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Exploring Civic Volunteering with Technology: Kickoff for Commit Service Pledge

Thursday, April 10

We'll kick-off Commit (, our year-long technology service pledge at this morning event. Learn how to get more involved in the civic innovation community at this Q&A.

8:00 - 8:30 Breakfast and Networking 8:30 - 9:30: Panel Discussion & Q&A


  • Rob Kulathinal: Faculty Member at Temple (Biology) - Apps & Maps faculty
  • Jeff Friedman: Co-chair of Mayor’s New Urban Mechanics
  • Anthony Pisapia: Associate Executive Director, TechImpact
  • Mayo Nissen: Designer & Strategist, Frog Design

After the event, take the Commit Service Pledge to volunteer time with others in the Philly Tech Week community to help local nonprofits and citizens learn computer skills like resume building, word processing and more.

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1810 Conference Suite
1810 Liacouras Walk


  • Jeff Friedman

    Jeff Friedman

    Currently, Jeff Friedman is the Co-Director of the recently launched Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, an in-house civic idea incubator that pilots experimental projects in the civic space. Previously, Jeff was the Manager of Civic Innovation & Participation in the Mayor’s Office. Jeff has led various initiatives to make City government (and urban governance generally) more open, participatory, transparent, entrepreneurial and innovative. He co-founded the OpenAccessPhilly, a government-initiated movement of people working at the intersection of civic participation, technology, entrepreneurialism and innovation. Previously, Jeff was Chief of Staff to the Chief Technology Officer in the Division of Technology, and Deputy Director of Performance Management and Project Manager for Philly311 implementation for the Managing Director’s Office. Prior to joining City government, Jeff consulted to state, local and county governments across the nation. Jeff earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Temple University.