Hello, Philly Tech Week!

April 20, 2015

Written By: Pauline Rubin

This weekend marked the beginning of the fifth annual Philly Tech Week, which celebrates innovation and technology with over 150 events spanning April 17-25.

On Saturday, First Ascent Design kicked off Philly Tech week with two great events, the Philly Women in Tech Summit and Arcade at Dilworth.

The Philly Women in Tech Summit (or WITS for short) celebrates women in the tech field, ranging from developers and programmers to managers and executives. WITS provided a daylong event that connected these talented women through networking events and educated them with a vast array of workshops and presentations.

This year the event was held in Old City at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. I was very fortunate to have bought a ticket early when I was offered the opportunity to TA for a friend’s workshop. All 300 tickets sold out long before the event, leaving 200 people on a waiting list.

This year’s theme was “Inspiring Women to Take a Chance,” and the WITS set the bar high early in the morning with their opening keynote speaker, Kelly Hoey. She is a speaker, strategist, and board member for several tech startups, and was recently named “1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship” by Forbes.

“Build your expertise, build your networks, and build your bank account,” Hoey told the packed room full of women.

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(image via Philly Tech Sistas)

 

After the opening keynote, women were invited to participate in hour-long sessions, ranging from hands-on development workshops to presentations on career development and hot topics in the tech world.

The event concluded with closing keynote speaker, Renee Chenault-Fattah, a news anchor for Philadelphia’s NBC10.

“What would you dare to dream if fear of failure was off the table?” Chenault-Fattah asked the audience. She discussed how failure is necessary for success, giving examples from her own professional life.

After the WITS concluded, John and I joined up at the Arcade at Dilworth, which featured dozens of local game developers and makers, as well as DJ performances and a beer garden. We were blown away by some of the innovative and exciting things we saw!

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John and I are both big gaming nerds, and three games we really enjoyed were:

We also saw fun creations from local makerspaces and a large, light-up Connect Four screen!

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Check out the Philly Tech Week website for more information about upcoming events!

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