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How to Get the Most Social Impact Out of #PTW2015

Here's our picks for #socialimpact focused events at Philly Tech Week this year!

April 17 TechniCulture

Chemical Heritage Foundation Philadelphia is rapidly becoming known for its dynamic tech industry and rich arts community. What happens when those two get together? This event will include a series of TED-like presentations highlighting some of the most interesting tech projects happening in the arts.

April 17-19: evoHaX - Hack to Change Lives!

evoHaX will bring together students from various universities around Philadelphia to develop web accessibility solutions in a 24 hour long Hackathon. This event focuses on creating awareness about web accessibility among student developers, and tackling the challenges people with disabilities face accessing information on the web. Subject matter experts will be present at the event to share their knowledge and experiences. The event will help build a collaborative environment where student developers can showcase their skills by creating apps, plugins and products that will improve lives and make a real difference.

April 18: 4th Annual Philly Women In Tech Summit

The Philly Women in Tech Summit is an annual event that inspires, educates and connects women in the technology industr. The goal is to support the community of women currently in working in technology and to help pave the way for adolescent girls who want to enter the industry. All proceeds from the Summit will go to Techgirlz.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to getting middle school-aged girls interested in technology. While the event is currently sold out, should tickets become available, waitlisted registrants will be notified via email and given a limited period of time to purchase a ticket at the regular attendee price before that ticket is released to the next person on the waitlist.

April 18: Pyramid STEM Showcase

There are so many organizations that have Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)-related programs, products, services, classes or careers that we all need to know about, and the purpose is to get the word out about these programs and services -- not just on paper, but with hands-on displays that excite and peak the interest. The showcase will: have touch and feel exposure to science and technologies exhibits, information sessions, African American inventors and history exhibits, a recurring Hour of Code in the computer lab, and more.

April 18: Computer Donation Drive At NTR

NTR accepts donated computers from organizations and individuals, which are then refurbished in our Brandywine Street 'factory'. All personal or corporate computer donations will help fuel NTR's programs and increase technology access in low-wealth Philadelphia communities. NTR sells some of these computers for as low as $75 to all of Philadelphia in their Computer Thrift Store, and several of NTR’s programs provide no-cost computers and training to low-wealth individuals through partnerships with schools, service agencies, faith-based organizations, and after-school programs.

April 18: The Rad Awards

The first annual Rad Awards is a celebration hosted by Rad-Girls.com honoring women who inspire others in the fields of technology, media, culture and business. Rad Girls is a digital platform for spirited females who are constantly achieving, innovating, and inspiring. It is an ongoing conversation between empowered women.

April 19: Youth Entrepreneurship Competition

Meet 75 high school entrepreneurs from the Philadelphia area. At the event, the youth will pitch their businesses and compete for prizes, sales and bragging rights. The event include an interactive expo where students will demonstrate their products and services.

April 19: Open House and Demo at NextFab

Visit NextFab for an extended tour and demonstration of the modern fabrication capabilities available to NextFab members. The laser department, electronics department, woodshop and others will have demos ready to show visitors what can be made with access to these machines, education on how to use them, and a touch of creativity.

April 20 -- OpenAccessPHL - PhillyTechWeek Edition

Speaker lineup: Nigel Jacob, Co-Director/Founder - Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics Boston Archna Sahay - Manager, Entrepreneurial Investment City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce Story Bellows - Co-Director/Founder - Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics Philadelphia Other speakers TBD After the OAP convening, join us at an OAP co-sponsored event at the Free Library.

April 20 -- Philly Tech Week Mayoral Forum

On Tues. May 19, the Philadelphia Democratic Mayoral Primary may likely determine who will be the executive leader and public face for one of the country's largest cities for the next four or even eight years. During the Nutter administration, there was an explosion of technology, entrepreneurship and new innovative thinking in the public, private and nonprofit spaces of the city.

April 20: Women in Tech Leadership

At this panel discussion on women's leadership in the tech world, participants will enjoy an engaging and energetic conversation led by radio show host, author and entrepreneur, Franne McNeal, as she introduces us to four senior leaders in the Philadelphia region.

April 21: #Opengov hackathon

Join the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA) for a fun, creative and competitive environment to develop and create the best piece(s) of media you can that increases or improves transparency in government.

April 21: Elements of a Successful Nonprofit Website

Join Philly NetSquared for a whirlwind overview of what you need to consider to further your mission and build an effective web presence on a budget. Get the basics on content, design, functionality, and administrative issues, and then come back for more - this is a kick-off event for a series of monthly in-depth talks on each of these subject areas.

April 22 - Her Ideas, Her PHL By Social Chang(Her)

Social Chang(her) Presents #HerIdeas, #HerPHL! Share your stories, experiences, and ideas for Philadelphia. Her Ideas, Her PHL creates space to amplify the voices of women using a digital platform and hashtags for hyperlocal civic engagement. Social Changher is a digital storytelling venture for women and girls.

April 22 - Philly Tech Week - Sustainable Scavenger Hunt

Think you have what it takes to survive the startup lifestyle? This Earth Day scavenger hunt will challenge you to see if you can survive in a sustainable tech startup. Download MilkCrate's brand-new version and subscribe to Green Philly Blog's newsletter - you'll get the clues via email and by way of their respective blogs on Earth Day.

April 23 --Speed Mentoring with #techInColor

This event will help you connect with experts in the technology field where you can quickly pick up a new skill, a solution to a nagging problem, or ask for advice on just about anything.

April 23: Digital Projects for Arts and Culture

Are you getting started with a website redesign, mobile app, or new interactive exhibit? Or are you hoping to start a digital project in the future? Join Interactive Mechanics' Creative Lead Mike Tedeschi and Content and Interpretive Strategist Stacey Mann for a Philly Tech Week lunch and learn to increase your understanding of digital projects in the arts and culture sector.

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April 23: Philly KEYSPOT: Digital Divide Hacks

Philly KEYSPOT is a network of 51 city-funded, public computing centers in low-income areas of Philadelphia, and a key city strategy for digital inclusion. Each day, in neighborhoods from Point Breeze to Kensington, KEYSPOTs serve a diverse client-base including people experiencing homelessness, formerly incarcerated individuals, and the chronically unemployed. This event will be an opportunity to gain a real and on-the-ground perspective of the challenges faced by these individuals, as well as stories of empowerment and long-term success. KEYSPOT users and site coordinators will share struggles and issues related to technology, and participants will work in small groups to come up with smart ideas for technology-based solutions.