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Philly Tech Week 2019

Philly Tech Week is a week-long celebration of technology and innovation happening throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. There’s something for everyone! The 9th Annual Philly Tech Week took place May 3 - 11, 2019.

Save the Date! The 10 Year Anniversary of Philly Tech Week will take place: May 1-9, 2020.

Visit the 2020 site here & use the boxes to the right to start your #PTW20 prep!

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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.

  • Where art and technology collide. Think: video games, digital art, community initiatives.
  • The strategy around technology coverage & promotion. Think: content marketing, digital marketing strategy, social networks.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Speakers

Find out where these awesome speakers will be throughout the week!

Todd Escalona

As a Solutions Architect Evangelist, Todd spends his time working directly with his customers and partners on a global basis, while listening to understand their goals and working backwards from there. He defines requirements, provides architectural guidance around specific use cases, and assists in designing applications and services that are scalable, reliable, and performant. Outside of speaking at public events and hosting hackathons, Todd’s interests spread across various technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and serverless event driven architectures.



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Kate Merton

As Head of Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS in New York, Kate is responsible for external engagement, innovation sourcing, company onboarding, portfolio management, operational excellence, educational programming and P&L. She catalyzes and supports the translation of science and technology into valuable solutions for patients and consumers across the pharmaceutical, medical device, consumer and healthtech sectors.

Kate joins JLABS with 15 years of experience working across the Healthcare industry, starting in R&D before moving onto roles in Marketing, Business Development, External Alliances, Medical Affairs, Health Outcomes and most recently Disruptive Innovation. During her career Kate has been part of teams that have discovered new drugs, worked to develop and gain approval for blockbuster diabetes products and is passionate about being part of the future of healthcare where science intersects with the rapid advancements in health care technology.

Kate holds an undergraduate degree in Pharmacology & Toxicology from King’s College London, and a PhD in Pharmacology & Toxicology from University of California, Irvine Medical School. She received her MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.



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Lauren Capone

Lauren Capone is the Marketing Communications Coordinator for the Philadelphia Flyers. Now in her second full season, Capone serves as a main contact for all off-ice public relations efforts and helps shape messaging for all major marketing campaigns. She also assists the Flyers social media team, providing live content for home games and other special events. Previously, Capone spent two years as an Athletic Communications Assistant with Temple University Athletics while she earned her Master’s Degree in Sports Business from Temple’s School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management. In 2015, Capone graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Strategic Communication where she was a four-year letter winner and First-Team USAG All-American on their Division I women’s gymnastics team.



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Sujay Suresh Kumar

Sujay received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Osmania University in India. After college, Sujay formed Jyothi, a nonprofit organization that provided victims of physical abuse with a platform to voice their complaints anonymously. He then obtained his Masters in Electrical Engineering from University of Pennsylvania where he started prototyping the original Lilu Massage Bra alongside his cofounder, Adriana. Today, after 3 years of research, product development in Shenzhen, China and user testing with over 130 moms, Lilu has successfully launched the Lilu Massage Bra and will start shipping to moms in the US in May 2019.

When Sujay is not building things for Lilu, loves to sketch and enjoys playing with electronics & creating frankenstein watches from broken parts.



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Michelle Histand

As Director of Innovation at Independence Blue Cross, Michelle uses Design Thinking to help internal and external customers creatively solve challenging business issues. She is also an Assistant Professor at Temple University, where she teaches creativity and innovation in the Fox School of Business, and is the Associate Director of the Flinders project, leading an initiative to develop the innovation curriculum at Flinders University in South Australia. She loves helping people realize their creative potential and develop new ideas. She has her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and her master’s in Writing Studies from St. Joseph’s University, and will begin her Ph.D. in Creativity & Innovation this summer at University of the Arts.

When she’s not drawing flip charts and ideating, Michelle spends her time in South Philadelphia with her husband and three amazing boys, who do their best to exhaust her tireless energy.



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Margaret Bradley

Margaret Berger Bradley joined Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania in 2016. As Director of Strategic Initiatives, she expands Ben Franklin’s access to capital with a particular focus on emerging impact investment strategies. In 2016, Ben Franklin organized an alliance, ImpactPHL to grow the impact economy in the Philadelphia region. With Margaret’s leadership, Ben Franklin launched ImpactPHL Ventures, a $15 million regional collaborative to grow early stage technology companies, focused on environmental, health and other social impact. Margaret has spent 25 years in Philadelphia, working in community and economic development. Prior to Ben Franklin, she directed the regional Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative and was, for many years, with the Reinvestment Fund, a national leader in community investment. She has consulted to grant makers and major nonprofits nationwide. Margaret holds an M.B.A. from Yale University and a B.A. from the University of Virginia. A native of Ohio (whose welcoming Midwestern spirit she still loves), Margaret lives in Philadelphia with her husband David, a theater director, and their two teenaged sons. She’s enjoyed mentoring students in Temple University’s Fox Business School and women-owned small businesses via Athena Powerlink. She has recently joined the Board of Benefits Data Trust, which helps people live healthier, more independent lives by creating smarter ways to access essential benefits and services.



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Frank Racis

Frank is an Associate Principal Engineer with Cerner in Malvern. For the past 23 years, he has worked on the Document Management product, part of the Electronic Health Record. He is an alumni of Penn State University, with a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Computer Engineering.



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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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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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VanguardCernerPower Home RemodelingElsevierMonetateTD Bank
Business Track
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EMSDCRelayVanguard Innovation StudioUniversity of PennsylvaniaSaul EwingPariveda Solutions
Media Track
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Harmelin Media
Creative Track
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Think Company
Civic Track
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Accenture
Sciences Track
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Temple UniversityUniversity of PennsylvaniaIndependence Blue Cross

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