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

Funeral for a Home

On May 31st, a home in Philadelphia’s Mantua neighborhood was demolished. However, before the home was torn down, it was celebrated. People came out to toast the house, sing songs, and remember the home. A moving event that doubled as an art project by Steven and Billy Dufala (who Philadelphians might know from their group Man Man), the goal was to engage the community “through public memory and civic dialogue.” Learn more about the project at the official Funeral for a Home website.

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<h2>Exhumed 24-Hour Film Festival</h2>

Exhumed 24-Hour Film Festival

Every year the folks at Exhumed throw incredible 24-hour film festivals, bringing together the horror and film community for a full day of movie watching madness.

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<h2>8-Static Festival</h2>

8-Static Festival

The chiptune scene in Philadelphia continues to grow and is proud to be one of the biggest in the country. The team behind the amazing chiptune parties at Studio 34 and PhilaMOCA banded together to create the 8-static Festival, a three day celebration of 8-bit music and visuals in Philadelphia. Their Kickstarter campaign pulled in more than $11,000 and gifted the city with an amazing new music festival.

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.