May 3, 2019 4:23 pm

Philly Tech Week: Top 5 picks for those who are ambivalent about attending

Whether you consider yourself a tech maven or are just casually curious, #PTW19 has something for everyone.

From music to art to gaming to coding, #PTW19 events touch on every interest.

Correction: The address for the Enon Tabernacle West was corrected.
There are 102 events listed in this year’s calendar for Philly Tech Week.

One-hundred and two.

That’s an embarrassment of riches to pick through. While some are decidedly aimed at the technologists among us (hello, “Building Wi-Fi Connected IoT Solutions with Arduino and AWS”), others hold appeal for even the most avowed Luddites (“Positivity + Productivity: Rooftop Yoga + Networking at The Yard”).

In between are a number of events that sound intriguing to the curious non-technologist in us all:

Taking inspiration from pop culture


  1. What can an Afrofuturist technological utopia teach us here and now? “Creating a Digital Wakanda: Bringing Black Wall Street Online” proposes that the ways entrepreneurs of color strategize and leverage technology can effect enormous changes. The two-hour session will include a panel discussion with technology experts as well as one-on-one coaching sessions for entrepreneurs. The Katika mobile app and platform will be showcased and demonstrated as a resource that attendees can use for their businesses. | May 4, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Enon Tabernacle West, 230 W. Coulter St.
  2. How does connection make empowerment accessible? In “Sens8: Case Studies in Accessible Empowerment,” Ideate of Resources for Human Development reframes the idea of “technology for the disabled” into “strengths amplified by technology.” The session includes discussion and demonstrations of both custom-built and readymade tech for individuals identifying as disabled. | May 7, 10 a.m.–12 p.m., Resources for Human Development, 4700 Wissahickon Avenue, Suite 126.

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  1. What is orange and black and gets Philadelphia sports fans cheering? Well, if it’s got googly eyes, it’s Gritty, and if it’s part of the Overwatch League, it’s the gamers that make up the Philadelphia Fusion. Both will be topics of discussion during Introduced at Technical.ly on May 9 (9am-5pm), the one-day conference that incorporates programming, demos, networking and personalized connections. Gritty lovers, check out “The Brains Behind Gritty: How One Mascot Went Viral” (10 a.m.-11 a.m).

Rumor has it that the beloved Flyers mascot will be making an appearance.

Meanwhile, for fans of the Overwatch League and the Philadelphia Fusion — whose uniforms are orange and black—Tucker Roberts (the strategic advisor of the Overwatch Team for Comcast Spectator and president of the Philadelphia Fusion) and Joe Marsh (VP of finance for Comcast Spectator and chief business officer for the Philadelphia Fusion) will talk about the team, the League and the rise of esports at “The Two Hottest Industries in America: Esports and Sports Betting” (11 a.m.–12 p.m.).

Both events are part of the Grow track of programs at Introduced.

And for those die-hard gamers? Check out the “Drexel Student Games Showcase,” where you can help playtest student-made games at all stages of development—maybe even the next Fortnite-inspired sensation? | May 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Drexel University, Main Building, 3141 Chestnut St.

The PTW19 soundtrack

  1. OK, so there’s no “official” soundtrack for PTW19 per se, but you can compile your own at the following:

The wrap

5. It all wraps up at the 2019 Philadelphia Federal Credit Union Kensington Derby & Arts Festival—celebrating art, Kensington businesses, and human-powered transit—that takes place on Saturday, May 11, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 2100 Trenton Ave., between York and Norris streets.


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