answered periodically during the event by members of the DBED cyber team.

To submit a question, visit our Twitter @MDBiz and tweet us using the hashtag #AskmdCyber.

Be sure to join in and follow along for other live updates from the CyberMaryland Conference with the hashtag #CYBERMD2014.

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Roughly two years ago, two friends from the University of Maryland, College Park set out to develop a new 3D printer, small, affordable and stylish enough to attract the average consumer.

Michael Armani and David Jones co-founded M3D and watched their vision rapidly materialize. Following extensive press coverage and a Kickstarter campaign that raised $3.4 million (well above its $50,000 goal), the company finalized its signature Micro Motion Technology, which powers the device.

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Find additional coverage, celebrating the State’s industrial heritage and today’s innovators, during Maryland Manufacturing Month.

Zentech Manufacturing is no stranger to the ever-changing manufacturing industry in Maryland. The contract electronics manufacturer formed in 1998 and settled its operations in Windsor Mill in Baltimore County, where it still resides today.

The company produces components, assemblies, and finished goods for its customers while supporting a wide range of industries in the State – including medical, military and defense, aerospace, broadband, and networking and telecommunications.

Zentech also provides high-speed and precise printed circuit board (PCB) assembly, helping operate nearly all types of electronic products on the market.

Take a look inside Zentech’s 42,000 square-foot facility in the above video.