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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

Our cornerstone Philly Tech Week events

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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!

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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Brigitte Daniel

Brigitte Daniel is the Executive Vice President of Wilco Electronics Systems, Inc., an African-American privately owned cable operation. For over 30 years, Wilco has specialized in providing affordable cable and technology services to low-income communities in Philadelphia. Brigitte is an appointed member of the FCC’s Federal Advisory Committee on Diversity in the Digital Age, a 2011 Eisenhower Fellow, and was recognized in 2014 as one of the “7 Brilliant Women in Tech” according to Craigslist founder, Craig Newmark. Over the last few years, Ms. Daniel has helped create several substantial private/public partnerships that provide innovative solutions to address the digital divide within communities in the United States, and thus, position Wilco as a digital and broadband leader, specifically working on behalf of disadvantaged communities.

Most recently, Ms. Daniel participated as a featured speaker at Philadelphia Magazine’s 2015 Think Fest and the 2015 TEDx Philadelphia, where she addressed various tech issues that included digital equality, universal access, net neutrality, and innovative methods to diversify the Philadelphia technology sector. In 2014, Brigitte was featured in Marie Claire magazine in its “Mogul Maintenance” column and following after launched an initiative called Mogulette, a program centered around educating and mentoring, with a focus on empowering young women of color, between the ages of 20-25 interested in careers in entrepreneurism within technology.

Ms. Daniel is committed to giving back to the community and spends a significant amount of time serving as a Trustee member of the Philadelphia Free Library, a Board Director of the Philadelphia Theatre Company, and a Founding Board member of the Independence Charter School – West.



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Kathryn Wessling (Wharton)

As a recovering engineer, Wessling bridges the creative and analytical elements of marketing. She teaches design thinking, data & analysis, consumer behavior, new product design, and marketing intelligence. Prior to Wharton, she obtained her doctorate from Duke University and was on the marketing faculty at the University of Virginia (Darden). Her classrooms and workshops are experientially led (rather than lecture based) as she has discovered that people learn best by solving real-world “wicked” problems that are directly applicable to their own lives and businesses.



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Genevieve Dion

Geneviève Dion is an award-winning designer with an extensive background in bespoke clothing and industrial design. Professor Dion’s research uses advanced manufacturing processes for the flexible production of mass-customizable textiles. Within this focus, her group investigates modular production of 3D knit fabrication for the development of seamlessly knitted electronic yarns into “Garment Devices”. Dion believes that design thinking and doing plays an important role at the onset of the scientific process and brings this unique approach to her multidisciplinary research laboratory.

Professor Dion is the director of the recently created Center for Functional Fabrics, leveraging transdisciplinary strengths in engineering, design and social sciences at Drexel University. She is the PI on the Integrated Design Research & Engineering for Advanced Manufacturing project sponsored by the Drexel Areas of Research Excellence initiative. Dion serves as Co-PI on two NSF funded projects, "PFI: BIC Wearable Smart Textiles Based on Programmable and Automated Knitting Technology for Biomedical and Sensor Actuation Applications" and, "A Design Framework for Programmable Manufacturing of Customized Knitted Materials". She has recently received funding from the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative for “Diagnostic Design: Knitted Passive Probes” with Dr. Shu Yang, PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Dion also works on industry funded projects. Prior to joining Drexel University in 2007, the core of Geneviève’s work explored novelprocesses that allow the metamorphosis of planar materials into unique three-dimensional forms. Her collections were sold in prestigious stores such as Bergdorf Goodman, and her work on permanently pleated silk is in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (2003) and the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco (2011).



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David Hindin, MD

David Hindin, MD, is a writer, a Temple surgery resident, and an entrepreneur. He has a lifelong passion for creative pursuits, and is particularly interested in innovations within the medical world. David is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Invented Magazine, an iOS app startup (recently ranked #1 in Apple’s “What’s Hot”) that highlights the stories behind innovative medical and tech startups making an impact in the world. In addition to his M.D., David holds a Master’s in Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship. He is currently working on a research project to assess the full breadth of innovation-based training throughout U.S.-based medical school, and is chronicling highlights in a new YouTube series, entitled “Why Your Doctor Should Daydream” which explores the importance of maintaining creativity within medical school. His channel can be found at youtube.com/davidhindin



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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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Annie Heckenberger

Annie has more than two decades of advertising, branding, marketing and PR agency experience, more than half of that time she's spent crafting social campaigns for some of the biggest brands around. She's currently VP, Group Director of Brand Communications Strategy at Digitas Health, where she shapes ideas and campaigns that get people talking, tweeting, snapping, sharing, publishing, and taking action. Last year, Annie was tapped as Digital and Social Director for the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the 2016 Democratic National Convention, working in partnership with the DNCC. Her digital work on behalf of the Host Committee is archived in the Library of Congress. Annie believes that the best marketing is integrated, viral is not a style but a social phenomenon, and that everyone should work in an agency for at least a year.



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Jenny Kreizman

Jenny Kreizman is a Senior Analyst at Capacity Interactive, where she specializes in web tracking and analytics for clients such as the Goodman Theatre and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, helping organizations understand and use their website data to optimize site performance and inform marketing decisions. Prior to working with Capacity Interactive, Jenny worked on the marketing team at Carolina Performing Arts, where she was responsible for the organization’s digital initiatives. In her free time Jenny is a frequent museum attendee and armchair knitter.



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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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