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Philadelphia: A Civic Fusion Reactor, presented by OpenAccessPHL

Monday, April 7

OpenAccessPHL is a network of civic-minded, passionate, engaged and active Philadelphians working at the intersection of technology, entrepreneurship, and innovation.


  • Mayor Michael A. Nutter (invited)
  • Donna Harris - angel investor and the co-founder of 1776
  • Darlene Cavalier - founder of SciStarter & Science Cheerleader
  • Desiree Peterkin Bell - Director of Communications & Strategic Partnerships and City Representative for the City of Philadelphia
  • John Grady - President of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation

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  • Darlene Cavalier

    Darlene Cavalier

    Darlene Cavalier is an advocate for science literacy, a writer, and an entrepreneur. She is the founder of Science Cheerleader, a blog that promotes science in popular culture and plays on her former position as a cheerleader for the Philadelphia 76ers basketball team. She is also the co-founder of Science for Citizens, an online portal that aggregates Citizen science projects and enlists the help of volunteers to work on the projects.

  • Donna Harris

    Donna Harris

    Donna Harris is an active angel investor and a founding member of the K Street Capital angel network in Washington D.C. She also is co-founder of 1776, which convenes and accelerates startups from around the world by connecting them to the political, intellectual, social and financial leaders in Washington.