On September 10 and 11, the Joint Center partnered with the African American Mayors Association and Comcast for the 2nd Annual Technology Summit in Philadelphia. Elected officials and experts discussed the role technology plays in the development, investment, and growth of America’s cities. Joint Center President Spencer Overton along with Comcast Senior Vice President of Community Investment and President of the Comcast Foundation Dalila Wilson-Scott highlighted the importance of technology and social innovation.The convening began with a dinner on the night of September 10 where attendees heard from Harold Epps, Commerce Director for the City of Philadelphia, and Charles Brennan, Chief Information Officer for the City of Philadelphia, about how the Mayor’s office is approaching innovation and the role that the tech economy plays in urban economic development.
On September 11, participants traveled to Pipeline Philly, a coworking space in downtown Philadelphia, and heard from Institute of Hip Hop Entrepreneurship founders Tayyib Smith and Meegan Denenberg about how they use the ethos of hip hop to connect nontraditional ambitious young entrepreneurs with the resources, knowledge, and contacts needed to take their ideas from concept to reality.
The group also visited the University City Science Center, which included a tour of the facilities, a presentation from Brookings Senior Fellow Jennifer S. Vey about research by Brookings on Philadelphia’s Innovation District, and panel discussing robotics and STEM.
The event concluded with a reception hosted at Ballard Spahr, where Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney highlighted the importance of focusing on innovation and emerging technologies to drive economic and community development.
Participants included: Valarie Allen, Partner, Ballard Spahr Maria Arias, Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion, Comcast NBCUniversal Dayna Bennet, Chief of Staff, Gary, IN Charles Brennan, Chief Information Officer, Philadelphia, PA David Cohen, Senior Executive VP, Comcast NBCUniversal Meegan Denenberg, Founder, Institute of Hip Hop Entrepreneurship Edward Estes, Mayor, Glenarden, MD Harold Epps, Commerce Director, Philadelphia, PA Eugene W. Grant, Mayor, Seat Pleasant, MD Nilda Gumbs, Vice President, External Affairs Association Affairs NCTA - The Internet & Television Association Paula Hoisington, Vice President, Net Communications Kemi Ijitimehin, Vice President, Legal and Regulatory Affairs, Net Communications Jim Kenney, Mayor, Philadelphia, PA Stephanie Kosta, Regional Vice President, Comcast NBCUniversal Ebony Lee, Senior VP of Growth Development, Comcast NBCUniversal Demarius Love, Operations Associate, AAMA (Washington, DC) Everton Morris, Deputy Executive Director, AAMA (Washington, DC) Spencer Overton, President, Joint Center
Jamie Pascal, Policy Associate, AAMA (Washington, DC)
Bret Perkins, Vice President Government & External Affairs, Comcast NBCUniversal
Sam Schwartz, Chief Business Development Officer, Comcast NBCUniversal
Will Searcy, Inclusion & Opportunity Program Manager, Joint Center
Valencia Seay, State Senator, District 34, Georgia
Bob Smith, Vice President of Community Investment, Comcast NBCUniversal
Tayyib Smith, Founder, Institute of Hip Hop Entrepreneurship
Sharif Street, State Senator, District 3, Pennsylvania
Stephanie Mash Sykes, Executive Director, AAMA (Washington, DC)
Jennifer S. Vey, Brookings Senior Fellow and Co-Director Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking
Adzi Vokhiwa, Events Manager, Joint Center
Karen W. Weaver, Mayor, Flint, MI
Antonio Williams, Senior Director, Comcast NBCUniversal
Dalila Wilson-Scott, SVP of Community Impact, Comcast NBCUniversal
Bryan Witkowski, Head of Product, Machine Q