More than 1,000 expected at TechNite this evening

This year's theme challenges myths about technology here

November 01, 2001|By Stacey Hirsh | Stacey Hirsh,SUN STAFF

The attire is anything from "T-shirts to tiaras." The guest host is Gomez Addams of the Addams Family television show. And the theme of the night is disproving urban myths.

No, it's not a Halloween party.

It's the Greater Baltimore Technology Council's 12th annual TechNite. The event, expected to attract more than 1,000 guests from local businesses, seeks to intensify the energy in the technology community.

Tickets went for $100 or $130 apiece. After the cost of the event is paid for, proceeds are to go into the tech council's operating budget.

"Traditionally, TechNite has been a time to really showcase the technology community," said Penny Lewandowski, executive director of the Greater Baltimore Technology Council. "When people leave this night, they're excited that they work here."

To kick off tonight's event at the Baltimore Convention Center, the tech council is launching a new Web site,, that gives technical and marketing tools and advice to nonprofits.

And this year's Baltimore's Extraordinary Technology Advocate, or BETA, award will be presented to venture capitalist Frank Adams of Grotech Capital Group.

Despite the difficult economic climate, Lewandowski anticipates that energy will be high at the event - the same as it was when technology was soaring with the economy.

"There might be different conversations, and people might be talking to their colleagues about how their businesses are working and what adjustments they're making," said Matt Goddard, president of Baltimore-based Web design firm G1440 and a member of the tech council's board of directors.

This year's theme - disproving urban legends - aims to challenge myths about technology in the Baltimore area.

One myth, Goddard said, is that technology is only for the dot-coms, despite the tech work that goes on at many traditional businesses.

Another is that local college graduates leave the city and go elsewhere to work, Lewandowski said. Those and other urban myths will be disproved tonight, she said.

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