About - Technical.ly Philly


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.

Our Staff

Technical.ly  is made of a committed group of young urbanists in the Northeast Corridor. Photos by Philadelphia photographer Colin M. Lenton.

Lead Reporter, Philadelphia

Juliana ReyesJuliana Reyes ( @juliana_f_reyes / Send an email ) Juliana Reyes has been covering the Philadelphia tech scene since 2012. 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.

Business Manager, Philadelphia/Delaware

Peter EricksonPeter Erickson ( @peteherickson / Send an email ) Peter Erickson is Technical.ly's Business Development Manager. He's an artist and curator, and is currently designing a 3D video game. He grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs, and currently lives in the Passyunk neighborhood in South Philly.

Cofounder and Business Director

Brian James KirkBrian James Kirk ( @brianjameskirk / Send an email ) Brian James Kirk is Business Director and a cofounder of Technical.ly, the local technology news network. Kirk handles business development, marketing and product development, forging new partnerships, building brand identity and coordinating events and projects. He's an avid biker and lives in the Callowhill neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Cofounder and Editorial Director

Christopher WinkChristopher 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. The bicycle commuter loves cities, urban politics and squabbling about neighborhood boundaries.

Events Director

Molly RoseMolly Rose ( @Technical_ly / Send an email ) Molly Rose is the Events Director of Technically Media, overseeing the company's events strategy. Previously, she was the Northeast Events and Marketing Manager for ALM, a legal publication and events company. Before that, the Virginia native had been the events manager for a restaurant and catering company. A planner by nature, she loves making itineraries for visits with friends and spending down time with Maeby (dog) and Lilly (cat).

Events Manager

Catherine SontagCatherine Sontag ( @ctag115 / Send an email ) Catherine Sontag is Technical.ly’s Events Manager. She has over five years of event planning experience and has been involved in a wide variety of events, including many in the technology and e-commerce space. She also manages the community calendars for Philly Tech Week, Baltimore Innovation Week and Delaware Innovation Week.


Zack SewardZack 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.

Engagement Coordinator

Cary BetagoleCary Betagole ( @CaryBeta / Send an email ) Cary Betagole is Technical.ly's Engagement Coordinator, responsible for strengthening relationships with readers, event attendees, and sponsors. A graduate of BU COM, he has previously worked at Nextdoor and SEO firm SEER Interactive, in addition to experience with a few (failed) startups of his own. Originally from Cincinnati, he is interested in how financially sustainable journalism can help build stronger communities.

Client Success Manager

Alisha MirandaAlisha Miranda ( @makeshiftalisha / Send an email ) Alisha Miranda is the Client Success Manager at Technical.ly where she collaborates with Editorial, Events, and Business Development departments helping sponsors maximize their experience. Prior to joining Technical.ly, Miranda spent nearly a decade as a digital content strategist in New York helping CEOs, small business owners, and media brands develop their PR, marketing and revenue opportunities. She is passionate about producing strong and visionary digital programs alongside businesses who value diversity, culture, and authenticity.

Culture Coordinator

Justin MaloneJustin Malone ( @justinmalone92 / Send an email ) Justin Malone is a native of Memphis, Tenn., and Culture Coordinator at Technical.ly. He's a 2015 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He studied economics with a concentration in Management in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Malone is interested in entrepreneurship, startup culture and technology.


Samuel DennisSamuel Dennis ( @Samuel_M_Dennis / Send an email ) A student at Science Leadership Academy, Samuel Dennis is working with Technical.ly for his individualized Learning Plan. Living in the Overbrook section of West Philly, Dennis enjoys MMORPGs, Japanese culture, making his own music, and technology.

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