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Philly Tech Week is almost here.
For the tech-inclined social changers among us, this is one of the biggest events of the year. And for the rest of us, the week still offers a bunch of opportunities to connect with our city from a new perspective.
Here are 12 social impact-themed PTW events to mark on your calendar.
As we wrote in February: Ather Sharif‘s accessibility-minded tech initiative, EvoXLabs, will gather leaders in accessibility from all over the world “to share the motivation behind their work and how that work was done — hopefully providing a framework for those looking to do something similar.” Because the more people who can be included, the stronger our community will be.
Tech can intersect with all kinds of sectors in interesting ways. With its second annual TechniCulture event, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance aims to show off how three arts and culture organizations have implemented technology in their programming with some very cool results.
Education nonprofit Coded by Kids has a mission of introducing disadvantaged Philly youth to STEM careers by teaching them how to code. Following that, founder Sylvester Mobley is expanding the reaches of PTW by hosting Coded By Kids events in three community rec centers outside of Center City — the Cecil B. Moore Rec Center in North Philly, the Dorothy Emanuel Rec Center in Wyndmoor and the Francis Myers Rec Center in Southwest Philly.
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Ever wonder where Mayor Jim Kenney stands on topics like technology, entrepreneurship and innovation? (We’re still waiting to hear how the budget will shake out for the Office of Innovation and Technology.) He’s shared a bunch already with our sister site Technical.ly Philly, but here’s your chance to hear it live. Audience members can even ask him their own questions via Twitter.
This second annual awards event celebrates ladies in the city who are doing cool things. Relevant categories:
- Nonprofit of the Year — Jaden’s Voice, Terri Matthews; Rock To The Future, Jessica Craft; West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, Sheila Ireland; The Food Trust, Yael Lehmann
- Educator of the Year — Marley Dias, #1000BlackGirlBooks; Valerie V. Gay, Art Sanctuary; Tracey Welson-Rossman, TechGirlz; Jeannine Kayembe, Urban Creators
- Innovator of the Year — Yasmine Mustafa, ROAR For Good; Keesha Boyd, Multicultural Consumer Services Comcast; Kathryn Stracquatanio, Bluecadet; Bethany Edwards, Lia Diagnostics
- Entrepreneur of the Year — Emily Bittenbender, Bittenbender Construction; Ariell R. Johnson, Amalgam Coffee; Shari Shapiro, iVocate; Elena Brennan, Bus Stop Boutique
- Activist of the Year — Katie Monroe, Women Bike PHL; Catzie Vilayphonh, Laos In The House; Kristin Schwab, Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance; Gretchen Dahlkemper-Alfonso, Mom’s Clean Air Force
Check out the full list of nominees here. (Disclaimer: This reporter is nominated for Storyteller of the Year!)
As this event’s description states, “To be ‘woke’ means to be aware — to know what’s going on in your community, and to become a catalyst for change in response.” This Camden-based session will discuss members of the tech community “using their hacking, programming and designing skills to create social and economic growth in their communities.”
You’ll have to trek out to Delaware County for this morning session, but it could be worth it: Learning to visualize data makes a big difference in helping others (like funders!) understand the impact your organization is making.
At Generocity, we unapologetically cover failure. That’s not so we can point and laugh, but learn from missteps and build better. At #Failfest, founders — including some social entrepreneurs — share why their venture didn’t work out, and what they’ll do differently next time.
The Intersection of Poverty and Data: How Big and Open Data Helps and Harms People in Poverty — Thursday, May 5
Yes, it can do both. Three separate panels will cover “how big and open data harms the poor,” “how big data can serve people in need” — moderated by Generocity Reporter Tony Abraham — and “the future of big data and its effect on poverty.”
(Unfortunately, this event is now sold out.)
It’s important people enjoy their time spent on your organization’s website – or at least, you know, don’t hate it. You can control that to a degree by acting on user feedback and analyzing Google Analytics. This workshop will show you how.
Another early visit to DelCo, but again, to learn to maximize your engagement efficiency.
Broad Street Ministry‘s Jessica Paschke will participate in a Q&A about how the organization uses “design and technology to solve specific challenges in our city and to show immediate results in areas of need,” and how tech can be used to advance mission.
Use your skill set to create something tangible — a video, an app, a game — that will increase voter turnout and engagement in Philadelphia, and get the chance to win a very real $1,000. Two birds!