The 7th Annual Philly Tech Week Kicks Off This Week, April 28-May 6

Look forward to a video-game-centric block party, all-night hackathon, dev discussions and more...

Digital devotees and gadget geeks, get ready — a tech takeover is about to hit Philly!

From Friday, April 28 through Saturday, May 6, Philly Tech Week unfolds with more than 100 events scheduled to take place at venues citywide.

PHILLY TECH WEEK FAST FACTS

  • Philly Tech Week takes place April 28-May 6, 2017.
  • 100-plus events will unfold at venues citywide.
  • Cost varies per event and tickets are often required.
  • The full Tech Week calendar can be found here.

Overview

Led by Technical.ly Philly, Philly Tech Week — now in its seventh year! — brings together a diverse field of tech experts from around the world for collaboration, networking and innovation.

Tech Week
(Photo by Resolution Rentals)
Throughout Philly Tech Week, find conferences, panels, parties and more unfolding throughout the city.

Events and activities range from dev-based hackathons and virtual reality discussions to digital marketing brainstorms, techie brunches, parties and more. Offering an array of interactive, inspirational and educational opportunities, the nine-day celebration is expected to draw more than 20,000 attendees in total.

Philly Tech Week Tracks

Philly Tech Week’s 100-plus events — which touch upon nearly every aspect of the technology world — are categorized into seven tracks:  Access, Business, Civic, Creative, Media, Dev and Sciences.

Access Track

In the Access track, discussions and activities center around the topics of diversity and education issues that affect everyday citizens. Tech Week-goers are invited to join events such as The Business Advantage of Diversity (a luncheon and panel assessing the current state of diversity within Philadelphia’s tech community) and Accessibility Hacks: Keeping Tech Inclusive for Everyone (designed to share strategies and tactics for creating tech that’s accessible for people with disabilities).

Business Track

The Business track calls upon startup leaders, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and more to share their stories with the public. Events include Out to Launch, where some of Philly’s newest, most innovative products will debut, and Tech in Restaurants, delving into online platforms and tech usage in the food industry.

Philly Tech Week
(Photo by N. Santos for Philly Tech Week)
Philly Tech Week has seven different event categories to help techies of all types sift through the 100-plus happenings.

Civic Track and Science Track

Meanwhile, the Civic track looks at the impact of technology on government and civil society with events such as The Dark Side of Technology and The Self-Navigating Region, and the Science track pulls leaders together from health care, sciences, economic development, public health and academia fields for discussions including Interoperability in 2020: What Philly is Doing Today to Shape Healthcare Tomorrow and Brain Based Learning in the Virtual Classroom.

Creative Track and Media Track

The Creative track dives into the intersection between art and technology, inviting visitors to attend a free, make-your-own electronic music night, a collaborative Design Slam and more, while the Media track discusses tech coverage and promotion, and includes the third annual Rad Awards, recognizing female individuals who lead and inspire in this area. (Look out for VISIT PHILADELPHIA’s own Senior Media Relations Manager Jenea Robinson who was nominated for Storyteller of the Year!)

Dev Track

Last but not least, the Dev track — short for web and product development — is where hackathonsapp demo days and more draw programmers, designers, developers and project managers together to stir up ideas and spawn new innovation.

Read on for our top Tech Week picks, and then check out the full rundown of events here.

TOP TECH WEEK EVENTS

#PTW17 Innovation Crawl

Philly Tech Week kicks off with its first ever #PTW17 Innovation Crawl, which stops at eight different co-working offices and innovative tech headquarters.

#PTW17 Innovation Crawl

When:Friday, April 28, 5-10 p.m.
Where:Technically Media and other participating venues, starts at 601 Walnut Street #1200
Cost:Pay as you go with registration

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Mayoral Tech Town Hall

Mayoral Tech Town HallPhoto courtesy Philly Tech Week

Mayor Jim Kenney joins Technical.ly Philly's editorial team to chat about Philly's growing tech sector before diving into a cross-market panel discussion on the impact tech has on economic development.

Mayoral Tech Town Hall

When:Monday, May 1, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Cost:Free with registration

www.2017.phillytechweek.com

The Future of Health Sciences

Get a glimpse into the future of healthcare tech at this panel discussion, which draws together industry leaders to chat about current health technologies and prospective innovative ventures. A happy hour concludes the event and offers time to meet with the presenters.

The Future of Health Sciences

When:Monday, May 1, 2:30-6:30 p.m.
Where:PHMC, 1500 Market Street, East Tower, Lower Mezz
Cost:$10 per ticket

www.2017.phillytechweek.com

Dev Conference

Philly Tech Week Dev ConferencePhoto courtesy Philly Tech Week

Wednesday offers an all-day dev day, featuring a morning of workshops catered to those of different skill levels, an afternoon of expert-led discussions focused around problem solving and finding innovative solutions and an evening of mingling over drinks at a happy hour that'll be filled with others who speak in code.

Dev Conference

When:Wednesday, May 3, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where:Temple University, Alter Hall, 1801 Liacouras Walk
Cost:$75, all-access pass

www.2017.phillytechweek.com

#Failfest

Sometimes it takes many attempts to get to that one-in-a-million idea that brings lasting success. At this unfiltered and unapologetic event, grab a beer and get ready to laugh, commiserate and learn from those who've been through failure as they share stories, takeaways and and amusing anecdotes.

#Failfest

When:Thursday, May 4, 5:30-8:30
Where:WeWork Northern Liberties, 1010 North Hancock Street
Cost:$20 per ticket

www.2017.phillytechweek.com

Philly Tech Week Block Party

This year's edition of the Philly Tech Week Block Party is a gamer's dream. In addition to live music and classic block party festivities, a huge Jumbotrom will be set up to stream a wide array of legendary video games. Battle it out on the big screen in between enjoying food truck fare, drink specials and other entertainment. 

Philly Tech Week Block Party

When:Thursday, May 4, 4-8 p.m.
Where:The Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 North 2nd Street
Cost:Free with registration

www.2017.phillytechweek.com

Philly Tech Week Signature Event

PHOTO BY AIDEN UN FOR PHILLY TECH WEEK

Philly Tech Week goes out in style with the ultimate cocktail party meets local technology expo. Enjoy an open bar and an array of interactive activities while celebrating the technology community that makes Philly Tech Week a success year after year.

Philly Tech Week Signature Event

When:Friday, May 5, 6:30-10 p.m.
Where:Pennovation Center, 3401 Grays Ferry Avenue
Cost:$30, early bird tickets; $40, general admission; $50, at the door

www.2017.phillytechweek.com

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