Philly daily roundup: Tech walks; Join us at Builders; Latus Bio raises $54M

Plus, Ignite Philly is back this year for the first time since the pandemic.


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‘Tech walk’ combines networking and exercise

Twenty or so technologists, entrepreneurs and other members of the Philly tech community strolled through center city on Monday afternoon as part of the first tech walk, hosted in conjunction with Philly Tech Week 2024.

Many attendees came to the walk looking to network in a low-pressure environment. The walk aimed to help people stop and think creatively about their work or challenges they’re facing, co-organizer Lindsay Tabas told

➡️ Read more about why people were drawn to this unique networking opportunity.

Join us at Builders, in person or on Slack

Thursday is the Builders Conference, a daylong gathering focused on building better ecosystems, companies and careers. We’re expecting people from our five main markets and 15 other states, plus some other countries, too.

Tickets support our journalism, and we’re excited to see hundreds of you there. But the thousands of you who can’t make it in person can also join the conversation — on our open community Slack. We’ll be posting in the #general channel, with a thread for each of the dozen-plus sessions, and we welcome comments from everyone. Also stay tuned for our reported recaps publishing next week.

➡️  Join the Slack channel here, for Builders updates and more.

News Incubator: What else to know today

• Several former employees of the Office of Innovation and Technology told this week that their roles had been eliminated due to restructuring. []

• Latus Bio, a gene therapy CHOP spinout, emerged from stealth mode and raised $54 million in series A funding. Latus is developing gene therapies for central nervous system disorders. [Philly Biz Journal]

• The Benton Institute for Broadband and Society wrote a letter calling in Congress to vote for the ACP Extension Act.  [Benton/]

• Ignite Philly is back this year for the first time since the pandemic. You can purchase tickets now to see a lineup of speakers give lighting talks. [Ignite Philly/]

🗓️ On the Calendar

• Help us celebrate Philly Tech Week at dozens of events throughout the city now through May 11. [Learn more]

• Philly Fixers Guild is hosting its May repair Fair at NextFab on May 9 at 6 p.m. [More Info]

• Drexel University’s digital media department is hosting a Philly ACM SIGGRAPH Dimensional Tech Expo on May 9 at 7 p.m. [Register Here]

Sarah Huffman is a 2022-2024 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Lenfest Institute for Journalism.

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