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Events / Philly Tech Week’s Signature Event is back May 11 during Philly Tech Week 2023

After years of disruption, PTW will be once again capped by the "Nerd Met Gala."

A look at the second-floor of the #PTW17 Signature Event. (Photo by Stacey Salter Moore)

A teammate of mine recently asked: Why was one of’s most colorful celebrations given a name as bland as the Signature Event?

“Because,” I told her, “when we first hosted it, I was a 25-year-old journalist with a startup tech news organization without a lick of marketing savvy.”

Now, I like its understated nature. If you know, then you know. And many do know. Over the years of hosting the Signature Event to close out Philly Tech Week, we’ve flown drones at URBN, staged a VR showdown at the Pennovation Center, danced at Reading Terminal Market, played building-sized video games on a roof and hosted one of the first big public events at both Comcast buildings.

Following one especially poppin’ Sig Event, when technologists, entrepreneurs and their supporters came out in droves in their finest evening wear, one longtime attendee told us he thought of this as the “Nerd Met Gala.” The nickname stuck.

After a bizarre last several years, we’re back, taking over the gorgeous Market on the 28th floor of the Comcast Technology Center, where we last held this event back in 2019. Return to the Signature Event on Thursday, May 11, following the Builders Conference, and smack dab in the heart of Philly Tech Week presented by Comcast 2023.

Grab tickets below. Buying a ticket not only gets you an evening of food, drink, games and fun, you also support’s journalism.

Get tickets here

Expect robots, video games, startup demos and lots more interactive technology, in addition to the food and drink you’ve come to expect. If you’re able, start the day with the Builders Conference and party with us after.

If your company wants to sponsor the event, you still can. Packages begin at $2,500. Drop an email to

Bots in battle during PTW22’s Signature Event. ( photo)

Companies: Comcast

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