What's On Tap Regional Forums
What’s on Tap: Ford Motor Company's City Solutions
October 26, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
The Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) invites you to come and join us for What's on Tap: Ford Motor Company's City Solutions on Thursday, October 26th at the BMC Offices, doors will open at 5:30 pm.
Ms. Jessica Robinson, director of Ford’s City Solution team, will speak about how Ford is broadening its portfolio to include advancements and investments in emerging opportunities.
A panel of transportation officials from the region will discuss their thoughts and reactions to how Ford's vision fits into our region. Panelists include Ms. Michelle Pourciau, director of the Baltimore City Department of Transportation and Mr. Clive Graham, administrator for the Office of Transportation in Howard County. Plan to stay after for discussion and refreshments downstairs under the McHenry Row watertower.
The BMC Offices are located at 1500 Whetstone Way, Suite 300, in Baltimore.
The “What’s on Tap” speaker series is a forum to discover, understand and share knowledge of current and emerging issues, solutions and innovations that can meet today’s challenges and foster a better Baltimore region. Come build the network!
What’s on Tap: Data, Apps & Analytics
June 20 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
The Baltimore region is home to 2.7 million residents and 1.7 million jobs. From 2010 to 2040, the region’s population is expected to grow 14%, while employment growth is projected at 27%. This growth will strain the 10,800+ miles of roads, port, airport and transit that makes up our transportation network, thereby affecting how easily we can get around.
Emerging technologies and big data promise to provide solutions to our complex world. Learn how from these leading experts:
- Michael Pack, Director of the Center for Advanced Transportation Technology (CATT) Laboratory at the University of Maryland will discuss what technologies are being used at the CATT Lab, what technologies show promise, and what is the state of the art versus state of the practice in the (transportation) big data industry.
- Katherine Klosek, Senior Implementation Advisor at GovEx at Johns Hopkins University’s 21st Century Cities Initiative and What Works will discuss her work helping 100 mid-sized American cities (including Baltimore) enhance their use of data and evidence to improve services, inform local decision-making, and engage residents.
The Baltimore Metropolitan Council invites you to join us on Tuesday, June 20 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Diamondback Brewing Company (1215 East Fort Avenue, #008, Baltimore, MD 21230).
This event is part of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council's What’s on Tap speaker series, a forum to discover, understand and share knowledge of current and emerging issues, solutions, and innovations that can meet today’s challenges and foster a better Baltimore region.
The event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is requested. Come build the network.
What’s on Tap: Complete Streets
March 21 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Complete Streets is a transportation policy and design approach that requires streets to be planned, designed, operated, and maintained to enable safe, convenient and comfortable travel and access for users of all ages and abilities regardless of their mode of transportation.
Complete Streets emphasizes good planning and design of roadways and adjoining facilities to facilitate safety, accessibility, and mobility. Streetfilms create short videos "showing how smart transportation design and policy can result in better places to live, work and play."
The Baltimore Metropolitan Council and Bikemore welcomes participants for a series of film shorts and conversation about Complete Streets on Tuesday, March 21 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Diamondback Brewing Company (1215 East Fort Avenue, #008, Baltimore, MD 21230).
What's on Tap: Makerspaces, Hackerspaces, Fab Labs & Micro-Manufacturing
September 19, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.
Sparked by the “DIY” movement and a general desire to make things again, a maker culture has been steadily growing throughout the United States. Men and women who need space to create their wares and crafts are increasingly opting for shared space as opposed to working from basements, living rooms or personal kitchens.
These crafts cover a wide spectrum and an unknown part of our economy. Some make entire product lines, others parts for others to use in their products. This is entrepreneurial manufacturing, producing goods and services that range from clothes, food, and music, to cosmetics, tools and vehicles. Makerspaces reduce an entrepreneurs’ start-up costs and many have found that shared space offer the additional benefit of collaboration through shared ideas, tools, and skillsets. Makerspaces and micro-manufacturing facilities are an outgrowth of this effort and are popping up across the region. These facilities rely on specialization,
Makerspaces reduce an entrepreneurs’ start-up costs and many have found that shared space offer the additional benefit of collaboration through shared ideas, tools, and skillsets. Makerspaces and micro-manufacturing facilities are an outgrowth of this effort and are popping up across the region. These facilities rely on specialization, personalization and speed of delivery, versus the considerable start-up and operation costs found in mass production.
Two leaders presented, one from Open Works and one from Local Motors who will share their stories from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on September 19, 2016 at Open Works, located at 1400 Greenmount Avenue, in Baltimore's Station North neighborhoood. Refreshments, networking, and brief tours (space limited) of Open Works to follow the presentations.
ABOUT WHAT'S ON TAP
In June 2016, the Baltimore Metropolitan Council launched the first What's on Tap regional forum about technology and other related issues facing our region with General Motors and Philips Lighting. If you weren't able to attend the first event "What's on Tap: How technology will make our commute and streets smarter," please see the presentations below.
How technology will make our commute and streets smarter
General Motors and Philips Lighting are companies at the leading edge of transforming their industries with new technologies and service innovations. This conversation focused on how their work creates smarter cities, smarter communities and smarter regions across the United States.
- Key Drivers of Change
Alex Keros – Manager, Vehicle and Advanced Technology Policy
- Connected City Experience
Bill McShane, National Director