Drexel Leads Charge for Digital Inclusion at Philly Tech Week

Drexel University will take part in Philly Tech Week’s annual celebration of innovation and technology from April 23-28. The week of events, exhibitions, panels and celebrations brings technologists, entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, educators, and enthusiasts together for a week of tech-related exhibits, demonstrations, discussions and gatherings throughout the city.

Drexel students, faculty and professional staff will take part in events each day during the week highlighting the work of its signature initiative

Drexel students, faculty and professional staff will take part in events each day during the week highlighting the work of its signature initiative

Tuesday, April 24

The intersection of print and digital literacy (6:30-8 p.m. - Municipal Services Building, 1401 J.F.K. Blvd., 16th Floor, Room Y) presentation and panel discussion will explore how technology-based programs can support the learning needs of nearly 550,000 adult Philadelphians who are unable to meet the requirements for entry into postsecondary training or familysustaining jobs. Representatives from the MayorThe Philadelphia Inquirer

Wednesday, April 25

Women and Minorities in Technology (3:30-5 p.m. - Drexel University, Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building, 3245 Chestnut St., Room 120) centers around women and minority technology entrepreneurs, who will share their personal and professional stories, revelations and inspirations from the technology industry. Panelists are from the Philadelphia Office of Economic Opportunity, Wilco Electronic Systems, Inc., Empire Builders Group and CEOs from Purple Cloud Technologies Connexus Technology Laurence A. Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship.

Thursday, April 26

Broadband for Small Business/Non-Profits (2 p.m. - Philadelphia OIC, 1231 N. Broad St.) Visitors to this panel can get expert advice on growing their organization with online tools from executives from Entrepreneur Works and SCORE Philadelphia. The discussion will be moderated by Peter Key of The Philadelphia Business Journal.

Community Media and Technology: Tools For Social Change (6-7:30 p.m. - Philadelphia FIGHT & Critical Path Project, 1233 Locust Street, 5th Floor) In this workshop, visitors will learn about how technology has been used in social movements and how new technologies could help influence change in the future. Rutgers professor Todd Wolfson will moderate a group of experts from Bryn Mawr College, the Media Mobilizing Project and the Center for Digital Inclusion and Technology at People

Friday, April 27

KEYSPOT Solutions Sessions (1-4 p.m. - Drexel University Bossone Research Center, Market Street between 31st and 32nd, 3rd Floor Atrium) A panel discussion comprised of journalists, investors, educators and technology experts, including Drexel College of Engineering Associate Dean Kapil Dandekar, will work, with the input of attendees, to develop a pledge or mandate for substantiating public policy to support the ongoing work of initiatives like KEYSPOT.

Saturday, April 28

Tech Serve Genius Bar (1-3 p.m. - Drexel University Race Street Residence Hall at 33rd & Race Streets, Learning Terrace) Community members can bring their computer, smartphone, media player and other technology questions to a software and hardware related issues free of charge as part of the Drexel Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Centertechserv@drexel.edu for more information about the

On-Site contacts:

Joanne Ferroni, director of university and community partnerships, Office of the President

610-563-4834 (cell), jmh49@drexel.edu

Marlon Millner, public awareness manager, KEYSPOT: Powered by the Freedom Rings Partnership

215-571-4279 (office), 267-844-0420 (cell), marlon.millner@drexel.edu