Philly’s tech scene: Strengths, weaknesses, and what lies ahead in 2017

    Clouds pass over the Schuylkill River and Philadelphia's skyline. Officials are considering a new plan to preserve or build 100,000 housing units over the next 10 years. (Matt Rourke/AP Photo)

    Clouds pass over the Schuylkill River and Philadelphia's skyline. Officials are considering a new plan to preserve or build 100,000 housing units over the next 10 years. (Matt Rourke/AP Photo)

    Like many cities, Philadelphia looks to its tech industry to attract investment and new workers. We’re no Silicon Valley, but Roberto Torres, lead reporter for Technical.ly Philly, sees a promising mix of large anchor institutions and nimble start-ups.

    “We have large universities and organizations, and there are many start-ups that are beginning to connect with them. Philadelphia is a very small big town, so to speak, and I think there’s a lot of connection between those two kinds of institutions.”

    When he looks ahead to the new year, Torres thinks 2017 is going to be the year of health IT. “There were very interesting initiatives both from the funding side and from start-up creation that I think are going to drive the narrative this year.”

    Roberto Torres spoke with NewsWorks Tonight host Dave Heller.

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