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Introducing our new-look Builders Conference on May 11 is rallying our community of company and ecosystem builders across the country for the return of our big annual conference, with a new name, in Philadelphia.

At's 2019 Introduced, now called Builders Conference. ( file photo)

Inside, we talk a lot about building. Technologists are certainly builders, and among our readers, sources and clients, we identify many as “company builders” and others as “ecosystem builders.” And as a news organization, we are aware of how jargony that sounds.

But hey, after surveys and interviews, it’s clear that more than a quarter of those in the community consider themselves building companies — the entrepreneurs, early employees, and HR and operations professionals who build teams, shape org culture and look to the future. Nearly as many of you work to support those companies with infrastructure and services — the investors, community managers, policymakers and others who talk about their hometown “ecosystem” for entrepreneurship.

We’ve taken that word “builders” as the name for our big annual conference, where we gather our community together in-person.

Join us in Philadelphia at the gorgeous Comcast Technology Center for the full-day Builders Conference on Thursday, May 11. It’s an anchor of Philly Tech Week presented by Comcast 2023, and the day will be capped off with our beloved Signature Event, a semi-formal networking reception with lots of interactive technology toys.

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Early bird pricing remains in effect through March 31. Buying a ticket not only gets you learning and networking; you also support’s journalism.

We’ll start the day in the Forum, a theater on the 18th floor of the Comcast Technology Center that offers one of the best views in Philadelphia, with an expansive look at how growing tech companies and the economies they fill have changed since the pandemic. From there, we’ll spread across the building’s Town Hall conference center, with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out across the rooftops. The day’s programming will primarily follow two tracks: one on the ins and outs of developing company culture, and a second on developing the local tech economies that they make up.

In keeping with the quality connections this conference has always strived to deliver and what’s most valuable to us after years of remote life, the day will also feature plenty of mentorship and small-group discussions. The topics will benefit anyone building anywhere. Fittingly, the building is near 30th Street Station for our out-of-town travelers.

Old friends will remember this conference was long called Introduced. Charmed as we were by our commitment to making quality introductions, the conference went through too many permutations over the years to stand by the same name. The world has been shaken by a pandemic. It’s time to return to building.

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Projects: Builders Conference / Philly Tech Week

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