Philly Tech Week 2013
Philly Startup Weekend was the closing bookend to a full slate of Philly Tech Week events. The 54-hour frenzy put 17 tech-related business ideas through their paces.
When it was all said and done Sunday night, one idea had prevailed: An app that uses the GPS in your smartphone to track and quantify a ski run.
Get as many players in the region's entrepreneurial ecosystem as possible; stick them in a room at the Navy Yard; have them throw out ideas.
That was the plan at a Philly Tech Week event Friday afternoon, which featured about a dozen "lightning talks" from a who's who of Philly-area investors and entrepreneurs.
The question was this: "How do we strengthen entrepreneurship in the Philadelphia region?"
From humble roots in Philadelphia, a New York eyewear company is quickly disrupting its industry.
Friday morning, as part of Philly Tech Week, Warby Parker co-founder and co-CEO Neil Blumenthal was back in Philly to share some secrets about the company's rapid ascent.
Pong on the 29-story Cira Centre was the headliner Monday night, but this demo of Tetris from last night looks pretty rad.
Can Philadelphia become the hub for companies in the business of doing good? That was the question at a Philly Tech Week event at the University City Science Center Wednesday afternoon.
Garrett Melby is one of the founders of GoodCompany Ventures. The local firm offers an accelerator program to help mission-oriented businesses have the most impact.
NextFab Studio in South Philadelphia hosted “Product Prototyping in 60 Minutes” for 30 engineers, entrepreneurs and artists interested in creating products using the advanced technology available at the studio.
NextFab staffers presented participants with the prototyping steps by using a digital house number design, then demonstrated how the product was constructed using the studio’s equipment — including various software programs, a wood-carving ShopBot, a stone-cutting Waterjet machine and the Arduino microcontroller.
It's Wednesday morning and Sean McGinnis is holding a giant orange orb.
"Let's go walk the balloon," says the IT specialist from New Jersey's Office of GIS.