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Our Picks for Tech Week April 21-28


Philly Tech Week is just around the corner, the second annual event celebrating everything tech-related that’s happening in Philly. This year’s event listings are packed with lots of interesting talks, workshops, and parties. The organizers have sorted many of the events into particular tracks that might help you decide what to attend based on your interests in entrepreneurship, media, design, etc. We’ve also compiled a list of events that we’re looking forward to (including a couple we’re helping to plan).

Saturday April 21

Women in Tech Summit – $25 general, $10 for students, $15 for networking tea
Jon Huntsman Hall @ Wharton, 3730 Walnut Street
A first-of-its-kind event for Philadelphia, this day-long summit will “explore the realities of Getting In, Surviving, Thriving and Giving Back as a woman in technology.”
Hacktory organizers Stephanie Alarcon and Georgia Guthrie (me) will be running a workshop at this event titled Hacking the Gender Gap in which we will collect personal narratives about the gender gap, analyze them, and share tools to address the gap in participant’s workplaces.

Sunday April 22

Indy Hall Block Party 1 PM – 7 PM FREE
38-50 N. 3rd Street
This is exactly what it sounds like, Philly’s first co-working space IndyHall is having a good old-fashioned block party.

Monday April 23

OpenAccessPhilly Showcase 12 pm – 1 pm FREE
WHYY 150 N 6th St
Learn about Philly’s public-private partnerships that use open data to make our city better.

Philly Robotics Expo 12 pm – 5 pm FREE (we think)
Drexel’s Bossone Research Center, Market Between 31st & 32nd Streets
A great chance to check out lots of robots, the people who make them (including local high school students), and the companies that build them in the Greater Philadelphia Area.

Performing with Technology 5 – 8 pm FREE
fidget space, 1714 North Mascher Street
5PM-6:30PM : Demo/Installation/Workshop
6:30PM-8PM : Concert featuring the following artists:
Adam Vidiksis – music with pots, pans, and computer.
Gemini Wolf – electronic music with video.
Coleman/Sato/Nakamura Trio – clarinet, show, no-input mixer .
Mauri Walton – dance, video.
Megan Bridge & Peter Price – dance, electronic music.
Rolf LakaemPer – sound installation & music with kinect.
Sam Cusumano – modified toys and synthesizers.

Jarvus Digital Media Gallery 7 – 10 PM FREE
908A N. 3rd Street
The event will feature local digital art on a series of TVs, monitors, and projectors around the studio. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

Tuesday April 24

Blogging About Philly’s Creative Spaces 6 – 8 PM FREE
PhilaMOCA – 12th and Ridge
Don’t let the title of this event fool you, this might be one of the most interesting events of tech week. Panelists include George Miller of Jump Magazine, Conrad Benner of the Streets Dept, Eric Smith of Geekadelphia, Chaucee Stillman of Streets and Stripes, a few blogs that have found ways to tell unique, compelling stories about our fair city.

DIY Music Night @ Hive76 7 – 9 PM FREE
915 Spring Garden St.
This event will feature a variety of hand-made instruments and synthesizers (sorry we couldn’t find a link).

Wednesday April 25

TOOOL Lockpicking Workshop 12 – 4 PM, 4 – 8 PM $10 no kit, $30 includes kit
NextFab Studio – 3711 Market Street
The TOOOL Lockpick Workshop is a fun physical security demonstration and participation workshop run by The Open Organisation Of Lockpickers, a non-profit.  Learn about the history behind mechanical locks, experiment with exotic lock designs, and test your skills against your friends and others. Open for novices and experts alike.

Designing for Touch Happy Hour 5 – 7 PM FREE
1011 N. Hancock Street
The Hacktory & Bluecadet Interactive will give a behind-the-scenes look at several large-scale touch screen projects, including the software and hardware involved. This session is geared towards designers as well as anyone interested in the process and strategy that goes into creating visually rich and intuitive touch interfaces.

Thursday April 26

Tech- and Design- Themed Quizzo 6 – 9 PM FREE
The Trestle Inn – 11th and Callowhill
I-SITE and PhillyCHI are pleased to host a technology- and design-themed Quizzo. Trivia questions will be based on technology, design, architecture, art history, and other related topics. RSVP at phillychi@gmail.com.

Pystar/PhillyPUG Project Night 6 – 9 PM $TBD – open April 9
NextFab Studio – 3711 Market Street
Join fellow Pythonistas (all skill levels, beginners very welcome) to try out Python in the physical realm. We’ll be working with hardware and circuits to see how we can use the Python programming language to hack and build.

Friday April 27

Without Walls: Works from the muraLAB/Breadboard Residency 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM FREE
Esther Klein Gallery – 3600 Market Street
An exhibition featuring the work of six artists selected to the intersection of muralism and technology in a special collaboration between Breadboard, NextFab Studio, and the Mural Arts program.

HACKPhilly, A Technology-Based Art and Design Exhibition 5 – 8 PM FREE
1519 Walnut Street
An exhibition featuring technology-based projects from designers and artists working for/ with hacker spaces / maker spaces.

Low Lives 4: Networked Performance Festival 8:30 PM – 1 AM $10 General Public / $5 Artists
little berlin – 2430 Coral Street
Now entering its fourth year, Low Lives is an international festival of live performance-based works transmitted via the internet and projected in real time at multiple venues throughout the U.S. and around the world.

Saturday, April 28

Barcamp NewsInnovation/Hackathon – 9 AM – 5 PM $5, free for students
Temple University – 2020 N. 13th Street

Ruby Workshop 12 PM – 6 PM FREE
417 North 8th Street
This interactive session will teach basic principles and practices of writing software with Ruby, a newer, beginner-friendly language. You’ll work on a simple application that uses freely available civic data. By the end of the session, you’ll have the opportunity to turn your code into a living, breathing, publicly accessible web app.

Low Lives 4: Networked Performance Festival (Day 2) 3 PM – 6 PM $10 General Public / $5 Artists
little berlin – 2430 Coral Street
Now entering its fourth year, Low Lives is an international festival of live performance-based works transmitted via the internet and projected in real time at multiple venues throughout the U.S. and around the world.

HACKPhilly, A Technology-Based Art and Design Exhibition (Day 2) 5 – 8 PM FREE
1519 Walnut Street
An exhibition featuring technology-based projects from designers and artists working for/ with hacker spaces / maker spaces.

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