Second Microsoft Reactor opens in Philadelphia

Brad Stephenson

Microsoft Reactor in San Francisco

Microsoft has just announced the opening of their second Microsoft Reactor, this one in downtown Philadelphia. While that may sound quite dramatic to people who have not heard of Microsoft’s Reactor initiative before, rest assured there is no radioactive material involved and name is simply a reference to Microsoft’s aim to assist people in reacting positively to the world around them through the use of the latest technology.

Like the first Microsoft reactor building which opened in San Francisco, the Philadelphia Microsoft Reactor will be host to a variety of tech expert events, hackathons, accelerator projects, and will provide local employess with access to Microsoft’s services and products.

“The new Reactor will provide an array of world-class resources and support for students, developers, entrepreneurs and startups, and enables us to bring together our partners, local government and civic leaders, and citizens to foster innovation, collaboration and economic development,” says Microsoft’s director of modern government, Jeff Friedman. “Those of us in Microsoft CityNext and our Citizenship and Developer Experience (DX) organizations will be the primary groups to leverage the Reactor but all employees will be able to use the community-friendly, University City location showcasing all the latest devices and hardware, including HoloLens, Surface Hub, Internet of Things technologies, Microsoft Band, Xbox and more.”

Philadelphia’s Microsoft Reactor is located within the ground floor of the University City Science Center building. Have you experienced one of Microsoft’s Reactors yet? Tell us all about it in the comments below.