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Delaware Innovation Week 2017

Delaware Innovation Week 2017 is a week-long celebration of technology and innovation. There’s something for everyone! The 3rd annual Delaware Innovation Week took place November 3 - 11, 2017.

The fourth annual Delaware Innovation Week will take place November 2-10, 2018.

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Track Conferences

Delaware Innovation Week is organized into 8 different tracks (Creative, Access, Dev, Civic, Business, Media and Sciences). You can search for events that match your interests by clicking on one of the track icons

Technical.ly also organizes Conference Days focused around some of these tracks. Click on the “Get Conference Tickets” button to learn more.

  • Where programmers, designers, developers and project managers come together. Think: coding, front and back-end development, and more.
  • The startup and business community conversation. Think: venture capital, startups, B2B, doing business with the banks.
  • Discussing diversity and education issues that affect everyday citizens. Think: digital divide, digital education.
  • The strategy around technology coverage & promotion. Think: content marketing, digital marketing strategy, social networks.
  • Where art and technology collide. Think: video games, digital art, community initiatives.
  • The impact of technology on government and civil society. Think: digital media, civic hacking, open data.
  • Where leaders in healthcare, the sciences, economic development, public health and academia come together. Think: commercialized technology, creating connectivity, influencing policy.

Map of Events

What’s happening where.


Alex Brown

Alex Brown is the CEO of Textable. A local Delaware startup that provides texting for businesses. He is also a full stack engineer with a love for JavaScript. After graduating from the first class of Zip Code Wilmington, Alex went on to work at JP Morgan & Chase Co. While at JP Morgan, Alex continued to work on side projects including one that would eventually become Textable.

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Tarika Chawla

Speaker, Tech Blogger, Software Developer at Warner Bros Digital Labs Tarika has extensive experience architecting, developing and releasing native Android and iOS mobile apps based on business requirements and user design. She is passionate about using latest technologies and languages for creating innovative solutions at various hackathons. An active member of Android Philly Alliance, Girl Develop It and Philly Cocoaheads meetup in Philadelphia. She gives talks focused on Android and iOS Development to integration of numerous SDK’s such as Product Flavors, Google Firebase for push notifications, Firebase Analytics etc. Her team implemented an independent project “Connect the Dots” in Mozambique, Africa and she has a blog for the process of the implementation of the project : http://ycenter-connect-the-dots.blogspot.com/

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Greg Caskey

Greg Caskey teaches Economics at the Delaware Military Academy and is the Founder of HipHoponomics, where he teaches economics through Hip-hop, as he has a burning desire to reach students with the life changing message of the economic way of thinking. He has released two albums on SoundCloud over the last two years along with lyrical lesson plans for teachers. Most recently, "HipHoponomics Vol. 2: The Man, The Myth, Adam Smith" dropped on May 5th, 2017, which has received regional and national press attention, including being featured on the front page of the Delaware News Journal and in a nationally syndicated column by economist Walter E. Williams. With thousands of SoundCloud plays already, M.C. Caskey is poised to reach a national audience of students and teachers through HipHoponomics.

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James Hasenmayer

James Hasenmayer is a software engineering leader with expertise in designing, building, and deploying large scale distributed systems. James is co-lead of the Backend Infrastructure team at BlackRock, supporting the Aladdin platform. This team is responsible for developing core software infrastructure including the BlackRock Messaging System (BMS) and our internal compute farms, and focuses on ensuring a fully stable, scalable and cost efficient infrastructure across all the systems at BlackRock. He is currently focused on an initiative to migrate the Aladdin platform to run on a more scalable, cloud based architecture.

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Mikaila Akeredolu

Mikaila is a Full-Stack Developer and alumni of Zip Code Wilmington. After completing coding boot camp, Mikaila was a Software Developer at Comcast. While volunteering at Delaware State University's App Academy, he discovered his passion for teaching. He later decided to combine his love for computer science and his passion for education and joined Zip Code as a Project Manager.

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Eric Smith

Eric Smith joined JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPMC) in January 2016 as the Executive Director for Consumer and Community Banking (CCB) Cybersecurity. In this role, Eric is responsible for CCB Vulnerability Management, CCB Software Security Assurance Program (SSAP), Cyber Risk and Governance, Cybersecurity Services, Security Architecture and CCB Payment Key Management. Eric is also the CCB point of contact for coordination and partnership with JPMC’s Global Technology Cybersecurity organization. Prior to joining JPMC, Eric spent three years at Citi, where he was the Senior Group Information Security Officer (GISO) for Citi’s North America Consumer Bank, which included Branded Cards, Citi Retail Services, CitiMortgage, and Citi’s Retail Bank. In addition to his capacity as a GISO, Eric also provided information security guidance and support for Citi’s Global Cards functions, the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Compliance program, and provided security services for the North America Chief Information Officer.

Prior to Citi, Eric served as a Senior Information Security Manager at Bank of America. His previous responsibilities included global technology and program management for a variety of Information Security disciplines, including Insider Threat, Identity and Access Management, Information Protection and Monitoring, Social Engineering, Advanced Malware, Information Security Service Delivery and Security Consulting. Eric also led the enterprise Identity and Access Management Transformation Program, implementing enterprise technology to effectively manage system access across multiple complex platforms and applications. Eric spent a combined thirteen years at Bank of America and MBNA America, which was the world’s largest independent issuer of credit cards prior to being acquired by Bank of America in 2006.

Eric holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Delaware, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He also holds two industry certifications, including Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and Payment Card Industry Professional (PCIP). He is a member of the Information Security Audit and Control Association (ISACA).

Eric is based in Wilmington, Delaware.

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Supraja John

As part of Trellist’s Web Development Services, Supraja leads and contributes to IT and Application Development client projects. Supraja is an experienced front-end web developer who is also skilled in email, print, and web design, technical writing, and audio and video editing which allows her to play multiple roles on a single project for maximum efficiency. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Delaware. Her other interests include reading, journaling, listening to podcasts, and cooking.

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Tariq Hook

Tariq is the Director of Education at Zip Code Wilmington and a veteran software engineer with over 15 years of industry experience in software development. He has also been a distinguished Java instructor for Temple University's MESA program since 2011.

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Delaware Innovation Week wouldn’t be possible without our sponsors. Interested in getting involved? Check out our DIW17 Sponsorship Prospectus

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Chatham FinancialJPMorgan Chase & Co1313 InnovationBlackrock