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Highlights Announced for EduLab@LightCity

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts and University System of Maryland announced the schedule of highlights for EduLab@LightCity presented by University System of Maryland, one of the six Labs@LightCity innovation conferences bringing together local and national innovators and thought leaders across six key industries during Light City 2017.

Presented by University System of Maryland, EduLab encourages audiences to rethink learning and join future-focused education innovators for a dialogue on the central role of education in our society. EduLab@LightCity takes place at the Columbus Center at 701 E. Pratt Street on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

EduLab begins with a welcome from University System of Maryland Chancellor Robert Caret followed by a conversation between University of Maryland, Baltimore County President Freeman Hrabowski and New York Times best-selling author, technology policy expert and innovator Alec Ross. Then, University System of Maryland faculty members participate in “Dear Mr. President:” A lightning round of 10 big ideas for reshaping the future of America, framed in a 5-minute pitch to the President. Noted education leaders Kim Schatzel, president of Towson University and CEO of Baltimore City Schools Sonja Santelises discuss their backgrounds, the moments that make them love their jobs, their biggest challenges and their hopes for the future.

Other speakers include Vice Dean, Business & Professional Programs for University of Maryland University College Steve Henick; musician, photographer, and educator Wendel Patrick, CEO of Mindgrub Todd Marks. EduLab’s closing keynote speaker is Donovan Livingston, public speaker, educator, and spoken word poet whose Harvard Graduate School of Education convocation address “Lift Off” went viral in 2016.

Other topics include “The next Wave of Education Reform Solutions: Addressing Racial Opportunity Gaps, Community Engagement, Urban Teacher Education” featuring Rob Helfenbein of Loyola University Maryland, Simone Gibson of Morgan State University and Omar Simpson of Johns Hopkins University and “Awakening Youth Through Connection: The Power of Making and Mentoring” by Aisha DaCosta, executive director, CEO and founder, I Am O’Kah! Inc.

After the day’s interactive sessions, EduLab hosts an “Innovative Ideas Fair” as the Light City Twilight event. The Innovative Ideas Fair features top innovators from within the University System of Maryland and talented performances.

For a limited time, tickets to EduLab are $99 with the promo code “LUCKY99” and can be purchased at Groups of 10 or more are eligible for a bulk purchase rate of $99 per ticket and can be arranged by contacting the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts at 410-752-8632. For more information on Labs@LightCity, visit Stay connected with Labs@LightCity via, Twitter: @LabsAtLightCity, and Instagram: @LabsAtLightCity.


Launched by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts in 2016, Light City Baltimore is the first large-scale, international light festival in the United States. In its first year, Light City welcomed more than 400,000 people over seven nights.

Light City is a free festival that transforms Baltimore with large-scale light installations, performances, music and innovation. Central to Light City is the BGE Light Art Walk along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor,  featuring more than 50 attractions including illuminated sculptures, projections, interactive technologies, performances, concerts, food vendors and a children’s area.

Clare BanksBulletin Board, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, University Life, USGAMarch 16, 20170 commentsBaltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inner Harbor, international light festival, Labs@LightCity, large-scale light installations, Light City Baltimore.

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