WITS inspires, educates and connects women in the technology industry. Whether you work on the technical or business side of technology or somewhere in between, WITS has something for you. Join us for a unique combination of hands-on workshops; talks on trends in technology; information and discussions about careers in tech and how to pursue them; and connection and networking opportunities with other women in various aspects and careers in technology.
All profits generated from each event support the non-profit, TechGirlz.org, and its ongoing mission to inspire middle school girls to explore the possibilities of technology to empower their future careers.
Will discuss how you can quickly launch a professional looking website for under $150. Discussion will consist of best practices and a few inexpensive template options like Wix, Squarespace and WordPress.
In this highly interactive workshop, you will have an opportunity to learn about and experience today’s leading Virtual Reality (Oculus Riff and HTC Vive), Augmented Reality, and Mixed Reality (Microsoft HoloLens) technologies. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of each, as well as potential use-cases that can achieve real business results.
Using a real-life case study, we will break down the process of designing for virtual reality, from analysis through implementation. We’ll cover:
- How to identify if VR is the right learning solution
- Instructional design strategies for virtual environments
- Storyboarding for VR
- UI/UX design and how to create an inspiring experience
In this one-day marathon of creative problem solving, participants will join Occupational Therapists, Adaptive Tech Professionals, and technical experts to help solve real-world problems encountered by disabled residents of Inglis House.
No experience is necessary; you need only bring your creativity and can-do attitude. If you have experience with coding, fabrication, or accessibility design, that’s a huge bonus, and we need your help!
Come prepared for a full day of challenging fun and prototyping! NextFab is a workshop, so appropriate attire is required – long pants and closed-toe shoes. We will provide basic instruction on use safe use of the tools, and hands-on technical help from engineers, expert fabricators, and adaptive tech professionals. This event is open to the public, aged 18+.
The PhillyForce Conference is our premier event of the year, showcasing the power and potential of the Salesforce platform and community. Join us for a day full of fascinating presentations and speakers, free breakfast and lunch and a networking Happy Hour, all at World Cafe Live. Exclusive conference bags, Salesforce swag, networking, and more are also included! There is no cost to attend this great event!
❖ Sarah Franklin, EVP Developer Relations & GM Trailhead
❖ Andrew Fawcett, VP Product Management, Platform, Salesforce
❖ Michael Smith, Senior Member of Technical Staff, Salesforce.org
❖ Svatka Simpson, Director of Architecture, Appirio
❖ David Reed, Senior Salesforce Developer, Radian Guaranty Inc.
Financial Technology (Fintech) is a steadily growing industry in Philadelphia, and it is having a major impact on the city. But what exactly defines Fintech? Why is it growing here?
This year, for the first time during Tech Week, four industry leaders will share their perspectives about the budding Fintech industry, how it is disrupting markets, and offering guidance for others. Panelists include: Adam Holt, Founder & CEO, Asset-Map; Amanda Levinson, co-founder and COO, NeedsList; Michael Carter, CEO, BizEquity; Emeka Oguh, CEO, PeopleJoy Inc.
JOIN US FOR A #CREATIVEJAM
Please join us for a Creative Jam, an inspiring two-part design experience that demonstrates and celebrates creativity.
The Adobe Creative Cloud team will host the Creative Jam presentations. This one-hour design showcase highlights the work of 3 local creative leaders.
At the same time, in the next room, student design teams will be competing in the Creative Jam tournament, a 3-hour design charrette showdown. This event will have two categories: UX/UI Design and Social Campaign. Once the Creative Jam presentations wrap, tournament participants will take the stage to share their creations with you. As part of the audience, you’ll vote on each submission and select the People’s Choice winner. There will also be Grand Prize winners decided by a group of Judges!
Event will be held in Mitten Hall on Temple University campus.
Doors open. Settle in, and meet your fellow creative community. Free soda and food available.
The tournament will be in full swing—pop your head in and see how it’s developing.
Creative Jam Talks begin. Sit back as local creative leaders walk you through their personal creative process.
Creative Jam tournament competitors share their solutions, inspired by a theme announced just 3-hours before. Audience and Judges vote. Awards follow.
Everyone socializes and gets to meet the teams.
Join eCity Interactive’s Managing Director of Strategy Louis Miller as he walks you through how your organization can build a digital content strategy that generates a steady stream of well-qualified leads. All you need to bring with you is a healthy curiosity about how your organization can better serve its users online, and we’ll provide the rest. Yes, that means beer and snacks are on us.
The workshop will last approximately 90 minutes and involve group exercises in which participants work to identify user challenges and personas. As an attendee, you will walk away from this event with a solid understanding of how content strategy can improve your website’s user experience, and the skills necessary to put it into practice.
In this workshop, you will learn:
- The importance of having a content strategy
- Elements of an effective content strategy
- How to create targeted user personas
- Alignment and socialization techniques to get your team onboard
We are seeing growing threats and attacks in regard to cybersecurity – against government, schools, industry, critical infrastructure. The number of security incidents climbs each year, along with the cost to respond and remediate these incidents. Is there sufficient awareness of the problem – do we have sufficient cyberliteracy? Are we making enough progress? Is there enough talent in the pipeline to keep our region safe?
The panelists for our discussion include:
- Tom Schiavinato, Director of Network and Security Operations at Comcast
- Donna Ross, CISO at Radian
- Thomas Heverin, PGFM Solutions
- Colbert Zhu from the Drexel CyberDragons
Join Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld LLC (RCCB) and Drexel Ventures for Hot Topics in Tech: Blockchain, IoT, AI & AR/VR! This can’t-miss panel will help you navigate how hot topic tech trends become realities.
It kicks off with a panel discussion with many of the region’s technology leaders moderated by RCCB attorney Ian Polonsky of the firm’s tech law group. Panelists include: Bryan Witkowski, Head of Products for Comcast’s MachineQ *Ed Zabar, CEO, Verif-y * Doug Park, Securities and ICO Attorney * Thomas DeChiaro, CIO, Drexel University *Joe Reilly, CEO, eNable Games * Dr. Jichen Zhu, Associate Professor of Digital Media and Computer Science, Drexel University.
We will then break into small groups for more in-depth conversations with each panelist, followed by cocktails and networking. Philadelphia is a special place for tech entrepreneurship. We hope you will join us – learn about tech, give some good advice, get even better advice, meet new friends and catch up with colleagues. Space is limited.