Last December, Technical.ly hosted a “Help Plan Philly Tech Week 2015” event at Slice Communications. We brought together nearly 100 community members to brainstorm new ideas for Philly Tech Week 2015 presented by Comcast (happening April 17-25). Attendees split into groups based on the week’s six tracks (Creative, Dev, Civic, Access, Business and Media) to discuss new ideas for advertising, programming, accessibility and more.
Here are a few ideas from the brainstorming session that have become full-blown events. (For a full list of ideas that came out of the event check out our recap article.)
- Idea: Incorporate some ideas from the Wisdom 2.0 Conference, put down our devices and remember the importance of reflection, meditation and living for a greater meaning or purpose.
- Idea: Utilize a matchmaking program to pair cofounders with technologists, etc.
- Idea: “Product Scavenger Hunt.”
- Idea: More events that incorporate art and technology (for example, how can we use tech for fine art preservation?)
- Idea: Mini-accelerator programs with specific topics like: how to begin a startup, finding the right cofounder, getting funded, etc.
- Idea: Leverage the academic and research community to help solve civic problems.
- Reality: evoHaX is bringing together students from various universities around Philadelphia to develop web accessibility solutions in a 24-hour hackathon. Drexel University’s Center for Science, Technology & Society and the ExCITe Center are working together on their event, Building Digital Infrastructures, Empowering Citizen Scientists, which is also focused on improving accessibility.
- Idea: An event focused on improving transit infrastructure.
- Reality: Designer and educator Alex Yampolsky is hosting his debut AIGA Philadelphia exhibit, To and From: Designing the urban commuter experience. In his independent design study, he seeks to achieve efficiency and visual clarity in presenting complex amounts of information via content organization, iconography design and user interface development.
- Idea: Integrate the upcoming mayoral race — have candidates discuss local tech issues.
- Reality: On Monday, April 20 at the Free Library of Philadelphia, there will be a Mayoral Forum on Technology, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. You’ll get to hear the candidates address the issues outlined in our Mayoral Questionnaire, which you can learn about here.
- Idea: Kickoff meeting to explain general functionality, tips and tricks for hosting an event as a part of the week.
- Idea: Create a drone video promoting Philly Tech Week that shares a unique POV of the city.
- Reality: Get-Kinetic is hosting an Aerial Video Panel and Demo. They have 7 speakers lined up for the event including Nick Lang, member of the Drone Show Flight Team. While not specific to promoting Philly Tech Week, you should check out his incredible aerial video reel of Philadelphia:
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