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, Brooklyn
Tyler Woods ( @Woods_TylerWL / Send an email ) Tyler Woods is the lead reporter for Technical.ly Brooklyn. His work has previously appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Houston Chronicle, CT Financial News and the New Canaan News. There's little he loves more than great tweets on Twitter.com.
Rashmi Chugani ( @rashmi_chugani / Send an email ) Rashmi Chugani is a multimedia journalist and a fellow at EFE News Services, the Spanish language news agency and the world's fourth largest wire. She writes breaking news stories as well as features about politics, business and entertainment in New York. Chugani is a 2015 graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.
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.
Will Schwartz ( @2William / Send an email ) Will Schwartz is a principal at Gold+Root, a boutique communications agency based in New York City. He focuses on high-growth technology companies and social enterprise.
Wafai Dias ( @wdias1 / Send an email ) Wafai Dias is an Arab-American writer. Born and raised in Philadelphia she graduated from Temple University's School of Media and Communication in 2013 and has since been published internationally. By default, she has an interest in politics, technology, culture, diversity and anything thought-provokingly outside of the mainstream narrative.
Vallari Gupte ( @vallarigupte / Send an email ) Vallari Gupte is a multimedia journalist and covers business, technology, politics and education. She has worked for The Colorado Springs Gazette and the Community Impact News in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Gupte is a 2015 graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Naveed Ahsan ( @Naverick92 / Send an email ) Naveed Ahsan is a freelance journalist and a recent Temple University journalism graduate. His writing has appeared in the Daily News, the Philadelphia City Paper, the Notebook and Jump Philly. He primarily writes about tech, music and political activism.
Michael Mascioni ( @ / Send an email ) Michael Mascioni is a freelance writer on digital media, innovation, clean energy and other subjects for such publications as Innovation & Tech Today and Inter Park. He also is co-chairman of the 2017 Future of Immersive Leisure Conference and does market research consulting in digital media. He was managing editor of the A&A Monthly on Interactive Entertainment and co-authored “The Out-of-Home Immersive Entertainment Frontier."
Jen Glantz ( @jenglantz / Send an email ) Jen Glantz is an author, public speaker and entrepreneur based in New York City. She is the founder of the Bridesmaid for Hire, a business started in 2014 from a viral Craigslist ad. Her new book, Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire), will be released February 2017 by Simon and Schuster.
Eddie Summers ( @edsummers11 / Send an email ) Eddie Summers is one of the youngest executives in higher education and a prominent voice on issues impacting higher education and urban issues. Summers is the executive director of the Brooklyn Educational Innovation Network for the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. He holds a M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Public and Urban Policy from The New School.
April Joyner ( @aprjoy / Send an email ) April Joyner is a journalist who covers business, tech and finance. As a freelance writer, she has contributed to OZY, NewYorker.com and FastCompany.com. Joyner's writing has also appeared on Business Insider and USAToday.com.
Albert Hong ( @AtotheHONG / Send an email ) Albert Hong has been contributing to Technical.ly since May 2015. He was formerly the Lifestyle editor for Temple's student-run newspaper, The Temple News, where he wrote a column about local geek culture. If he's not brushing up on his Korean via his favorite Korean shows, he's playing "The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker."
Adrienne Yap ( @adrnnyp / Send an email ) Adrienne Yap is a writer and editor for KUL Magazine. She can be found in art galleries dissecting post-internet art or in cafes devouring every article on wearable technology.
Adelle Lin ( @Adellelin / Send an email ) Adelle Lin creates experiences that integrate the digital and physical in playful ways. Working with a variety of creative technologies, she has exhibited works at Burning Man, A MAZE., Maker Faire New York, Come Out and Play Festival and Different Games Conference. An active member of independent games and maker communities in NYC, by day she creates media works for the New-York Historical Society Museum and by night is a playful unicorn at NYC Resistor.