Future Cities is AiNET’s vision to help foster collaboration, innovation and creativity in Baltimore City. Through the use of discussions, education and technology deployments, AiNET seeks to connect different organizations and communities throughout the City.
AiNET has partnered with organizations including The Contemporary and the University of Maryland School of Social Work to reimagine and modernize the way residents interact with the arts, architecture, historic spaces and how they access 21st century information.
To read more about how AiNET and The Contemporary partnered to reintroduce the historic Hutzler Brothers Palace building to Baltimore, click here.
Municipal Wi-Fi Project
Baltimore can serve as a model for other cities nation-wide on how high impact digital communication services can transform people’s lives. Seamless connectivity unlocks the potential of neighborhoods, allowing businesses, residents, employees, and services (such as public safety and Light Rail) to save data fees and free up local investment dollars. This reinvestment grows the community and enhances the image of a high-tech, modern urban environment.
The access & savings presented by AiNET Future Cities represents a direct subsidy of $2.00/wage hour for families in Baltimore City, unlocking vast amounts of economic potential and opportunity for the residents who need it most.
Our municipal Wi-Fi initiative will allow users to transition from work to leisure to travel seamlessly, without ever encountering network changes, data charges, or even dropped calls. By making access to technology ubiquitous, seamless, high quality, and free, Future Cities hopes to eliminate “islands of connectivity”, which are both expensive and limited in their ability to transform and unlock the value of the modern urban environment.
Future Cities: Symposium
“I am always fascinated by the way unexpected partners can create the most meaningful outcomes,” says Brian Checco, AiNET’s Director of Marketing. “Collaboration has a way of sparking creativity that working alone just can’t.” It is these collaborative partnerships that have inspired AiNET’s forum, “Future Cities: Baltimore,” a symposium featuring innovative Baltimore organizations in areas including technology, industry, arts, policy and the public — that will discuss the role of collaboration, and how interdisciplinary partnerships can create positive, lasting outcomes in the city in regards to the way residents will live, work and learn.
On Wednesday, March 15th from 5:30-7:00pm, visionary leaders in Baltimore sat down to discuss both the challenges and opportunities facing the city, and collaborative ways to meet them. The event, entitled “Future Cities: Baltimore Symposium” featured speakers including Anita Kassof, Executive Director of the Baltimore Museum of Industry; Deana Haggag, Executive Director of The Contemporary; Deepak Jain, CEO of AiNET; Kirby Fowler, President at the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore; Dr. Richard Barth, Dean at the University of Maryland School of Social Work; and Will Holman, General Manager at Open Works Baltimore. Hosted by AiNET and moderated by Michael Lisicky (author of Hutzler’s: Where Baltimore Shops), the event took place on the ground floor of the Hutzler Brothers Palace building at 210 N. Howard Street.