September 23, 2020

Philadelphia’s Leading Women in Tech: Deepening Diversity & Opportunity
presented by SelectUSA and City of Philadelphia
a Philly Tech Week Event
9:00 AM

Philadelphia, the birthplace of the USA and gene therapy, ranks second best city for diversity in STEM, third best city for women in tech, and third as "Startup City" in the United States. Please join us to learn how the culture and communities in Philadelphia support the development of the female leadership and diversity in tech and innovation.

Featured Speakers:

  • Danielle Cohn, Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs

  • SiNae Pitts, Amphetamobile

  • Tiffanie Stanard, Stimulus 

  • Tracey Welson-Rossman, Chariot Solutions



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Equitable Cities Through Civic Engagement and Innovation
presented by Drexel University 
1:05 PM

While tech-driven innovation has fueled tremendous economic growth in select cities, it’s also led to dramatic increases in inequality. But cities such as Philadelphia, Detroit, Baltimore, and others are now prioritizing inclusive growth by addressing the question: “Can we foster equity, access, and inclusion by encouraging civic engagement and solution-based innovation?" Improving a city’s quality of life in equitable and creative ways while deepening access and removing obstacles for residents requires systemic collaboration and a commitment amongst all stakeholders to co-create solutions and make decisions together. This panel will explore how regional institutions ranging from major universities, tech companies, foundations, and municipalities are collaborating to deepen civic engagement and pursue civic innovation designed for greater equity.



Featured Speakers:

  • Stéphanie Jecrois, International Affairs Advisor, City of Montréal

  • James Johnson-Piett, Principal & CEO, Urbane Development 

  • Youngmoo Kim, Drexel University ExCITe Center, Director 

  • Kira Strong, City of Philadelphia, Deputy Director of Design and Construction for the City of Philadelphia’s Rebuilding Community Infrastructure



Startup Pitch Spotlights 
presented by Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs
2:22 PM 

Join Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs at Amplify Philly @ Home to see local startups workout their pitch with industry stakeholders & experts who will provide feedback and connections to resources to support their next steps.

Featured Start-Ups:

  • Jourdan Johnson, Thinker-Tinker

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Insider Insights from Women Founders in Tech
presented by University of Pennsylvania 
3:00 PM

Starting and scaling a business is hard. Being a female founder in tech is even harder. It takes an entrepreneurial spirit who is willing to take risks, be vulnerable, and iterate to build a startup. Doing this in a male-dominated industry can present challenges but, overall, the opportunities and rewards of building something from the ground up is certainly worth it for those with the gumption. Hear from a line up of some of the leading women in tech supported by the University of Pennsylvania via the Penn Center for Innovation and the Pennovation Center. They’ll share their stories and insights on how they got to where they are and what they envision for the future.

Featured Speakers:

  • Laurie Actman, Chief Marketing, Communications and Program Officer at Penn Center for Innovation, University of Pennsylvania

  • Jessie Garcia, CEO & Founder, Tozuda

  • Peggy Robinson, CEO, Caza

  • Adriana Vazquez, Co-founder and CEOLilu

LIFT Labs 2020 Accelerator Spotlight
presented by Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs
4:00 PM 

LIFT Labs is the front door for startups at Comcast NBCUniversal. Join us as we highlight two of the phenomenal companies in our 2020 Accelerator—Seshie and WorkChew.

Featured Start-Ups:

  • Luke Butler, Senior Director, LIFT Labs

  • Kofi Frimpong, CEO, Seshie

  • Maisha Burt, CEO, WorkChew

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Voting, COVID-19, the Census and Digital Information Access
presented by Philly Tech Week
4:19 PM

Technology inevitably plays a role in how we access timely, ever-changing information related to COVID-19, the election and the census. But in a city where many residents live without internet access, that also means accurate information isn’t available to everyone equally. Philly reporter Michael Butler leads a discussion with PhillyCAM Community Engagement Director Nasha Taylor and Resolve Philly Editorial Associate Lily Medosch on what’s being done to rectify this in 2020.

Featured Speakers:

  • Michael Butler,

  • Nasha Taylor, PhillyCAM

  • Lily Medosch, Resolve Philly

With Musical Performances by: 
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