Creative Innovation Conference
Designing our Future


April 1-2, 2016
City Garage 101 W Dickman St
Baltimore, MD 21230

In an age when what we create is literally only limited to our imaginations, Light City U will convene a gathering of some of the most inventive designers, makers, artists, entrepreneurs, futurists, storytellers and thinkers to explore how emerging creative practices will shape our world and to share ideas and tools to create change.

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Creative Innovation Conference Day One

Friday, April 1 | City Garage

8:00 – 10:00 AM

Registration, Coffee, Tea and Juice Service

10:00 – 10:05 AM

Welcome Address by Brooke Hall and Justin Allen, Founders of What Works Studio and Light City

10:05 – 10:50 AM

Sci-Fi Meets Reality: The Future of How We’ll Live, Work and Play

Featuring Amy Webb, Founder of Future Today Institute

10:50 – 11:20 AM
Musical Performance by Shelby Blondell
Break and Mindgrub Technologies Playground Open

11:20 – 11:40 AM

We’re Wall in This Together

Featuring Gaia, Street Artist

11:45 – 12:05 PM

The New Social Fabric

Featuring Sarah Hemminger, Co-Founder, CEO, Thread

12:05 – 1:30 PM
Baltimore Local Food Truck Lunch, Baltimore Social Playground, Mindgrub Technologies Playground Open

1:30 – 1:50 PM

Breathing Space: Arts, Festivals & Public Art for Social Change

Featuring Alex Rinsler, Public Artist, Festival Producer and Founding Director of the Giant’s Foundry

1:50 – 2:10 PM

The 3 C’s of 3D: Creativity, Collaboration, Connectivity

Featuring Jan Baum, Executive Director at 3D Innovations Institute

2:15 – 2:30 PM

Sharing Creative Power: Why We Must Create Opportunity for Innovation in Young Women

Featuring Richelle Parham, Former CMO of eBay

2:30 – 3:15 PM

A Collaborative Competition: Encouraging Young Women To Embolden One Another, Take Risks, Conquer Fear of Failure, and Ignite Creative Change in the American Workforce

Featuring Reshma Saujani, Founder Girls Who Code

3:15 – 3:20 PM

Light City Re-Charge Break
Featuring LA Finfinger of LA Yoga and Free Baltimore Yoga

3:20 – 3:50 PM
Break and Mindgrub Technologies Playground Open

4:00 – 5:00 PM

Steve Case on the Internet’s Third Wave

Featuring Mike Hankin, CEO Brown Advisory, and Steve Case, Co-Founder of AOL, CEO Revolution LLC

5:00 – 7:00 PM

Creative Innovation Social and Cocktail Reception

Sponsored by Order Up and Rouge Fine Catering


Creative Innovation Conference Day Two

Saturday, April 2 | City Garage

9:00 – 10:00 AM
Coffee, Tea and Juice Service

10:00 – 10:05 AM

Welcome Address by Brooke Hall & Justin Allen, Founders of What Works Studio and Light City

10:05 – 10:50 AM

Branding as Cultural Dialogue

Featuring Debbie Millman, Writer, Educator, Host of Radio Show Design Matters

10:50 – 11:05 AM
Musical Performance by Khadijah Moon, Liberated Muse

11:05 – 11:25 AM

Creative Action Creates Place: Or Art Changes Everything

Featuring Thomas Dolby, Musician, Professor at Johns Hopkins University, “She blinded me with science” composer

11:30 – 11:50 AM

The Arts as a Catalyst: When it Works and When it Doesn’t

Featuring Fred Lazarus, Former President, MICA

11:50 – 12:10 PM

Data Defeats Truman: How Data Influences Creative in the Presidential Election

Featuring Kyle Britt, Senior Digital Strategist at Havas Helia

12:10 – 1:30 PM
Baltimore Local Food Truck Lunch, Baltimore Social Playground, and Mindgrub Technologies Playground Open

1:35 – 2:05 PM

Arts as a Tool for Community Transformation: A Panel Discussion

Featuring CJay Phillip, Dance and BMORE, Peter Bruun, Artist, Founder, New Day Campaign, Andre Robinson, Filmmaker, Activist, Director, Innovation Village, and Mia Loving, Co-Founder, Invisible Majority

2:10 – 2:40 PM

Incubator as an Influencer: A Panel Discussion

Featuring Greg Cangialosi, CEO of MissionTix and Chairman, Betamore, Co-Chair, Baltimore Angels, Shervonne Cherry, Spark-Baltimore, Deric Emry, Venture Partner, Greenspring Associates, Jen Meyer, CEO Betamore, and Deb Tillet of Emerging Technology Centers

2:40 – 3:30 PM

Youth and Diversity in Entrepreneurship: A Panel Discussion

Featuring Erik Moore, Founder BASE Ventures, Markus Proctor, Founder and CEO, EduPa, Param Shah, Fusiform, Amita Shukla, CEO Vitamita, Kelly Keenan Trumpbour, Founder, See Jane Invest

3:30 – 3:50 PM
Break and Mindgrub Technologies Playground Open

4:00 -5:00 PM

Gut Churn

Featuring Jad Abumrad, Host of RadioLabs

5:00 PM

Closing Remarks by Brooke Hall and Justin Allen, Founders of What Works Studio and Light City


Jad Abumrad

Host, Radiolab

Justin Allen

Co-Founder, Light City

Jan Baum

Executive Director, 3D Innovation Institute

Shelby Blondell


Kyle Britt

Senior Digital Strategist at Havas Helia

Peter Bruun

Artist, Founder, New Day Campaign

Greg Cangialosi

CEO of MissionTix and Chairman, Betamore, Co-Chair, Baltimore Angels

Steve Case

Chairman & CEO, Revolution LLC

Shervonne Cherry


Thomas Dolby

Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Deric Emry

Venture Partner, Greenspring Associates



Brooke Hall

Founder and CEO, What Works Studio, Co-Founder, Light City Baltimore

Mike Hankin

President & CEO, Brown Advisory Incorporated

Sarah Hemminger

Co-Founder, Thread

Fred Lazarus

President Emeritus, MICA

Mia Loving

Co-Founder, Invisible Majority

Jen Meyer

CEO, Betamore

Debbie Millman

Host, Design Matters

Khadijah Moon


Erik Moore

Founder BASE Ventures

Richelle Parham

Advisor, Girls Who Code

Cjay Phillip

Dance and BMORE

Markus Proctor

Founder, EduPal, Inc.

Alex Rinsler

Artistic Director, The Giant's Foundry

Andre Robinson

Filmmaker, Activist, Director, Innovation Village

Reshma Saujani

Founder & CEO, Girls Who Code

Param Shah

CO-Founder & CEO, Fusiform

Amita Shukla

Founder & CEO, Vitamita

Deborah Tillett

President and Executive Director, ETC (Emerging Technology Centers)

Kelly Keenan Trumpbour

Founder, See Jane Invest

Amy Webb

Founder, Future Today Institute


Scholarships available: Light City is offering a number of free and discounted tickets to these conferences for individuals who cannot afford the regular ticket price. Click here to to apply. Deadline for applications is March 1, 2016.


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