Philly and its tech community has had a growing presence at the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) tech, music and culture conference in Austin.
Last year, even Mayor Jim Kenney showed his support by attending the conference and later touching on how “tech has to be part of the conversation,” and that goes for many of the issues surrounding the city. Well, our mayor is now up for two possible panels for the next SXSW festival on March 9 to 18 of next year, and both talks are focused on social impact from the tech and entrepreneurship perspectives. If you want those panels to happen, you can start voting for them till Aug. 25 at the SXSW PanelPicker page here.
(For a full list of the Philly tech panels, many of them featuring social impact elements, check out this rundown from our sister site Technical.ly Philly.)
Beyond those two — one of which would be organized by the City of Philadelphia — there are many more Philly-centric panels to vote for. Some of them feature folks we know well, and a lot of them are focused on social impact.
Here are the panels we know of but with there being 4,159 panels currently up for selection, please do let us know if we missed any in the comments.
- Smart Inclusion: Equity in Smart City Initiatives. Speakers: Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Program Manager for Innovation Management (Smart City) for the City of Philadelphia Ellen Hwang and StratIS CEO Felicite Moorman.
- Coffee & College: Brewing Social Entrepreneurship. Speaker: Dalila Wilson-Scott, Sr. Vice President, Community Investment, Comcast NBCUniversal; Nick Bayer, Founder/CEO, Saxbys; John Fry, President, Drexel University; Jim Kenney, Mayor, City of Philadelphia.
- Bridging the Early Education Divide—A New Model. Speakers: Claudia Miner, Ph.D., VP of Development & UPSTART Program Director, Waterford Institute; Maureen Boggs, Early Care and Education Division Director, Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development; Jenny Bogoni, Executive Director, Read by 4th Campaign; LaTasha Hadley, Ed.D., UPSTART Program Director, Instructor, Waterford Institute, Alcorn State, Jackson State University.
- Improving Climate with SEL & Restorative Practices. Speakers: Jody Greenblatt, Deputy, School Climate and Safety, School District of Philadelphia; Tia Kim, Director of Programs, Partnerships and Research, Committee for Children; Fatima Rogers, Principal, Charles W Henry School; Keith Hickman, Director of Continuing Education, International Institute for Restorative Practices.
- Experiment & Iterate: Adult Learners & EdTech. Speakers: Jennifer Kobrin, Director, myPLACE and Digital Initiatives, Philadelphia Office of Adult Education; Vinod Lobo, CEO, Learning Upgrade; Lindsay Messoline, Curriculum Director, Cell-Ed; Rudy Rhoades, Instructional Technology Consultant, Kentucky Adult Education and Kentucky Educational Television.
- Closing the Digital Gap in Urban Districts. Speakers: Dwight Jones, Vice President for National Urban Initiatives, McGraw Hill Education; Pedro Martinez, Superintendent, San Antonio Independent School District; Bill Hite, Superintendent, The School District of Philadelphia; Michael Hinojosa, Superintendent, Dallas Independent School District.
- VR + AI + Mapping for Humanity = Tech’s Diversity. Speaker: Tracey Welson-Rossman, Founder, TechGirlz.
- NonTraditional NonProfit: A Primer for Launch. Speakers: Tracey Welson-Rossman, Founder, TechGirlz; Marlene Olshan, CEO, Vetri Community Partnership; Stanford Thompson, Founder, Play on Philly; Bruce Warren, Assistant General Manager, WXPN.
- Fostering Ecosystems Beyond Token Innovation Hubs. Speakers: Stephen Tang, President & CEO, University City Science Center; Christopher Laing, Executive Director, Capital City Innovation; Jacques Panis, President, Shinola.
- Creating Citywide STEM Ecosystems: A How-To Guide. Speaker: Sylvester Mobley, CEO, Coded by Kids.
- Women in Tech: Perceptions vs. Misconceptions. Speakers: Cathy Alper, Director, Industry Relations, CompTIA; Heather Terenzio, CEO and cofounder, Techtonic; Tracey Welson-Rossman, CMO, Chariot Solutions; Michelle Ragusa-McBain, Global Customer Partner Experience Manager, Cisco.
- Staying a Woman in Tech. Speakers: Gloria Bell, cofounder and Operations Director, The Women in Tech Summit; Tracey Welson-Rossman, Chief Marketing Officer , Chariot Solutions; Tia Whit, Sr. Technology Leader, Capital One; Jessica Sant, Sr. Director, Software Development and Engineering, Comcast.
- Empowering Girls with Tech: Breaking Barriers. Speakers: Catherine Cook Connelly, Co-founder, VP Brand Strategy, The Meet Group; Benjamin Matthew, Student, Student; Yasmine Mustafa, CEO, ROAR for Good; Kate Brodock, CEO, Women 2.0
- Using Soccer to Tackle Community Challenges. Speakers: Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO, U.S. Soccer Foundation; Mayor Michael D. Tubbs, Mayor, City of Stockton; Kathryn Ott Lovell, Commissioner, City of Philadelphia, Parks & Recreation; Niels Rossow, General Manager Key Cities – New York, Adidas
- Suicide Prevention App. Speakers: Christopher Munch, Founder, ISD Innovations, Inc.; Polly College, PhD Candidate, Drexel University.
- Using Technology to Improve Emergency Response. Speaker: Marion Leary, Director of Innovation Research, Center for Resuscitation Science, University of Pennsylvania.
- The Fresh Prince of Basra: Peace & Civic Tech. Speakers: Tim Receveur, Director, PeaceTech Exchanges, PeaceTech Lab; Kara Andrade, Researcher, journalist and teacher, HablaCentro Informatics NFP; Mira Olson, Associate Professor of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, Drexel University.
- Modernizing Learning Using Experiential Education. Speakers: Jennifer Stanford, Assistant Professor of Biology/Co-Director of CASTLE, Drexel University; Adam Fontecchio, Director, CASTLE; David Delaine, Assistant Professor, Dept of Engineering Education, Ohio State University; Jennifer DeBoer, Assistant Professor, Engineering Education, Purdue University.
- IoT’s Place In Smart Cities. Speakers: Felicite Moorman, CEO, StratIS; Tommy Deserti, Business Development Manager, Nest; Christopher Deschamp, Director Customer Solutions Development, Vectren.
- Inclusion + Tech: How To Get It Right. Speakers: Maria Arias, Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, Comcast; Eileen Carey, CEO and founder, Glassbreakers; Maxwell Wessel, General Manager, SAP.io; Yasmine Mustafa, CEO, ROAR for Good.
- How Welcoming Immigrants Makes America Great Again. Speaker: Herman Nyamunga, Director of Entrepreneurial Services, Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians.
- Valley Exodus! Talent’s Migration to New Tech Hubs. Speakers: Danielle Cohn, Executive Director, Entrepreneurial Engagement, Comcast NBCUniversal; Allison Scott, PhD, Chief Research Officer, Kapor Center for Social Impact; Erik Mitisek, CIO, State of Colorado; Paul Wolfe, SVP and Head of Human Resources, Indeed.
- Digital Inclusion in Schools: Partnership & Policy. Speakers: Miriam Greenberg, Director of Education and Communications, Center for Education Policy Research, Harvard University; Matt Taylor, Director of Data and Analytics, Fortune Schools; Kate Allison, Senior Researcher, Internet Essentials from Comcast.
- How Home Internet Affects Educational Outcomes. Speakers: David Urbanowicz, Director, Program Strategy & Field Operations, Comcast. Matt Taylor, Director of Data and Analytics, Fortune School of Education; Tonya Wolford, Chief for District Evaluation, Research and Accountability, School District of Philadelphia.
- Internet, Education, and Overlooked Populations. Speakers: Karima Zedan, Vice President, Digital Inclusion and Internet Essentials, Comcast. Tom Kamber, Executive Director, Older Adults Technology Services, OATS; Janeen Comenote, Executive Director, National Urban Indian Family Coalition; Kimberly Jones, Vice President, Public Policy and Communications, Council for Opportunity in Education.
- Unique Veteran Employment Strategies. Speakers: David Gaulin, Director, Military and Veteran Affairs, Comcast NBCUniversal; Felipe Buzaid, Veteran Engagement and Recruiting Program Manager, Facebook; Daniel Savage, Head of Veterans Program, LinkedIn; Raphael Hernandez, Senior Military Program Leader, Amazon.
- Redefining the American Veteran. Speakers: Carol Eggert, Senior Vice President, Military Affairs, Comcast NBCUniversal; Patrick Murphy, CEO, Taking The Hill LLC; Vincent Viola, Owner, Florida Panthers/Sunrise Sports and Entertainment; Florent Groberg, Director of Veterans Outreach, Boeing
- Return on Inclusion: Investing in Diverse Startups. Speakers: Kai Bond, Investor, Comcast Ventures Catalyst Fund; Sutian Dong, Partner, Female Founders Fund; Charles Hudson, Managing Partner, Precursor Ventures; Arlan Hamilton, Founder & Managing Partner, Backstage Capital.
- From Service to Solutions: The Multiplying Effect. Speakers: Mubarak Lawrence, Cofounder and President, Rising Sons and Ones Up; Emily Cherniak, Founder, Executive Director, New Politics; Jessica Clancy, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Comcast NBCUniversal; Alex Peay, Founder and President, Ones Up and Rising Sons.
- Bridging America’s New Digital Divide. Speakers: Tony Williams, Sr. Director, Government Affairs, Comcast NBCUniversal; Fabian Elliott, CEO, Black Tech Mecca; Kathryn Finney, Founder and Managing Director, digitalundivided; Michelle Brown, Founder, CommonLit.
Albert Hong is Generocity’s contributing reporter. He started hanging around the Technically Media office as a summer intern for Technical.ly and eventually made his way to freelancing for both news sites. While technology and video games are two of his main interests, he’s grown to love Philadelphia as a city and is always excited to hear someone else’s story.