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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!

Tony Abraham

Tony Abraham is Technically Media's special projects reporter, where he regularly writes for Generocity. He's a former reporter for Technical.ly in Delaware and Philly and a Philly News Award winner for "Community Reporting of the Year."



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Christopher Williams

Christopher Williams has been marketing the nonprofit performing arts across the country for 25 years at Performing Arts Centers, the Coconut Grove Playhouse, and New York City Center where he served as Director of Marketing, before joining Erik Gensler at Capacity Interactive in 2013. He helped to grow some of New York’s most popular arts programs, including the Fall For Dance Festival and almost 30 New York City Center Encores! productions. Christopher has presented at DanceUSA, Tessitura, NAMPC, among others, and has guest lectured at Yale. Outside of the office, Christopher is a triathlete and marathoner, devoted balletomane, transit geek, infrastructure nerd, and classic cinema aficionado.



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Alex Khorram

Mr. Khorram is responsible for vision, strategy, product, sales, and day-to-day operations for machineQ.

MachineQ is Comcast’s new service that leverages the latest in sensor, network, and software technologies to gather, transmit, and create actionable intelligence from the physical world.

Mr. Khorram has been financing and operating tech and communications companies over a 20-year period. He began his career working for a telecommunications start-up, ATX, that was a pioneer in the rapidly growing local exchange market in 1997, and subsequently went public via an acquisition by CoreComm Ltd.

Mr. Khorram led ATX’s product team that built an integrated T1 business in the US and led NTL’s (the largest cable company in Europe and CoreComm’s sister company) launch of a similar product in the UK. Later, as SVP of Corporate and Business Development, he took the newly re-capitalized business public, led interconnect negotiations with the RBOCs, re-capitalized over $1b in debt and other obligations, and worked closely with Leucadia National Corp. on a Chapter-11 turnaround that resulted into a 2x equity multiple in less than 18 months. Subsequently, Mr. Khorram co-founded GPX Enterprises, a private equity firm that invested over $100m in telecom and real estate opportunities, and co-founded, financed, and operated Clearband wireless broadband, Cliqsearch, a social search engine, and Whims, a messaging platform hailed by Fast Company and TechCrunch as the “Instagram for Words.”

Mr. Khorram earned an MBA from Columbia Business School and an MBA from London Business School, and is a graduate of Gettysburg College.



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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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Jim Kenney

A lifelong city resident, Jim Kenney grew up the oldest of four in a South Philadelphia rowhouse neighborhood. His father, a firefighter, and his mother, a homemaker, worked second jobs at The Inquirer and The Spectrum to put Jim and his four siblings through parochial school.

In high school, Jim delivered the paper in the morning and washed dishes after school as a member of Local 274, earning his first union card at 17.

After graduating from St. Joe's Prep, Jim worked his way through La Salle University and became the first in his family to graduate from college.

Jim was elected in 1991 to serve as a Democratic City Councilman-at-Large. In City Council, Jim stood up for Philadelphia's working families—fighting for a real living wage, increased funding for public education, and to protect the rights of firefighters and police.

A proud progressive, Jim led the way on broader protections for LGBTQ Philadelphians, marijuana decriminalization, and a more sensible immigration policy by ending ICE holds that tear families apart.

Jim served as Chairman of the Committee on Labor & Civil Service, the Committee on Law & Government, the Committee on Environment as well as a member of the Public Health, Fiscal Stability, Technology, and Ethics Committees. Jim resigned from office to run for mayor after serving six consecutive terms in 2015.



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James E. Connell Jr., PhD, NCSP, BCBA-D

Dr. Connell has his doctorate in school psychology, is a nationally certified school psychologist, and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Dr. Connell’s former appointment was in the University of Pennsylvania’s (Penn) School of Medicine with a secondary appointment in The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s (CHOP) Center for Autism Research (CAR). Prior to Penn, he was an assistant professor at Temple University.  While his research interests are varied, one main theme has emerged over the years: Identifying the variables that influence adult behavior change in community settings. To this end, he has researched and extensively studied models of community-based consultation and their relative effectiveness on program implementation.

He continues this theme with research projects focused on the widespread dissemination of evidence-based interventions in schools and community settings. Many autism support educational programs share core components in their curricular design while diverging on staff competency, training, and support. His goal is to add to the dissemination and implementation literature of efficacious programs for individuals diagnosed with autism by evaluating and reporting those core components and their relative effects on individual outcomes. Dr. Connell is now at Drexel University, and Research Fellow and Director of the Clinical Core in the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute.



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Dan Barcus

Dan Barcus is Vice President, eCommerce for Comcast NBC Universal, working in the Cable division.  Dan has been with Comcast six years and is currently leading merchandising & sales for xfinity.com and business.comcast.com.  Prior to this role, Dan held a variety of roles in Acquisition marketing strategy, testing & segmentation, direct marketing strategy (Comcast #12 sender of mail in US), and ran the marketing plan for Xfinity Home - the fastest growing home security business in the US.

Before joining Comcast, Dan held a variety of roles in the banking and credit card industry - leading efforts to acquire new customers and increase share of wallet through existing customer upsell.  Dan began his career with General Electric and is a graduate of a two-year GE leadership program — Information Management Leadership Program (IMLP).

Dan is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and earned an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University.  He also serves on the board of Inheritance of Hope – an outstanding 501c3 charity serving young families where a parent has a terminal diagnosis. Dan lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia with his wife and four children. 



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Iyasu Watts

Worked 5+ year as a software developer and computer programming instructor at Temple University’s MESA program. He is currently working as a technical instructor at Zip Code Wilmington teaching Java.



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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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