There are more than 110 events on the calendar for the fourth annual Philly Tech Week 2014 presented by AT&T (April 4-12). That’s overwhelming. So with just 10 days until all comes down, we’ll be sharing the calendar from one of our team members to get a sense of where you might want to be.
For any college students out there with a taste for media and free events, follow our intern extraordinaire Jennifer Sun.
NAME: Jennifer Sun
OCCUPATION: University of Pennsylvania student // Technical.ly Philly community intern
THINGS I LOVE: media, entrepreneurship, free events, University City, makers
Here’s my schedule:
- Friday, April 4 from 7-10:30pm: Skyscraper Tetris Here’s the backstory to the 460-ft Tetris game. Just feel like watching? Hang out around the Oval for normal-sized video games and food truck yummies from Delicias, Sweet Box Cupcakes, the Tot Cart, Lil’ Pop Shop and more.
- Saturday, April 5 from 11am-1pm: Making Music with Ice Cream (Also known as, “Biodata Sonification Workshop”) This event is also happens both Friday and Saturday so you get multiple chances at it.
- Saturday, April 5 from 10am-6pm: Light Hacking Weekend: Build your own camera!
- Monday, April 7 from 3pm-5pm: Civic Fusion by OpenAccessPHL, which is this regular event series focused on the intersection of civil society and government policy. I haven’t been to one yet so Philly Tech Week is a good reason to get out.
Tuesday, April 8 from 5:45-7:30pm: Exposed: Designers in the Startup World. A few of my friends are starting as designers at startups, a bunch more of my friends are talking about building their own startup. We’re gonna be at this Tech Week event taking notes on what it’s like working as designers, the good, the bad, the ugly and the awesome.
Wednesday, April 9 from 11:30am-1:30pm: Regional Investors Panel: So students get FREE access to all Business Day events during Philly Tech Week, so I’m taking advantage of getting the chance to hear from venture capitalists from outside of Philadelphia. That’s something I wouldn’t normally get out to. Plus, there’s lunch.
Wednesday, April 9 from 6pm-9pm: Blog, Brand, Biz, Buzz: Few businesses, big or small, can afford to not have an online presence nowadays. I’m looking forward to learn how local personalities have built buzz around their blogs and businesses.
Friday, April 11 from 2pm-6pm: N3rd Street BBQ: N3rd Street in Old City where the Philly tech scene is growing fastest, it seems. And the rest of the city’s catching up — City Council passed a resolution last week to “officialize” N. 3rd St. as N3rd St., too. As a recent Penn grad thinking of staying in Philly, I’ll be at the N3rd Street BBQ checking out all the tech orgs that call the neighborhood home. Read this primer on the origins of N3rd Street by Alex Hillman, founder of the coworking space Indy Hall.
Friday, April 11 from 7-10pm: Signature Event: Lots of local tech to play with, local beer, tons of food and nearly 1,000 smart Philadelphia technologists. Yeah, that’s a good way to close out the event, even if I’ll be helping to check people in at the front desk.
Saturday April 12 from 9am-5pm: Philly Women in Tech Summit: People have said some cool things about past Women in Tech Summits. I’m excited to hear from Lea Goldman, Features & Special Projects Director at Marie Claire Magazine (yeah, media!) and Kathleen Warner, Startup America Partnership’s COO. Their keynote speech titles: “Secrets of Women Who Own the Room” and “Having a Big, Crazy, Audacious Vision for Yourself … and Acting on It.”