Unconferences, TEDx talks, festivals, fundraisers, exhibits, hackathons… Philly’s a fantastic city with a string of amazing geeky events all year long.

Event of the Year honors an outstanding event that’s pulled in not only a lot of attendees, but a lot of attention to the city, often times doing a lot of good for the community. Previous years winners included Philly Tech Week and the Philadelphia Science Festival.

The Nominees

Previous Winners

With thousands of participants and millions of web visitors, Open Air Philadelphia brought together public art and mobile tech to create a fantastic, unique platform for the community to participate in. It illuminated the Philadelphia skyline for three weeks in the Fall, and participants could record and submit messages to share through the art program.

The app was downloaded over 7,000 times and over 17,000 people visited the Benjamin Franklin Parkway through the project’s life, becoming the largest crowd-sourced public art project ever seen in Philadelphia.

Women in Tech brings women together to support, challenge, and empower other women at all stages of their careers. Women in Tech is a combination of panel discussions, talks and workshops to learn technology skills. They host a number of events in Philadelphia like Girl Geek Dinners, Pystar Philly, and Girl Develop IT Philadelphia.