Wednesday, October 19, 2011

NICE Giveaway: TEDxPhilly

Things are WILD right now! This past weekend I participated in Startup Weekend Philadelphia and had the best time of my life! Short story: I had an idea for an app, pitched it, formed the most incredible team ever who made the thing in a weekend, and took 2nd place! Woot! FYI, it will be launching for realz in a few weeks. :)

In addition to that, I have so many events going on this and next month, that I'm hoping I can make it to the holidays without burning out. But hey, I liked to be busy. One of the things I'm most looking forward to is TEDxPhilly on November 8th (my mom's birthday, holla). I'm making the assumption that most of you are familiar with TED, but if you're not, definitely check out their site. So last year, I went to our local TED event, TEDxPhilly, and it was beyond inspiring! Listening to these motivated, do-gooders discuss their passions was electrifying. And I can't wait to experience it all again! The theme for this year is The City.

And because the TEDxPhilly people are so fantastic and super NICE, they have donated a ticket to the event to give away right here on my blog! Now, I know the majority of you aren't in the Philly area, but if you are, or if you can be on November 8th, then you have the opportunity to win a free registration (normally $100) to the event at the Temple Performing Arts Center.

To enter, and since this is a Philly event, leave a comment telling me "What makes Philly so NICE?" (Don't forget to include your email address.) Travel + Leisure magazine ranked Philly as the 3rd rudest city in America, but I personally think it's pretty awesome! So I want to know what YOU think makes Philly a nice city to live in, work in, or visit.

For me, it's all about the events. You know I like to do as much as possible, and in Philly, there's always something going on. Concerts, lectures, festivals, events like TEDxPhilly. I could do something amazing every day if I wanted to. And I kinda do. :) So get YOUR entries in and I'll draw a random winner next Friday, October 28th. Good luck!

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am unemployed and on a very expensive prescription medicine. My doctor's office keeps me supplied with medicine samples so I don't have to worry about paying to fill my subscription!

Stacy said...

This morning someone let me in when driving to work. That screams nice to me on this rainy day!

The other thing that makes Philly a nice place to live and work are the food options. Too many delicious places to eat... love it!

el_chacal said...

What's nice about Philly? Waitresses who call you "Hon." Even when they're 20 years younger than you.

TJ said...

The walkability is one thing that makes Philly so nice. I really miss working in Center City, because I could take long walks on my lunch break and check out historic landmarks in every direction I went. Rittenhouse Square, the Ben Franklin Parkway, and Independence Mall were great to visit on a clear fall afternoon.

brooke @ claremont road said...

The old city charm is one of my favorite things about Philly that make it so NICE. I love the old brick homes and cobblestone streets that give parts of the city so much character. I also think the pride Philadelphians have for their city is just something that others can't compete with!

Michelle said...

There are loads of "nice" places, restaurants, and events in Philly. But, regardless of Travel & Leisure's ranking, Philly has some wonderfully nice people. I lived in Philly for 8 years and ran a business there for several of those which gave me the opportunity to meet some amazing people. People are what make up a city, and I think Philly has some amazing ones.

el_chacal said...

PS - email addy is carlosx at the gee mails.

HerbLau said...

"What makes Philly so NICE?"

Ok Mel, here we go.

Philly is nice because people will give you what you need over what you want.

lauherb@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I'm always amazed at how many people say "excuse me" after we bump into each other on septa buses and trains (which happens a lot, due to the awesome g-forces involved in septa's super-smooth braking systems). Sometimes I'm next to someone who seems pretty "sketchy"/"gangsta" and will still get a polite, "excuse me."

It's the little things that count.

Cheers,
Hans
EffThePPA@gmail.com

Natalee said...

Philly is nice because it's one of the best places to hear live music, as far as cities go. On almost any given night you can go to any different type of event, either live or DJs playing. We have some awesome concert venues here to choose from!
Natalee
balancestar@hotmail.com

:)

Kristen said...

Every time I go into Philly with my Dad for a show or concert I always feel like I'm in a small town. Everyone is so nice and welcoming!

becker.kristen@gmail.com

sharon said...

Philly is nice because there's always one person that can make your day. The security guard that stands at the gates of the Navy Yard and waves good morning to every single car that drives in makes me smile every day. It's people like that make this big city feel small and makes you feel warm and fuzzy and nice inside. :)

Jed Singer said...
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Jed Singer said...

What makes Philly so NICE is all of the unique neighborhoods that seem to change block-to-block filled with amazing restaurants, beautiful art galleries and museums, and a rich history as old as the country is. PS would LOVE to go to TEDx!

jed.singer@stuzo.com

Statik (ill!) said...

Philly is great because of the rich musical heritage, theatre, and mural arts. The city has so much to offer the senses and it's not limited to sight and sound. The food options in Philly seem endless and being a native of the city for 31years, I often take visitors out to experience the cuisine in Old City, University City, and Rittenhouse. When I'm traveling for an extended period of time, I miss all that our city has to offer.

statik@illvibe.net

Ellie Brown said...

Community Acupuncture places make the city nice (and affordable) for me!

Randahl said...

The NICE thing about Philly is knowing that there is always something positive happening around you. From the newest restaurant opening in the trendy Rittenhouse to a shop owner hiring a teenager with hopes of keeping him off the streets there is always something positive (and NICE) impacting the daily life of its residents and visitors.

[randahl.matsuno@gmail.com]

Yvonne said...

There's so much to love about Philly, even on its worst, waking up on the wrong side of the Schuylkill days.

I heart my fellow anti-litterbugs all over the city who make a point of regularly picking up the trash in and near their neighborhoods--and not popping a blood vessel when someone, say, throws the remains of their morning breakfast out of a moving car. Be the change you want to see and all of that!

poliana said...

Philly is nice if you like to travel. We have ready access to all the cities on the East Coast, as well as outdoorsy weekends in the Poconos and the Shore.

poliana AT temple DOT edu