Philly Tech Week 2014 makes a comeback with the world's largest video game and more

With an impressive 110-plus events at this year’s Philly Tech Week, making its 2014 debut on Friday, April 4, even the most tech-minded folk can feel a little beleaguered by all the seemingly endless options of panels, gatherings and expos. If this happens to be you, do not fret because we’ve compiled a list of all the places you’ll want to be.

Students with an interest in robotics are invited to attend the Philly Robotics Expo at the Singh Nanotechnology Center at the University of Pennsylvania on day one of PTW, Friday, April 4. The day, starting at 8:30 a.m., features tours of UPenn robotics labs, seminars teaching students about robotic engineering and lots and lots of robots, naturally.

Animate, a month-long exhibit, running Wednesdays-Saturdays at AIGA Philadelphia, will open Friday, April 4. Stop by between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. for the First Friday opening gallery and witness the web-based display of animated GIFs, old-school Flash animations and interactive artwork.

The Guinness certified largest architectural video game display makes a comeback on Saturday, April 5 at the kick-off party Arcade @ The Oval. Watch selected gamers play Tetris on the Cira Centre building, enjoy food from local vendors, a Yards beer garden and live entertainment at this soirée at The Oval, beginning at 7 p.m.

Bright and early on Saturday, April 5 at 9 a.m. is the Philly Student Start-up Summit 2.0 at the Towne Building at the University of Pennsylvania. This all-day event allows students to chat with and garner advice from leaders in the start-up community.  

Design and teamwork take center stage at the PhillyCHI 8th Annual Design Slam, where teams work together to create the most creatively designed solution to a challenge. Bring your A-game to the Design Center at Philadelphia University because user-experience professionals will be on-hand to help guide teams at this Saturday, April 5 event. It all starts at 11 a.m.

Developers and designers with a mind for baseball are encouraged to attend Baseball Hack Day. The all-day friendly competition at Indy Hall—getting underway at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 6—allows teams to collaborate on baseball-related web projects to be judged by top programmers and developers.

If you didn’t get a chance to play Tetris on the Cira Centre, give it a shot on a miniature replica at the Arduino Controller Workshop, at Nextfab Studio at noon on Sunday, April 6, where attendees can learn how to build and program their own controller.

Economic experts in the Philadelphia area discuss the financials behind technology businesses in the area at the Economic Impact of the Technology Sector roundtable, held at the Free Library of Philadelphia starting at 12 p.m.

Mingle with the best of Philly’s mobile community on Monday, April 7 at Yorn for the Mobile Monday Mix Max, where for two hours, beginning at 6 p.m., attendees can chat with colleagues in the area.

It wouldn’t be Philly Tech Week without some vintage gaming. Hive 76 hosts the classic video game session on Tuesday, April 8 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Let’s be honest, we’ve all had moments of loss in business. Learn how to bounce back and prevent future letdowns at #Failfest: A Conversation in Failure, featuring words of wisdom from entrepreneurs, on Wednesday, April 9 on the 12th floor of the Cira Centre from 2:30 p.m. until 5 p.m..

The official re-naming of the innovative N. 3rd Street to N3rd Street happens on Friday, April 11 at 2 p.m. with a festive tech week barbecue at Liberty Lands Park.

However, the big celebration comes Friday night at 7 for the Philly Tech Week Signature Event. Technology and cocktails converge at this party at the Comcast Center.

If all the digital excitement has your own devices feeling fatigued, bring them to the TechServ Community Genius Bar on Saturday, April 12 at Help Philadelphia. Drexel University students will diagnose and attempt to repair any hardware or software issues between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Finally, the week comes to a close on Saturday at 8STATIC 3F, Philadelphia's Monthly Chip Music Event. In true tech week fashion, all performers will showcase 8-bit music, hacked consoles, circuit bending and vintage electronic gear at the 7 p.m. North Star Bar show.