Geeks ahoy! Tech week begins in Philly

Beer lovers in Philadelphia get to celebrate the sudsy stuff, and now the city’s geeks have a week of their own.  Starting on Monday, the first Philly Tech Week begins its celebration of technology and innovation in Philadelphia.

Self-described geek Christopher Wink helped organize Philly Tech Week.

“There are a lot of events that are very, very technology driven: like a start-up demo event which is very oriented toward entrepreneurs, or events on the future of databasing and things like that,” said Wink.

If your eyes glaze over at terms like “augmented reality,’ ‘cloud computing,’ and ‘network science,’ not to worry, says Wink, who helps write the Technically Philly blog. He says Tech Week has something of interest for anyone who wants to see Philadelphia grow and prosper.

“This is how we’re going to make government more transparent and efficient, this is how we’re going to create jobs that are both high-paying, scalable, and education oriented,” he said.  “So if you’re interested in the growth of Philadelphia, you really should be paying attention to what the technology community in Philadelphia is trying to build.”

Wink said Philly Tech Week offers plenty of events for the non-geek.  At one, participants will discuss how to compensate employees – in a tough economy – by leveraging technology, at another, students will talk robotics, and if that’s still not fun enough, there’s always the Office Space Printer Smash, where printers will be well, smashed, to creatively dis-assemble them for recycling.

WHYY is one of the host sites for Philly Tech Week events. A lunchtime brown bag event will be held here each day.

For a full list of events: http://phillytechweek.com

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