Well my friends, spring is here in Philadelphia and that means other things aside from those pesky April showers. That’s right kids, as it was this time last year, Philly Tech Week is upon us. Kicking off with startup weekend and the Philly Women in Tech Symposium this past weekend, the city of brotherly love is in full swing with technology events through this Saturday. Most of these events are free, and give anyone in the area from tech experts and professionals to even the mildly tech inclined a number of cool and educational things to do around the city.
So what is Philly Tech Week? It’s a celebration of technology and innovation in our fair city, with the goal of making Philadelphia better through technology. Organized by the fine folks over at Technically Philly, the events span multiple topics related to technology. Regardless of your interests, you’ll probably be able to find something for you. Folks with a business lean can check out the entrepreneurial events. Artists and tinkerers? There are art galleries and other creative works being shown. Even if your area of interest is Philadelphia government, there are events for you. There are “tracks” set up for those topics, including entrepreneurship/investments, media/transparency, design/development, art/creative and access/policy. You can follow along on one of these tracks, or if you’re like me, check stuff out a la carte when your work schedule allows it. And don’t forget about the social aspect of these events either – you’re sure to meet some new people at the happy hours spread throughout the week and the signature event on Friday.
But what if instead of chips and code you’re more of a chemistry or bio person? Well Philly Tech Week isn’t all that April brings in the city. Running parallel to Philly Tech Week is the Philadelphia Science Festival that packs a whole other roster of events in Philly through April 29th. Providing opportunities for all Philadelphians to positively engage with and build a community around STEM disciplines, the Science Festival showcases the role they play in our area. Peppered in with open labs, neighborhood science and science cafés are events at Franklin Institute and a science film festival. From the science of us to the science of food (not to mention the science of beer) there are also family events for you and your little ones.
This is a great time in the city for not only science and tech people to nerd out on their topics of expertise, but for people in the Philadelphia are that have maybe not had a great deal of exposure to science and tech throughout their life and academic career to get that exposure, learn, an understand why science and tech is not only important to Philadelphia, but the world at large.
Check out Philly Tech Week and the Philadelphia Science Festival’s schedules with the links below to see what events might be up your alley, and make sure to follow @PhillyTechWeek and @PHLScienceFest on Twitter for updates throughout the week.
Philly Tech Week Schedule: http://www.phillytechweek.com/events
Philadelphia Science Festival Schedule: http://www.philasciencefestival.org/calendar