Velocity Center Programs and Events


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Past Programs and Events

Innovation @ The Velocity Center:
The Fundamentals of Intellectual Property and Its Importance In Entrepreneurship

April 23, 2024, 5 - 6:30 p.m.

A presentation and discussion about intellectual property by James Brinkley Il, Esq., a scientist turned intellectual property attorney turned startup founder at IPGen. IPGen democratizes intellectual property and innovation.


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Velocity X 2024 Hackathon
March 21-22, 2024

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM), in partnership the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division and with Brightidea, implemented a hybrid (virtual and in-person) AI hackathon.​ ​Participants were challenged to create and fine-tune an image classification model that can detect and identify images from a given dataset. The goal of the challenge was to demonstrate key concepts such as data preprocessing, model architect design, and training techniques that can be transferable to military applications that involve the need for image classification.​ ​

Teams engaged collaboratively in the problem-solving opportunity from the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division to create an Image Classifier that would be able to detect and identify an aircraft!


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Velocity X: Innovation Hackathon
December 1, 2023
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

This competition seeks to create an iconic exhibit/installation/project that will communicate the theme "Innovation and Technology" and promote the work of the Energetics Technology Center (ETC) and the Velocity Center, a place of innovation, learning, and collaboration for academia and the community.

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Congratulations to the Winners!

  • First Place - Amanda Dinello Scott
  • Second Place – Amir Beshir and Ali Beshir
  • Third Place – Theo Best

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velocity-center-event-ai.jpgInnovation @ The Velocity Center:
The Challenges of Incorporating Artificial Intelligence and Autonomy Into Our Lives

September 26, 2023, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Watch the video below for an insightful talk by Matt Scassero, the director of operations and outreach at the University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering MATRIX Lab at University System of Maryland at Southern Maryland.

He discusses the opportunities and challenges of artificial intelligence and autonomy in various domains. Learn how these technologies are transforming our lives as well as what ethical, legal, and technical issues they raise.

How can we balance the benefits and risks of autonomy? Who is to blame when there are mistakes? When should we use this technology?

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Makerspace at the CSM Velocity Center Open House

When: Wednesday, July 11, 2023
Time: 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Where: CSM Velocity Center, 4465 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head, MD 20640
Join us to learn how you can become a member of the Makerspace. The evening will include demonstrations, displays, and light refreshments. Makerspace tools and equipment include 3D printers/ scanners, a CNC router, laser cutters, electronic equipment, and other additive and subtractive machines for making.



"Live @ the Velocity Center" is a simulcast series highlighting innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship in the Southern Maryland region.  Join the discussion among thought leaders and community members about collaboration and community empowerment.


Live @ the Velocity Center Series - Episode 1

The Innovators Around Us

This is an exciting time for innovators and inventors. Open platforms, new ideas, and new resources are everywhere. The panel members for this program have been involved in private as well as government-sponsored science and technology and research and development efforts.

Live @ the Velocity Center Series - Episode 2

Workforce Development and Skills Training
Panel of program experts
Wed., Sept. 29, 2021

Live @ the Velocity Center Series - Episode 3

Experiential Learning and Innovation
Panel of youth innovators and inventors
Wed., Oct. 20, 2021

Live @ the Velocity Center Series - Episode 4

The Art of Innovation – Exploring STEAM and the Inclusion of the Arts
Wed. Nov. 10, 2021

Live @ the Velocity Center Series - Episode 5

What is a Makerspace?
Panel of digital fabrication experts
Wed., June 15, 2022

Live @ the Velocity Center Series - Episode 8

Social Entrepreneurship - Innovation for Good
May 9, 2023

Social entrepreneurship leverages innovation that has the potential to solve community-based problems to create a positive impact in society. Social entrepreneurs share stories of why and how they do what they do sharing useful insights to help others start or advance their social entrepreneurship journey and create impact.

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