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Philly Tech Week 2017

Philly Tech Week 2017 is a week-long celebration of technology and innovation happening throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. There’s something for everyone!

The 7th annual Philly Tech Week took place April 28 - May 6, 2017. Never been to Philly Tech Week? Check out 2015’s recap video

Save the Date! Philly Tech Week 2018 will happen April 27 through May 5.

Highlights

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Track Conferences

Philly Tech Week is organized into 7 different tracks (Creative, Access, Dev, Civic, Business, Media and Sciences). You can search for events that match your interests by clicking on one of the track icons.

Technical.ly also organizes Conference Days focused around some of these tracks. Click on the “Get Conference Tickets” button to learn more.

  • The strategy around technology coverage & promotion. Think: content marketing, digital marketing strategy, social networks.
  • Where programmers, designers, developers and project managers come together. Think: coding, front and back-end development, and more.
  • The startup and business community conversation. Think: venture capital, startups, bootstrapping, entrepreneur stories.
  • Where leaders in healthcare, the sciences, economic development, public health and academia come together. Think: commercialized technology, creating connectivity, influencing policy.
  • Where art and technology collide. Think: video games, digital art, community initiatives.
  • Discussing diversity and education issues that affect everyday citizens. Think: digital divide, digital education.
  • The impact of technology on government and civil society. Think: digital media, civic hacking, open data.

Map of Events

What’s happening where

Speakers

Find out where these awesome speakers will be throughout the week!

Gloria Bell

Gloria Bell brings over 30 years of successful business operations, communications, event management, and entrepreneurial experience, to her roles as Co-Founder and Operations Director of The Women In Tech Summit and as an advisor to TechGirlz.

In addition to these roles, Gloria provides social media consulting services to businesses and non-profits. She is a frequent speaker on a multitude of social media and women in technology topics and is a guest lecturer and Adjunct Professor of Social Media Strategy at Drexel University.

Gloria is known as a strong advocate for women in technology, a passionate social media practitioner, entrepreneur, and volunteer. Demonstrating her commitment to the social media and entrepreneurial community, Gloria has served on the Chapter Board of Social Media Club Philadelphia and on the Philly StartUp Leaders Leadership Team as the Events Director. She has also served as a mentor for Lean Startup Machine and Startup Weekend, and as organizer of PodCamp Philly, PodCamp East and Content Camp.

When she is not working to build and grow the community of women in technology, learning more about writing code, studying the latest technology in the social media marketing space, or tweeting away as @gloriabell, she is behind the lens of her camera, in the kitchen baking, digging in her garden, or spending time with her sons or friends.



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Don Coleman

Don Coleman is a software engineer who enjoys hacking with phones, Arduino and other hardware. As the Director of Consulting for Chariot Solutions he works with teams and clients to reinvent their existing technology and lay the groundwork for the future. Don is the co-author of Make: Bluetooth and Beginning NFC.



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Natalie Nixon

Natalie W. Nixon, PhD is a design strategist and a hybrid thinker. She applies her diverse background in anthropology, fashion, service design and dance to change lives through ideas. In her consultancy, Figure 8 Thinking, LLC she helps organizations design smarter processes and systems, build strategy, and develop leaders by teaching and applying the strategic design process. Natalie is the Founding Director of the Strategic Design MBA program at Philadelphia University and is a published author: the editor of Strategic Design Thinking: Innovation in Products, Services, Experiences and Beyond and a regular contributor to INC.com online magazine on creativity and design thinking.

Her public speaking invitations have included the Business Innovation Factory, 360 Possibles (Saint Malo, France), Creative Mornings, TEDx Philadelphia, The Copenhagen Institute for Interactive Design, The European Innovation Academy (Nice, France), SEB Bank (Tallinn,Estonia), FUSE and the Mayo Clinic's Transform conference.

She serves on the boards of the Philadelphia Art Commission, the Arts & Business Council of Philadelphia, CultureWorks of Greater Philadelphia, and the Alumni Association of Vassar College.

Natalie earned her BA (Honors: Cum Laude) from Vassar College with a double major in Anthropology and Africana Studies; an MS in Global Textile Marketing from Philadelphia University (USA), Shenkar College (Israel) & Reutlingen University (Germany); and a PhD in Design Management from the University of Westminster, London.



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Gail Ball

Gail is a fintech executive who has had a long career leading tech teams at global financial services firms. Building and overseeing a broad swath of entrepreneurial groups, she has held decision-making posts at nearly every seat around the financial services table—banking executive, regulator, service provider, and board member—in both for-profit and social-impact markets. Among her many areas of expertise: financial services, portfolio development, financial analysis, and information tech.

Gail most recently served as a C-suite member of The Bancorp Bank, the innovative banking solution provider for the most recognizable names in digital banking. She also filled other executive roles at PNC Bank, Chase and Capital One, and NCO Financial Systems. In addition, Gail headed the Payments Studies Group at the Richmond Fed and served as Board Member and Risk Committee Chair at Kompanion, one of Central Asia’s largest microfinance institutions. She started out at Mellon Bank in corporate development, identifying and leading M&A transactions.

Gail has a BS Economics, Finance and Statistics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (‘79). She is a member of multiple entrepreneurial, venture, and financial interest groups, including Venture Capital Group, On Startups, Innovation in Payments, and Global Financial Markets.



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Sovanna Mam

Sovanna leads the development of VR products for Greenfish Labs, a digital media firm that is pioneering the emerging 360 virtual reality digital platform for brands and global events. Sovanna has executive produced ground-breaking 360 virtual reality marketing activations for events such as The Passion Live on FOX, World Youth Day in Krakow Poland, and most recently a unique Facebook 360 Live stream of opening day festivities for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Prior to co-founding Greenfish, Sovanna was a creative multimedia and content creator with over 20 years of experience including creating and co-exec producing reality TV shows for A&E and Discovery Networks. Sovanna holds a B.A. in Communications from Shippensburg State University.



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Andrew Cohen

After graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2008, Dr. Cohen worked as a postdoctoral research associate funded by the Cure Huntington’s Disease Initiative, developing new multi-target tracking techniques to quantify the role that deficiencies in axonal organelle transport play in neurodegenerative disease. Before joining the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Drexel in 2012, Dr. Cohen was an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Dr. Cohen is currently the principal investigator on a five-year research project funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke of the National Institutes of Health through an Innovations in Biomedical Computation initiative, developing new approaches to quantifying the development of clones of stem cells. He is also a co-principal investigator on a five-year research project funded by the National Institute on Aging, using new approaches to image sequence processing and multi-target tracking along with algorithmic information theory to quantify the impacts of aging on clones of neural stem cells together with the vessels that make up their vascular niche. In the spring of 2012, Dr. Cohen was awarded a Human Frontiers Science Program collaborative research grant. This program is funded by the G8 governments. Dr. Cohen is a co-principal investigator on this research, developing new techniques to quantify the dynamic properties of hematopoietic stem cells and their role in the immune system.

Dr. Cohen was previously employed as a software design engineer in the operating systems group at Microsoft where he designed systems software for high performance graphics and networking; as a microprocessor product engineer at Intel Corp.; and as a software engineer at Maptrails Inc. where he designed GIS software for portable devices. Dr. Cohen is a member of the IEEE.



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Robert Moore

Robert J. Moore is the head of Magento Analytics at Magento Commerce and the Chairman of Stitch. He was previously co-founder and CEO of RJMetrics, a SaaS business intelligence company with the mission of inspiring and empowering data-driven people. RJMetrics was acquired by Magento Commerce in 2016.

Moore's writing about technology, startups, and data has appeared in The New York Times, Forbes, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, and numerous other publications.

Outside of the tech scene, Moore is an improv comedy performer at Philly Improv Theater and a Trustee of the Glassboro Education Foundation, a nonprofit committed to supporting educational innovation in his hometown school district.



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Brian Peters

Brian Peters is a digital marketing strategist at Buffer, and is responsible for planning and executing on cutting edge digital strategies and tactics with a focus on social media. He also currently manages and co-hosts Buffer’s podcast, The Science of Social Media — an iTunes “top 10” in social media. He has spent several years in the digital marketing sphere and his passions extend outside of social media; in his spare time, Brian enjoys traveling and working remotely around the world with his wife, Katelyn.



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Sponsors

Philly Tech Week wouldn’t be possible without our amazing sponsors. Opportunities are still available. Check out our Sponsorship Prospectus and email business@technical.ly for more info.

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