5 January Biz and Tech Events to Help You Up Your 2019 Networking Game

These Philly events are the best places to mix and mingle in the city this month.

Young Professionals Night at the Barnes.

January is the perfect time to set new networking goals for the year. Networking can be the reason you land that new job or stumble upon an opportunity you never knew you needed. If you didn’t network enough in 2018, now’s your chance to get in the ring. And if you somehow networked too much last year — you found yourself at all the wrong events meeting all the wrong people — now’s your chance to get focused and get it right. Here are our top picks for the month.

The Current State and Future Direction of Self-Driving Cars

When: Thursday, January 10; 5:45 pm-6:45pm
Where: 3675 Market Street
Venture Café’s second Thursday gathering of the year features a discussion about the future of autonomous cars. Philadelphia native and machine learning engineer Jeff Moskowitz will be in conversation with Mike Krupit. According to Venture Café, Intel acquired Mobileye, an Israeli company, for over $15B in 2017. “It is the leading supplier of software that enables Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) and technology to support the three pillars of Autonomous Driving – Sensing, Mapping, and Driving Policy,” according to Venture Cafe. The event is being hosted in partnership with the Philadelphia Israeli Chamber of Commerce. Free to attend. Learn more here.

Philly Blockchain Tech Meetup

When: Thursday, January 10; 6:00pm-8:00pm
Where: Elsevier 1600 JFK Boulevard
The newly launched Philly Blockchain Tech Meetup will host its first gathering on Thursday titled “Technology in Real Estate Transactions: What’s Here, What Coming.” Entrepreneur and real estate professional Matt Einheber will present. “Title insurance is a common hypothetical use for blockchain technologies,” the organizers wrote on the event’s Meetup page. “In his talk, Matt will walk us through the potential uses of distributed ledgers and other emerging technologies on the real estate industry.” Pizza and drinks will be available beginning at 6:00 pm, with the talk starting at 6:30pm. Free to attend. Learn more here.

The Barnes’ Young Professionals Night

When: Friday, January 18; 7:00pm-10:00pm
Where: The Barnes Foundation 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
The Barnes is bringing young professionals together this month with another installment of its Young Professionals Night. “What sets the Barnes’s Young Professionals Nights apart from similar events is there is always a stylistic theme that guests are encouraged to explore, which is connected either to our collection or the special exhibition on view,” organizers told Philly Mag. This month’s “Winter Wild” theme is inspired by artist Henri Rousseau’s imagined jungles and all the other wildlife lurking in the Barnes collection. The Barnes encourages guests to “go bold with spots, stripes, or a favorite animal print.” Additionally, the evening will feature “artful adventure, sumptuous sips, and spirited music by Mole Street Artists.” $35. Members $15. Buy tickets here.

Netwerk to Networth

When: Saturday, January 19; all day
Where: TBD
The national Netwerk to Networth tour will kick off in Philadelphia with a daylong conference this month. Organizers expect to gather a group of 100 women who are seeking empowerment and guidance in their careers. According to the tour’s website, the day will present a space for women in the communications industry to make meaningful connections. The six-city collaborative event is developed by The PR Girl Manifesto and Personally Rachel Group. The Philly conference lineup will feature Rakia Reynolds, founder of Skai Blue Media; Delilah Dee, content and events curator for Delilah & Co.; Melissa Alam, founder of FearlessCon; and Amber Burns, freelance writer and content creator for By Amber Burns. “These Philly power-players will discuss branding, sponsorship, collaboration and more in an effort to foster an even larger community of female business owners and communicators,” according to organizers. From $50. Register here.

Business on Board 2019

When: Friday, January 25; 9:00am-4:00pm
Where: WHYY 150 N 6th Street
The Arts + Business Council kicks off its popular leadership development and board training program this month, with the goal of getting more business and legal professionals onto the boards of local arts and culture nonprofits. Over the past 20 years, the program has graduated more than 800 business leaders, according to the council. If you’re a business leader looking for your first or next nonprofit board seat, this program is for you. Various program fees apply. Submit an application here.