As we near the end of the year, let’s take stock of what our 2018 was like.
It’s been quite a year, hasn’t it? Chock full of political scandals, international conflict and disasters, both natural and unnatural. It’s also the year the Philadelphia Eagles won the Superbowl. 2018 brought us the Winter Olympics, with Delaware-trained Johnny Weir becoming even more legendary as he commentated with Tara Lipinski. There was the royal wedding and Cardi B and Black Panther.
In the tech world, the top stories included Facebook privacy breaches, Amazon’s flashy HQ2 project and SpaceX’s soaring rockets. All topics that have touched Delaware in one way or another. But we’re talking about Technical.ly Delaware’s biggest stories in 2018 – so here they are, based on your clicks:
(By Holly Quinn, June 25.)
The nationwide Families Belong Together protests on June 30 included organized rallies in Wilmington and Dover. This post had the details.
(By Holly Quinn, Feb. 1.)
The micro-brew scene in Delaware continued to grow in 2018. We took a tour of the Newark brewery with ties to 1313 Innovation shortly before it launched in February.
(By Holly Quinn and Zack Seward, Jan. 22.)
We had high hopes for these ten startups this year. Many of them, including FundingFuel, NERDiT NOW, Danio Diary (Greenline, Inc), and No. 1 ranking WhyFly have exceeded expectations.
— Technical.ly Delaware (@technicallyDE) January 22, 2018
(By Holly Quinn, May 1.)
We don’t normally cover the crime beat here at Technical.ly, but the controversy involving the use of screenshots from the Nextdoor app’s private Greenville, Delaware group in connection with a murder case brought up some legal and ethical questions worth exploring.
(By Holly Quinn, Feb. 26.)
A fun story about the power of a single Instagram like. (See, there was a Delaware hook to SpaceX).
(Holly Quinn, Feb 15)
The big Amazon story of the year was, of course, HQ2 (which actually ended up being 2HQ2, but that’s another story). Here on Technical.ly Delaware, the most read Amazon story in 2018 was an interview with oboist Beau Curran, the University of Delaware alum who founded the Amazon Symphony Orchestra.
(Holly Quinn, July 2.)
Delaware made fireworks legal for the 4th of July this year! Sort of.
(Holly Quinn, Jan. 2.)
Shark Tank is one of network TV’s most popular shows, so if we can legit get it into a headline, we will. This early 2018 story covered Philly startup Hungry Harvest’s Delaware debut.
(Holly Quinn, Oct 3)
The most recent story on this list is also the second-most-read of the year. Capital One full-stack software developer Jocelyn Harper spoke out about leaving the nonprofit Girl Develop It after being dissatisfied with reaction to a racial incident in the organization. Since October, more women have spoken out, leading to the an ongoing #GDIStrike.
(Holly Quinn, Jan. 30.)
In a Netflix documentary series about some seriously shady companies, Delaware comes up a few times, including a prominent mention of HSBC’s New Castle hub.-30-