A better Philadelphia through technology. That’s the call to action led by Philly, a news organization and community builder that has covered technology issues in the Philadelphia region since February 2009.

Our focus is on building community through technology in the following ways:

  • attracting and retaining jobs through entrepreneurship, business and the creative economy,
  • increasing access and education for low-income and marginalized residents,
  • and making government more transparent and efficient.

We aim to connect a broad and diverse technology community that works together to organize the annual Philly Tech Week, an open calendar of events celebrating innovation in Philadelphia. We also organize the monthly Philly meetup.

Advertising & Sponsorship Philly is a full-time endeavor of its reporting and community organizing staff and is not possible without the support of the technology community, sponsors and advertisers. Learn more about our advertising and sponsorship opportunities here or see our media kit below.


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

Director of Business Development

brianjameskirkBrian James Kirk ( @brianjameskirk / Send an email ) is a co-founder of, the local technology news network. Previously, Kirk was Web Editor of PlanPhilly, an independent online news resource covering planning and development issues in Philadelphia, an adjunct multimedia journalism professor at Temple University, a professional graphic designer and a freelance writer. He resides in South Philadelphia.

Editorial Director

winkChristopher Wink ( @christopherwink / Send an email ) is a co-founder and editor of, the local technology news network. 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 . The bicycle commuter lives in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Philadelphia reporter

juliana-bwJuliana Reyes ( @juliana_f_reyes / Send an email ) is a reporter at Philly. Previously, she wrote a column for the Philadelphia Daily News that tried to fix people’s city service problems, as part of a project called “It’s Our Money.” She is learning to drive, learning to bike (in the city) but is an expert at taking SEPTA. She grew up in North Jersey and Manila, Philippines but she left the tropics for Bryn Mawr College, where she majored in linguistics She now lives in West Philly.

Events Manager

leshkoKate Leshko ( @kateleshko / Send an email ) is’s Events Manager. Previously, Leshko was Director of Conferences & Events for North American Publishing Company. Leshko’s event production experience lives across industries, including publishing, content marketing, fundraising, online retail and promotional products. She is a Temple University alumni and currently calls Fishtown, Philadelphia home.

Events Coordinator

corinneCorinne Warnshuis ( @corinnepw / Send an email ) is an event coordinator for the network. Previously, she worked in community relations at WHYY and freelanced for NewsWorks. She is a co-organizer of GirlDevelopIt Philly. The California native and UC-Santa Cruz graduate now resides in South Philly.

Business Development Manager

smileyPeter Erickson (@peteherickson / Send an email ) Peter Erickson is’s Business Development Manager. He’s an artist and curator, who regularly participates in art events around Philadelphia. He previously worked in the large format printing industry, and curated an exhibition of printed materials that were appropriated from the internet.

Web Editor

smileyJim Smiley( @jimRsmiley ) is the contributing web editor of and an applications developer with Chapter 13 Standing Trustee of Philadelphia. A native and resident of the Philadelphia neighborhood, he cofounded with his father, a hyperlocal blog focused on the changing community. He is a computer science graduate of Drexel University, an avid runner and a freelance application developer. was co-founded by Brian James Kirk, Christopher Wink and Sean Blanda, who has since moved on as a day-to-day contributor. Read our story here.