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Events Roundup: May we welcome you to IRL Philly Tech Week 2022?

Get ready for the dozens of PTW events hosted across the city and online from May 6 though 14. At conferences or panels or networking sessions, we'd be honored to see y'all in person this month.

Gritty at 2019's Introduced by Technical.ly conference.

(Technical.ly file photo)

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.


For the first time since 2019, Philly Tech Week presented by Comcast returns with in-person programming and events this May.

The week — the 12th annual series — is a mix of Technical.ly-hosted events like our signature Developers Conference and Introduced to strengthen tech teams and build better companies, and a calendar filled with events run by the wider tech community. We’ve revamped and designed events to get the most out of in-person connection these days, but the calendar also offers a ton of great virtual options if that’s currently your jam.

And remember, while the event gets its name from our founding city, Philly Tech Week connects technologists from all over. Come join us!

HUE Tech Summit

The fifth annual HUE Tech Summit, powered by the Tech Women Network, is once again focused on women of color technologists. This year, the summit is going global with a virtual kickoff event for Philly Tech Week and focus on three tracks: connectivity, education and health. Tune in to meet technologists from around the world, and soak up programming over the conference’s second full day of sessions.

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PTW Kickoff Event

Our annual Friday kickoff event that signals the start of PTW returns this week! Join us in the metaverse with partners 30 Amp Circuit, the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival and VR platform Agora World to connect online before our IRL events begin the following week.

The Search for Meaning at Work

L&D Professionals of Philadelphia is hosting this Saturday morning event to serve learning and development practitioners helping their clients become “meaning makers” — and find meaning in their work and life after the pandemic. The event, hosted at Drexel University by the CEO and founder of Culturology, Steve Van Valin, will hit on topics like why purpose and meaning are sustainable motivators of engagement and performance, and how to amplify meaning at work.

  • Saturday, May 7
  • 9 a.m. to noon
  • Non-member tickets $15

Values-Driven Technology: Working for a People-First Tech Future 

This event, held by email company Fastmail, will bring together local tech leaders to talk about how the next generation of Philly’s technologists will influence the coming workforce. They’re shaped by globalization and a growing focus on values-driven tech, the event description says, and conversations around the hybrid workplace and defining good digital citizenship are on the rise. Fastmail Chief Operating Officer Helen Horstmann-Allen and CTO Ricardo Signes will lead other speakers and guests in this discussion.

  • Monday, May 9
  • 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • 1429 Walnut St. 12th floor
  • Free, register here

Esports and the Case for Inclusion

Resources for Human Development, Arcadia University and Philly eSports join together for this event addressing social isolation and increasing inclusion in the esports industry. “How does eSports blur the boundaries between disability and non-disability by enabling game play that directly addresses social isolation?” the event’s description asks. Reflect on the work of these orgs and hear a panel discussion.

  • Monday, May 9
  • 4 to 6 p.m.
  • 4700 Wissahickon Ave. Suite 126
  • Free, register here

Technical.ly’s Developers Conference 

The Technical.ly Developers Conference has for years been a “tasting menu” of new, established and inventive deployments of software development, strategy and management. And this year’s version blends small group in-person discussions with pre-recorded technical talks you can digest when and how you want. Come to learn, catch up with friends and meet with a new slate of fast-growing software teams. The event will have three themes: What’s Next (problem solving in an experimental environment using new tools), Growth Stage (problem solving with tech that is being tested, deployed or scaled) and At Scale (problem solving with technology accessible by millions of people). Expect small group sessions and a networking-focused happy hour.

Temple University’s Digital Equity Day

Temple University is hosting a special Digital Equity Day as it unveils its new Digital Equity Center. Funded in part by the Dell Technologies, the new center will help provide North Philly residents with access to technology, help desk support and provide education in digital navigation and digital literacy through our strategic community partners. The event is part open house, part speaker-focused, and will underline the importance of digital equity and access within society.

  • Wednesday, May 11
  • 10:30 to 1 p.m.
  • The Owl Hub, 1915 N. 11th St.
  • Free, register here

Introduced Conference + Signature Event 

To close out the Technical.ly-produced series of #PTW2022, we bring you Introduced and Signature Event. This year’s event brings all of the best of our signature company-building conference together. You can expect pre-recorded sessions led by innovators in the industry on topics like how to implement salary transparency, what makes a great brand marketing campaign, and how to kill the onboarding experience. Then, join us in person for small group breakout sessions focusing on topics like, what does remote work look like now? And what does local mean in a remote world? What changes when you hit 50 employee?

And you can’t miss the rooftop VIP reception, our annual Signature Event, this year held at Cira Green. Come for the interactive technologies, stay for the great company, food and open bar.

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