Baltimore City needed an immediate and long-term supply of tech talent to develop critical systems across multiple city agencies.
By contracting Catalyte developers, Baltimore City will create equitable and family-sustaining technology careers, build a talent pipeline for city agencies, improve community health outcomes and help modernize Baltimore’s IT infrastructure.
Baltimore City wanted to cost-effectively grow its technology workforce, modernize its IT infrastructure and create a sustainable pipeline of talent drawn directly from city residents. Catalyte-trained developers deployed immediately to Baltimore City Information & Technology (BCIT) and the Baltimore City Health Department to strengthen critical systems and applications. Catalyte also created a Technology and Software Development Fellowship, in conjunction with local partner organization Baltimore Corps. This fellowship will identify undiscovered tech talent from within Baltimore, provide them with Catalyte’s training and then deploy graduates to work for Baltimore City agencies.
Catalyte developers were able to help the City Health Department develop case management and tracking capabilities on top of the city’s COVID/data tracking system. This was an important step as Baltimore continues on a safe and responsible path to reopening services and supporting post-COVID economic recovery.
“The Health Department is proud to continue our legacy of innovation through partnership and deep community connections. We are thrilled to have a dedicated team working on some of our most challenging issues.” – Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa.
Catalyte’s initial BCIT team worked on application modernization projects with an emphasis on security. These initiatives provided immediate value to the city, while also allowing Catalyte to better understand the city’s technical needs and how to leverage talent identification and training programs to prepare city residents for future technology jobs.
“Fundamentally, this partnership strengthens Baltimore’s technical infrastructure by enlisting local and area residents in software development. Together, we will provide the support that is essential to advancing sustainable careers in public service and technology.” – Baltimore City’s Chief Information Officer Todd Carter.
The Technology and Software Development Fellowship program identifies Baltimore area residents from any background, trains them to become software developers and deploys them across city agencies. This partnership allows Baltimore City to create a workforce development pipeline for eligible residents while improving the technological abilities of Baltimore City agencies. The fellowship showcases the power and impact when potential employers, government and community nonprofits unite around a common purpose.
“The Technology and Software Development Fellowship is exciting because it allows us to create a pipeline for emerging talent within the City while giving them exposure to some of our most complex problems.”
— Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa