Top Tech Leaders in SF Announced at the 2nd Annual Timmys

After submitting 4,600 votes, the world’s biggest tech community selected the winners from the 30 notable finalists, including runner-ups Capital One, Metromile, and Minnie Ingersoll, Founder of Shift Technologies, to represent the best of technology work culture, management and startups in the region.

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“We are excited to celebrate the innovations and achievements of the city’s technology community through Tech in Motion’s Timmy Awards for a second year,” said Andrew Slepitza, Division Manager of Jobspring Partners and Workbridge Associates San Francisco. “Nominees, finalists and winners all embodied the ambitious spirit of growth and energy that makes the ever-growing and evolving technical talent of the Bay Area want to call San Francisco home.”

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The 2016 San Francisco Timmy Award Winners are:

  • Best Tech Manager – Joanne Pons, Senior Director of Software Engineering, from MyVest
  • Best Tech Startup – PagerDuty
  • Best Tech Work Culture – AppDynamics

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Stay tuned to check out the photos of the 2nd Annual SF Timmy Awards here!

“For our second year hosting the Timmys, the sheer variety of the 125 tech innovators nominated shows how the Bay Area continues to flourish as the biggest tech hub in the country,” said Betsy Martin, Regional Director of Workbridge Associates and Jobspring Partners SF. “We will continue to build relationships, connect the community, and develop the Timmy Awards to recognize the best workplaces for years to come.

The Timmy Awards are presented throughout the year in cities across North America, including Boston, LA, NYC, San Francisco and Chicago. Previous winners include innovators such as Jet.com, LearnVest, Venmo, Trip Advisor, Gilt, Constant Contact, Casper and Instacart.

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In addition to S.F., D.C.’s 2nd Annual Timmy Awards also took place Dec. 8. The next Timmys will take place in Boston and LA in April of 2017. Please visit techinmotionevents.com/awards for more information on the Timmys and to find out when you can attend a ceremony in your city.

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Top Tech Employers and Managers Recognized at 2nd Annual D.C. Timmy Awards

After tallying close to 5,000 votes, Tech in Motion officially announced the winners of the 2nd Annual DC Timmy Awards, honored at a ceremony held December 8 at 1776 Crystal City Campus in Arlington. The local tech community selected the winners from 25 remarkable finalists, including noteworthy first runner-ups InnovatorsBox, SkyBitz and Philip Schmitz of CharityEngine, to represent the best of tech work culture, startups and management in the region.

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“We were thrilled to bring together the technology community last night for the 2nd Annual DC Timmy Awards. Tech in Motion is honoring companies that help solidify the region as a place for technology to flourish,” said Del Crockett, Regional Director of Jobspring Partners and Workbridge Associates D.C. “It was a night of celebration with over 200 technical leaders that claim DC as home base.”

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The 2016 DC Timmy Award Winners are:

  • Best Technology Manager: Andrew Willis, Vice President, eCommerce, at CustomInk
  • Best Tech Startup: Senseware
  • Best Technology Work Culture: Leverege

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“These 25 finalists epitomize what the technology community of Washington DC stands for: innovation, leadership, diversity, and creativity,” said John Howard, Division Manager of Workbridge Associates D.C. “We’re proud to recognize local leaders like these, and by hosting Tech in Motion’s Timmy Awards, we hope to help foster continuous innovation within the region for years to come.”

Stay tuned to check out more photos of the 2nd Annual DC Timmy Awards!

For the first time, last night’s Timmy Awards ceremony also included a keynote address to kick off the ceremonies, given by Shawn DuBravac, the Chief Economist of the Consumer Technology Association. The keynote touched on both 2016 and the future and served as a transition into the awards ceremony.

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The Timmy Awards are presented throughout the year in cities across North America, including Boston, LA, NYC, San Francisco and Chicago. Previous winners include innovators such as Jet.com, LearnVest, Venmo, Trip Advisor, Gilt, Constant Contact, Casper and Instacart.

In addition to D.C., San Francisco’s 2nd Annual Timmy Awards also took place Dec. 8. The next Timmys will take place in Boston and LA in April of 2017. Please visit techinmotionevents.com/awards for more information on the Timmys and to find out when you can attend a ceremony in your city.

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How to Earn $200K+ as a Software Engineer

Over the last two years, Tech in Motion’s proud supporters, Jobspring Partners and Workbridge Associates, have worked with hundreds of thousands of engineers across the United States and Canada to find these tech professionals exciting positions. While the vast majority end up in positions that pay between $50,000 and $140,000, these agencies have also placed many engineers at the $200K-$300K+ range.

Many candidates wonder: “What qualifies an engineer for a $200K+ salary? And how can I get there?” Given the 27 years of experience that Jobspring and Workbridge have working within the technology industry, it is clear that there are some key factors that you should keep in mind before you go shooting for the stars. Here are the top four determinants that can help you map out your career as well as help you dream and achieve bigger:

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1. Location, Location, Location

You can be the greatest developer with a Ph.D. in Engineering, but a $200K position may not exist in the geographic region you live in. Are you willing to relocate? Most of the job openings in the $200K range that Jobspring and Workbridge often deal with are located in San Francisco, San Jose, New York, Washington DC, Chicago, and Los Angeles. If you’re not open to relocating to a place where the pay is higher, you may be limiting yourself.

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*Based on Jobspring and Workbridge Placements.

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2. Experience

Experience plays a critical role when it comes to salary negotiation. Over the last four years, there was only one person that these agencies placed at a just-under-$200K salary who had only two years of experience. (This person had some exceptional accomplishments and specialized in Front-End Development.) Most companies want to see at least seven years of experience before they even consider higher six-figure salaries. In fact, the majority of the agencies’ $200K placements were with candidates that had 11-28 years of experience.

 

3. Technology and Skills

Technology and skills are critical components to gaining a higher salary. Do you have the right skills? Do you need to learn a new programming language or move to a different field or niche? Your skills, and how you can sell yourself, are essential parts of getting the highest salary possible. Based on all of the placements done by Jobspring and Workbridge from 2013-2016, Java Developers were the leaders of the $200K club. Mobile, Network Security, Front End, Ruby on Rails, Product Management, and UI/UX were all among the top technologies when it came to highest salaries.

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*Comparing Jobspring and Workbridge salaries by technology and experience with the average for Software Engineers.

 

4. Seniority and Leadership

The majority of people placed with a $200K+ salary are generally at a Senior Management or C-Level position working for a startup or Fortune 500 company. Often times, these people are placed with companies who were looking to hire “on the street” to fill their VP or C-Level positions. So if you think that a Ph.D. in Engineering and decades of experience will eventually guarantee you a big promotion to a Senior Executive level, think again. A lot of employers feel comfortable hiring experienced engineers working for other companies and don’t see the need to promote within the company.

As an engineer, you must prove that you are not only a talented coder, but also an effective manager who can lead others, take ownership, and make critical decisions. At the Senior Executive level, you need to demonstrate leadership acumen. An MBA (full-time, executive, online, or part-time) with a Master’s Degree in Engineering and a focus on Management, as well as courses and a certificate on Leadership, are all important aspects of becoming a candidate who can qualify for a higher six-figure compensation.

 

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OC Panel: What is the Future of DevOps?

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UCI Innovation Campus was buzzing with energy when the local Tech in Motion chapter hosted their event Tech Panel: DevOps | Driving Productivity and Efficiency on August 25.

The panel was moderated by Max Schnepper, Practice Manager of Workbridge Associates and a subject matter expert on the local DevOps market. The evening’s focus was in response to the community requesting more education-focused events and to provide a space for members of the numerous Orange County DevOps Meetup groups to gather.

Schnepper began with defining some key terms.

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DevOps is a framework for identifying and eliminating constraints, so processes such as software development and deployment run smoothly at a high level of efficiency. Panelist Matt Chung, a Systems Development Engineer with Amazon Web Services in Seattle and founder of the OC DevOps Group said, “DevOps is both technical and cultural. It involves making sure teams such as software developers and the people who administer the resulting systems are co-existing and working together. Technical productivity and efficiency are also part of it. The goal is to eliminate waste and add value to the company.”

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“Software is a key battleground and winners and losers are being defined by the way they ship software and interact with customers and users. Shipping software when you need it is key. DevOps is the realization that existing IT systems are too slow. The ROI on DevOps is pretty clear. All organizations can benefit from automation and tooling. Just look at the data. Put the right data in the right environment and you can improve release timelines and gains across all faces of the SDLC (Software Development Life Cycle),” responded panelist Jedidiah Yueh, Founder of Delphix and Avamar (sold to EMC).

Panelist Spencer Seebald, Senior Field Technical Solutions Engineer with Puppet, Inc., added, “People are starting to see software, regardless of the industry, as a competitive advantage for business and a way to drive it forward. DevOps people can help move things along more quickly, and that is an advantage. Data shows companies that adopt DevOps move faster in a more reliable and controlled fashion.”

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The evening concluded with questions about the future of DevOps and how businesses at different stages can adopt this framework. Chris Ciborowski stated, “With DevOps practices outside of the US such as Europe as Australia; they are already working and running in the cloud, applying these strategies. As these markets see where improvements can still be made, they will also see where the trend moves.” Ciborowski added that, “You cannot buy or hire DevOps” and that businesses, whether they are a startup or enterprise, can benefit because DevOps encourages, “A real understanding of how your business is developing software and how the business maps into the process of future releases and testing. All of these processes go hand in hand.”

Original article  by Hai Truong, UCI Applied Innovation writer

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Top Tech Employers Recognized at 2nd Annual Boston Timmy Awards

Tech in Motion tallied 4,910 votes and now officially announced the winners of its second annual Boston Timmy Awards, honored at a ceremony held April 14 at Education First’s Headquarters in Cambridge. The top employers for technology professionals in “Beantown” accepted their awards live at the event, following a cocktail hour and product demos from some of the “best and brightest” in Boston’s tech community. Out of 360 original nominations, four winners from a field of finalists for Best Technology Work Culture, Best Technology Managers, and Best Tech Startups took home a 2016 Boston Timmy Award.

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“It’s an honor to formally recognize the most attractive workplaces for technology professionals in Boston,” said Shane Tomlinson, Division Manager of Jobpring Partners and a Timmy Awards organizer.

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The 2016 Boston Timmy Award Winners (above, left to right) are:

  • Best Tech Startup – indico
  • Best Tech Manager – Andrew Harmon, Vice President C4ISR Technology at Novetta
  • Best Tech Work Culture (Large Company Category) – Curriculum Associates
  • Best Tech Work Culture (Small Company Category) – Jebbit

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“The Boston tech startup ecosystem is fully established as one of the world’s most vibrant tech hubs,” said another Timmys organizer, Division Manager Kyle Sluzar of Workbridge Associates. “With so many inventive companies based here, last night was beyond competitive. We are excited to continue to honor the best employers for technology talent in Boston for many years to come.”

See more photos of the 2nd Annual Boston Timmys here!

The Timmys are presented throughout the year in tech hub cities across North America, including New York, San Francisco and Toronto. Previous winners have included innovators such as Venmo, Trip Advisor, Gilt, Constant Contact, Casper, and Instacart. Curriculum Associates is excited to join their company.

“Our technology team promotes technical creativity and constantly encourages technical learning. This freedom has enabled our team to create the best adaptive learning materials for students nationwide,” said Rob Waldron, CEO at Curriculum Associates. “This award is testament to their hard work and dedication to making Curriculum Associates a world-class technology organization that is helping make classrooms better places for learners and teachers.”

The next Timmy Awards ceremonies are the 2nd Annual NYC Timmys on May 19 and Philadelphia’s inaugural Timmy Awards on June 9.

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Toronto Gamers Unite!

Tech in Motion Toronto sprang into spring with an exciting interactive gaming demo at MaRS Discovery District! Hosting four exciting development companies in the Toronto gaming scene, Gaming Interactive: Demos & Drinks gave Sago Sago, Trompo Games, Throw Away Games and Bluish-Green Productions a chance to show members behind-the-scenes development of their latest games.

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As the first “gaming”- themed Meetup since the early days of the chapter in 2013, Tech in Motion Toronto was excited to once again host the local gaming community for a night of free beer, pizza, and of course exciting interactive demonstrations!

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First to present his dev tools was Max Cranley, Director and Co-owner of Trompo Games. The event was actually the first pre-App-store-release demonstration of Trompo’s newest game, Wormarium – and boy, was it a hit.

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Following Max, Colin McCune – Director of Engineering at Sago Sago Toronto, gave Tech in Motion members an inside look at the methodology behind their children’s mobile app games. At their booth later in the evening, Sago even gave out vouchers for free downloads of their games Friends, Forest Flyer, and more!

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Adam Clarke, CEO of Throw Away Games, then gave the audience an overview of the projects they have worked on. In addition to video games like Robo’s World: The Zarnock Fortress and The Stellar Adventures of Cat Damon, that includes cool mobile apps like Pixq and bitgraffiti.

The owner of Throw Away’s collaborator on the game Zarnock, Bluish-Green Productions’ Atilla Branyiczky, then spoke about how he crafted the difficulty curve for the game and his decision to make it bi-directional.

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The interactive gaming focus of this event was popular with the audience. One member, Luis Montecino, summed it up well: “The event was really well done and the companies invited had very interesting projects! Thanks for giving us access to this kind of content!”

Even new members of the Toronto chapter were speaking out about the topic. One attendee, Brad, exclaimed “This was my first meetup! Thanks everyone. Great presentations and lots of fun to meet some cool new people”.

The guests shuffled out at the end of the evening with handfuls of leftover doughy goodness from the #RandomActsofPizza brought to us by our friends and sponsors, Panago Pizza, along with brains full of worms and robots from a truly enlightening night of gaming.

Be sure to join us at our next Tech in Motion event in Toronto! As always, big thank you to our constant sponsorship partner, Jobspring Partners.

Demos & Drinks Take Over Downtown LA

Tech in Motion LA recently hosted another edition of its popular event, Demos & Drinks. While many of the LA chapter’s events are held near Silicon Beach, this month added an enticing twist by taking place in Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA). DTLA has an exciting, up-and-coming tech scene that Tech in Motion was happy to be a part of. Hot companies like Postmates, Saucey and Causecast each had their own booth set up, where they demonstrated their products, mingled with guests and even gave attendees discount codes for their services.

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Postmates is an app that’s transforming the way local goods move around a city by enabling anyone to get any product delivered in under one hour. Their urban logistics and on-demand delivery platform connects their customers with local couriers, who purchase and deliver goods from any restaurant or store in a city.

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Saucey is an on-demand alcohol delivery service, which makes it easier, faster and safer for customers to purchase drinks and have them delivered in 20-40 minutes. Saucey has been referred to as the “Uber of Alcohol!” They were a definite hit at the event, and even delivered the beer and wine for Tech in Motion that night.

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Causecast is a “Corporate Social Responsibility” SAAS (Software-As-A-Service) organization. They develop the leading CSR platform, which drives employee engagement, reduces paper-pushing and helps their clients impact the communities where they live and work.

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During the event, Tech in Motion organizers had the opportunity to pick the mind of a few guests in reference to the participating companies, and it turns out that attendees were pretty pro-Saucey that night.

TIM: Of the companies you’ve seen tonight, which would you use in your personal life and why?

Wilfred: “I think Saucey because they helped me visualize the product. They had a tablet where you could actually see the app and pricing, which was more informative for me.”

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TIM: “Of the companies that you saw tonight, which do you think is the most innovative and why?”

Dean: “I think Saucey, because they seem to have everything together – their target audience, their packaging, their app looks great…”

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Lastly, we want to give a big thank you to our sponsors Jobspring Partners,Workbridge Associates and One Medical. Without their support, our events would not be possible!

Check out the events that Tech in Motion LA has lined up for fall here.

Tech in Motion Boston Springs Forward: Demo & Drinks Recap

Springtime is a time for new beginnings and Tech in Motion Boston chose to celebrate the warm weather by hosting a demo and drinks event centered around health and green tech. Techies from all across Boston gathered at MJ O’Connor’s on Tuesday, April 29th to network, drink and meet some great companies who were out showcasing their green and health technologies.  PavlokLose it!Sol Power, and Energy Harvesters came out for the evening to show off their goods.

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After a brief networking session, the evening transitioned into our presentations. Pavlok presented a habit-forming bracelet, Lose It! is weight loss app, Sol Power offers charging stations and and Energy Harvesters allows users to charge mobile device batteries by walking.

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All of the presenters had 5 minutes to demo their product to the audience.  It was great to see all of the companies feeding off of one another.  Energy Harvesters saw an opportunity to position themselves after Sol Power by saying “Well if you’re ever not near a charging station, you have one of your own.”  Similarly Maneesh Sethi, creator of Pavlok said that if you need help to Lose it! simply wear his habit forming device that will shock you if you miss a day at the gym.

At the conclusion of the demos the attendees rushed the tables to get a closer look. It didn’t take long for Sol Power’s charging station to fill up with various mobile devices needing a charge.

Tentatively we tried Pavlok on ourselves. The shock isn’t as bad as one would think (think of it like a shock collar for dogs), but being shocked multiple times a day would definitely help break bad habits!

Lose It! had a lot of traffic at their table, after all they did bring some goodies along with them (tshirts, pint glasses, stickers) but according to one of our event coordinators, the app really does work!  She’s been using it for a few weeks now and is already seeing great results.

Buzz about Energy Harvester’s Walking Charger™ also filled the room, so it was clear that once the company can develop one for commercial use, they have at least 200 promised sales.

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We asked our techies two questions related to the event, “In what areas of Green Tech do you think Boston could benefit most from?” and “What is your dream fitness/health app?”  Here’s what they had to say!

“Green up that transport! Hybrid taxis, green buses, solar-powered T etc…” – Adam S.

 

“Something that integrates with your brain/nerve/health system.” – Felix F.

 

“Increased efficiency of water reclamation because the infrastructure under us is scarily old.” – Anonymous Attendee

 

“Gain it! Opposite of Loseit! I realize it’s a minority but I need help gaining weight!” – Paul G.

No surprise but our most popular app answer was one that would do all of the work for you – and apparently Boston needs to clean up its transportation system!

We had a great night hanging out with everyone as usual. Again we want to thank our sponsors Workbridge Associates and Jobspring Partners.  You can view all of the photos from the event on our Facebook page and check us out on MeetUp to see what’s happening next!

 

From Russian Linguist to CTO: A Recap of Philadelphia’s First Fireside Chat

On Wednesday, March 26, Tech in Motion Philadelphia hosted their first ever fireside chat at CityCoHo Philly Nexus with Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Richard Bunker of the Neat Company. Led by Christopher Wink of Technically Philly, the conversation covered Bunker’s journey from Russian Linguist to successful CTO, with a healthy dose of insight into the future of the Neat Company.

“I was paying to go to school for Russian literature by doing jobs as a programmer for Polaroid and Pepsi,” Bunker said about his beginnings, “and I discovered there are better paying jobs as a programmer than there are as a Russian literature student.”

Bunker’s path to CTO was never a straight line, but instead a varied path that included positions such as managing director, president and CIO. His first leadership gig was at SEI, as Vice President over about 50 software developers, followed by a stint as CIO for Procurian.

“CIO’s don’t become CEOs, so I made the move to the front office,” said Bunker of his transition to a Chief Technology Officer position.

Bunker leads the tech department as CTO of the Neat Company, which offers an integrated system of software, hardware, cloud services and mobile applications that allows users to perfectly scan documents and manage them in Quick Books, Constant Contact or other programs. Neat’s technology recognizes the type of document that is scanned with their hardware and intelligently parses the data accordingly.

“We’re going to keep selling hardware. We have groovy scanners,” Bunker acknowledged, “but the value is in our software…And I went to high school in the seventies; I’m allowed to say groovy!”

A little known fact about the Neat Company is that they process 12.5 Lowes receipts per minute, according to Bunker. Anyone with a small business has receipts and is going to keep scanning them. While Bunker believes this could be done directly with an in-browser application, Neat’s clients still prefer the mobile app.

“A lot of the hard stuff – synchronize, categorize, move things around – is going to move to the cloud,” said Bunker, indicating that the mobile app would soon become just a thin app. “We’re operating a cloud business at scale.”

When the conversation turned from cloud services to the Philadelphia tech scene, Bunker was full of optimism for the city, citing the high number of students and how the money made when companies are sold stays in the area as the former founders begin new startups. Neat Company even sponsored a code camp recently to give back, but Bunker sees the real growth for the community coming in the future.

“We are hiring people and we are doing things very close to what you would find in Silicon Valley,” Bunker told the audience. “These skills are becoming part of the community; those skills become a part of Philadelphia.”

While Chris Wink was a stimulating moderator for the conversation, Bunker inspired quite a queue of technologists waiting to speak with him after the Q & A wrapped up. Beforehand, he left the crowd with a phrase that has become his mantra.

“I try to say yes when people ask me to do things,” Bunker said with a smile.

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In addition to an educational evening from Bunker and Wink’s dialogue, guests also enjoyed bites from the Corner Foodery and beer donated by Shawnee Craft Brewing Company. CityCoHo graciously donated their space for networking and the fireside chat, as well.

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Thank you to sponsors Jobspring Partners and Workbridge Associates, who made the event possible.To join the Philadelphia chapter of Tech in Motion, please sign up here.