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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!

Tonya Ladipo

Founder and CEO of The Ladipo Group, Tonya Ladipo, LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker), is the visionary behind the region’s only counseling and consulting practice specializing in serving Black and African-American communities. Tonya has a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Widener University (2004). She is also a graduate of the Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses program (2016).

Using her unique perspective as a clinician, Tonya understands what motivates people and organizations to change. She is driven to help individuals and organizations develop healthy and sustainable relationships that fosters growth and opportunities for all. With a commitment to making workplaces more inclusive so people of all backgrounds can succeed, Tonya applies her clinical knowledge and expertise to the consulting and training services The Ladipo Group conducts with organizations.

Our motto of Knowledge is Good, Behavior is Better underscores the approach to creating and maintaining an inclusive and welcoming workplace that is free of bullying with opportunities for advancement for all.

As an engaging speaker on inclusive workplace cultures, emotional intelligence, and women’s wellness Tonya speaks to large audiences (500+) as well more intimate gatherings.

Recent speaking events include Black Enterprise’s Women of Power Summit (Feb. 2019), Philadelphia SHRM Conference (March 2019) and PHL’s Diversity and Inclusion Conference (March 2019).

Tonya was the keynote speaker at the Philadelphia Works’ Workforce Development Conference in 2017, as well as the keynote speaker for Villanova University’s Women of Color luncheon in May 2015. She was a speaker at the Black Women Talk Tech conference in 2018. In 2015 she was also awarded the Advena World Most Outstanding Speaker award.



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Emily Meekins

My days are spent finding talent, building brilliant teams, and improving people operations. For me, this means being human, asking the right questions, and making smart, data-driven decisions. I'm forever curious, with a real knack for people, data, and problem-solving. Especially when they're all tangled together as a sparkly new challenge. YAY!

When I'm not talking talent or wrapping my head around a project, I have some hobbies. Like filling my studio with as many plants as possible, showering them with love, and being the best cat mom I can be. I'm an aspiring yogi, novice runner, and a sucker for cycling (both indoor and outdoor). I love long walks through Whole Foods, good arch support, and an ice cold kombucha.



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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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Danielle Cohn

Danielle Cohn is Executive Director of Entrepreneurial Engagement at Comcast. Danielle is a passionate connector curating and celebrating Comcast's many great programs in Philadelphia and across the nation that interact with, spark and support startups and entrepreneurship.



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Joe Marsh

Joe Marsh currently serves as the Chief Business Officer of Comcast Spectacor’s Gaming division and the company’s Philadelphia Fusion esports franchise that competes in the Overwatch League. In this role, Joe provides direct oversight of business operations for Spectacor Gaming and the Philadelphia Fusion. Reporting directly to Tucker Roberts, Joe oversees logistics and operations of the company’s expansion into global markets and League of Legends, the most popular esport in the world. In addition, Joe is spearheading the creation of the Fusion’s future home arena in Philadelphia, which will open its doors in 2021 and stand as the largest new construction, purpose-built esports arena in the Western Hemisphere. Joe was named Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Fusion in 2018, providing direct oversight of financials for the team, including budgeting, forecasting, and long-range planning. Prior to joining Spectacor Gaming and the Philadelphia Fusion, Joe was Senior Director, Financial Planning & Analysis for Comcast Spectacor, where he was responsible for the development, coordination, consolidation and communication of annual budgeting, long-range planning and forecasting functions for Comcast Spectacor’s core businesses.   Joe began his career at Front Row Marketing Services (now Spectra Partnerships) in 2005. Over a span of seven years, Joe held several financial positions where he managed sponsorship and naming rights analysis, budgeting and forecasting, long-range planning, as well as the day-to-day accounting and finance functions.     Joe graduated with a degree in Marketing from Millersville University and later earned his MBA in Finance, Analytics and Strategic Management from Villanova University.  He lives in the Philadelphia area with his wife and children.



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Joe Heller

Joe Heller is currently in his eighth season with the Philadelphia Flyers. In his role as the vice president of marketing & communications, he develops the strategic vision and leads the execution of all marketing and communications initiatives for the Flyers including fan engagement, digital marketing, content creation, social media, promotions, brand identity and positioning, media relations and community development programs.   Heller joined the Flyers as director of marketing in December 2011 after serving one season as the director of marketing & communications for New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ. From 2006-2011, Heller was the manager of communications for two NASCAR sanctioned facilities; Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del., and Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, Tenn. Heller is a native of Philadelphia and graduate of Temple University.  



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Jumoke Dada

Jumoke K. Dada, Principal and Founder, Signature RED and Tech Women Network

Jumoke Dada is best described as a techie and visionary whose sweet spot lies at the intersection on innovation, entrepreneurship, goodwill and girl power.

Dada holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Sciences and real estate certification from Temple University. She is also a certified Scrum Master. Her corporate technical experience includes work as an application developer, business and systems analyst, quality assurance tester, and technical project manager. As the principal of Signature RED, she offers tech consulting services to companies and creates tools and resources for women interested in careers in technology. In 2017, she created the Tech Women Network - an online, searchable platform and community for women with technical skills.

Over the years, she has hosted several educational events and workshops including Building iOS Mobile Apps, Rails Girls, Techies Who Brunch, and the HUE Tech Summit for women of color in tech. Dada is a public speaker with a growing passion to empower women and girls especially those with interests in STEM fields. In the summer, she gives back through her non-profit Signature Red Cares whose main program, Project ALOE, gives care packages and advice to college-bound girls. Dada has been recognized in several media outlets for her innovative ideas, leadership skills and community involvement. Additionally, she is a contributing writer for ForbesWomen where she covers diversity in tech.

To learn more about her work, visit dadaverse.org or follow @jumokedada on Twitter.



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Caloua Lowe

Caloua Lowe, a Hopeworks alumni, recently joined SEER Interactive as an alumni and now works as a permanent contractor at storied digital marketing agency.

Caloua Lowe learned about Hopeworks through a friend. When she started the program, she was unemployed, living with an aunt, and had a desire for change and independence. Growing up, her home life was difficult as her mom struggled with a mental illness and her father was incarcerated. Caloua stepped into the role of caregiver and helped support her family during these difficult times. She made the decision to live with her aunt so that she could begin her own journey to stability. Her motivation for starting the training was to strengthen her knowledge and build experience in graphic design.

Caloua’s journey was even featured in Wired Magazine!



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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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EMSDCRelayVanguard Innovation StudioUniversity of PennsylvaniaSaul EwingPariveda Solutions
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Sciences Track
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Temple UniversityUniversity of PennsylvaniaIndependence Blue Cross

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