The third annual Delaware Innovation Week will take place November 3 to November 11.
Are you ready?
Delaware is small but mighty, which is evident as the state advances its position at the forefront of tech and entrepreneurial activity. A perfect example is Delaware Innovation Week – a culminating week of events showcasing the state’s burgeoning innovation community through workshops, networking and demonstrations.
This year’s DIW17 will include 30 open-calendar events celebrating technology and innovation in the Delaware region.
Organized by the local news network, Technical.ly Delaware, DIW17 grew to attract more than 2,500 attendees in its second year. This year the team expects to grow its audience to more than 3,000 during the week of November 3 to November 11.
As 2017 shapes up to be its liveliest year yet, it’s no surprise that our very own Zip Code Wilmington staff and alumni are part of the fun. Alex Brown and Carina Blair, Zip Code alums, are listed as speakers for this year’s tech talks, while Tariq Hook, Director of Education and Mikaila Akeredolu, Project Manager are instructing two dev workshops. To register for Intro to Typescript or Advanced Python/Apache Spark, visit http://2017.delawareinnovationweek.com/events/dev_workshops. In addition, Zip Code Wilmington is nominated for an Innovation Award as Tech Mission Organization of the Year. Voting is open until Friday, October 27.
According to a released statement from Technical.ly Delaware, publisher Christopher Wink says, “The goal [of the event] is to bring together the broadest cross-section of local leaders and bring new faces to the conversation.”
The #DIW17 events are categorized into seven tracks including Access, Business, Civic, Creative, Media, Dev (short for web and product development) and new this year, Sciences. More than 25 organizations participate with their own independently-organized events on the community calendar, including panels, parties and conferences with influential speakers, including a selection of anchor programming hosted by Technical.ly.
Mikaila Akeredolu sees this year as a “full circle” moment for him. In 2015, Akeredolu attended the DIW as an intermediate-level coder looking to learn new skills. This year he returns facilitating an Introduction to Typescript course.
He sees this event as an essential stepping-stone for anyone looking to enter the Delaware tech space because it has a mix of hands-on learning along with networking.