Philly Tech Week Events

There are several events during Philly Tech Week from April 28th thru May 5th. Below are three different events:  

  1. Presented by Comcast NBCUniversal
  2. Presented by Delphic Digital
  3. Present by Greg Ippolito, president and creative director at IMA

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The annual series of events serves as an open house for Philadelphia’s burgeoning innovation community through conferences, games and demonstrations.


Philly Tech Week 2017 presented by Comcast NBCUniversal, which is the seventh annual, will run from Friday, April 28 through Saturday, May 6, 2017.

The event series is slated to bring a spirited energy to the city with more than 20,000 attendees, 100 curated events and 50 partners. Philly Tech Week is a community effort, led by local tech news network works to grow local technology communities by connecting organizations and people through news and events. Additionally, by providing expert programming and tools which improve recruitment, marketing, community cultivation and economic development, has been a driving force in building the narrative of Philadelphia’s bustling technology scene.

“Philly Tech Week’ is an annual chance for you to discover what’s happening year-round here in entrepreneurship and technology,” said Christopher Wink, the Editorial Director and cofounder of, which produces Philly Tech Week. In addition to Business Director and cofounder Brian James Kirk, #PTW17 is led by a team of 20 and dozens of volunteers. “Our goal is to bring together the broadest cross-section of local leaders and bring new faces to the conversation.”

The independently produced #PTW17 events are categorized into seven tracks including Access, Business, Civic, Creative, Media, Dev (short for web and product development) and introducing a new track this year, Sciences, which recognizes Philadelphia’s specialty there.

More than 50 organizations participate with their own independently-organized events on the community calendar, including panels, parties and conferences with influential speakers, including a selection of anchor programming hosted by

Notable speakers include representatives of tech icons like Facebook, Google and Pinterest, global brands like Comcast NBCUniversal, JP Morgan Chase, Urban Outfitters, Wawa and QVC and homegrown companies, startups and groups, like Startup PHL, Philly Startup Leaders and Coded by Kids.

Last year was the second Philly Tech Week produced in partnership with title sponsor Comcast NBCUniversal, which is headquartered in Philadelphia and is currently expanding its vertical campus in Center City and building what is expected to be the tallest building in the U.S. outside of New York and Chicago. Planned to open in early 2018, the Comcast Technology Center will be filled with thousands of employees and will be the dedicated home of Comcast’s growing workforce of technologists, engineers, software architects and others who take part in the city’s tech community.

“Comcast is proud to call Philadelphia home and to once again sponsor Philly Tech Week,” said Sam Schwartz, Chief Business Development Officer for Comcast Cable. “We are committed to supporting the  technology ecosystem through partnerships like this and through the launch of Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs for Entrepreneurs in Philadelphia, which will provide even greater resources to our community.”

For a complete calendar of events visit Visit on social media at @PhillyTechWeek and, hashtag #PTW17.


Highlighted events during the week include:

  • Innovation Crawl (Fri. April 28, 2017) — This deconstructed kickoff will give you the chance to visit the a dozen popular tech startups and innovative spaces in one night. See all the Innovation that Philadelphia’s tech scene has to offer. One stop at a time. This is organized by

  • Mayoral Tech Town Hall (Mon. May 1, 2017) — Be a fly on the wall as’s editorial team engages in a conversation with Mayor Jim Kenney highlighting the pulse of Philly’s tech work force. Then dive into a cross-market panel conversation weighing in on tech’s impact on economic development. This is organized by

  • Future of Health Sciences (Tues. May 2, 2017) — Two sciences experiences that aim to highlight the strengths in Philadelphia’s different health sciences sectors while peeking into the future of healthcare tech. This is organized by

  • Media Conference (Weds. May 3, 2017) — A day-long conference on trends in marketing, messaging and storytelling geared toward professionals. Explore trends in the digital space with The Future of Digital Marketing. This is organized by

  • Dev Conference (Thurs. May 4) — A full-day of tactical classes and talks on trends in software development for all skill levels. This is organized by

  • #FailFest (Fri. May 5, 2017) — Part of a day of programming for entrepreneurs, this evening storytelling event features founders and business leaders sharing lessons from mistakes they’ve made. This is organized by

  • Philly Tech Week Signature Event (Fri. May 5, 2017) — The largest ticketed tech, entrepreneurship and innovation event of the year will feature 1,500 community members networking, eating, drinking and downright playing at the Pennovation Center. This is organized by


Event 2


The Digital Rebellion Needs You.

Delphic Digital invites you to join us on Thursday, May 4th (6-8pm) as we celebrate Philly Tech Week presented by Comcast with a journey into how the Delphic marketing team pairs modern analytics and careful user-centered design to create testing strategies that you can use to improve engagement with your desired audience.

As Yoda once said, “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” With our combined strength, we can end disruptive user journeys and bring optimal digital experiences to the galaxy. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Event 3

The Dark Side of Technology

Greg Ippolito, president and creative director at the digital marketing agency IMA, will be presenting a seminar titled “The Dark Side of Technology” as part of Philly Tech Week 2017. The event will take place at MakeOffices, 2001 Market Street, #2500, Philadelphia, PA 19103, on May 4, 2017, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.


Philly Tech Week, now in its seventh year, is described as “a week-long celebration of technology and innovation.” Yet Ippolito felt the need to provide a counterweight to the festivities.


“We don’t want to ruin the party,” says Ippolito. “But it’s important that, as citizens and human beings, we take a moment to examine the broader picture. Consumer technologies have weaved their way into the fabric of our existence, and have brought with them some frightening side-effects. Graduation rates are down, instances of depression and anxiety are up, and social unrest is growing to degree we haven’t seen since the 1960s. Something is going on here.”


During this seminar, Ippolito will explore key questions including:

  • As a culture, are we too accepting/trusting of new technologies?
  • Has the expansion of tech unintentionally limited our freedom and happiness?
  • As a rule, are new technologies benevolent, malevolent, or indifferent?
  • How much does profit-motive affect what kinds of new technologies are created?


Dock Street Spirits will co-sponsor the event, providing attendees with complimentary Vicio artisanal mezcal and custom-brewed beers (to be selected).


To learn more about the event and register, please visit the Philly Tech Week event page: