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Philly Tech Week 2020

Welcome to the 10th annual Philly Tech Week Presented by Comcast and a fully reimagined all virtual experience.

In light of these unique times, we are extending the celebration of technology and innovation through the year, with virtual events running from May to the end of September.
The festival will be capped with the PTW tradition of a week of events, which includes a curated calendar of community events and Technical.ly’s pillar events. These all-virtual events will be held Sept. 21-25.

About Philly Tech Week

Philly Tech Week is a week-long celebration that showcases technology and innovation happening throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. Join us and get connected with some of the region’s most fascinating and edge-defining entrepreneurs, technologists, futurists, and change agents.

Highlights

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Tracks

Philly Tech Week is organized into 7 different tracks: Software, Startup, Gaming, Medtech, Professional Development, Impact, and Arts. Search for events that match your interests by clicking on the track icons.

  • Where art and technology collide. Think: exhibitions, concerts, festivals, community initiatives, etc.
  • Where trends, strategies and the impact of esports, gamification and related efforts are discussed and defined. Think: Fortnite leagues, Overwatch tournaments, gamification strategy and more.
  • Cutting-edge technology, services, and solutions applied to medicine created to improve the quality of life. Think: teleheath, health wearables, precision medicine, and more.
  • Discussing topics that affect everyday citizens and the impact of technology on government and civil society. Think: diversity, equity, inclusion, education, immigration, etc.
  • Where professionals sharpen their skills, and organizations improve their support of employees. Learn a new skill, gain tools, and seek advice that can help your company. Think: workshops, trainings, consultations, etc.
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  • Where engineers, programmers, designers, developers and project managers come together. Think: coding, security, front and back-end development, and more.
  • Where entrepreneurs, early-employees, investors and customers look for trends in starting and launching growth companies. Think: venture capital, bootstrapping, marketing, entrepreneur stories, and more.

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Speakers

Find out where these awesome speakers will be throughout the week!

Christian Pennotti

Christian is the Global Director for Savings Groups at CARE and the Founder and CEO of Chomoka, a start-up social enterprise unlocking economic opportunity for savings groups and their members through digital innovation. Currently live in Tanzania, Chomoka combines an Android-based record-keeping system with a digital marketplace to help people engage with the rapidly evolving digital economy. Over 10 years with CARE, Christian has served in a range of roles focused on program design, management, measurement and learning to support CARE’s efforts to eliminate hunger and food insecurity, increase access to finance and promote economic development. Christian has worked in the international development arena for 20 years across Asia, Africa and Latin America. He began his career as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan. Christian holds degrees from Boston College and the George Washington University. He lives with his wife and two young sons in Narberth, PA.



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Rich Sedmak

Rich has been an entrepreneur since age 15, when he started an electronics liquidation business out of his parents’ home. He is currently the Founder and Executive Director of Schoolyard Ventures (SV), a youth entrepreneurship program that partners with universities and high schools to deliver experiential learning opportunities for motivated high school students. SV has served nearly 3,000 students since its inception.

Rich has been a Social Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at University of Pennsylvania, as well as an investor in startup technology companies on both coasts that focus on artificial intelligence, machine learning, talent development and logistics. Additionally, he serves as a Founding Board Member of the Human Advancement Project, a non-profit research group that studies human exceptionalism among world class leaders, Chairman of the Board of the Seybert Foundation, a 103 year old private charitable grant-making foundation, and Board Member of OHAAT, a non-profit dedicated to eliminating child bedlessness in Philadelphia by turning recycled materials into bedding for low income children. Rich also

serves on the Regional Strategy and Leadership Committee of the Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia.



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Angela Benton

Angela Benton is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Streamlytics, a next-generation data intelligence ecosystem which helps everyday people and companies ethically access consumer data streams. Prior to her role at Streamlytics she founded the first accelerator for minorities globally in 2011, NewME was acquired in December 2018.

To date, Ms. Benton has received numerous accolades, some of which include Goldman Sachs’ 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs, Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business and their Most Influential Women In Technology, Business Insiders’ 25 Most Influential African-Americans in Technology, ADWEEK’s 2020 Women Trailblazers, and many more. She’s been featured in numerous national and international media outlets including CNN, MSNBC, Bloomberg, Inc, Forbes, Good Morning America, and the Wall Street Journal where she was a featured essayist for the paper’s 125th Anniversary edition on The Future of Entrepreneurship.

At the helm of Streamlytics, Angela continues to uncover untapped spaces in technology and innovation.



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Natalie Nixon

Natalie W. Nixon, PhD is a design strategist and a hybrid thinker. She applies her diverse background in anthropology, fashion, service design and dance to change lives through ideas. In her consultancy, Figure 8 Thinking, LLC she helps organizations design smarter processes and systems, build strategy, and develop leaders by teaching and applying the strategic design process. Natalie is the Founding Director of the Strategic Design MBA program at Philadelphia University and is a published author: the editor of Strategic Design Thinking: Innovation in Products, Services, Experiences and Beyond and a regular contributor to INC.com online magazine on creativity and design thinking.

Her public speaking invitations have included the Business Innovation Factory, 360 Possibles (Saint Malo, France), Creative Mornings, TEDx Philadelphia, The Copenhagen Institute for Interactive Design, The European Innovation Academy (Nice, France), SEB Bank (Tallinn,Estonia), FUSE and the Mayo Clinic's Transform conference.

She serves on the boards of the Philadelphia Art Commission, the Arts & Business Council of Philadelphia, CultureWorks of Greater Philadelphia, and the Alumni Association of Vassar College.

Natalie earned her BA (Honors: Cum Laude) from Vassar College with a double major in Anthropology and Africana Studies; an MS in Global Textile Marketing from Philadelphia University (USA), Shenkar College (Israel) & Reutlingen University (Germany); and a PhD in Design Management from the University of Westminster, London.



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Nick J. Mosby

Member of House of Delegates since January 30, 2017. Member, Ways and Means Committee, 2017- (finance resources subcommittee, 2017-19; racing & gaming subcommittee, 2020-; chair, election law subcommittee, 2020-, member, 2017-); Marijuana Legalization Work Group, 2019-; Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, 2020-. Member, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, 2017-. Associate member, Maryland Legislative Latino Caucus, 2019-. Member, Pimlico Community Development Authority, 2019-.

Member, City Council, Baltimore, representing District 7, December 8, 2011 to December 8, 2016. Member, Education Committee, 2011-14. Vice-Chair, Labor Committee, 2011-16. Member, Executive Appointments Committee, 2011-16; Public Safety Committee, 2011-16. Vice-Chair, Housing and Community Development Committee, 2014-16 (member, 2011-14). Member, Budget and Appropriation Committee, 2014-16; Land Use and Transportation Committee, 2015-16.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, 1978. Attended Baltimore Polytechnical Institute, Baltimore, Maryland; Tuskegee University, B.S. (electrical engineering), 2001. Former video network engineering manager, Verizon Communications, Inc.; senior project manager, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company. Member, Baltimore City Democratic Central Committee, 2008-10. Member, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. VIP List, Daily Record, 2012. Lifelong member, St. Matthew Catholic Church, Baltimore, Maryland. Married; two children.



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Lisa Devieux

Lisa is Seer’s Data Strategy Lead based in Philadelphia. She harnessed a passion for data and her tenure within digital marketing and business operations to focus on pushing Seer forward in utilizing data-driven strategies. Her favorite thing to do is dig deep into data to help clients solve complex business questions. Her second favorite thing to do is convince Wil of the virtues of bridge tables & ngrams.

Before Seer, Lisa worked in roles across the board in digital marketing and software with positions at TIG Global, MICROS Systems, and Oracle. Recently hitting ten years in the industry, Lisa started her career in PPC before branching into SEO, product management, program management, R&D, and finally Data Strategy. She has experience with clients at all levels and across most major industries. In her role as Data Strategy Lead, Lisa gets to touch a ton of Seer’s clients in one way or another, which is one reason she loves what she does.

Lisa is a graduate of the University of Delaware. In her free time, she enjoys eating at every new restaurant in the city and doing all things outdoors with her husband Bernard, kids George and Annie, and their too-energetic pup Deacon.



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Ethan Lyon

Ethan is the Data Engineer at Seer Interactive — finding new ways of automating and leveraging machine learning to move Seer into the future of digital marketing.

Some fun projects include changing PPC ad sentiment to increase click-through-rate and identifying low quality sites on paid placements to save clients money.

Previously, he was an SEO Team Lead, where he focused on providing team members with guidance on strategy and tactical implementation.

His passion lies in using the newest, latest tools to automate process and create net new business opportunities for clients.

Outside of work he loves cooking, biking, yoga, climbing, fine cocktails and Taco Tuesday.



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Shamique Thompson

Shamique Thompson is a front end software engineer at AWeber. Endlessly curious and relentlessly motivated, she has dedicated herself to being a master of all things software. A graduate of Brown University, Shamique decided to embark upon her journey to master the art of Software Engineering after receiving her certification from Penn's Coding Bootcamp.



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