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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!

Sean Brown

Sean Brown is the founder and leader of the Advanced Applications Engineering team at Comcast. Founded in 2010 with the mission of making Xfinity TV mobile, the Advanced Applications Engineering team has developed popular apps such as Xfinity Stream, TV Go and the Emmy Award winning TV Remote on iOS, Android and many flavors of Web platforms.



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Howie Ross

Howie is the Director of Engineering at Linode overseeing Product Development. He has been leading teams and building products for 15 years. He has worked at startups, agencies, and financial services companies building websites, apps, e-commerce systems, and more recently cloud computing platforms. Howie is also a guest lecturer and speaker at Thomas Jefferson University, coding bootcamps, and conferences. He holds a BS in Computer Science from Rutgers University and is a Certified Scrum Master. Howie used to organize meetups, sit on philanthropic boards and have hobbies like brewing beer. Now, he’s very happily the father of twin 1-year-old boys and is very into coffee.



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Neil Dougherty

Neil leads the Social Business practice at Trellist, where he works with his staff of experts and various technology partners to provide robust service offerings and solutions that help clients harness the power of social networks in their marketing, sales and growth strategies.



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Deborah Tillett

Ms. Tillett is responsible for management and oversight of the City of Baltimore’s Technology and innovation center. In that role she provides the guidance, leadership and resources necessary for entrepreneurs to start, grow and succeed with their businesses. Prior to joining ETC, Ms. Tillett served as president and co-founder of Immersive 3D, LLC, a technology start-up in the Educational Technology space. From June 2009 to April 2010, Ms. Tillett was President and consultant for Kalypso Media USA, Inc., a subsidiary of a German-based computer game company, where she provided start-up guidance and strategic direction for its U.S. operation. Additionally, she ran her own business, Deborah Tillett Consulting, LLC, providing management, marketing, and media consulting for technology start-ups and growth-stage companies interested in global strategies. Ms. Tillett also worked as president and executive vice president from 2001-2008 for BreakAway Ltd., a gaming - technology software company, where she was responsible for the growth and oversight of its entertainment division. Ms. Tillett received a B.S. degree from Towson University in 1976 and a M.B.A. from Loyola Sellinger School in 2000. Ms. Tillett is currently on the Advisory Board for Morgan University’s EDAC, MICA University’s B/Can project, Advisory Board for Innovation Village and Keswick Community Health, as well as the Emeritus Chair, Board of Advisors for the College of Business and Economics at Towson University. Ms. Tillett was named the 2004, 2012 and 2016 Innovator of the Year by The Daily Record, received the 2005 and 2016 Brava Award, Smart Woman Magazine and was a 2006 Dean’s Recognition Award Distinguished Alumni, Towson University and was inducted into the Towson University Chapter of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. Deborah was also named one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Computer Gaming in 2006. And most recently was named Daily Records 2017 Maryland Influencers.



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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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Tarika Chawla

Tarika has two years of extensive experience architecting, developing and releasing native Android and iOS mobile apps based on business requirements and user design. She has experience collaborating with clients to understand their requirements and recommend design specifications based on their use case. Tarika has also attend hackathons to gain knowledge and share ideas and is an active member of Android and Cocoaheads meetup in Philadelphia. Tarika have given presentations from topics focused on Android and iOS Development to integration of numerous SDK’s such as Product Flavors, Google Firebase for push notifications, Firebase Analytics etc. and is passionate about using latest technologies for creating innovative solutions at various hackathons. Her team also implemented an independent project “Connect the Dots” in Mozambique, Africa. Here is a blog for the process of the implementation of the project : http://ycenter-connect-the-dots.blogspot.com/



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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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Luis J. Olivieri

Luis Olivieri is the Director of GIS at Hopeworks ‘N Camden, a nonprofit that for over 17 years has used an advanced training curriculum, working with youth 14-23 to get back in school and find a safe pathway to their future.

He received his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez (UPRM) and also has a number of graduate courses and research experience from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

He has worked for 16 years as a professor in the areas of GIS, remote sensing, and GPS at different universities and colleges, including the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez and Rowan University. While working at the University of Puerto Rico, he directed a program sponsored by NASA, recognized by the agency as one of their best education programs at the time. He worked as a researcher for the Puerto Rico Water Resources and Environment Research Institute, and has worked as a consultant for the private sector, and State and Federal agencies.

Passion, excitement and fulfillment are words that describe what Luis feels for his profession. When he is not enjoying his job or talking about it, he spends time in the company of his family, enjoying nature, hiking and kayaking through the creeks and rivers of southern Jersey. If you ask Luis to describe GIS in one sentence, he will tell you, “GIS is amazing technology and it is everywhere!”



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