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Events Roundup: It’s your last chance to make Philly tech connections this decade

Network, learn to code and make a toast to the past 10 years at these six December gatherings.

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As we begin the last month of the year, and make plans for 2020, there’s no shortage of events to make sure that you’ll have connections made and skills upgraded for the new year.

This month is your last chance to make your mark this decade, and December might as well be called events season ’round these parts. Pack your schedule with events the first few weeks of this month, and then spend a good chunk of time passed out on your parents’ couch in a food coma.

Whether you’re looking to make a business connection, to rub elbows with some fellow Philly tech folks at a holiday party, or want to get involved in the quickly approaching Philly Tech Week 2020, we’ve got you covered.

Check out what’s in store this month:

The Holiday Party

Philly doesn’t have a shortage of office holiday party alternatives this year — peep this one, specifically for remote workers in the area, for instance. But this party, hosted by the The Lunch Club 215, is for folks who don’t have an office holiday party, or want an alternative option. Tickets for the event will go to Philabundance, and include food and drink. An afterparty (no tickets required) will be held at Roy Pitz.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 4
  • 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Kismet Cowork Spring Arts, 4th floor (448 N. 10th St.)
  • Tickets are $20 online, $25 at the door

Philly Tech Week 2020 Event Organizer Meetup

Want to know how you can host an event during Philly Tech Week 2020 presented by Comcast? This meetup will share step-by-step information on how to pitch one for the 10th annual PTW.’s events team will review the event application and submission process and go over new 2020 updates. (Psst, check out this guide for all the ways to get involved beforehand; it also include info on our new series theme and the early details on our signature events.)

  • Thursday, Dec. 5
  • 5:30 to 7 p.m.
  • Make Offices (1635 Market St. Suite #1600)
  • Free

Ideas We Should Steal Festival

This festival, produced by the Philadelphia Citizen, is back for a second year of convening thought leaders and problem solvers to talk about how other cities solve their problems and how Philadelphia could do the same. Expect speakers such as MSNBC’s Ali Velshi, HBO’s John Oliver, New York Attorney General Letitia James, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Philly investor Josh Kopelman and more.

  • Tuesday, Dec. 10
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Ralf J. Roberts Forum at the Comcast Technology Center
  • Tickets are $35 for Citizen members and $65 for new members

8th Annual Snake Pit

Hey, entrepreneurs — want to learn exactly what investors are looking for when you’re making a pitch to raise capital? Hear from some pros on a series of panels and talks at an early morning gathering with speakers like Karen Griffith Gryga, managing partner of Dreamit Ventures and Robert Padulo, an angel investor, with groups like Broad Street Angels, Keiretsu Capital and Mid-Atlantic Bio Angels Group.

  • Thursday, Dec. 12
  • 7:30 to 10 a.m.
  • Baker Tilly (1650 Market St)
  • Tickets are $20

Philadelphia Anchors for Growth and Equity Summit

This annual event put on by the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia connects institutional buyers from Philadelphia hospitals and universities with local and diverse businesses owners. Join for an afternoon of networking, discussions about Philadelphia’s business ecosystem and contract discussions.

  • Thursday, Dec. 12
  • 2 to 6 p.m.
  • Temple University Mitten Hall (1913 N. Broad St.)
  • Tickets are $45

Learn to Code Workshop

Hosted as part of CS Education Week, this Bryn Mawr-based event serves as a beginner’s guide (and it’s kid friendly!) to learning to code that covers the Processing environment, a visual library that runs on top of Java. The web-based class will allow students to create a digital painting program. Coffee and light breakfast will be provided, but it’s BYOD (bring your own device).

  • Saturday, Dec. 14
  • 9 a.m. to noon
  • Work at CoLAB (895 Glenbrook Ave., Bryn Mawr)
  • Free
Companies: Philadelphia Citizen / Economy League of Greater Philadelphia

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