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Philly Tech Week Signature Event illustrations: Mike Jackson

More than 1,200 people visited the Philly Tech Week Signature Event at the Comcast Center on Friday night. It was a massive party inside (and outside) the tallest building in the city. Here are some illustrations of the event.

More than 1,200 people visited the Philly Tech Week Signature Event at the Comcast Center on Friday night. It was a massive party inside (and outside) the tallest building in the city, both in its lobby and tents on the adjacent plaza.

As an illustrator, I attended a number of events this week to follow the people and the conversations, including Baseball Hack Day, Startup Design Exposed and Failfest. (Also find drawings from a Hive 76 event here and from Exhibiting Technology here.)

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The party was a microcosm of my week on the whole. I don’t consider myself a tech person, so I felt like a bit of an outsider to this community at first. But I ran into plenty of familiar faces, and met just as many new ones. I also ran into new familiar faces from previous events.

Conversation was particularly easy with anyone who spoke of doing what they do because, no matter what, they love it. I had that conversation a lot throughout last week and at the Signature Event.

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The tech community that I met this past week consists of people who root for each other — where each success is a shared one. I’m thrilled that I got to witness that again and again at each event I attended. So even though I don’t program anything, or build apps, or work in a startup, I’ve learned that I belong in the tech community in Philadelphia — because it’s not about what you make, it’s why you make it.

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(Bonus points if you noticed that I used the Philly Tech Week colors for all the party drawings.)

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People: Mike Jackson
Projects: Philly Tech Week
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