These Kids Really Just Built a Standalone… Robot… Cyborg… Cane!

Seems like a no-brainer (pun-intended) that our educators would introduce our youth to technology and its usefulness. But there’s a whole next level of excellence blossoming out of secondary schools’ EdTech programs.

Philadelphia area veteran technology educator, Mary Beth Hertz is building a growing legacy as a leader of this movement.  Her recent article, Rethinking EdTechpassionately explains why she believes that teaching students hands-on lessons in technology, as early as kindergarten significantly impacts learning and overall skill-development.

 And this Vine video sure is cool, too!

Verizon and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Bring Small Business Week to Philadelphia
 Verizon partnered with the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce to host Philadelphia’s first ever Small Business Week, celebrating the Philadelphia Tri-State Region’s more than 150,000 small businesses and the positive impact they have on the economy. The week was jam-packed with workshops highlighting essential business-growing tools such as generating jobs and driving innovation in the region. Verizon Wireless’ blazing fast 4G LTE network makes it easier for business owners to stay connected with solutions like wireless tablets, hotspots and online account accessibility. 
The week culminated on Friday, May 17th with a presentation by author and social media expert, Jonah Berger who spoke to the audience about viral content and what makes a video or idea resonate with an audience. Addressing the six basic principles in his book, Contagious: Why Things Catch On, Berger gave tips and tricks on making a product or idea top of mind to consumers.

Verizon and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Bring Small Business Week to Philadelphia

 Verizon partnered with the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce to host Philadelphia’s first ever Small Business Week, celebrating the Philadelphia Tri-State Region’s more than 150,000 small businesses and the positive impact they have on the economy. The week was jam-packed with workshops highlighting essential business-growing tools such as generating jobs and driving innovation in the region. Verizon Wireless’ blazing fast 4G LTE network makes it easier for business owners to stay connected with solutions like wireless tablets, hotspots and online account accessibility. 

The week culminated on Friday, May 17th with a presentation by author and social media expert, Jonah Berger who spoke to the audience about viral content and what makes a video or idea resonate with an audience. Addressing the six basic principles in his book, Contagious: Why Things Catch On, Berger gave tips and tricks on making a product or idea top of mind to consumers.



Ever wonder what it would be like to spend a day with one of your favorite celebrities? Aliah Davis from Washington, N.J. learned firsthand when she won Verizon Wireless’s Dia de tus Suenos sweepstakes that took place during Hispanic Heritage Month in October. Take a look at Aliah’s amazing day in Philadelphia spent hanging out with one of her idols, Chef Jose Garces. For more details and images from the event, check out our previous posts here and here

Verizon Wireless’ Annual “Packs for Pride” Initiative Spreads Cheer to Local Children Affected By Domestic Violence & Those Impacted By Hurricane Sandy

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On Tuesday, December 11, Verizon Wireless Philadelphia Tri-State Region employees donated more than 1,200 backpacks filled with warm winter clothes, personal care items, and toys for children of families affected by domestic violence, as well as Hurricane Sandy. The employee-driven initiative is part of the annual “Packs for Pride” program, made possible through the company’s HopeLine program.

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This year’s “Packs for Pride” ceremony featured 11 local organizations at the Verizon Wireless store at the Reading Terminal Headhouse in Philadelphia. Organization representatives gathered with Verizon Wireless Philadelphia Tri-State Region President Mario Turco, Philadelphia Eagles’ Swoop, and Santa Claus to show support for victims of domestic violence and Hurricane Sandy.

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Over the past 13 years, more than 7,000 backpacks and thousands of dollars worth of items have been donated through “Packs for Pride.” This year’s participating organizations, including The Salvation Army New Jersey and Congreso will distribute the packs to children in need throughout the region this holiday season.

To find out more about Hopeline and how you can contribute visit: http://aboutus.verizonwireless.com/communityservice/hopeLine.html

Aliah Davis’ “Dia De Tus Suenos” With Chef Jose Garces

On Friday, Nov. 9, Aliah Davis of Washington, N.J., had the day of her dreams realized by Verizon Wireless as the winner of our Dia de tus Suenos sweepstakes that was held in October as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Davis’ prize was spending a day with celebrity chef Jose Garces, known for his appearances on “Iron Chef America” and for his 15 award winning restaurants.

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Davis’ dream day experience began at the Verizon Wireless store at 11th and Market Street in Philadelphia, where she and her husband, met Garces for the firsttime. Here, they spent some time talking about the contest, family, food, and more, before Garces presented Davis’ with a check for $1,000 and a Samsung Galaxy 7.7 tablet she could use to document her day.

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Garces and Davis then headed to one of Garces’ Philadelphia restaurants, JG Domestic. Upon arrival, Garces showed Davis his office and gave her a behind-the-scenes look at some of his current projects, favorite cookbooks and a private tour of the restaurant, ending in the kitchen where they spent the next hour preparing two of Garces’ signature dishes: Ecaudorian-style shrimp ceviche and a chicken and rice dish. Along the way, Garces gave Davis pointers and shared some of his own cooking secrets. The end result was a meal Davis was able to enjoy with her husband, and an unforgettable experience Davis said she won’t stop talking about anytime soon. 

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Verizon Wireless Makes “Dia De Tus Suenos” A Reality In Philadelphia For Fan Of Chef Jose Garces

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Congratulations to Aliah Davis of Washington, N.J. for winning our Dia de tus Suenos or Day of Your Dreams sweepstakes held during October in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month. Today, Davis will be spending the day with acclaimed Chef Jose Garces, a Philadelphia restaurateur and star of “Iron Chef America” on the Food Network.

Her day will begin at the Verizon Wireless store at 11th and Market Street in Philadelphia, where Garces will sign copies of his new book, “The Latin Road Home,” for fans, and Davis will be presented with a check for $1,000 and a Verizon Wireless 4G LTE tablet. Davis will also accompany Garces on a private tour of his restaurant J.G. Domestic at 2929 Arch Street, followed by a cooking lesson and dinner!

Verizon Wireless gives a platform to everybody to share their personal stories, and encourages the community to celebrate the contributions of the Hispanic population to our nation’s culture. For more information about the Day of Your Dreams contest, visit www.verizoninsider.com/dreamday.

Domestic Violence Entrepreneurship Program Graduation In Philadelphia, PA

At The Enterprise Center in Philadelphia PA, on Tuesday August 28, Verizon Wireless hosted a graduation ceremony for this year’s final “Pathways To Independence” graduating class. The domestic violence entrepreneurship program launched in 2011 through a $100,000 grant from Verizon Wireless and the Verizon Foundation. 

At the graduation, “Pathways To Independence” program manager, Aleea Slappy, led the ceremony with enthusiasm and grace as graduates read aloud – or sang aloud, in one candidate’s case – letters of inspiration and hope, as they prepare for the next chapter of their lives utilizing the skills and training provided from the program.

This year, twenty two women, all survivors of domestic violence, completed the “Pathways toIndependence” program. The program will continue into 2013.

See how Verizon Wireless Philadelphia is combating domestic violence with their One Great Idea. What would yours be?