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Announcing speakers for the 2024 Builders Conference and Signature Event

Held May 9 during Philly Tech Week presented by Comcast, the daylong conference and evening interactive reception supports's journalism.

Attendees gathering for the kickoff of the Builders Conference in May 2023 (Torian Studios for
Once a year, we organize the Builders Conference — a day of discussions, case studies and data analysis on local tech, startup and innovation communities.

It’s about tech workforce and hiring, entrepreneurship access and creating new ideas. Then we throw a big damn party we call the Signature Event, which has closed out Philly Tech Week for the last 14 years.

We’re back on Thursday, May 9 inside the posh Fitler Club, near Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station. Food and beverages throughout the day are provided by Fitler, and 500+ attendees from 20+ states will jon us. Early bird discounted tickets close Monday.

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This year, ticket proceeds go directly to support our free and accessible local journalism — timed with our celebration 15 years of publishing. We even drafted an email for you to send to your boss to get support for the day of professional development.

Join us all day on May 9, or choose to attend the Builders Conference by day (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) or the Signature Event by night (5-8 p.m.).

Among the confirmed conference speakers include:

  • McKeever Conwell, Rarebreed Ventures (Baltimore) — Investor
  • Kyle Samuels, Creative Talent Endeavors (former head of recruiting for Yum! Brands) — Entrepreneur
  • Andrew Gamino-Cheong, Trustible (DC) — Entrepreneur
  • Sherrod Davis, EcoMap (Baltimore) — Entrepreneur
  • Anna Li, CEO and Founder, Korion Health Inc. (Pittsburgh) — Entrepreneur
  • Hannah Marks, most recently of Discord (Philadelphia) — HR Pro
  • Lakia Elam, MDC (DC) — HR Pro
  • Kory Bailey, Upsurge (Baltimore) — Ecosystem leader
  • Deontee Gordon, Tech Birmingham (Alabama) — Ecosystem leader
  • Maria Underwood, Birmingham Bound (Alabama) — Ecosystem leader
  • Zakiyyah Ali, Tech Council of Delaware — Ecosystem leader
  • Tasia Malakasis, The Company Lab (Chattanooga, TN) — Ecosystem leader
  • Ryan Touhill, Arlington Economic Development (DC) — Ecosystem leader
  • Stephen Tang, most recently CEO of OraSure Technologies (Nasdaq: OSUR) — Ecosystem leader
  • Jake Ganey, Mindspace (DC) — Ecosystem leader
  • Joey Clark, JP Morgan Chase (DC) — Ecosystem leader
  • Archna Sahay, Northwestern Mutual (Milwaukee) — Ecosystem leader
  • Theresa Singleton, Federal Reserve Bank (Philadelphia) — Ecosystem leader
  • More to come!

Our evening Signature Event is a networking gala with interactive locally-built technology to enjoy. Dress nice, have a drink and play with some robots. Among those already confirmed to join us:

  • Ghost Robotics: The University City-founded company behind what was once called the “futuristic military robot dog” will be on site
  • Dream Syndicate: The Center City-based VR agency will have Apple Vision Pro, Meta Quest 3 and Meta Quest Pro on hand for demos
  • Philadelphia Robotics Coalition: Students behind the STEM-learning nonprofit will demo robotics and offer attendees a try at live-coding robotics movements
  • Abducted Monkey: The Drexel-founded gaming firm will have their latest on display
  • Starworks Studios: Another popular local gaming company
  • Cocoa Press: The Philly-founded startup will demonstrate its 3D printers that produce models in chocolate instead of plastic
  • Philly Typewriter: The East Passyunk based facility will bring typewriters for attendees to reminisce about a past form of technology

Among our sponsors for the day include the following:

  • Comcast NBCUniversal
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Accenture
  • Truist
  • Ghost Robotics
  • 1Philadelphia

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