April 30, 2013 | Onward

Ski app 'Slopes' wins Philly Startup Weekend — but that's not the point

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.

April 27, 2013 | Onward

Philly Tech Week panel: How do we strengthen our startup scene?

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?"

April 26, 2013 | Onward

Why red-hot Warby Parker left Philly and headed to NYC

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.

April 25, 2013 | Onward

Move over, Pong. Watch this Vine of Tetris on the Cira Centre

Pong on the 29-story Cira Centre was the headliner Monday night, but this demo of Tetris from last night looks pretty rad.

April 24, 2013 | Onward

Philly Tech Week panel asks: Can city become national hub for social entrepreneurship?

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.

April 24, 2013 | Onward

NextFab Studio hosts prototyping how-to during Philly Tech Week [video]

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.

April 24, 2013 | Onward

Balloon mapping workshop brings 'nerdy enthusiasm' to Philly Tech Week

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.

April 22, 2013 | Onward Blog

Initiative to battle dearth of at-home Internet access launches in Philadelphia

Philly Tech Week kicked off in earnest on Monday. However, as the celebration of all things tech begins, 41 percent of Philadelphians don't have Internet access at home.

April 22, 2013 | Onward Blog

At Philly Robotics Expo, students inspire students to think STEM [photos]

A frisbee-launching robot. Things that fly. Gizmos made from motorized Legos.

Those were a few of the many robotic delights on display at the Philly Robotics Expo Monday. The Philly Tech Week event brought some 750 Philadelphia area students, ranging from second graders to high schoolers, to Drexel's Bossone Research Center.

And, oh yeah: The event itself was organized by high schoolers.

April 22, 2013

Watch Philly Tech Week's giant game of Pong

For a few hours Friday night, the Cira Centre was transformed into a massive homage to the video game that started it all.

April 19, 2013 | Onward Blog

Here comes Philly Tech Week [podcast]

Get ready for a bonanza of tech-related public events. The third annual Philly Tech Week kicks off tonight with an awe-inducing public art display.

We sat down with Christopher Wink, the co-founder of Technically Media and the organizer of Philly Tech Week, to get a sense of what to expect.

April 3, 2013 | Onward Blog

For Philly Tech Week, play Pong on the Cira Centre [video]

Ever wanted to play Pong on a 400-foot-tall screen? Starting April 19 you can.

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