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Philly Tech Meetup - January 2013 Recap

From: Stephanie
Sent on: Thursday, January 31, 2013 12:23 AM


Please help me welcome a few old faces (Jake Dreyfuss, Sean Weinberg and Jason Sherman) and many new ones (Cory Donovan, Trina King, Stephanie Ogozaly, Terry Robinson, and Sophie Tran) to the PTM team.

These awesome individuals will assist to 1) develop enriching programs and content for you, 2) help increase participation and collaboration within our community, and 3) make wise use of our big microphone to communicate with you. I'm excited to be working with these professionals, and look forward to onboarding more of you that expressed interest in getting involved.

Going forward, Stephanie will regularly deliver this newsletter to your inboxes. As always, share your news with us so that we can share with our growing community. Also, add yourself, your company, your events, and your jobs to and connect with others. We will be improving the website in the next few months, so stay tuned.


Bill Gates said "The advance of technology is based on making it fit in so that you don't really even notice it, so it's part of everyday life."

As more and more people turn to devices and new technologies to take care of their wants and needs, it's becoming increasingly important for those in the tech community to start listening and start innovating. There were several perfect examples of this at January's 2013 PTM and the recent PennApps Hackathon. Both events featured apps, programs and platforms designed to seamlessly integrate into users' lives and enhance the everyday experience.

- Stephanie

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Here's a recap of the exciting demos from the January 2013 PTM. Find videos of the demos on our Facebook page, and be sure to check out our event recap on Storify to see photos and tweets from the event.

Emerald makes worries of broken pencils and empty pens things of the past. Harnessing the power of Google Docs, Emerald allows work to be saved and shared immediately through the cloud. No more worrying about lost work due to computer crashes! Students can see a professor's comments and corrections in real-time, and assignments are available any time, any place, and on any computer. Emerald's in-class exam platform is also under development and will help eliminate the efficiency problems associated with handwritten exams – students can trade in their hand-cramping pencils for speedy laptops and professors don't have to waste time trying to decipher the hieroglyphics that some people call penmanship. Emerald also eliminates cheating by ensuring that students can only see the prompt during an exam.

If you're always caught without cash, Nooch makes sure you don't turn your money-lending friends into enemies by offering a payment platform you can access through your smartphone. Nooch allows you to send and receive money from your existing bank account. After linking your bank account with Nooch, it only takes a few taps to get back into your friends' good graces. And we all know people hate waiting for money, so you can even connect through Facebook to speed things along. Find friends with Facebook, your phonebook, or an email address and easily send them the cash through Nooch's mobile and web apps. To protect your hard earned money and prevent fraud, Nooch employs a unique PIN, geo-location, ID verification and government-grade encryption.

Are you full of get-up-and-go, but are not sure where to
go? The mobile activity app Sportaneous can help you with that by connecting you with local gyms to burn off that energy and get fit. No more avoiding workouts because you didn't want to deal with gym salespeople or couldn't find what you were looking for on a gym's poorly designed website – the Sportaneous app integrates with gyms via their scheduling software, allowing you to reserve your spot in a fitness class in just minutes. Currently only available in New York City, Sportaneous will soon be branching out to other cities and is available now in the App Store.

PennApps Hackathon 2013

Over 450 students from across the world descended on Philly to take part in PennApps, the world's largest student-run hackathon. Hosted at the University of Pennsylvania on Jan 18-20, 2013, the hackathon spanned 40 hours and saw the creation of 119 projects. Participants competed for over $25,000 worth of prizes.

A team from UC Berkeley took home the top prize for Inventory, an RFID scanner that attaches to a backpack and helps the user keep track of their belongings. A companion Android app alerts the wearer when they've forgotten an item, and includes context aware features such as weather conditions. For their efforts, the Inventory team took home $4000, a trip to Google's New York City office, entry into Greylock Hackfest 2, and the opportunity to demo at Philly Tech Meetup. (If you want to demo at a future PTM, apply here.)

Rounding out the top three were Virtual Perspective, an Android app that uses facial recognition to view objects captured with your phone in 3D, and WebTube, an app that allows a user to view websites like TV programs. They took home $2500 and $1000, respectively.

You can view the full list of hacks at Hacker League.


CLICK HERE for the full list of awesome tech events happening nearby. There is something for everyone.

February 2013 Philly Tech Meetup
Wednesday, February 6,[masked]:30 PM
Demos and happy hour. We will also have an investor pitch from David Nevas of Edison Ventures.

Lean Startup Machine Philadelphia
February 8-10, 2013
Lean Startup Machine is a three-day workshop where attendees apply Lean Startup methodologies to brand new ideas. Participants can bring their own team, come alone to pitch an idea, or work on someone else's. Teams form on Friday. Registration deadline is January 31. PTM is an organizing partner.

February 2013 Founders Happy Hour
Wednesday, February 20,[masked]:00 PM
Networking happy hour. Come for the drinks, stay for the conversation! Network with fellow technologists, entrepreneurs, investors and the broader innovation community.


CLICK HERE to share news with PTM.

How to Make Your Startup Happen by Kasper Hulthin, Forbes

Diaspora Co-Founder Helps Startups Keep Kickstarter Backers Happy by Seth Fiegerman, Mashable

Crowdfunding Won't Solve The Venture Capital Series A Crunch by Ryan Caldbeck, Forbes

Startup funding declined in 2012 for first time in 3 years, Associated Press (CBS)

MassChallenge 2013 applications open in February. MassChallenge is the largest-ever startup accelerator and competition.


CLICK HERE to share news with PTM. We want to highlight the awesomeness happening in the Philly tech community, and need your help.

Philadelphia Appoints its First Director of Civic Technology

Drexel Boots Up Vending Machine For Laptops

Recalling the tech scene back when you were in diapers

Looking for office space? LeanServer has extra office space available to skilled developers and freelancers. 4 spots available. $300-$350/mo.


CLICK HERE to share news with PTM.

Google calls for greater electronic privacy protections

Many people still technology-averse when it comes to tracking health issues

China considering end to 13-year ban on video game consoles: report

Google Challenges Hackers To Pwn Chrome OS In Pwnium 3 Competition, Offers Up To $[masked]M In Prizes


CLICK HERE to find other events. Feel free to add if we missed something.

Community Building and Coworking - Questions and Answers
Thursday, January 31,[masked]:45 PM

Josh Kopelman. Yes, that Josh Kopelman.
Thursday, January 31,[masked]:00 PM

Hacking the Gender Gap: A Hands-On Workshop for Boosting Gender Diversity In Tech Facilitators
Thursday, January 31,[masked]:00 PM

Startup Weekend Health 2.0
February 15-17, 2013
PTM members purchasing developer tickets are entitled to a special discount. Enter the code “PTM” when ordering to receive your discount.


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