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Access 2014 Track Day

Thursday, April 10

Volunteer a few hours with others in the Philly Tech Week community to help local nonprofits and citizens learn computer skills like resume building, word processing and more during our our Commit Day of Service pledge. Visit to make a pledge to serve Philadelphia nonprofits with your digital savvy.

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Track Day Events

  • Exploring Civic Volunteering with Technology: Kickoff for Commit Service Pledge

    We'll kick-off Commit, our year-long technology service pledge at this morning event. Volunteer a few hours with others in the Philly Tech Week community to help local nonprofits and citizens learn computer skills like resume building, word processing and more.

    Thursday, April 10, 8:00am–10:00am
  • A Parent’s Guide to Learning in the Digital Age

    The Parent's Guide to Learning in the Digital Age is a day-long institute focused on providing knowledge and digital resources to empower parents who work in our public schools.

    Thursday, April 10, 9:00am–2:00pm
  • Black Out II: Crowdfunding - How to Fund Your Big, Bold Ideas

    Do you have a great new business idea but no money to start it? If so, you can't afford to miss WURD's interactive panel discussion on Crowdfunding, the hottest way to raise money to turn your dream into reality.

    Thursday, April 10, 9:00am–11:00am
  • Navigating the news: Re-inventing Philadelphia's largest multilingual news website for a wider audience

    Building a successful news website requires much attention to detail. Join AL DÍA for a panel discussion to get a behind-the-scenes look into the process, challenges, and solutions for building a large-scale, responsive, news website in Spanish and English.

    Thursday, April 10, 5:00pm–7:00pm
  • ReThink Philly EdTech

    Six EdTech leaders will each give a 10 minute talk about a powerful idea, experience, or project with the intent of making the audience think more deeply ('rethink') about a topic in educational technology.

    Thursday, April 10, 6:30pm–8:30pm
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  • 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.

  • Issa Rae

    Issa Rae

    With her own unique flare and infectious sense of humor, Issa Rae’s content has garnered over 20 million views and close to 150,000 subscribers on YouTube. In addition to making the Forbes 30 Under 30 list and winning the 2012 Shorty Award for Best Web Show for her hit series “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” Issa Rae has worked on web content for Pharrell Williams, Tracey Edmonds and numerous others. She developed a TV series with Shonda Rhimes for ABC and is currently developing a half-hour comedy for HBO with Larry Wilmore. Rae is also slated to release a book of essays with Simon & Schuster in 2014.

  • Brigitte Daniel

    Brigitte Daniel

    Brigitte Daniel is the Executive Vice President of Wilco Electronics Systems, Inc., an African-American privately owned cable operation. For over 30 years, Wilco has specialized in providing affordable cable and technology services to low-income communities in Philadelphia. Brigitte is an appointed member of the FCC’s Federal Advisory Committee on Diversity in the Digital Age, a 2011 Eisenhower Fellow, and was recognized in 2014 as one of the “7 Brilliant Women in Tech” according to Craigslist founder, Craig Newmark. Over the last few years, Ms. Daniel has helped create several substantial private/public partnerships that provide innovative solutions to address the digital divide within communities in the United States, and thus, position Wilco as a digital and broadband leader, specifically working on behalf of disadvantaged communities.

    Most recently, Ms. Daniel participated as a featured speaker at Philadelphia Magazine’s 2015 Think Fest and the 2015 TEDx Philadelphia, where she addressed various tech issues that included digital equality, universal access, net neutrality, and innovative methods to diversify the Philadelphia technology sector. In 2014, Brigitte was featured in Marie Claire magazine in its “Mogul Maintenance” column and following after launched an initiative called Mogulette, a program centered around educating and mentoring, with a focus on empowering young women of color, between the ages of 20-25 interested in careers in entrepreneurism within technology.

    Ms. Daniel is committed to giving back to the community and spends a significant amount of time serving as a Trustee member of the Philadelphia Free Library, a Board Director of the Philadelphia Theatre Company, and a Founding Board member of the Independence Charter School – West.