This year marked the 7th annual Philly Tech Week, a celebration of tech and innovation in the Philadelphia region. The Curalate team loves being part of Philly’s vibrant, growing tech community and we always look forward to Tech Week. It gives us an opportunity to meet new people, reconnect with old friends and learn a lot about the growing startup scene.

During past Tech Weeks, we’ve had panel discussions and networking events in our Center City headquarters. Those were lots of fun, but this year we wanted to do something a little bit different. Combining our enthusiasm for solving problems with our love of a great party, we organized our first — and hopefully not last — Scavenger Sprint & Sips. Over 130 eager participants signed up to race around the city solving clues, ultimately leading them to a bumpin’ shindig held in a secret location.

The best part? The event supported a wonderful cause. All ticket sales went to Coded by Kids, a program which provides free technology education to children who otherwise lack access to such opportunities. Through project-based learning and mentorship, Coded by Kids provides students with valuable real-world skills and a connection to experienced professionals. Curalate was excited to partner with this fantastic organization.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney helped kick things off at our Philadelphia HQ by speaking about the important work that Coded by Kids is doing and telling Curalate CEO Apu Gupta that his sneakers were “lit.” After a few words from Philadelphia City Councilman Allan Domb and Coded by Kids CEO Sylvester Mobley, the teams were ready to head out on their hunt!

Solving riddles, limericks, and repurposed song lyrics, teams were guided around Philadelphia searching for landmarks and hidden clues. Once they got one clue correct, they got the next one until they reached the secret party location. Here are two of our favorite clues:

You say you want a good burrito
Well, you know
We all know where you can go
Chicken, brisket, or chorizo
Well, you know
Better run and don’t be slow

The answer? Revolution Taco, a great little Mexican spot near our office. (Get it, like the Beatles song Revolution?)

Head to Wolverine’s favorite shape.

The answer? Logan Square — a big public park in Philly. (Get it, like Wolverine’s real name?)

Once their mission was accomplished, the hunters were given the address to our party which was held at the gorgeous event space at the Saxbys Coffee corporate headquarters. The participants were rewarded for their hard work with food by various Starr Restaurants, beer from Yards Brewing, and vodka from Stateside Vodka.

We had a blast putting together our event and we’re thrilled so many people joined us for a fun night while raising money for a terrific cause.

The Scavenger Sprint & Sips would not have been possible without our amazing partners: Saxbys, Starr Restaurants, Stateside Vodka, Ticketleap, Allan Domb, GoPuff, and of course, Coded by Kids.

#curalate gets the party started at @saxbys! #PTW17 #scavengersprint

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