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Events Roundup: Let these 8 tech, biz and life science events shower your calendar this April

Several events are heading back to IRL format, with some offering hybrid options.

A past Women in Tech Summit.

(Photo courtesy of Gloria Bell)

Events Roundup is a Technical.ly column where we highlight events happening in the Philly area each month. Got a submission? Email us the details so we can consider it for our next roundup: philly@technical.ly.


Does spring cleaning give anyone else the urge to clean up their tech skills?

As we head into April next week, events season sure is picking up and we have a plenty of options, from taking a bet on a cybersecurity business to entry-level hackathons to the return of the Women in Tech Summit.

Lots of events are heading back to an in-person structure, including the pre-pandemic-era Makers Meetup, a LIFT Labs accelerator series and the Philadelphia Life Science Investor Forum. Read more about these events and others to add to your calendar this month below.

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Develop a Successful Cybersecurity Tech Startup

This virtual workshop talking all things cybersecurity comes as we launch into Cybersecurity Month in April at Technical.ly. Per organizer and tech education company Atchup, these sessions will cover new markets and solutions managing vulnerability, malware, spyware, ransomware, trojans, viruses, worms, rootkits, boot-kits, dark web and other types of cybersecurity threats. The workshop will explore the foundation of the industry and how to begin planning a cyber business.

Philly Codefest

Drexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics is hosting Philly Codefest, a software and hardware hackathon with the theme of AI and societal impact this month. The event is open to everyone, regardless of their coding experience. Attendees will work in teams teams to complete projects, and will present their final creations to a panel of judges of Drexel faculty, sponsors and members of the local tech community.

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Makers Meetup

The back-in-person event series is meant to offer the chance for anyone in the startup scene whose company produces some sort of physical product to gather, network, hire and maybe even raise some money. Inventor and entrepreneur Marvin Weinberger heads the event series with a jam-packed event April 7 with investors, startup founders, those looking for jobs, and really, well, anyone interested in hardware in Philly to come gather.

  • Thursday, April 7
  • 3 to 7:30 p.m.
  • University City Science Center’s Quorum

East Coast Bootstrappers Breakfast

This Philly meetup group, which meets every month online, has the simple goal of getting early-stage founders together to compare notes with others in similar situations. Though it’s a Philly meetup, it gathers folks from all along the East Coast, so you might talk with founders in New York, Tampa and even Toronto. Cameras are required to be on so everyone gets the most out of their interaction.

  • Tuesday, April 19
  • 8:30 to 10 a.m. EST
  • Free; register here by April 18

Finding Emerging talent in STEM

This Chamber of Commerce virtual event will talk about the talent pipeline for STEM careers, and how Philadelphia’s life sciences landscape and talent needs are growing. The program will focus on addressing the challenges facing employers in these fields, and the strategies for connecting with early-career STEM talent. The second part will center around talent development, including retention.

LIFT Labs Accelerator Roadshow

Last month, we heard that LIFT Labs was back in-person this year, with a renewed effort at bringing in startups from around the world. The LIFT Labs team has embarked on an eight-city tour to network and reconnect with the startup communities in different regions following the last two years of remote work. They’re heading to Philly on April 20. Learn more about the program and how your startup could fit at this networking event.

Women In Tech Summit Spring 2022

The summit celebrated 10 years in 2021, having launched right here in Philadelphia with an event in University City. It’s been led since by women technologists and entrepreneurs inspired to make a change in the status quo of the tech community. This year’s spring virtual summit will run from April 27 to 29 and feature discussions on current trends in tech, navigating your career, tech workshops and more. Speakers are being added regularly.

Philadelphia Life Science Investor Forum

This event, featuring more than 40 healthcare startups seeking seed, Series A or B funding, can be attended in-person or virtually this month. Attendees will hear from startups in medical devices, research and diagnostic tools, healthcare tech, therapeutics and more. Build relationships with other companies, find an advisor or make an investment.

  • Wednesday, April 27
  • 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Attend virtually or at Quorum
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