This fall, 5 mobile app finalists were chosen out of 427 submissions to AppItUP. These finalists have formed companies and developed app prototypes with their development partners. On April 15th, they will present their companies and prototypes for the chance to be chosen for a $50,000 offer of investment from Ben Franklin Technology Partners.
The annual Be Your Own Boss Bowl® is a business plan competition in which matriculated students, alumni, faculty and staff from all 17 schools and colleges within Temple University compete for prizes valued at $200,000 in cash, professional services and admission to the IEI accelerator.
Convening the Conveners (CTC) is a quarterly meet-up for community event planners. Each meeting, we dissect a new topic, sharing best practices, challenges and opportunities with each other. This CTC will focus on event hacks & technology used to make events run smoother, and to help you work smarter not harder.
This Thursday, April 16th, Dev Night and Philly Game Forge will be hosting the Iron Chef Game Jam! This is an event that will bring game makers from Philly’s thriving indie game scene together in a competition to see who can make the best, silliest or most interesting game in two hours. In the spirit of Iron Chef, the participants will be given a common set of materials and one “secret ingredient” that they must incorporate into their game design.
Are you a teacher, parent, or administrator interested in starting a robotics team at your K-12 school? Want to find out how to plug in with existing teams and events? Want to find out what all the fuss is about? This 21+ event will introduce adults into the world of robotics education through presentations from various organizations. Discover the world of Robotics and STEM education at this event hosted by the GRASP Lab at the University of Pennsylvania and mentors of the RoboLancers and sponsored by Yards Brewing Company.
Tech Cocktail Startup Showcase events highlight, support, and promote local startups in a casual setting designed to showcase local entrepreneurs. The Mixer atmosphere promotes connections and conversations between tech enthusiasts, investors, mentors, founders, and community members who are down for a good time.
Each year, in select cities, the American Heart Association facilitates a forum that convenes leaders in research, medical, technology, venture capital, investment banking and related industries connected to life sciences. This year, in only its second year in Philadelphia, the Heart Science Forum will encourage the opportunities to promote immediacy in advancing science with direct impact to the Philadelphia region.
True Gault is a high-tech fashion start-up that uses 3D imaging technology to create comfortable and beautiful handcrafted high heels for women.
Are you struggling with marketing your product or service? Need clients to show off your digital marketing skills? “Tech, Talk and Treats,” will attract “Techpreneurs” and Public Relations/Digital Marketing specialists. Calling all start-ups and seasoned professionals. Book early! Tickets will sell-out.
So you just finished your degree and have landed a great gig. Now what? Join Tactile Group Lead Designer, Christopher Pross, as he leads a light-hearted discussion on what they didn't teach you in school and what you're likely to encounter your first few years in the wild.
With the Metropolitan City of Philadelphia as its pallet, the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival is an annual 8 day live and virtual gathering that includes screenings, discussions, and parties with filmmakers and creatives from the local and global filmmaking community.
Take a walking tour with the Museum's Interactive Tech Team to see the exciting projects they're working on! + Complimentary Drinks / Light Fare
PACS holds monthly meetings with 16 special interest groups plus a main meeting. Founded in 1976, PACS is a computer user group where members fix problems, share knowledge and learn from each other. All platforms and levels of experience are supported. Guests are welcome to attend their first meeting for free.
The Philly Women in Tech Summit is an annual event that inspires, educates and connects women in the technology industry from the Philadelphia area and theMid-Atlantic region. Our goal is to support the community of women currently in working in technology and to help pave the way for adolescent girls who want to enter the industry.
Fight the digital divide with NTR and celebrate Philly Tech Week by donating your end-of-life computers and technology on April 18, 2015, from 10AM - 6PM. Drop off your technology equipment in our parking lot and our volunteers will process your donation. Individual and organizational donations are welcome! All computer donations are either refurbished and distributed to underserved Philadelphians or recycled by our e-steward, R2 certified partner.
The Pyramid STEM Showcase is held annually designed to educate and empower our families through technology and prepare us to become an integral part of the fastest-moving industry of all time. Free to the public, this showcase provides an opportunity for youth, parents, government, industry, educators and organizations to come together to learn and share.
Come experiment with LittleBits, magnetic electronic bits that snap together to form simple or complex circuits. Learn about inputs, outputs, and how to use logic to control the flow of electricity. Participants will use their creativity to put a new spin on an existing product or to prototype a new invention. Targeted for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls only.
The first ever Rad Awards is a celebration hosted by Rad-Girls.com honoring women who inspire others in the fields of technology, media, culture and business. This event is 21+. Thank you to our sponsors, Cashman & Associates, Bluecoat American Dry Gin, Sixpoint Brewery, PhillyVoice.com and Girl Develop It.
Pecha Kucha (in Japanese: ペチャクチャ means chit-chat) is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each (6 minutes and 40 seconds in total). The format, which keeps presentations concise and fast-paced, powers multiple-speaker events called Pecha Kucha Nights. This is a special Philly Tech Week edition, will bring together architects, technologists, artists and other cool Philadelphians.
PhilaSoup, Philly EdTech Meetup, and Innovation@PennGSE are teaming up to bring the most innovative teachers and the best of EdTech to the community. Walk through the event to see teachers share innovative projects happening in their Philly classrooms, and entrepreneurs share their innovative EdTech products.
Join us in supporting 75 area high school entrepreneurs as they pitch their businesses and compete for prizes, sales and bragging rights. The event will consist of a pitch competition followed by an interactive expo where students will demonstrate their products and services. This event is free and open to the public, but we ask that you please register.
Philly Tech Week 2015 is coming... and all Game of Thrones / Silicon Valley Fans should kick-start the week with BarWithMe.TV at Frankford Hall.
Join senior executives from Philadelphia's leading healthcare organizations in learning from local and regional healthcare transformation champions who will share their challenges and experiences with healthcare providers from across Philadelphia.
Robots are taking over Philadelphia! Central High School’s RoboLancers will unveil the newest and most exciting advances in the field of robotics at the Philly Robotics Expo hosted by the RoboLancers and the GRASP Lab of the University of Pennsylvania. You don’t have to be a science geek to have a blast playing with real robots and learning from local business people, engineers and students who are transforming science fiction into science reality!
Learn how to find City of Philadelphia contracting opportunities and get guidance on applying for them. Bring your ideas for ways we can improve outreach and the process.
Stop by NRI 3DLab Philadelphia and get yourself 3D Scanned and 3D Printed! Get yourself a mini version of... yourself! Join us for drinks and learn about 3D printing!
This is YOUR chance to ask about social media! Create a new email or social media account Monday, April 20th through Friday, April 24th at four convenient locations throughout the city!
Hear from intellectual property professionals who will present the legal do's and don'ts, as well as answer questions about securing your IP rights. Come with questions and enjoy the refreshments and light food! This event is now full. Thank you for your interest.
This workshop will be an intro to databases - some background and theory followed by live demos and exercises (**bring a laptop**). We will discuss the SQL language, differences between various database types, examples of good design and next steps for those looking to learn more. We will focus on traditional relational systems but also discuss NoSQL databases such as Mongo.
Come out to the only mayoral forum dedicated to the issues of technology, entrepreneurship, innovation and the retention of this city's blossoming creative class.
Join us for a panel discussion on women's leadership in the tech world. Enjoy an engaging and energetic conversation led by radio show host, author and entrepreneur, Franne McNeal, as she introduces us to five senior leaders in the Philadelphia region.
Join us for a special presentation by Melissa Morris-Ivone. Melissa is a designer, a maker, and an all around nice girl who has recently developed an obsession with the startup world. After 10 years of working in the corporate, in-house environment, she escaped to what ended up being her dream career as the Design Overlord for tech startup, Curalate, the marketing suite for the visual web. In addition, Melissa has been a speaker at HOW Design Live and TedxPhoenixville.
Choice modeling or conjoint analysis is a popular tool among marketers for understanding how a customer will choose from among a set of products. Through this hands-on workshop, Drexel Asst. Prof Elea McDonnell Feit will explain how conjoint data is collected, how it is analyzed using R and how the resulting models can be used to forecast demand for new product or to plan pricing for existing products.
Join us for a special Philly Tech Week (PTW) Rise & Shine! Come meet other members, find out what events everyone is planning to attend and hopefully make plans to meet up with one another! Wake up bright and early with us and come chat with other members of the community over coffee or tea!
Starting our 4th year in Philadelphia (launched PTW 2011). Join Other Entrepreneurs Who Eat Problems For Breakfast. Bootstrappers Breakfasts meetings are for founders of early stage startups. It is a chance to compare notes on operational, development, and business issues with peers. These breakfasts were designed for entrepreneurs to share ideas and leverage thoughts with other folks who are serious about growing their business. We'll also be joined by Alex Gizis of Connectify to get a first-hand look at how a successful crowdfunding campaign can bring a bootstrapped project to life.
How to Protect Individuals' Rights to Privacy and Mitigate Corporations' Liability for Infringing Privacy in an Era of Big Data
You have may have the next best thing, but without the proper funding that great idea probably won’t get much further than your desktop. Join us for a primer discussion on finding the right type of financing your product or service and how to go from strictly bootstrapping to “being bankable”.
The Future of Digital Marketing Event is Philly Tech Week's marquee Media Conference. This full day event will focus on digital trends that marketers, agencies, content producers, and startups need to know. Local thought leaders will walk us through marketing challenges—and how to solve them.
Online contests and associated social media campaigns can provide powerful win-win-wins for organizations and companies seeking to generate a wealth of crowdsourced social media content and engage new consumers and communities. This workshop will provide participants with helpful how-tos and the opportunity to frame their own contests and campaigns. Register at https://socialmediacontests.eventbrite.com.
In the wake of the recent FCC rulings on the preservation of Net Neutrality and the Reclassification of the internet as a utility, this 2015 Philly Tech Week WILCO / WURD Panel will explore the complexities of net neutrality, the recently passed FCC legislation, and the impact net neutrality legislation will have on people of color technology innovation, the cultivation of small businesses, and the engagement of community activism.
Sick of being bombarded with all the latest and "greatest" in food and beverage industry technology? Join us for an unfiltered and candid conversation about the top trends, what works, what doesn't and the future of technology in the food & beverage space.
Receive personalized recommendations on how to improve online privacy and security on your device (smartphone, tablet, laptop)
A panel of speakers will present short presentations on the VOIP Phone systems, Cloud Servers, Tele-health, Legal and Real World Use. There will be a Q&A session after presentations; our Master of Ceremony will be Cory Hindorff Wade from America’s Next Top Model. Directly after there will be an open bar and light food for networking. The event will be hosted high above the city sky line, for amazing views, at the Pyramid Club.
Wondering what can happen when we bring some of our brightest minds in the local startup community together for 90 days? At the PSLU Accelerator Showcase, 6 teams will take the stage to demo their startups to some of the community's most well-respected investors -- and their PSL peers. Join 100+ members of the startup community to show your support for 2015 PSLU Accelerator participants and celebrate the Philly startup community.
You are cordially invited to attend a year-end celebration of Innovative, Creative, and Entrepreneurial activity at Villanova University.
Come learn how to take your blog and digital pursuits to the next level. This panel is an interactive discussion with area bloggers on how to leverage your digital profile for branding, business opportunities, and making steps to becoming a digital entrepreneur.
***REGISTRATION CLOSED - EVENT IS FULL*** Discuss and debate the future of voting in Philadelphia, with panelists from the City Commissioner's Office, Committee of 70, and Intuitive Company. Also learn about how Intuitive Company researched, designed, and prototyped Intuitive Voting, a competition-winning solution to support Philadelphia voters and election volunteers.
Calling all minority and women techies, techpreneurs, entrepreneurs and financiers to meet regularly and discuss their projects, companies, and share the latest news in the tech sector. Come to learn from others, come to share. No posing, no stunting, no cliques. Just trying to move the ball forward purposefully so that we do not miss out on the future, which is already here!!
Girl Develop It Philly and Mogulette are joining forces to bring some of the most talented, savvy and passionate women in Philly together for a night of mixing, mingling and celebration. Join us over drinks and light fare for networking and getting to know more about members and programs from each of these amazing communities!
Businesses that don’t focus on technology often still rely on technology for their day-to-day operations. Learn how to measure the success of your technical investments in this presentation that focuses on effectively setting priorities, requirements, and goals.
Join us as we hear from a representative from Ben Franklin Technology Partners and two local hardware companies that have been through the process of raising capital and lived to tell the tale.
Without strong and persuasive content, tips for using LinkedIn fall flat. In this highly interactive session, Susan Tabor-Kleiman, JD, owner of Your Professional Writer, will discuss the most important components of your LinkedIn profile and guide you in how to create content that moves your profile from one that merely contains data to one that shines and gets results.
Join Zivtech and the Philadelphia Drupal Community for a special Philly Tech Week meetup, featuring Drupal core and contrib über contributor: Tim Plunkett. Tim currently works as a Software Engineer at Acquia, and worked at Stanford University and Zivtech prior to that. This Meetup also corresponds with Tim( and Meghan)'s move back to Philly, so come help us welcome them back home and hear more about Tim's work with Drupal 8 core contrib, and learn some of the features you'll likely love, what's going to drive you crazy, and other assorted Jawns.
AutoTestPhilly is happy to present a ThoughtWorks discussion on software quality. ThoughtWorks works with clients all over the world, and Thoughtworkers Timothy Cochran and Dan Lockman will share experiences about introducing automated testing and working with teams to get everyone to care about quality.
Join a diverse gathering of Microsoft experts for a full-day session devoted to helping you better understand and leverage the Microsoft Cloud Platform in your business. Attend one or all of the sessions, which include: Cloud Legal Topics and Best Practices, a drill-down on Azure Media Services, and a host of other spotlight/”what’s new” sessions on other Azure capabilities. Enjoy a hand-on Azure experience Happy Hour and talk Cloud with Microsoft and Turnberry Solutions experts.
Think you have what it takes to survive the startup lifestyle? This scavenger hunt will challenge you to the life of a sustainable tech startup. Get in teams (or find one at the start line). Follow the clues, take out your smartphones and take your team to the top. (Don’t worry, prizes for the best team await you at the finish line.)
Join GeoPhilly for a balloon mapping workshop at the Waterfront during Philly Tech Week! Balloon mapping is a low-cost, easy, and safe way to capture aerial images and stitch them together into a high resolution map. This grassroots technique has been used by journalists and community groups all over the world.
In partnership with Drexel University’s Center for Science, Technology & Society and the ExCITe Center, this event will workshop digital projects and their platforms to improve accessibility and empower citizen scientists.
While UX serves digital interactions that are simple, enjoyable and successful, Technology adds the punch and brings these designed interactions to life. Discover best practices for creating great user experiences and the role technology needs to play in informing these highly relevant and amplified user experiences.
Your passion for technology can also power philanthropy in Philly! NTR will walk you through the refurbishment process; directly imaging PC's, installing software, testing and troubleshooting, etc. If you have expansive IT experience, spend the afternoon using your knowledge to spread access across Philadelphia.
MLeads team invites you to join Manish Gorawala, award-winning Philadelphia based IT entrepreneur turned innovator, as he introduces you to the possibilities and demonstrates how to use mobile technology to overcome the challenges related to lead collection, lead research, lead follow-ups, statistics, ROI and team management to set your business on a path to success and more opportunities....
Understanding the benefits and ease of cloud storage
When starting a business, there’s usually not a lot of money, but a ton of questions. Wish you could hire a consultant or expert to help you perfect your business without big paycheck? These Lunch&Learn workshops are perfect for the early stage business owner looking to get specific feedback and advice for their business. In these hands-on, interactive workshops, learn from professionals how you better your business with feedback that is specific to you.
Live from the TV studios of PhillyCAM, representatives from the Media Mobilizing Project, Indy Hall and local and national PEG access television station staffers will engage in a lively conversation about the upcoming renegotiation of the City’s cable franchise with Comcast.
Are you tech-savvy and interested in helping a fellow Philadelphian bridge their digital divide and develop workforce and literacy skills? Join us for lunch and learn about the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy’s Tech Tutors program.
Today, Web Experience Management (WEM) has become more than just a tool to handle information and deliver static marketing sites; it can provide a platform for building more complex digital solutions. Learn how to select the right WEM platform to meet your organization's business, user, and technology goals and deliver a personalized and great digital experience.
In this “fireside chat" moderated by Wharton professor Kevin Werbach, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel will discuss important initiatives shaping technology and entrepreneurial opportunities, including wireless innovation, open Internet protections, and education technology.
Her stories & her ideas for Her Philadelphia. Share your stories, experiences, and ideas for Philadelphia. Social Changher is a digital storytelling venture for women and girls. Creating space to amplify the voices of women using a digital platform for civic engagement. Lead by Natalie Nixon, Director of Strategic Design MBA, Philadelphia University at the Impact Hub Philly.
Grab some friends and come to the Kimmel Center for LiveNote™ Nights. Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève leads the third LiveNote™ Nights concert on Wednesday, April 22, in a program of excerpts from Prokofiev’s indelible 20th-century interpretation of the tragic story of Romeo and Juliet.
Join Amy Larrimore to learn what you need to know to take your business to the next level. She will help you unravel what's really holding you back, where you need to focus, how to delegate the pesky business-ey things and teach you simple tricks to know that it’s working or when to make a change. You'll walk out of this session with an actionable, customized, money making plan that you'll be excited to work. If it’s good enough for sexy startups and the company whose stock you just bought – it's absolutely good enough for your business.
The 2015 Entrepreneur Expo is your best opportunity to celebrate Philadelphia's entrepreneurial spirit with more than 500 colleagues and peers. Over 50 tech entrepreneurs will display their ideas and work at this trade-show and party, hosted at the incomparable 23rd Street Armory.
DigiCamp is a one-day immersive technology experience to learn about STEM careers and entrepreneurship. Join us in this new world of fun and explore how creative and innovative you can be.
We're co-hosting an exclusive Google event on April 23, 2015, and you're invited. It's a great opportunity to learn from a Google expert about how to grow your business. We'll provide breakfast, all we need is your company. Learn about Internet advertising/PPC from Google experts as well as Adam Lundquist - the CEO of Nerds Do It Better.
Hear from tech professionals working at organizations utilizing Open Source. How can companies benefit from using open source? What role does it play in professional growth? Should every startup leverage the open source community? Discuss, learn, share thoughts.
MLeads team invites you to join Manish Gorawala, award-winning Philadelphia based IT entrepreneur turned innovator, as he introduces you to the possibilities and demonstrates how to use do-it-yourself mobile technology to overcome the challenges related to organizing the events so simple at the same time making it effective and efficient ...
Like the quizzo you know with a twist! Try your hand at querying data from the School District of Philadelphia to answer three rounds of Query Quizzo questions.
Slice Communications and Philly marketing experts from Curalate, MTM LinguaSoft and the World Trade Center Greater Philadelphia will help you cut through the clutter and get your local story the attention you deserve on a global scale by integrating public relations and social media initiatives.
Join the Learning Technologies Group of ATD Philadelphia for a hands-on, down and dirty look at Articulate Storyline – the most popular E-Learning Development Tool on the market today. The Association for Talent Development is the professional development organization for those working in the Learning, Talent, and Professional Development space. The second in our series of authoring tools workshops this year, we’ll open up and look under the cover of Articulate Storyline in this session. Developed as a standalone program, it gives users an e-leanringtool that isn’t dependent on PowerPoint,, yet is as easy to learn. We’ll look at samples of E-Learning Developed using Storyline, show off its key features, spark your curiosity to learn, and help you build a plan for beginning to create e-learning using this powerful tool. Please come with a laptop and download a free trial version of Storyline at https://www.articulate.com/ You can also join us remotely if you can’t make it down town though'll you'll miss the networking! Instructions & information will be emailed to you after registering. If you have issues accessing the platform the day off email firstname.lastname@example.org We also encourage you to come with either existing samples of e-learning, ILT courses you may want to turn into e-learning or just ideas to use and we’ll help you sketch out a path to creating awesome e-learning from what you bring. Food, Refreshments, & Networking will be included. Register at tdphl.org
Philly KEYSPOT, a network of 51 city-funded, public computing centers, serves a diverse client-base including people experiencing homelessness, formerly incarcerated individuals, and the chronically unemployed. Hear from KEYSPOT users facing these challenges, plus organizations in Philadelphia working to address their needs using technology, and discuss actionable ideas and opportunities for partnership and collaboration.
INNOVATE. TRANSFORM. LEAD. Using business incubators to accelerate innovative products, technologies, and strategies to market
What do small, fast-moving technology companies have in common with large, multi-billion dollar enterprises SAP, Comcast, Independence Blue Cross, and Exelon? They share the ambition to innovative, transform, and lead the market. Join the MIT Enterprise Forum of Philadelphia and a discussion with leaders in the energy, health care, and media and technology sectors about incubator opportunities, investments, and partnerships available to the region’s most innovative corporations and entrepreneurs. Reception and networking to follow. Seating is limited. Register early!
Let Me Explain is a series focused on real entrepreneurial stories told Live. Our show shares these stories and the lessons behind them. Hosted by Jamila Payne, each show starts with a theme that the storyteller uses a starting point to explain the untold truths of what it really means to build a business. This shows theme "My Money is Funny."
AL DÍA News Media leads a unique discussion between journalists and developers about the future of digital storytelling.
Are you an entrepreneur, startup, crafter, or service provider looking to launch your website quickly and free of cost? Start here. Go anywhere. “Fast & Free DIY Websites” an introductory class that covers Google Sites and Blogger for small business owners and entrepreneurs. Librarian Instructors will demonstrate how to create a basic site using free platforms with a particular focus on marketing your product or service. Also, learn about the website building resources that the Free Library offers in print and online. Anyone with an interest in building a website or blog is welcome to attend. An email address and basic computer skills are required to attend this class.
Startup Pitch Night is the proven platform to practice and improve your pitch. We've helped thousands of startups at our fun, relaxed, and informative events. From the east coast to the west coast, we've held events in a bunch of select cities. Join us and "Pitch. Watch. Learn. Network!"
In his debut AIGA Philadelphia exhibit, designer and educator Alex Yampolsky explores visual navigation concepts to enhance urban commuter experience.
WebLinc is proud to present N3rd Street Squares, an interactive web and technology-focused game based on the famous 1970's TV show, Hollywood Squares. With this web-app game, everyone in the audience is a contestant, competing for free drinks and prizes at Old City hot spot, National Mechanics.
Join us for a lively conversation about the latest tools, technologies and services that every startup (and even non-startup) CEO should be considering in 2015 to help run their businesses lean and profitable.
Tech360 is a full day tech experience supported by the Innovative Technology Action Group (ITAG) and the Ideas x Innovation Network (i2n), initiatives of the Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC). Tech 360 will focus on tech education, leadership development, innovation and networking, sharing best practices that you can apply today.
NTR’s donor-supported Free Learning Through Technology (FreeLTT) program has provided nearly 4000 low-income youth, people with disabilities, and families with free computers and training since 1999. During Philly Tech Week twenty freshman from Mastbaum High School will receive free computers funded by NTR’s generous donors.
Understanding the benefits and ease of cloud storage
Find out how museums like the Metropolitan, the Smithsonian and others are using 3D printing in their programming. See a demonstration of 3D scanning and printing.
What leads to a really satisfying career? Ben has a suggestion — “Live Slow. Make Fast.” AIGA Philadelphia and Pipeline Philly welcome Ben Jenkins for the final stop of the “6 Days of Thunder” Tour. This Spring, Ben will drive up the East Coast, hitting 6 AIGA chapters in 6 days, concluding with a workshop and lecture here in Philly on Saturday, April 25th. Ben Jenkins is a designer of graphics, brands, and products. He is also the founder of OneFastBuffalo, INDIG, Warstic Bat Co, Onefastco, Treadsmith, Western Son, and numerous other brands. The “Live Slow, Make Fast” lecture begins at 10:30am with Ben talking about how he has kept his company, OneFastBuffalo, thriving. He’ll expand on how to encourage creative people to make things they love and delight clients through surprising collaborations. Following the lecture is the “Designtrepreneur” Workshop where Ben will give you his roadmap of how to build ideas into successful brands.This class is for designers, artists, makers, aspiring entrepreneurs, anyone who is stuck in the garage, and those can't seem to get into second gear. Leave with a roadmap to personal fulfillment, and some homework (Sorry). While the lecture is free, the workshop does cost a fee, but does include a notebook and boxed lunch.
Join us at Kings Hall for a “Fembots / Cyborgs” themed Dr. Sketchy’s Philadelphia in honor of Philly Tech Week! Grab your sketch books and get ready for great tunes, great models, and libations at the first Dr. Sketchy’s Kings Hall has hosted! You’ll be glad you did!
The 2nd Annual Mashed Media Awards celebrates the best in youth voice, creativity and vision in a Gala Awards event recognizing the best in youth media in Philadelphia from video to photography, music to spoken word and features features media screenings and live performances.