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Join emerging voices & established thinkers innovating to build a stronger, more equitable society. Suggested ticket value is $250 but are offered at a #paywhatyoucan price for the non-profit festival. Ticket proceeds help keep the Labs open to all.



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Wednesday, April 18

Rethink learning. Join future-focused education innovators for a dialogue on the central role of education in our society, including:

Thomas DolbyProfessor of the Arts at Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Kim Schatzel, President, Towson University

Atman Smith, Co-founder, Holistic Life Foundation

Ali Smith, Co-founder, Holistic Life Foundation

Rhonda Richetta, Principal, City Springs Elementary/Middle School

Christine Mallinson, Professor of Language, Literacy, and Culture, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)

Shawn Dove, CEO, Campaign for Black Male Achievement

Matthew Kincaid, Founder of Overcoming Racism

Shawn Burnett, Businessman, Public Servant, and Community Organizer

DeJuan Patterson, Businessman, Public Servant, and Community Organizer

Imani Victoria Bryan, Health and Policy Analyst, Baltimore City Health Department’s Office of Youth Violence Prevention

Jess Gartner, CEO & Founder, Allovue

Marion Winik, Professor, Radio Host & Author

Karen E. Webber, Director of the Education and Youth Development program, Open Society Institute-Baltimore

Sara K. Muempfer, Senior Associate, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Jimmie Thomas and DevRock, Curators of Blog “Hip Hop” 


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Wednesday, April 18


Gather with social entrepreneurs, activists, and movement builders to explore, together, how we can build a more equitable and responsible society, including: 

Byron Pitts, Journalist and Author

Asha Curran, Chief Innovation Office and Director, Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact

Vernā Myers, Cultural Innovator Activist

Lester Spence, Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Rahne Alexander, Multimedia Artist, Producer, Musician, and Performer

Rasta Huti

DeRay Mckesson, Activist and organizer

Jonathan Jayes-Green, Director, UndocuBlack Network

Veronica Cool, Founder of Cool & Associates

Erricka Bridgeford, Activist, Named 2017’s Marylander of the Year by Baltimore Sun

Dr. Wendy Osefo, Professor of Education, JHU & Progressive Political Commentator

Saida Agostini,COO for FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture

Joseph T. Jones, Founder & CEO of the Center for Urban Families


[email protected] presented by BGE, Supporting Sponsors: UMBC, UMCES, Accenture

Thursday, April 19

Join the conversation about how we think about climate change, greening our cities, the green economy and the innovations that provide a more sustainable path to the future, including:

Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr.,President and CEO, Hip Hop Caucus

Peggy Shepard, Co-Founder and Executive Director, WE ACT for Environmental Justice

Dr. Michael Gonsior, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Kris Hoellen, Senior Vice President and Chief Conservation Officer, National Aquarium

Ashley Traut, Senior Manager, Innovative Stormwater Projects

Kristen Jeffers, Author, Founder and Editor-In-Chief, The Black Urbanist

Calvin Butler, CEO, BGE

Jeremy Bedine, Founder, GridLion

Dominic NellFarmer & Founder, City Weeds

Ausur Daniels
Walker MarshFarmer & Founder, Tha Flower Factory
Liz CornishExecutive Director, Bikemore
Helen GlazerArtist


[email protected] presented by Kaiser Permanente, Supporting Sponsor: Towson University

Thursday, April 19

Explore the health of our society with noted innovators and on-the-ground practitioners whose work and innovative practices have the potential to affect the quality of life and health for people in Baltimore and around the globe, including: 

Nancy Lublin, Founder & CEO, Crisis Text Line and former CEO of Do Something Inc.

Damion J. Cooper, M.Th., Founder/Executive Director, Project Pneuma

Dr. Kathryn S. Collins, Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Social Work

Scott Nolen, Director, Open Society Institute - Baltimore Drug Addition Treatment Program

Crista Taylor, LCSW-C,Vice President of Programs, Behavioral Health System Baltimore

Dr. Leana S. Wen, M.D., MSc., FAAEM, Health Commissioner, Baltimore City

Michelle Antoinette Nelson, Founder, Brown + Healthy

Mateo BluRenowned artist and former NFL Player

Peter Bruun, Artist

Kevin Shird, Author and Youth Advocate

Jennifer Facteau, MS, LCPC, Regional Director of Behavioral Health, Kaiser Permanente


[email protected] presented by France-Merrick Foundation

Friday, April 20

Features some of the most inventive designers, artists, entrepreneurs, storytellers and thinkers convening to explore how emerging creative practices shape our world and create change, including:

Joyce Scott, Jewelry Maker and Sculptor, 2016 MacArthur Genius Grant Winner

Mohamed Tall, Baltimore City Youth Poet Laureate

Samuel Hoi, President, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

Yoruba Richen,

Aaron Maybin, Art Activist & Former Professional Football Player

Kyle Pompey, Owner, Nice Shot Media, LLC

Sonja Sohn, Director of Baltimore Rising Wide Angle Youth Media

Susan Malone, Executive Director at Wide Angle Youth Media


[email protected] presented by Stanley Black & Decker; Supporting Sponsor: UMBC

Friday, April 20

Learn about the how the maker movement is reimagining education, work, and opportunity, and how discovering the talent to make things is changing lives, including:

Kimbra, Singer and Actress

Shanti Das, Entrepreneur and Author

Freeman Hrabowski, President, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Sree Sreenivasan, Digital & Social Strategist, Consultant, Teacher, Center10 Consulting , LLC

Foad Hamidi, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Chris Sleat, CEO, Workbench Platforms

Keith “KC” Cooper

Tammira Lucas, CEO, The Cube Network


[email protected] presented by Visit Baltimore, Supporting Sponsor: Wegmans

Saturday, April 21

Acclaimed food advocates and chefs explore the world of food in talks and demonstrations: We’ll look at how it’s grown, accessed, eaten and innovated, and how our attitudes toward what we eat may change the trajectory of society. Immediately following FoodLab is a Baltimore Marketplace by Cureate.

Art Smith, Chef and Author

Alison Robicelli, Baker, Author and TV Personality

Dave Thomas, Chef and Owner, Ida Bs Table

Chyno, “Boy with The Blue Beard” & “The Baltimore Foodie”

Devin Johns, Social Engagement Manager, Broadstreet Ministry

Erin Moran, Chief Culture Officer, Union Square Hospitality Group

Dionne Joyner Weems, Vice President Marketing, Visit Baltimore

Aisha Pew and B Cole, Owners, Dovecote Café


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The Columbus Center - Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET)  
701 E Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21202