What is B. PHL?

Philly’s no underdog when it comes to innovation. We’re on a mission to make B. PHL the most innovative Innovation Festival around. It’s all about accessibility. You’ll be face-to-face with the city’s leading thinkers at venues both large and small…there’s a stage for everyone. Across the city and throughout our neighborhoods, you’ll have unparalleled access to the visionary leaders shaping the future of Philadelphia – the real movers and shakers.

B. PHL features three jam-packed days of workshops and exhibits focused on arts and culture, science, business, social impact, health care, and more.

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Featured Speakers
Tracee Ellis Ross is posed in front of a blue background.
Actress, Producer, and Director
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Drummer, DJ, Producer, Culinary Entrepreneur, Designer, New York Times Best-Selling Author, and Co-Founder
The Roots
Founder & Executive Chairman
Fanatics
Writer, producer, actor, director and illustrator
Head of Innovation and Creativity
Disney
Vice President, Multicultural Sales & Community Activation
PepsiCo North America
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B. PHL features exciting events at unique venues across the city.

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B. Franklin said, “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” New ideas, and the knowledge behind them, require resources before they can yield returns. Hear from Pennsylvania Secretary of Banking and Securities Robin Wiessmann and FS Investments’ Mike...
Think differently about your home and your hometown with local greentech companies based at Pennovation Works. A panel discussion will bring together the founders and CEO’s of companies who are changing the game with Smart Cities technology. Visit the interactive...
Maximizing employee potential, retaining talent, creating an atmosphere and culture of inclusivity and collaboration – the workplace is more than just office space. Join top workplace innovators to learn which changes work best, and get a glimpse into the workplace...
October 16, 2019
This event requires pre-registration to reserve your spot. Please arrive 15-30 minutes early to check in. If you have not arrived 10 minutes prior to the start of the event, you may lose your place and will put on the...
Putting the students of Philadelphia on the best path for future success starts with the basics: what we teach and how we teach. Learn how initiatives to bring coding, entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work co-op programs to the Philadelphia School...
Even the best care won’t work if the patient can’t get to treatment. What’s a patient to do when care is only miles away, but there is no reliable transportation to get there? This panel discussion will look at the...
October 15, 2019
In a world where expectations are greater than ever for immersive, engaging experiences, museums must find new and compelling approaches to deliver on their social and cultural missions. Learn how Philadelphia’s museums are striving to play a key role in...
October 15, 2019
A discussion around why podcasting is emerging as a business that is built to last, and what will help it get to the next level!
October 17, 2019
The fashion industry itself is a culture of change – always a few well-shod steps ahead of consumers to design the next new trend, adjust the hemline, and tell us what’s in and what’s out. Philadelphia’s hottest fashion insiders will...
October 15, 2019
 The installation is part of the series ‘paper sculptures’. The paper sculptures are a symbiosis of an object and the human body to capture the interaction between humans and their perceived environment. The observer is supposed to dive into an...
This event requires pre-registration to reserve your spot. Please arrive 15-30 minutes early to check in. If you have not arrived 10 minutes prior to the start of the event, you may lose your place and will put on the...
Philadelphia has its share of cool places to gather, rest, recreate and appreciate. What does it take to reconceptualize locations with deep histories, reimagining them as places people want to congregate?
Philadelphia’s redevelopment pioneers will discuss rethinking real-estate and why it’s important to invest in uncharted urban territory.
Emerging technologies are making it possible to continuously monitor patients’ mental wellness, but doing so can bring more questions than answers. In this session, executives at growing tech startups, established health insurers, and healthcare researchers will share lessons learned in...
October 15, 2019
This event requires pre-registration to reserve your spot. Please arrive 15-30 minutes early to check in. If you have not arrived 10 minutes prior to the start of the event, you may lose your place and will put on the...
Wall Street Journal technology columnist Christopher Mims recently wrote that “Every company is now a tech company.” He’s correct. Any organization that uses technology – whether it’s logistics software to deliver packages or a suite of cloud-based applications to help...
This event requires pre-registration to reserve your spot. Please arrive 15-30 minutes early to check in. If you have not arrived 10 minutes prior to the start of the event, you may lose your place and will put on the...
B. Franklin said, “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” New ideas, and the knowledge behind them, require resources before they can yield returns. Hear from Pennsylvania Secretary of Banking and Securities Robin Wiessmann and FS Investments’ Mike...
How do we prepare students for the future in a tech-focused world? Philadelphia’s AIM Academy focuses on creating future-ready children through a program that involves extensive engineering, robotics, an international portal, Virtual Reality in the classroom, and tools that bring...
The Philadelphia School District is Pennsylvania’s largest, providing public education to more than 200,000 students living in a city with poverty that ranks third highest in the country. City leaders will discuss innovations in public education generating equity and access,...
At a time when information is going electronic and people are questioning the need for brick and mortar libraries, Temple University has opened a library of the future, the Charles Library. The vision was a 21st century library that is...
Over the past nine months, eight medicine and industrial design students from Thomas Jefferson University worked together, conducting in-depth user research and problem identification within Jefferson Health and translating those insights into marketable innovations. Come watch as two startup teams...
October 16, 2019
Join us for a conversation between radio personality W. Cody Anderson and the Blockson Collection’s Curator Emeritus Charles L. Blockson about his life, his career, and the people that he encountered on his journey to collect and preserve Black history...
Putting the students of Philadelphia on the best path for future success starts with the basics: what we teach and how we teach. Learn how initiatives to bring coding, entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work co-op programs to the Philadelphia School...
The Maxwell Football Club presents three local partners who are innovating in performance, safety, and health – and changing the game for athletes. Their technological advancements include strength and conditioning programs to “max out” performance; protective mouth guards for contact...
We are kicking off the festival on Oct. 15 in a big way with an opening session at Entercom featuring local visionary Michael Rubin. Rubin is an internet entrepreneur (Kynetic, Fanatics, Rue La La, ShopRunner), criminal justice reform advocate, and...
Among major cities in the U.S., Philadelphia ranks highest in opioid overdose deaths. Each year, thousands of individuals with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) visit Philadelphia’s Emergency Departments. OUD is a medical condition, but too often, standard ED treatment fails to...
People on the autism spectrum suffer from an unemployment rate of 80 to 85% despite possessing valuable skills and the desire to contribute. Join the panel discussion to learn how Philadelphia businesses and universities are making significant contributions to the...
How does a health insurer partner with a media giant to create a radical new way of engaging people in their health and putting them at the center of their care journey? In this fireside chat, hear how startup Quil...
October 15, 2019
Healthcare Innovation Panel: Working to Cure HIV at Temple – How do Innovations Like this Occur and How Does the Philadelphia Ecosystem Contribute to Bringing This Type of Discovery to the Market? Using a discovery made at Temple University in...
Everybody eats. Learn practical skills to change eating habits, improve physical and psychological wellness, and to B. Healthier and B. Happier. Throughout, enjoy tastings of delicious foods, made with fresh, natural ingredients, all by Classie Nutrition.
Penn Medicine is implementing AI with patients to guide them through cancer care, postpartum recovery, and hypertension management for better outcomes. Learn how the new technology is tested and validated, as well as the potential value to health systems, payers...
This all-ages event showcases some of the favorite makers from the 2019 Maker Faire – a venue for “makers” to show hobbies, experiments and projects and tell what they have learned. This all-ages event is a unique combination of art,...
October 17, 2019
The success of the Navy Yard redevelopment is rooted in a foundation of sustainability. Please join your “tour guides” from PIDC, PECO and SEPTA for a guided tour of the Navy Yard via one of SEPTA’s newly commissioned electric buses....
Greater Philadelphia Regional Integrated Medicine Alliance (PRIMA) is a regional, integrated and virtual public/private partnership focused exclusively on nurturing the region’s biotech/pharma technology ecosystem. PRIMA links discovery, infrastructure, information and analysis systems and commercialization resources to enable startups, large companies,...
October 17, 2019
SEPTA and PECO are working together on transportation electrification. Please stop by PECO to view one of SEPTA’s newly commissioned electric buses. While attending this exhibit, you will learn about SEPTA and PECO’s efforts to-date to electrify Greater Philadelphia’s transportation...
The number of incarcerated women in the U.S. increased by more than 700 percent over the last two decades. Eighty percent of those women are mothers, and most are their children’s primary caretakers. Since 2006 Maternity Care Coalition has worked...
If the pen is mightier than the sword, what does that make 140 characters on Twitter? What happened to civil and respectful discourse, and what can be done to redirect the conversation.
The National Employment Law Project estimates that 70 million people have a criminal record, making it almost impossible for nearly one in three adults to get a job – let alone an interview – if they check the box and...
Black and Latina women bear a disproportionate burden of maternal morbidity and mortality nationwide and face systemic barriers to access workforce opportunities that could catalyze shifts in their health and economic trajectories. Grounded in reproductive and racial justice frameworks, Maternity...
October 15, 2019
Chris Gould, Exelon’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Chief Innovation and Sustainability Officer shares insights on the issue of climate change as gained from a personal expedition to Antarctica. Connecting the evolutions of innovation to the climate change...
October 15, 2019
PACT will be participating in the Opening Ceremony of the B.PHL Innovation Fest, where we’ll present, in partnership with the Reform Alliance, a fireside chat with Michael Rubin, internet entrepreneur, 76ers partner, and criminal justice reform advocate. This conversation will...
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