The second annual Baltimore Innovation Week took place during the last 10 days of September 2013.
We shared a full impact report here, which included more than 1,000 people at our Kickoff party at Penn Station Plaza, featuring the Gathering food truck association, Baltimore City Council’s first ever hearing on the innovation economy, the first people’s choice innovation awards and more than 5,500 people across 45 events and 80 partners.
The design was led by Tom Rose and we partnered on the WordPress development with WebDev Studios. We’re still making our way through bugs and looking toward a second phase, but we’re quite proud of this next big step forward in our work, so we wanted to share what has already come. Read my post-mortem on our old site here.
You can also find notes on a few of the smaller design elements about which I’m excited here.
One year ago, we announced Ph.ly, a locally-minded URL shortener that was also home to an experiment: a weekly email service that promised to share the three biggest, most meaningful journalism stories in Philadelphia.
We called it the Ph.ly/NewsWeekly and after getting a rush of some 1,500 subscribers to start, the service has slowly grown to more than 1,700 weekly subscribers.
Four years after first launching a simple WordPress theme (thanks Woothemes for Typebased from 2008!) to serve as the home of TechnicallyPhilly.com, we are launching a rebrand as Technical.ly, which will be the replacement for the Philly theme and our Baltimore site, a custom theme called StartupBmore from our partner there Mike Brenner.
Consider it a proof of concept that went a little further than a proof of concepts usually go.
In what is now a yearly tradition, at the end of every April we organize Philly Tech Week, a week-long celebration of technology in Philadelphia.
Now that we’re more than a month removed from 2012′s big event we’d like to share statistics in the interest of transparency.
While some events measure success by seemingly ambiguous metrics based on a mix of attendees and marketing reach, we like to focus on the infallible measurement of actual human beings that actually attended an event. A tweet about Philly Tech Week is not the same as someone that attended. A newspaper article’s circulation is not the same as an attendee, either.
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