By Melony Roy


PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — #TechInColor is a volunteer run meetup that seeks to bring together the most diverse group of technologists in the region and discuss issues around diversity. The group is set to host its third Philly Tech Week event Thursday night.

Designed to connect underrepresented groups in the tech industry, #TechInColor returns to Philly Tech Week On Thursday night.

Beth Blinebury, founder of Blinebury Design in Kensington, and one of its organizers, says the theme of the event is “Success Hacks: Paving Your Own Way in Tech.”

“Does it mean breaking into development, starting your own business?” she said. “What does it mean to be successful in the technology field?”

Speakers include Felix Addison, co-founder of ‘Who’s Your Landlord,’ Courtney Wilburn, former White House Tech and Innovation Fellow, and more.

This year, #TechInColor has partnered with nonprofit Hopeworks ‘N Camden and the first panel will share their stories of how that organization has impacted their lives and how tech has improved their lives. It will be moderated by Derrick Pitts, chief astronomer at the Franklin Institute.

“Our second panel is going to feature entrepreneurs and technologists from around the Philadelphia area talking about how they’ve overcome issues, how diversity plays a role in their careers and sharing their expertise,” Blinebury said.

The event is free and takes place Thursday, May 5 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at First Round Capital in University City.

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