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Tech in the Commons is launching next Friday during Philly Tech Week

Drive engagement with the tech tools of the future. April 19, 2017 Category: EventFeaturedLongPurpose


Tech in the Commons is supported by the Knight Foundation and organized by Generocity.


Editor's note: Lloyd Emelle is a member of Code for Philly, not a co-captain. (Edit 4/19, 2:05 p.m.)
Are you ready for Tech in the Commons?

The bootcamp for place-based nonprofits, supported by the Knight Foundation and organized by Generocity, will teach creative engagement via augmented and virtual reality, data storytelling, live video and social communications trends over four consecutive weeks this spring.

We kick off the free event series next Friday, April 28, at PhillyCAM from 3 to 6 p.m. in tandem with the 2017 Philly Tech Week Innovation Crawl.

Register here for AR/VR

The agenda:

  • 3 p.m. — Food and networking
  • 3:30 p.m. — Speakers; check ’em out below
  • 4:30 p.m. — Meet + greet with AR/VR exhibitors
  • 5 p.m. — #PTW17 Innovation Crawl begins at PhillyCAM
  • 6 p.m. — Tech in the Commons wraps


Nick Jushchyshyn is the program director for animation and visual effects at Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, where he runs the Animation Capture and Effects Lab developing new tools and methods for creating and applying immersive media technologies including 360-degree video, virtual reality and augmented reality.

  • Jushchyshyn will be discussing strategies for leveraging current and emerging approaches for creating immersive content to engage with audiences, both on-site and remotely, to further nonprofits’ goals and missions.

Mashaal Syed is a senior in Drexel University’s School of Biomedical Engineering who is also working in Drexel’s Digital Media program. She is currently developing a virtual reality surgical training simulator for teaching use of basic surgical tools within virtual environments and has previously volunteered with the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, the Susan B. Komen Foundation and the ALS Association of Greater Philadelphia.

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  • Syed will be introducing attendees to readily available approaches to implementing immersive reality content that could be put to immediate use for nonprofits.

Kristina Jenkins is the digital content director at Visit Philadelphia, where she develops content strategy and oversees editorial production for Visit Philadelphia’s web network, and

  • Jenkins will present Visit Philadelphia’s new virtual tour of the city. She managed the project and will speak to why her organization chose to invest in this technology, how the project was developed and the tactics her team employs to help the tech achieve its ultimate goal: to inspire more people to visit Philadelphia.

In addition to the speakers, we’ll have an expert on hand to help answer any questions and guide the breakout sessions so attendees can figure out how to use these technologies for their own organizations: Lloyd Emelle is a member of Code for Philly who built CyclePhilly with Cory Arci and Kathryn Killebrew.

Augmented and virtual reality organizations will be present for a hands-on learning experience, too.


Bowstring Studios is a full-service production and post-production studio that travels the world to tell stories for brands, agencies and networks.

  • Bowstring will have a flatscreen TV to display work and tablets for people to interact with the projects, as well as multiple VR goggles and headsets. Guests will be able to experience 360-degree scenic tours in national parks, urban adventures, motorcycle rides, deep-sea diving and more.

The Greater Philadelphia Virtual and Augmented Reality Group is a diverse organization committed to encouraging the growth of the VR/AR industry in the Philly region.

  • GPVAR will be showcasing an application demonstrating the huge potential of VR within the architectural visualization industry. Rather than looking at 2D plans or 3D renderings, VR affords individuals immersive explorations of buildings before they are even constructed or completely designed.

Virtual Reality PHL brings enthusiasts together for a monthly meetup dedicated to creating and conversing about the next wave of virtual reality.

  • The leaders of VRPHL, Eli Gorman and Tyler Roach, will be showing how Philadelphia is welcoming the VR industry with 360 degrees of tourism, experimenting with new art mediums, and working on a real-time tennis simulation to practice and change the way games are played.

VeeR Goggles is an AR/VR dev shop and consultancy started in 2016 to guide companies and organizations through the transition into the virtual age.

  • VeeR Goggles will be bringing VR headsets with examples of tourism and nonprofit experiences, as well as providing URLs for attendees to view its work on their smartphones in AR.

Milkroom Studios is a multi-platform production company focused on augmented & virtual reality experiences, high-end location-based art installations and mobile gaming. The company is currently in pre-production on its second Google partnership, an AR/VR app it’s co-creating with VeeR Goggles.

  • Milkroom Studios will be demoing the Hot Wheels Tango game as well as Oculus Medium sculpting and Tilt Brush painting.
Register here for AR/VR

We encourage you to attend all four sessions to get the complete tech tools experience. Find registration for the latter three events here.

Please note that RSVP doesn’t guarantee entry because space is limited, but the Innovation Crawl is open to the public from 5 to 10 p.m.

Also, save the date for our second annual jobs and engagement fair, INTER/VIEW. The event makes its return on Tuesday, May 23.


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