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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!

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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Dennis Becton

Dennis Becton is a Senior Architect Manager at the Vanguard Group, leading a team responsible for bringing contemporary software development practices to a development staff of 1000+, with an end-state goal of enabling Vanguard to deliver business value at startup speed. A firm believer in the statement ‘if you are not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem’, Dennis is a self-described accidental leader whose passion for software development led him to where he is today. His team has been responsible for modernizing Vanguard’s software development tooling and practices, as well as enabling Continuous Delivery in a highly regulated environment. While always innovating on our current software development stack, the team is also working to promote Lean Enterprise thinking across the company.



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Michelle Pujadas

Michelle specializes in developing strategic marketing and communications programs that deliver measurable results. With more than 30 years of hands-on experience, Michelle understands what it takes to build brand awareness and market leadership for both early stage and growth stage companies.

Since starting Zer0 to 5ive in 1999, Michelle has delivered award-winning marketing, strategy, design, and communications services to more than 150 startups and industry leaders, including Apple, Vigilant Biosciences, AuthenTec, Valencell, OraSure Technologies, Pearson, CloudMine, and Splice Machine, among others. Under her leadership, Zer0 to 5ive has won numerous awards, including the Silver Anvil Award (4X), the Big Apple Award (2X), and numerous Webby, Davey and Communicator Awards.

Michelle’s background includes a variety of high-profile positions, including Vice President of Marketing for Safeguard Scientifics, Senior Vice President at Ketchum, and numerous stints as an interim CMO where she has set go-to-market strategies for growth and positioned and packaged companies for acquisition. In 2013, Michelle was recognized as one of Philadelphia SmartCEO’s 25 Powerhouse Women Leaders.
Michelle holds a B.S. in Technical Writing and Editing from Carnegie Mellon University. She also served as a Captain in the U.S. Army, where she commanded a unit during the first Gulf War.



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Rachel Purcell

Rachel Purcell is a Senior Analyst at Capacity Interactive, where she works with clients such as La Jolla Playhouse, Apollo Theater, and Williamstown Theatre Festival on digital marketing campaign strategy and execution across platforms, including Facebook, Google, and YouTube. Google certified her as a "YouTube Guru," a title that she already identified with on a personal level. Prior to joining the team at Capacity Interactive, Rachel worked as a Project Manager at Manus+CO, a non-profit management consulting firm, where she assisted with oversight of the development, marketing, and operations for a number of arts nonprofits, including Southampton Arts Center, Playwrights of New York (PoNY) and the Arthur Miller Foundation. Rachel is also an occasional performer of and frequent spectator at Shakespearean theater.



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Christopher Wink Technically

Christopher Wink is the cofounder of Technical.ly, the network of local technology news sites, and one of the organizers of Philly Tech Week.



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Paulina Gallo

Paulina is currently a software developer at Webjunto that kicks ass and takes names. She is an integral process for the day-to-day beyond just helping to build Webjunto’s mobile and web apps. She provides insight to interns and teammates, is always in the know about the latest updates in technology and how to apply them to Webjunto’s current projects, and enjoys the challenge thinking of solutions in a different way and implementing those ideas.

Her interest in tech started at a young age with hardware in the form of breaking open Gameboys and troubleshooting computer issues. Though she originally she attended Albright College to study Biology, throughout her college journey she come to the realization that she can turn her long-term interest into a career. By combining digital media and art while studying technology she walked out of Albright College in 2015 as 1 of 3 women with a Computer Science Degree and the only woman that coupled it with a minor Digital Media.

Because of her craving for creativity, hybrid technologies is not only her only technical obsession, her latest interests are game development and connecting Raspberry Pis to interesting software. You’ll can catch her a giving a talk to either of these topics as well and many more. And when you do, be sure to always look for the easter egg in her slides, a shout out to her day 1 supporter, her cat Ozzy



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Michelle Johnson

Michelle J. Johnson, Ph.D., is currently Assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Pennsylvania. She has a secondary appointment as an Assistant professor in Bioengineering and is a member of the Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics graduate group. She has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, with an emphasis in mechatronics, robotics, and design, from Stanford University. She completed a NSF-NATO post-doctoral fellowship at the Advanced Robotics Technology and Systems Laboratory at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Italy. She directs the Rehabilitation Robotic Research and Design Laboratory located at the new Pennsylvania Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine. The lab is affiliated with the GRASP Lab. The lab specializes in the design, development, and therapeutic use of novel, affordable, intelligent robotic assistants for rehabilitation. Dr. Johnson’s research currently focuses on using robotics to understand arm dysfunction and recovery after brain injury.



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Archna Sahay

Archna Sahay is an economic development and policy strategist with a background in finance. She is currently the Director of Entrepreneurial Investment at the City of Philadelphia's Commerce Department.



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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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