Microsoft Reactor opens in Philadelphia to boost tech growth

Nov 3, 2016   |   Tracy Ith

Microsoft Reactor opened its doors in Philadelphia, located in the University City Science Center in uCity Square.

Microsoft Reactor opened its doors in Philadelphia on Thursday with an official ribbon-cutting. Located in the University City Science Center in uCity Square, the center provides leading-edge technology, meeting and classroom spaces, along with a range of community programs designed to promote economic and civic development in the greater Philadelphia area.

“Today we’re proud to bring new technology skills and resources to Philadelphia and the uCity Square community,” said Matt Thompson, general manager of Developer Evangelism at Microsoft. “At the Reactor, students will learn new technology skills, and startups and entrepreneurs will gain tools and services that help them jump-start their businesses. It’s all part of our goal to empower local communities and help close the digital divide.”

The opening included a demo by Tiffanie Stanard, a Philadelphia technology influencer, media personality and entrepreneur. Stanard and her business partner, Paul Wright, used the Reactor as their home base to create, execute and debut their new app, Stimulus, in early October.

“I’ve had the opportunity to work with Microsoft in numerous capacities, from utilizing YouthSpark for students to Office 365 for entrepreneurs,” said Stanard. “I recently launched my newest venture at the Reactor, Stimulus, a search engine and marketplace for grants and sponsorships. Microsoft selecting Philadelphia as a location showcases their dedication to expanding their relationship with our entrepreneurial community.”

Stanard is one example of talent that the Reactor hopes to leverage to bring new ideas and foster engagement with the community. She embodies the entrepreneurial spirit and will use the center as home base for Stimulus.

Microsoft’s vision for the Reactors is to foster ongoing engagement and dialogue between company experts and the local developer and startup community. They serve as community hubs for making connections, finding resources and talent, and building skills. Reactor activities include office hours with subject-matter experts, hackathons, training, guest speakers and meetups.

The Reactor in Philadelphia, the latest to open in the U.S., is a collaboration between Microsoft, SeventySix Capital, the University City Science Center and Wexford Science & Technology. Microsoft will collaborate with the Science Center and SeventySix Capital to host programs and outreach activities designed to spur economic development, create new opportunities for the local tech startup community and offer science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) resources to students and local residents.

Visit the Reactor to experience and access the state-of-the-art technology and training that’s now available in Philadelphia.

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