Technology

 

Poverty: Program Offers Philadelphia’s Underserved Communities Free Computer Access

Poverty: Program Offers Philadelphia’s Underserved Communities Free Computer Access

For most people, regular computer access is a must. Whether it be for school or work, it’s almost impossible to function without these necessary tools. Yet, 41 percent of Philadelphian’s do not have either reliable access to the Internet or a computer. The Hotspot and Keyspot programs seek to address this need in poor and […]

 

Technically Philly: Five Places Where Tech is Happening

Technically Philly: Five Places Where Tech is Happening

Although Philly’s tech culture has a presence throughout the city, its knack for creating communities in certain spaces is evident. So whether it’s in a high-rise office building or amid a backdrop of historic military ships, these places are full of the city’s most innovative companies. Navy Yard This naval shipyard-turned industrial complex in South Philly is a sprawling park of […]

 

Technically Philly: Sam Cusumano and Electricity for Progress

Technically Philly: Sam Cusumano and Electricity for Progress

Sam Cusumano could barely contain his excitement as he watched two of his friends listen to a couple pairs of apples. That’s right, they were listening to apples. It was all a part of his Electricity for Progress exhibit, showcased at the Philadelphia Art Alliance in April. The apples were just one application of what […]

 

City Schools: Makerspaces Providing Resources for Creativity and Innovation

City Schools: Makerspaces Providing Resources for Creativity and Innovation

Klint Kanopka still remembers the time when technology’s purpose in school could be boiled down to defeating your classmates on the Oregon Trail. “Even shop class used to carry a negative stigma,” Kanopka said, “and it was never really taken seriously.” Those days are long gone, as students from a number of Philadelphia schools have […]

 

Northwest Philadelphia: Talking Stick Learning Center Bringing Homeschooling To The Forefront

Northwest Philadelphia: Talking Stick Learning Center Bringing Homeschooling To The Forefront

Hidden within 55-acres of green space, the Awbury Arboretum in East Germantown is now home to the Talking Stick Learning Center. The two building learning facility offers a variety of programs for home-school children ages 4 through 15 years old. Founded on the idea that learning is innate, Talking Stick Learning Center strives to help […]

 

Technically Philly: Candidate Sean Sullivan Engages With Local Business Leaders

Technically Philly: Candidate Sean Sullivan Engages With Local Business Leaders

Over the past two years, Philadelphia has witnessed a rise in the number of tech start-ups and co-working spaces. But without proper support, many entrepreneurs fail to see their ideas and businesses flourish. Sean Sullivan, a Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 175th district, knows that access to resources is essential for helping entrepreneurs […]

 

Technically Philly: GitHub an Ideal Platform for City’s Open Data

Technically Philly: GitHub an Ideal Platform for City’s Open Data

Since he took up the position of the City of Philadelphia’s chief data officer in late 2012, Mark Headd has pushed for the city to release its data on GitHub, the popular software sharing and collaboration platform. GitHub has become home base for the city’s open data initiative. Many of the City’s public GitHub repositories […]

 

Technically Philly: Step IT Up America comes to Town

Technically Philly: Step IT Up America comes to Town

UST Global, a California-based information technology solutions company, chose Women’s History month to introduce its Step IT Up America campaign to Philadelphia. Step IT Up is a 12-week training program designed to teach minority women the skills needed to succeed in IT-related jobs. It is a part of UST Global’s larger mission to help employ […]

 

South of South Street: Coded by Kids Teaches Inner-City Youth Website Development

South of South Street: Coded by Kids Teaches Inner-City Youth Website Development

After a career in the Air Force as a computer-graphic assistant specialist and a tour of duty in Iraq with the Army National Guard, Sylvester Mobley came back to a city where kids were leaving school without the technological abilities to succeed in the workplace. He recognized a chance to use the skills he learned […]

 

Mount Airy: Improvements for Lovett Library

Mount Airy: Improvements for Lovett Library

A decision was made to perform renovations on the Lovett Memorial Library in Mount Airy, and the public responded positively to the idea.  Joe Benford, the Chief of Extensions for the Free Library of Philadelphia estimates that with funding in place, the project could break ground in March of next year.  Benford said the plan […]