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On display at Start. Stay. Grow.: 20+ reasons to love Philly’s tech scene

Here's how and Philly Startup Leaders introduced Philly's tech scene to 150 students and community members last week.

At the Start. Stay. Grow. Summit, October 2015. (Photo by Christopher Wink)
Philadelphia is not Silicon Valley.

On our list, that’s reason No. 1 to love Philly’s tech scene.
But even though we’re not the center of the startup universe, technologists, founders and other tech folk choose to be here anyway. That’s reason No. 2.
That was how we introduced the Philly tech scene to 150 students and tech community members at Wildbit’s gorgeous offices in Old City last week. It was another iteration of the Start. Stay. Grow. Summit, a and Philly Startup Leaders event series that aims to fight brain drain by showing college students the depth of the area tech scene.
Attendees, like founder “Grouchy” Greg Watkins, gatherDocs cofounder Bruce Marable and Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce spokeswoman Kate Hagedorn, packed into Wildbit’s top floor event space for the event. (It has really nice skylights.)

So here’s what we listed as reason No. 3 to join the Philly tech scene: it’s more than just startups. To show that, we invited 18 different organizations to give one-minute pitches.
There was Corey Acri of civic hacking group Code for Philly. Acri and his team on biking app CyclePhilly recently won a Code for America Technology award.

Courtney Wilburn of Lesbians Who Tech invited lesbian technologists and allies out to the next event (not listed on their meetup page yet). Wilburn, a developer at O3 World, recently participated in the White House LGBTQ Tech Summit.

Ather Sharif (aka Philly’s current Geek of the Year) talked about his web accessibility work with EvoXLabs. He hosted an accessible wearable tech hackathon later that week at coworking space Benjamin’s Desk.

Kotaro Fujita invited students who were interested in iOS development to Philly CocoaHeads meetups at Indy Hall and the Rittenhouse Square Apple Store. His group also organized the recent CocoaLove conference, now in its second year.

Find a list of all the presenters below.

  1. Blackstone Launchpad
  2. Campus Philly
  3. Code for Philly
  4. Comcast
  5. EvoXLabs
  6. ExCITe Center
  7. Girl Develop It
  8. Hive76
  9. The ITEM
  10. Lesbians Who Tech
  11. NextFab
  12. OpenAccessPhilly
  13. PennApps
  14. Philly Cocoaheads
  15. Philly Startup Leaders
  16. TechGirlz
  17. University City Science Center
  18. Young Involved Philadelphia
  19. Green Philly
  20. SEPTA Youth Advisory Council
  21. Summer of Maps

After the pitches, student entrepreneur Rajat Bhageria took the stage and talked about how building his company Third Eye has taught him more than his classes at Penn have.

Companies: Wildbit
People: Courtney Wilburn / Ather Sharif / Corey Acri / Bruce Marable / Kotaro Fujita

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