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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!

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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Timothy Wenhold

As Chief Innovation Officer of Power Home Remodeling, Tim is responsible for all aspects of technology for this high-growth-mode company that is transforming the home remodeling industry. This includes the company’s unique, state-of-the-art collaborative intelligence platform, which enables seamless, real-time communication across a network of thousands of employees, partners and customers in 18 states. Since joining Power as a consultant in 2007, Timothy’s counsel, vision and leadership have been instrumental to the company’s growth and aggressive expansion objectives. Understanding the need to better communicate with employees in the field, as well as provide the company with a way to seamlessly track, facilitate, engage with and support marketing and sales progress, customer experience, installation processes, and post-installation payment cycles, Timothy and his global business technology team developed NITRO. A radical and visionary departure from conventional solutions to these challenges, NITRO is now the most technologically innovative and advanced enterprise solution in the industry. As such, its capabilities were instrumental in the company’s rapid growth to its current state as the nation's 2nd largest exterior home remodeler with more than $405 million in revenue, and is viewed company-wide as the critical tool to Power’s continued success.

Timothy's educational background doesn't start in a top university. In spite of having a scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania, Timothy decided to tackle life first—going on the road with a band—financing the tour himself. After a year of truly experiencing life, Timothy returned home in debt and needing to figure out his next move. After a series of jobs in varying industries from aerospace to engineering, he found his home in computers, technology and innovation. In 1985 he founded Sintaks, a regional systems integrator working with clients such as ARAMARK, GMAC, SEI, etc. After growing the company for more than 10 years, Timothy sold Sintaks to Cannon in 1996 as Cannon viewed this acquisition as strategic to their goal of connected devices. The entrepreneur bug had definitely taken hold of Timothy, so he went on to start, grow and sell multiple technology companies, laying the groundwork for the creation of Data In Motion, a systems innovation company. Power became a customer of the company in 2007 before finally integrating the company fully into the technology division of Power in 2012. Timothy currently resides in Collegeville, PA with his wife Stacy and daughter, Gillian.



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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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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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Matt Kull

Matt Kull is co-founder and CEO of RevZilla, an ecommerce company based in the Philadelphia Navy Yard. RevZilla was founded in 2007 by a core team of riders whose sole goal was bringing the best possible shopping experience to motorbiking enthusiast.

Matt is a technologist at heart. Prior to RevZilla, Matt held various developer roles at WebLink and GlaxoSmithKline. Matt holds a degree in Computer Science from Lock Haven University.



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Chris Peck

Chris is a Solutions Consultant with Progress Software specializing in Digital Experience Management. Over the course his career, he has worked to bridge the divide between technical execution and marketing goals with projects including volume print and mailing, large scale data collection and processing, web development, mobile development, and systems integration. In his current role, he connects clients with the different technologies and products needed to drive and measure customer engagement across channels.



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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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Tim Allen

Tim works at an IT Director at Wharton Research Data Services, which he joined in 2008, after working for local companies and starting a few of his own. Having started programming at age six, he is currently an organizer of the Philadelphia Python Users Group, DjangoCon US, and a member of the Python Software Foundation and Django Software Foundation. Tim is an avid hockey fan, was the first person to sell real world items for virtual microcurrency long before Bitcoin, and enjoys beating his head against brick walls (as demonstrated by his passion for coding, cycling in Philadelphia, and never-ending quest to get his cats to behave). A life-long Philadelphia resident, he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996 with an individualized major, "Computer Aided Information Acquisition".



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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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Schuylkill Yards

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