New Tech Meetup Coming to Indian Head

Published Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Economic Development Department announced the county’s first Southern Maryland Innovation and Technology (SMIT) meetup to be held on Wednesday, March 1, at the Black Box Theater (4185 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head) at 6 p.m. Prior to the meetup, there will be a ribbon cutting for the new Technology Transfer, Training, and TechFire™ (T4) space on the second floor of the Black Box Theater.

The new T4 space will be used by Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (NSWC IHEODTD) and the Energetics Technology Center (ETC) as a collaborative meeting space for businesses wishing to work with NSWC IHEODTD. The space will be used to provide training to industry and NSWC IHEODTD scientists and engineers, and offer open collaboration and conference room space. The ETC will offer their TechFire commercialization and T4 technology business incubation program.

“Charles County Economic Development supports both SMIT and the opening of the T4 space, as their work ties in directly with the county’s goal to grow entrepreneurship,” said Economic Development Department Chief of Business Development Debra Jones. “The county has a long-standing relationship with ETC, and their TechFire technology incubation program plays an important role in meeting county goals to develop and grow the Charles County entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

With the support of important partners, like NSWC IHEODTD and the Charles County Economic Development Department, we will cut the ribbon on a new Technology Transfer Training and TechFire space, bringing our TechFire incubator and technology transfer commercialization program to town,” said Energetics Technology Center President Bob Kavetsky.  “We are excited about working with local leadership to create new technology companies and businesses in Indian Head.”

SMIT meetups have been held in St. Mary’s County since 2013, and bring together entrepreneurs, inventors, developers, researchers, mentors, investors, and the broader entrepreneurial community. The Charles County SMIT debut offers entrepreneurs and the entire NSWC IHEODTD workforce the opportunity to access resources, training, education, and networking opportunities closer to home.

Registration for the SMIT meetup is free and open to anyone interested in tech entrepreneurship. To receive regular updates on the event, join the meetup group at Contact Kim Mozingo, TechFire Program Manager, at 240-416-0012 or for more information. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

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