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Frequently Asked Questions

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How can I sponsor Philly Tech Week?

Have a question about sponsorship? Contact Technical.ly’s Sales Team.

I have an awesome idea for an event as a part of Philly Tech Week - how do I make it happen?

Thoroughly review the PTW17 Event Organizer Rules and Guidelines for everything you need to know regarding becoming a community event organizer. Ready to submit your event proposal? Click here to submit your event timing. Final event deadline is Friday, March 30 (space permitting).

I want to speak at Philly Tech Week, how do I submit my talk?

Fill out this brief Speaker Interest Form.

I’m interested in showing off or demoing my app, company, game or startup during Philly Tech Week, where do I apply?

Fill out this brief Demo Interest Form.

I want to volunteer during Philly Tech Week, how can I help?

Please sign up to be a volunteer here. We’ll get in touch as the week gets closer with volunteer opportunities. Thanks!

General FAQ

Tell me about last year’s event, Philly Tech Week 2017!
  • 10 days length
  • 100 events on a curated calendar
  • 160+ partners and sponsors
  • 15,000 attendees
  • tons of media hits
  • Too many good connections to document
What about qualitative impact?

In its seven years of running, Philly Tech Week has seen the launch of important initiatives and startups, like Open Data Philly, an open data portal dedicated to the city. In 2012, the Mayor announced an Executive Order mandating the use of open data across city agencies. The week has three times been officially supported by City Council, and has been written about in more than 200 published articles. In 2014, the Commit Pledge of Service launched, which was a year-long volunteer drive to connect the local innovation community to nonprofits that provide technology-related services. In 2015, the Philly Tech Week Mayoral Forum showcased the mayoral candidates in a technology light. It was a perfect stage for tech plans from Philadelphia’s recently inaugurated Mayor, Jim Kenney.

Who’s in charge of PTW?

Technical.ly Philly, a news site that covers technology, startups and venture capital in Philadelphia.

What are tracks?

In short, they’re topic areas to help differentiate programming. The seven tracks, or subject matter areas, are:

  • CREATIVE - Where art and technology collide. Think: Video games, digital art, community initiatives.
  • ACCESS - Discussing diversity and education issues that affect everyday citizens. Think: digital divide, digital education.
  • CIVIC - The impact of technology on government and civil society. Think: digital media, civic hacking, Open Data.
  • DEV - Where programmers, designers, developers and project managers come together. Think: coding, front and back-end development, and more.
  • BUSINESS - The startup and business community conversation. Think: Venture capital, startups, bootstrapping, entrepreneur stories.
  • MEDIA - The strategy around technology coverage & promotion. Think: content marketing, digital marketing strategy, social networks.
  • SCIENCES - Where leaders in healthcare, the sciences, economic development, public health and academia come together. Think: commercialized technology, creating connectivity, influencing policy.

Have another question about Conference Days? Contact Technical.ly’s events team.

Will Technical.ly Philly lead reporter, Roberto Torres, be there?

He will definitely be at many events throughout the week!

Why is Technical.ly Philly organizing this event?

We are committed to helping to increase Philadelphia’s impact regionally and nationally and to increase the reach and relevance of Philadelphia’s technology community.

Where can I pick up the official program for the week?

We’ll let you know ASAP!

I see an event in the printed program that I can’t find online - help!

Be sure to do a thorough check of all of the events on the calendar. There are a massive amount of partners involved in making PTW happen; some of those partners submitted changes beyond the print deadline (including date & time changes). The most up-to-date changes will be reflected on this site.

Does Technical.ly Philly make money from PTW?

Philly Tech Week is part of many efforts by Technical.ly Philly to help fund operations. Philly Tech Week currently helps the company support 23 full-time employees in the Philadelphia region dedicated to reporting on the community and growing an impactful Week.

I see a bug on the site. Who should I contact?

Please send a detailed description to us.

Code of Conduct

We value the participation of each member of the Philly Tech Week community and want all attendees to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Accordingly, all attendees are expected to show respect and courtesy to other attendees throughout the conference and at all conference events, whether officially organized by Philly Tech Week or not. To make clear what is expected, all delegates/attendees, speakers, exhibitors, organizers and volunteers at any Philly Tech Week event are required to conform to the following Code of Conduct.

The Short Version

Philly Tech Week is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form.

All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks.

Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees. Behave professionally. Remember that harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary jokes are not appropriate for Philly Tech Week. Attendees violating these rules may be asked to leave events without a refund at the sole discretion of the conference organizers.

Thank you for helping make this a welcoming, friendly event for all.

The Long Version

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Be careful in the words that you choose. Remember that sexist, racist, and other exclusionary jokes can be offensive to those around you. Excessive swearing and offensive jokes are not appropriate for Philly Tech Week.

If a participant engages in behavior that violates this code of conduct, the event organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from an event with no refund.

License

This Code of Conduct was forked from PyCon’s Code of Conduct Policy, which is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

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