Technical.ly grows local technology communities by connecting organizations and people through news, events and services. We provide original editorial, expert programming and tools which improve recruitment, marketing, community cultivation and economic development. We serve technologists, entrepreneurs and people who care about technology’s local impact.
Technical.ly is made of a committed group of young urbanists in the Northeast Corridor. Photos by Philadelphia photographer Colin M. Lenton.
Lead Reporter, Baltimore
Stephen Babcock ( @stephenbabcock / Send an email ) Stephen Babcock is the lead reporter for Technical.ly Baltimore. A graduate of Northeastern University, he moved to Baltimore following a stint in New Orleans, where he served as managing editor of online news and culture publication NOLA Defender. While there, he also wrote for NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune. He was previously a reporter for the Rio Grande Sun of Northern New Mexico.
Rachel Porto ( @RachelMrsP / Send an email ) Rachel Porto is a contributor for Techincal.ly Baltimore. Her writing has been featured on The Washington Post, What to Expect, HLN, and others. Rachel's interests include gardening, parenting, cheap wine, and mac and cheese.
Anthony Wojciechowski ( @anthonywoj / Send an email ) Anthony Wojciechowski joined Technically as Product Director in July 2016. In his role, Anthony leads revenue development and product strategy for the company’s media brands, with oversight of the product and marketing teams. Previously, Anthony served in various leadership roles at Comcast and cofounded the media consultancy POST Digital. Anthony lives in the East Passyunk neighborhood of South Philadelphia with his two basset hound rescues. Anthony’s friends and colleagues know him as “Woj.”
Cofounder and Business Director
Brian James Kirk ( @brianjameskirk / Send an email ) Brian James Kirk is Business Director and a cofounder of Technically Media, the publisher of Technical.ly and Generocity. Kirk handles sales, marketing and product development, forging new partnerships, building brand identity and coordinating events and projects. He produces the Philadelphia bike community event Bikeout and lives in the Callowhill neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Cofounder and Editorial Director
Christopher Wink ( @christopherwink / Send an email ) Christopher Wink is a cofounder and Editorial Director of Technical.ly, the local technology news network. In that capacity, he is a co-organizer of Philly Tech Week, Baltimore Innovation Week, Delaware Innovation Week and other events that bring smart people together. Previously, Wink worked for a homeless advocacy nonprofit and was a freelance reporter for a variety of publications. He writes regularly about news innovation and best business practices on his personal blog here and curates a personal monthly newsletter of ideas and links here. The bicycle commuter loves cities, urban politics and squabbling about neighborhood boundaries.
Senior Events Manager
Catherine Sontag ( @ctag115 / Send an email ) Catherine Sontag has been overseeing and executing events in all of Technical.ly's markets since 2014. She's a (youthful) cat lady and a hydration enthusiast. Ask her about her solo trip to Paris.
Alexandria Leggett ( @asgoodastheyget / Send an email ) Alexandria Leggett started with Technical.ly as an Events Intern before being hired on full-time as Events Coordinator. While pursuing a broadcasting career she quickly realized that her hosting ability wasn't limited to one field. Previously, she worked as a wedding coordinator and designer. The Philadelphia native hosts dinner parties and develops recipes when she's not in the office (ask about her salted caramel apple pie). A planner since adolescence, she can recall event details from as far back as her 7th birthday party.
Lauren Giles ( @laurlaurg123 / Send an email ) Lauren Giles is an event enthusiast with two years of program and event coordination under her belt at the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. She graduated from the College of New Jersey (TCNJ) and maintains her Garden State residence to this day. Giles is a dedicated PATCO rider and soccer lover who adores her two cats and dog.
Cary Betagole ( @CaryBeta / Send an email ) Cary Betagole is the Product Manager at Technically Media. He studied journalism at Boston University and has previously worked at Nextdoor and SEER Interactive, in addition to experience with a few (failed) startups of his own. Originally from Cincinnati, he is interested in how financially sustainable media can help build stronger communities.
Juliana Reyes ( @juliana_f_reyes / Send an email ) Juliana Reyes became Technical.ly's associate editor after reporting on the Philadelphia tech scene for four years. She's co-president of the Asian American Journalists Association Philadelphia chapter and a two-time Philadelphia News Award winner for "Community Reporting of the Year." The Bryn Mawr College grad lives in West Philly, likes her food spicy and wears jumpsuits often.
Zack Seward ( @zackseward / Send an email ) Zack Seward is Editor-in-Chief of Technical.ly, the local technology news network. Previously, Seward was the Innovations Reporter at WHYY and NewsWorks.org in Philadelphia. Before that, he worked at WXXI in Rochester, N.Y., as a reporter and editor for a statewide public radio reporting project. Seward is an alumnus of Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. He's originally from San Francisco and went to college in Chicago.
Jeanette Lloyd ( @jah_netti / Send an email ) Jeanette Lloyd is Technically Media's Marketing Manager. She focuses on events marketing, audience development and product marketing. Lloyd thrives on making connections that spark. She draws experience from the corporate (Red Bull NA) and nonprofit (Media In Neighborhoods Group) worlds, and has always been involved with innovative, creative endeavors in events, music, performance, cinema and the arts.
Kristy Humes ( @kristykrinks / Send an email ) Kristy Humes is the Operations Manager for Technically Media. Previously she held positions in Business Management and Operational Development for a variety of creative and technology focused organizations. Kristy is passionate about utilizing her diverse skill set to develop innovative business processes and create efficiency to enhance the experience of its members. When not color coding spreadsheets, Kristy can be found reading, concocting DIY projects and enjoying the many cultural delights Philadelphia has to offer.
Senior Business Manager
Vincent Better ( @vbetter / Send an email ) Vincent Better is Senior Business Manager for Technically Media. Previous to joining the team, he served as an independent consultant and the VP of Digital Solutions at Pennlive.com, one of the leading digital properties in the state of PA. His strategy experience transcends both national brands and small, local businesses. The native of Baltimore and Temple alum also enjoys cycling and live music.
Sabrina Dépestre ( @sabrinadepestre / Send an email ) Sabrina Dépestre is a marketing consultant and freelance writer. She covers underrepresented folks that work in tech and fitness industries. A graduate of Florida International University, she currently resides in Baltimore.
Lian Parsons ( @Lian_Parsons / Send an email ) Lian Parsons is a journalism student at Temple University and former assistant news editor for The Temple News. The Boston native is a cat, poetry and Beyonce enthusiast.
Jason Tashea ( @jtashea / Send an email ) Jason Tashea is a freelance writer focusing on technology's relationship with public policy and law. He is also a legal tech and criminal justice consultant at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.
Aysha Khan ( @ayshabkhan / Send an email ) Aysha Khan is a freelance journalist based between Baltimore and D.C. She covers digital culture and underrepresented communities. Her reporting and essays have been published in The Washington Post, USA Today, Religion News Service, American Journalism Review and more.
Andrew Zaleski ( @ajzaleski / Send an email ) Andrew Zaleski is a freelance journalist outside Washington, D.C. He's written for Wired, Backchannel, Popular Science, Fortune, the Washington Post Magazine, the Atlantic and elsewhere.