Here’s where you’ll find NextFab’s Alex Kaplan at Philly Tech Week

Alex Kaplan lays out his #PTW15 itinerary, including a NextFab open house, where you can tour the makerspace, meet the team and see demonstrations.

Delaware's Auditor of Accounts and the chief security officer of the state's tech department are among the slated speakers.

We know crabby employees are a potential cybersecurity risk, but the big picture for keeping data safe is a lot more complex. How do you respond to a cyber hack or ransomware attack? What are the red flags you should be able to recognize when dealing with a new client or vendor? Are you really protected from identity theft? And do you really understand cybersecurity compliance? These things change all the time, so keeping up with the answers to those questions is always a good thing for a business owner, aspiring or current, to know. You don't have to be a student at Wilmington University to attend the educational event "Cybersecurity, Fraud and Compliance: What Your Business Needs to Know" on Friday, March 9 at the New Castle Campus auditorium. The same event takes place Friday, May 11 at the Dover Campus auditorium. The workshop at each location is from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., with breakfast included. Speakers at both events, which are co-presented by the Delaware Better Business Bureau, Delaware Small Business Development Center and the National Cyber Security Alliance, include:

  • R. Thomas Wagner, Jr., Delaware's Auditor of Accounts
  • Elayne Starkey, Chief Security Officer for the Delaware Department for Technology and Information
  • U.S. Secret Service agents
  • Other cybersecurity experts
Tickets are $25 for one ticket, or $40 for two. There is no fee for Wilmington University students. [link href="" text="Register"]

This is a guest post by Alex Kaplan, head of Institutional Relations at NextFab.

Name: Alex Kaplan
Occupation: Institutional Relations at NextFab
Age: 26
Neighborhood: South Philly
Project for April: Make a series of laser-etched acrylic album covers.

1. Tech Cocktail’s Philadelphia Mixer & Startup Showcase

I consider the Philly tech community colleagues and friends. I would not miss an opportunity to catch up with people I know and meet people I don’t. (Thursday, April 16, 6:30-9 p.m.)

2. Arcade @ Dilworth

Lots of events Friday night, but this looks like a blast. I’ll either be in the Maker Corner at NextFab’s table or by the DJ booth. (Friday, April 17, 6-9 p.m.)

3. NextFab Open House

Stop by NextFab to meet the team, see demonstrations and tour the facility. If you haven’t seen NextFab, this is your chance to see one of the nation’s premier makerspaces in action. (Sunday, April 19, 12-3 p.m.)

4. PTW Mayoral Forum

This event is a sign that the tech industry is gaining recognition as a significant part of the Philadelphia economy. We should make sure there is a strong turn out to thank the speakers for their time and continue to build a strong relationship between the tech community and city government. StartUp PHL could be the beginning of a beautiful and lasting relationship. (Monday, April 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m.)

5. Stories from the Trenches: Avoiding the Perils and Pitfalls of Funding your Hardware Startup

This is another event we’re hosting at NextFab. Anyone interested in hardware startups should come out. A representative from Ben Franklin Technology Partners will be speaking. (Tuesday, April 21, 6-8 p.m.)


6. PTW Entrepreneur’s Expo

It’s easy to think you know all the startups on the scene, but this event will prove you wrong. I remember some awesome food trucks there last year. (Wednesday, April 22, 7-10 p.m. )

7. The Signature Event Friday

The Philly tech party of the year. I’m already looking forward to requainting with everyone I met earlier in the week. (Friday, April 24, 7:30-10 p.m.)

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