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, DC
Tajha Chappellet-Lanier ( @TajhaLanier / Send an email ) Tajha Chappellet-Lanier is the lead reporter for Technical.ly DC. The California native previously worked for NPR and the editorial board at USA Today. She can talk travel plans all day, and has strong opinions on the best doughnut in D.C.
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.
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.
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.
Lucy Vernasco ( @LuceVern / Send an email ) Lucy Vernasco is a Philly-based writer who previously worked as a deputy digital director for Hillary for America. She's written for The Daily Beast, Motherboard, Bitch Media and more. A Medill School of Journalism grad, Lucy is passionate about politics, running and gender studies.
Liz Mayes ( @liz_mayes / Send an email ) Liz Mayes is a Washington, D.C.-based multimedia freelance journalist. She writes about U.S. federal energy policy and technology. Her heaven will be a coffee shop with high-speed WiFi and mismatched couches.
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.
Lauren deLisa Coleman ( @@ultra_lauren / Send an email ) Lauren deLisa Coleman is a digi-cultural trend analyst focusing on trends in cultural attitudes as they intersect with emerging tech behavior and the impact of that intersection on business and politics. She has contributed to such outlets at The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, cnbc.com and MSNBC.
Julia Airey ( @howisthatlegal / Send an email ) Julia Airey is a graduate of the University College Roosevelt with a triple-major in Law, Linguistics and Geography. An alumna of UWC-USA, Airey organized the digital #ForcedToUnite Conference and runs the journalism blog, How is that Legal? In her free time, she like dogs of the large and fluffy variety.
Jazmin Goodwin ( @TheLyricalJAZ / Send an email ) Jazmin Goodwin, also known by her alias "The Lyrical JAZ," is a junior broadcast journalism major born in Germany and raised in South Carolina. She currently attends Howard University and is always finding new ways to merge her passion for hip hop, politics and women empowerment into one. She was selected as a recipient of the 2016 White House Correspondents’ Association Scholarship award.
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.
Frankie Dillard ( @FrankieDillard / Send an email ) Frankie Dillard is a freelance writer with over 10 years experience in journalism, broadcasting and communications. She has written for The SOURCE Magazine, Philadelphia STYLE and CBSNews.com. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College.
Chasity Cooper ( @chasityscooper / Send an email ) A communications strategist by trade and digital swaggerist by nature, Chasity Cooper specializes in creating online branding and social media plans for small businesses, entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations. When she's not blogging or scrolling through her Twitter timeline, you can find her reading the latest on tech and millennials, checking out the newest art exhibit or running through the streets of D.C. with the illest running crew on the planet.
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.
Amy Xu ( @AmyXu0 / Send an email ) Amy Xu is a senior at Bryn Mawr College. When not reading about Philly immigrant and education equity, she can be found searching for the best red bean products in Chinatown.
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."
Agastya Mondal ( @ / Send an email ) Agastya Mondal is a recent graduate of the Johns Hopkins University, where he contributed op/eds to the JHU News-Letter. By day, he works as a technology consultant in D.C. where he is fortunate to learn about new and exciting technologies. In his free time, the native New Jerseyan enjoys all things coffee, film and photography.