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Nov. 23, 2016 12:42 pm

What the Delaware tech community is thankful for this Thanksgiving

We asked a handful of tech leaders and here's what they said.

Let's eat (but first, let's give thanks).

(Photo by Flickr user Ian Freimuth, used under a Creative Commons license)

We’ve all heard the saying, “It’s rude to talk about politics, religion and sex.” While no one’s really sure where the saying came from, Thanksgiving dinner might not be the best place to talk about any of the above. But here’s what you could talk about: what you’re thankful for in the Delaware tech scene. We asked some tech leaders to share.

Zip Code Wilmington’s director of education Tariq Hook is thankful for the community.

“I am thankful for the people of Delaware opening their doors to a Philly native and working with me to improve the lives of many talented people,” he said.

The Horn Program’s tech community liaison Mona Parikh is thankful for old friends.

“Honestly, I am most thankful for seeing my dear friend and coIN Loft co-founder, Steve Roettger, settle in at The Mill Space and continue to quietly and consistently demonstrate what ‘straight killin it’ looks like,” she said.

1313 Innovation’s community manager Megan Anthony-Keogh is thankful for the people she gets to work with everyday.

“I’m thankful to be surrounded by so many intelligent and supportive individuals in our community. We’re advocates for each other and genuinely want to see everyone succeed. I’m especially thankful for all the events we’ve worked on together to build a stronger community in Wilmington. I get to come to work with a big smile on my face everyday and it’s because of people like them. Also, poundcake.”

Open Data Delaware’s cofounder Ryan Harrington is thankful for progress.

“I’m thankful for how much I’ve seen the community grow over the past three years. I’m thankful to see so many people looking to push the community forward.  I’m thankful for all of the young talent that I see coming up through places like the Horn Program.”

A few of ours: The Open Data Portal that launched this year with all those datasets that will only help future civic hacking initiatives, plus the arrival of makerspace NextFab and coworking space The Mill.

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