• Accessibility Hacks: Keeping Tech Inclusive for Everyone

    Benjamin's Desk

    This year’s #techInColor is presented in partnership with EvoXLabs who will partner with a local hospital to purchase assistive technology for individuals with disabilities. Money raised from the event will be donated to EvoXLabs, an initiative dedicated to bridging the gap between technology and people with disabilities.

    We will bring folks together to share strategies and tactics for ensuring tech is kept accessible for people with disabilities.

    We will have lightning talks from accessibility experts to address everything from design and development to keeping workplaces inclusive for folks with varying levels of physical ability.

    • Jeffrey Becker - Sr. Software Developer at JMT. "Implementing Accessible Web Applications" Experience driven advice on implementing accessible web applications for clients who may not know that they need them.

    • Neil McDevitt - Executive Director, Deaf-Hearing Communication Centre, Inc.
    "Opening and Closing Doors - The double-edged sword of technology in the Deaf community" Tech has opened a great many doors for Deaf and hard of hearing people. From the explosion of the internet, the growth of peer-to-peer video conferencing, and the advent of the IoT, there's promise for greater inclusion. But there are pitfalls and challenges ahead. As we're poised for yet another paradigm shift in how we interact with technology, developers and influencers need to ensure accessibility remains a central focus.

    • Scott Armstrong - Software Developer at Comcast.
    "LipSync: An Affordable DIY Hackable Open Source Assistive Technology Device" Learn about the pitfalls and triumphs when building an ever changing and improving open source project.

    • Mikey Ilagan - Comcast a11y QA team, Think Company.
    "Practical Web Accessibility Testing" Thinking about accessibility in every step of your process ensures legal compliance but helps create a well-designed, more inclusive product that reaches a broader range of people. Testing your site or application for common accessibility user experience problems helps reduce barriers between you and your intended audience.

    In addition to lightning talks, technologists developing accessible tech will highlight and demonstrate their products.

    And, as always, we will have plenty of networking, delicious food from The Khyber Pass Pub and Beer from Flying Fish Brewery.

    This year we are proud to celebrate the following the following sponsors.

    Fiscal Partner

    This year, #techInColor has the honor of partnering with Urban Affairs Coalition. This generous nonprofit is supporting us behind the scenes to ensure that funds raised by our event are properly stewarded

    Platinum Sponsors

    Gold Sponsors

    Silver Sponsors

    Jacob Cohen, CPA (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacob-cohen-cpa-32795014/)

    Special Offer for #techInColor Members

    Rosenfeld Media (http://rosenfeldmedia.com/books/) is offering a special discount on books with guidance incorporating UX best practice into your work with a special emphasis on designing for the broadest possible audience. Simply visit http://rosenfeldmedia.com/books/ and use the promocode below at checkout for 20% off your purchase.

    Promo Code: techincolor

  • #techInColor Bi-weekly planning call

    Google Hangouts

    This is our standing bi-weekly planning call. During this call, we will assign tasks, tackle challenges, and make sure we are on track with our event planning efforts.

  • #techInColor Bi-weekly planning call

    Google Hangouts

    This is our standing bi-weekly planning call. During this call, we will assign tasks, tackle challenges, and make sure we are on track with our event planning efforts.

  • #techInColor Bi-weekly planning call

    Google Hangouts

    This is our standing bi-weekly planning call. During this call, we will assign tasks, tackle challenges, and make sure we are on track with our event planning efforts.

  • #techInColor Bi-weekly planning call

    Google Hangouts

    This is our standing bi-weekly planning call. During this call, we will assign tasks, tackle challenges, and make sure we are on track with our event planning efforts.

  • #techInColor Planning Kick-off Round 2

    Google Hangouts

    Greetings #techInColor,

    This is our second planning kick-off session to accommodate those who are interested, but were unable to attend last night.

    Please RSVP to let us know you are interested.



  • #techInColor 2017 Planning Kick-Off

    Google Hangouts

    Greetings #techInColor,

    Philly Tech Week 2017 is only a few weeks away and we are getting started on planning this year's event. #techInColor resolved last year that we wanted to focus on accessibility as the flavor of diversity we highlight in 2017.

    The people with disabilities are one of the largest minority groups in the United States. As one of our co-organizers, Tracy Levesque of YIKES! Web Develop likes to remind us, the number of deaf people in the United States is equal to the population of the state of New York. That's a huge group of people representing a tremendous market and talent pool for businesses looking for a competitive edge in the marketplace. The first time Tracy told me that I wasn't really surprised by the size of the deaf community, but rather that I didn't know that in the first place.

    When we talk about diversity in tech the dialogue usually focuses on race, gender, or sexual orientation. Accessibility is often assumed to be part of the conversation, but for those seasoned technologists among us, we all know how dangerous assumptions can be. This year, #techInColor wants to open up the dialog and talk about accessibility and how we can keep technology inclusive for everyone.

    We invite you to participate in our planning kick-off meeting via Google Hangouts. On this call, the co-organizer team will brief everyone on the general format of the event, where we are will planning, and how interested volunteers can get involved.

    Please join us and help make this year's event something to remember.

    What: #techInColor 2017 Kick-off Meeting

    Where: https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/event/trello.com/b/5R5FjOVD-breezy-gecko

    When: Monday, 27 FEB 6:30 PM

    Thank you to everyone that's helped us with this event over the years. We look forward to reconnecting with everyone and look forward to seeking you.

    Warmest Regards,

    Kevin C. Taylor

  • Success Hacks: Paving Your Own Way in Tech

    First Round Capital

    You are invited to join #techInColor for our annual Philly Tech Week event for 2016!

    This year, #techInColor presents “Success Hacks: Paving Your Own Way in Tech”. This year’s #techInColor is presented in partnership with youth non profit organization Hopeworks ‘N Camden.

    This year, we will hear from presenters on what it means to be successful in the tech world and their personal story of how they got where they are today.

    Come and enjoy an evening of food, drink, speakers, breakout sessions with mentors, and a chance to network with some of the best and brightest that the Philly tech industry has to offer.

    Speakers include:
    Derrick H. Pitts, chief astroner & planetarium director for Franklin Institute Science Museum; Dan Rhoton, executive director of Hopeworks N' Camden; Felix Addison, COO and Co-Founder of Whose Your Landlord; Courtney Wilburn developer and 2015 White House LGBTQ Tech & Innovation Summit Fellow; serial entrepreneur Tiffanie Stanard; executive coach Kelly Meerbott; Bernardo Margulis, principal and art director of This Makes Me Happy; content strategist & filmmaker David Dylan Thomas; AND diverse youth technologists from Hopeworks ‘N Camden sharing their experiences!

    Whether you are a seasoned technology professional or seeking to learn about the tech industry this event is for you.

    Come and help us celebrate the diversity in our community!

    Special thanks to our partners & event sponsors:

  • #techInColor #PTW16 Kick-off Meeting

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    Seasons Greetings #techInColor,

    I hope this finds everyone enjoying a great holiday season. Along with the holidays comes the start of planning for Philly Tech Week. The community planning event happened last night in Center City and I am happy to report a high level of community energy. The 'Access' track usually has some discussion around diversity in technology, but this year there was a very passionate discussion around this topic.

    Ashley Turner, Organizer of Philly Tech Sistas (https://www.meetup.com/Philly-Tech-Sistas/), spoke very eloquently about the value of highlighting successful women of color in technology and providing an empowering space for other women of color interested in technology to come together to share expertise and support. We also heard from folks who highlighted the danger of the digital divide they see growing in our world. There was also discussion about technology as a means to restoring personal capacity for folks living with disabilities.

    It was a very empowering experience and there were lots of good ideas for events. #techInColor is a volunteer effort with the single goal of celebrating the diversity in the tech community and helping more people enjoy the value it brings to our world. As such, the events we host are community driven and based on where our energies lay.

    I would like to invite anyone interested in volunteering to join our kick-off planning meeting at my home in Point Breeze. The goal of this meeting is to identify what event we want to host and gauge interest in volunteering for that event.

    Please RSVP if you are interested in joining us so I can plan accordingly. Just an FYI, I have two cats and a dog. We keep our home very clean, but allergy sufferers be warned.

    I hope you will join us and help contribute to making our event a solid contribution to PTW16.

    Warmest Regards,

    Kevin Curtis Taylor


    Underground Arts

    Our good friends over at REC Philly are hosting this event for Venturef0rth. We wanted to share it with all of you. Hope to see you there!

    **RSVP for the Event at: www.ventureon.splashthat.com (http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ventureon.splashthat.com%2F&h=iAQGhRevw&enc=AZPUtaPiiswoMQVjjVsGrd82N-NJw_7sa4gfRT_B2LKzwe_6KKYPZxCyMAvJuqcXyME&s=1)**

    Bringing you a unique social networking experience; taking the best of Philadelphia's industries and putting them under one roof.

    Celebrating the sectors and people who are shaping the future of our city, Venture 0n will bring together business and technology leaders, entrepreneurs, artists, and others at Underground Arts, one of Philly’s coolest venues on July 30. We will share an evening of live music by outstanding Philly artists, great and interesting food from Philly chefs, a few keynotes from local leaders, high-value networking, and lots of fun.

    Hosted by Chill Moody of nicethingsMUSIC, Ofo Ezeugwu of Whose Your Landlord, and DJ Royale

    Speakers include:

    Nick Marzano - President of Young Involved Philadelphia

    David Oh - Councilman At-Large

    Bruce Warren - Program Director of WXPN

    Sam Huntington - VP of Business Development at Fame House

    Along with music, there will be food served by Philly's best Poi Philly, BrazBQ, and Nom Wah.

    There are two different ticket options available:

    General Admission ($25): includes admission, live entertainment, drink specials, and a food ticket

    Professional Admission ($50) (Limited Quantity!): includes admission, live entertainment, a food ticket, AND a one month free membership to Venturef0rth!

    Buy discounted packages for you and your team members! You have the option to buy three different exclusive ticket packages:

    Contact [masked] to purchase any ticket packages.