Announcing the 2015 UpNext Festival

The 3rd annual UpNext Festival ( will be held from October 10th through October 17th. Started in 2013 as Harrisburg Startup Weekend, the UpNext Festival has grown into eight days of events celebrating technology, design and the arts in the Harrisburg region.

In what has become an annual milestone for the Central PA technology scene attendees will journey to Harrisburg PA and immerse themselves in the world of technology, design, music and film. By day, over 20 conference sessions will provide a deep dive into the technology and design scene focusing on 21st century health care, information technology, the Internet of Things (IOT), government technology innovation, life sciences and startup tech. By night, artists and musicians will perform in several venues at different networking events throughout the region and film enthusiasts will be treated to a mini film festival held in Midtown Harrisburg.

We’ll be repeating many of last years successful and widely attended events including: Healthcare in the 21st Century, Government Technology Innovation, Women in Tech and the Midtown Theater Movie Fest.

Once again we're proud to announce the 2015 UpNext Festival event lineup. There is nothing quite like this in Pennsylvania's Capital Region - so please join us as we celebrate technology, design and the arts.

Chuck Russell, President and CEO, The Technology Council of Central PA

Last year over 250 attendees joined us for the Tech Lounge: the premier technology networking event in Central PA. This year we’ll be repeating that event at a new, larger venue with great food, drink and live music. 

Additions to this year's conference lineup include: Bar Camp - the 'non conference' conference, The UpNext 1.0 Hack where teams of technologists spend the week building new products while vying for over $25,000 in prizes; the UpNext 2.0 Pitch Contest where established startups polish their pitches in order to impress a panel of Angel and VC investors; UpNext Design Day - focusing on all things UI/UX; UpNext Music Night where festival attendees gather to eat great food, share locally crafted beer and listen to Central PA bands do the thing that they do; and don’t forget to stop by the Innovation Café for insights into leading edge life sciences initiatives underway at Penn State Hershey Medical Center and the Hershey Center for Advanced Research.

Early bird festival tickets -providing admittance to all festival events - are on sale now at:

For more information on every aspect of The UpNext Festival and to register for the conference stop by our website at []. For press inquiry or sponsorship opportunities email Chuck Russell at: .

The UpNext Festival is brought to you by the Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania (, The Founders Roundtable  and AIGA, Central Pennsylvania (


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