Sophomore Bella Palumbi Nominated for Technologist of the Year by Baltimore


Congratulations to sophomore Bella Palumbi on her nomination for Technologist of the Year, a distinction from Baltimore’s annual Baltimore Innovation Awards, including Technologist of the Year, recognize outstanding work in Baltimore’s growing technology sector. After public nominations, the editorial team at Baltimore curates a list of nominees to be voted on by the local tech community.

Palumbi was nominated for her work as a mobile app developer — she created the game Monkey Mayhem at the age of 11 — and for founding the Harbor Hacks youth hackathon, which took place earlier this summer at the Digital Harbor Foundation’s tech center in Baltimore. The event was an opportunity for young hackers (ages 12-18) to develop mobile and computer programs, robots, games, and digital fabrication projects with support from adult mentors.

Prior to organizing Harbor Hacks, Palumbi won prizes for her work in four other hackathons. The only female nominated in her category, Palumbi is also up against individuals twice her age.

Palumbi is currently finalizing the details of the inaugural “Park Tech Fest,” an event she is organizing that will include a hackathon for tech enthusiasts and tech workshops for all skill levels. Park Tech Fest will be held Saturday, November 11 here at Park.

This year marks the fifth edition of the awards, which will be handed out during Baltimore Innovation Week. Award categories include: Tech Startup of the Year, Technologist of the Year, CTO of the Year, Design/Dev Firm of the Year, Tech Mission Org of the Year, Dev Product of the Year, Indie Video Game of the Year and Growth Tech Company of the Year. Winners of the Baltimore Innovation Awards will be announced Friday, October 6, 2017 at the BIW17 Innovation center at Mt. Vernon Marketplace.

Check out this interview with Palumbi in Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls here

And read more about the Baltimore Innovation Awards here

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