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Dec. 13, 2017 4:33 pm

Technical.ly Philly’s Roberto Torres on the biggest tech trend he’s watching in 2018

On the final edition of "Around the Corner," we host friend-of-the-show Torres to talk diversity in the local tech community.

Roberto Torres (center) at the 2016 Philly Geek Awards.

(Photo by Clever Girl Photography)

Around the Corner” is a PhillyCAM show that offers local social impact leaders the opportunity to share what impact their work is having on the Philadelphia area.


Technical.ly Philly launched in 2009 as a news source for the city’s then-burgeoning tech community.

But through the years, its scope of coverage has bloomed because “technology has been overlapping to a bunch of industries and areas of society,” said Roberto Torres, lead reporter of Generocity’s sister site.

Indeed, that overlap includes social impact — see our own extensive technology reporting as it relates to Philly’s nonprofits, philanthropic institutions, government and more.

One big trend Torres is watching for 2018?

“The realization that no conversation about technology can happen without bringing some form of diversity discussion into it,” he said. The tech scene’s lack of diversity “is a problem that’s been acknowledged by our city’s leaders, that [for] our average tech startups — those that get funded, those that we know about, those that have a flashy product built — often, their tech teams are not reflective of what the city is like.”

Next step: Figure out how to fix that. Watch Torres talk diversity, B Corps, jobs and the second annual realLIST below.

(P.S. This is Generocity’s last “Around the Corner” interview. Thanks to PhillyCAM for being an awesome partner and to all the guests we’ve hosted over the past two years!)

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