April 2nd | Posted In Entrepreneurship

Time to Geek Out: It’s Philly Tech Week

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Pong from 2013 PTW

Pong at the Cira Center

Philly Tech Week starts this Friday, heralding a week jammed packed with hack-a-thons, talks, film screenings, networking events, workshops and more. There will be over 20 events on some of the days, which means there is some serious schedule manipulating to be done.

Befitting for such a stacked week, Philly Tech Week kicks off with “Arcade @ The Oval“, featuring Tetris on the Cira Center. There’ll also be a Yards beer tent, food trucks, live music, games from local developers and more to wet your geek appetite for the week to come. This is also one of the first events at The Oval this year, so it’s like two kickoffs for the price of one. And that price, by the way, is free.

Here are just a few of the many events that have caught our eye:

On Monday April 7th, geek out to policy discussions at the Economic Impact of the Technology Sector Roundtable, featuring Center City District’s Paul Levy, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s Elif Sen, First Round Capital’s Josh Kopelman and Dawn Bonnell, Penn’s Vice Provost for Research. This will be from 11.30 AM – 2.00 PM and will be held at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

On Thursday, head over to Temple for the launch of Commit, a website for technologists and web savvy folks to pledge some time of service. Sign up and the brains behind Philly Tech Week will play yenta for you with vetted schools, nonprofits, senior learning groups, and other deserving organizations. (YIP’s always looking for tech support, by the way). The Commit kick-off starts at 8AM, making it one hell of a way to start your day.

Philly Tech Week hits its apogee Friday night with the Signature Event presented by AT&T. This is only event here that costs anything ($30) but its wroth it: open bar, amazing food and tons of local tech on display all in the Comcast Center’s ridiculously cool lobby. The best way to get there is by way of the N3rd Street Naming Ceremony and BBQ at Liberty Lands Park.

Finally, if you’re not too hungover from Friday’s events, spend your Saturday at the Philly Women in Tech Summit at WHYY. (If you are too hungover, just keep the party going by drinking every time “glass ceiling” or “lean in” is said.)

Like I said, this is just a small sampling of all the great events going on. Check them all out at the Philly Tech Week website!

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