City of Philadelphia launches 'Innovation Lab' for city employees - Technical.ly Philly

Civic

Aug. 1, 2014 11:11 am

City of Philadelphia launches ‘Innovation Lab’ for city employees

The space is part of the city's overall innovation plan that includes sending its employees to "Innovation Academy" and a $100,000 fund to back public-private projects.
The city’s new Innovation Lab is a coworking space for city employees.

The city's new Innovation Lab is a coworking space for city employees.

(Photo by Olivia Gillison)

The City of Philadelphia unveiled its “Innovation Lab” coworking space for city employees today.

The space, on the 16th floor of the Municipal Services Building across from City Hall, is part of the city’s overall innovation plan that includes sending its employees to “Innovation Academy” and a $100,000 fund to back public-private projects.

At a private launch event yesterday, Mayor Nutter said the lab would be a “safe space for failure,” adding that after visiting coworking spaces around town, he’s “secretly” always wanted one for City Hall.

Innovation Lab 020

The city’s Innovation Lab. (Photo by Olivia Gillison)

Nutter also tipped his hat to the city’s tech scene.

“One of the reasons we’ve had growth is this innovation,” he said, referring to Philadelphia’s population spike in the last several years.

The lab, which used to be two meeting rooms, features an open floor plan, five mounted screens, whiteboards, and WiFi — the city wired the entire 16th floor of the Municipal Services Building for the lab, said Ashley DelBianco, a city staffer who’s helping to run the space. The city’s Mural Arts program also painted a mural in the space that celebrates Philadelphia’s “firsts.”

Entrepreneurs like Artisan Mobile CEO Bob Moul, Arcweb CEO Chris Cera and Benjamin’s Desk founder Michael Maher attended the private launch event, as did the School District’s chief innovation officer, Melanie Harris, and PGW’s chief innovation officer, Eloise Young.

Advertisement

Below, watch a video of notable Philadelphians congratulating the city on the Innovation Lab. Spoiler alert: It features Jimmy Rollins.

-30-
BECOME A CONTRIBUTOR TO THE JOURNALISM FUND TO COMMENT
Already a contributor? Sign in here
Connect with companies from the Technical.ly community
New call-to-action

Advertisement

In 2019, Philly’s gained the most ‘flexible’ work space yet

Would I recommend coworking at a bar on a Tuesday morning? Yes, yes I would

1776 will close its Washington Square campus this fall

SPONSORED

Philly

7 biz resources we learned about at Super Meetup Philly 2019

Chesterbrook, PA

Deacom

Senior Software Developer

Apply Now

Philadelphia, PA

PromptWorks

Senior React Native Engineer

Apply Now

Philadelphia, PA

PromptWorks

Software Engineer

Apply Now

I tried coworking in the Cherry Hill Mall for a day. Here’s what happened

REC Philly is opening a 10,000-square-foot flagship office at 9th and Market

Government social is the broccoli of the internet

SPONSORED

Philly

Paid family leave adds to the perks at Chariot Solutions

Philadelphia, PA

PromptWorks

Senior Software Engineer

Apply Now

Chesterrbrook, PA

Deacom

Software Quality Analyst

Apply Now

Philadelphia

Inspire

Manager, People Operations

Apply Now

Sign-up for daily news updates from Technical.ly Philadelphia

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!