So what's the plan for Philly's future in tech innovation and all things entrepreneurial? Where are we headed with the Internet of Things, virtual and augmented reality, machine learning, wearable (and smokable) medication, the mash-up of tech with the arts, plus career opportunities?
Much will be revealed at the specialized forums, start-up-athons, open houses, hack-athons, and networking parties that are Philly Tech Week, flexing our town's collective brain trust with events from Thursday (Friday, officially) to Saturday, May 6.
More than 20,000 attendees, 100 curated events, and 50 partners will participate in this seventh annual community-rallying effort, steered by the local tech news network Technical.ly with support from title sponsor Comcast NBCUniversal. Which may have a few job slots to fill in that huge Comcast Technology Center opening early next year.
Other high-profile firms such as Facebook, Google, and Pinterest are sending speakers and recruiters, likewise Philly-area-based companies (Urban Outfitters, Wawa, and QVC) and project jump-starters such as StartupPHL and Philly Startup Leaders. All to participate in events categorized in seven tracks: access, business, civic, creative, media, dev (web and product development), and sciences (new this year).
"Our goal is to bring together the broadest cross section of local leaders and bring new faces to the conversation," said Technical.ly's editorial director and PTW program producer, Christopher Wink.
Where to jump in? Consider our personal top 12 tech week (and a half) happenings, offering maximum exposure to good ideas and people in efficient and entertaining fashion. Then dig in deeper with Philly Tech Week's complete calender, where you'll also find click-on tabs for the mostly free but required event registration. (A number of the seminars are staged in office boardrooms, so attendance is limited.)