Geeks on a Train to Philly

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November 16, 2012 @ 8:00am - @ 8:00pm
Baltimore to Philly

The May 2012 version of Geeks on a Train was such a success, we’re doing it again!

Please join us on November 16th, to visit our neighbor to the north, Philadelphia. Baltimorean (and other curious citizens) entrepreneurs, coders, designers, innovators, and other tech community enthusiasts will get a first-hand look at Philly’s tech scene and connect with their peers.

Whether you take the train, make your own way, or are already in Philadelphia, please register (for head count purposes only.)

In partnership with our friends at Technically Baltimore/Technically Philly and in Mayor Nutter’s administration, we’ve compiled this schedule:


  • 9:00a: Arrive at 30th Street Station (meet by Au Bon Pain): grab any coffee/food/breakfast, etc., discuss overview of University City (Drexel, Penn, U. of Sciences, Science Center) and then Center City portions of tour (will be skipping N3rd Street in Old City, Navy Yard and creative communities in East Passyunk, Northern Liberties, etc.)
  • 9:30a: University City Science Center for Quorum: walk to 37th and Market, discuss Science Center’s move into consumer space, large institutional connector
  • 10:00a: NextFab Studios: discuss maker spaces and communities in Philly and how they intersect w/ technology, including the Hacktory, Hive76, Dept. of Making & Doing [Evan Malone, Founder, NextFab]
  • 10:30a: DreamIt Ventures: discuss growth of colocation facilities and early-stage identity [Steve Welch, Founder, DreamIt]
  • 11:15a: First Round Capital: walk through Penn’s Locust Walk to 4040 Locust St., discuss growth of city and suburbs conversation, regional focus, but dense identity

SUBWAY to Center City

  • 12:00p: Love Park: food truck run (grab chow at one of the many great food trucks for Q&A
  • 12:30p: City Hall: City innovators from BMR and PHL mingle in the Mayor’s Reception room
    • 12:45p:  Open Executive Order -- Mark Headd, Chief Data Officer
    • 12:55p: New Urban Mechanics -- Story Bellows and Jeff Friedman
    • 1:05p: Philadelphia Cultural Office and -- Moira Baylson
    • 1:15p: -- Maura Kennedy, Licenses and Inspections
    • 1:25p: Speed hellos before leaving by 1:45p
  • 12:30p: CIO private meeting: Adel Ebeid meets with Chris Tonjes in 1234 Market Street
  • 2:00p: Visit Benjamin's Desk: new ‘corporate-culture’ coworking space in Rittenhouse Square [Michael Maher, Co-founder, Benjamin’s Desk]
  • 3:00p: Visit Good Company Ventures: talk social entrepreneurship at 1650 Arch Street [Zoe Selzer, Executive Director, Good Company Ventures]
  • 4:00p: Visit Seed Philly for Inter-City Tech Scene Quizzo!
  • 6:00p: Leave for 30th Street Station and train back to Baltimore


You can make your way to Philly as you choose, but we will be taking:


Amtrak Northeast Regional #172
Departs Baltimore: 8:08a


Amtrak #193
Departs Philadelphia: 7:04p