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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October 15, 2019
What’s your story? What’s meaningful about it? What about the stories of those around you? How can stories be leveraged to make the world a better place? In this workshop, take a first crack at writing version-1 of your story...
As one of Philadelphia’s first federally funded housing projects, Richard Allen Homes was an innovative solution of its time intended to help communities rebuild after the Great Depression. Learn how the legacy continues through Richard Allen New Generation (RANG), a...
This presentation will address the fundamental applications of branding, as part of the marketing mix, for businesses. It will provide insight on the topic of personal branding and how it can be utilized by job seekers, corporate employees, business owners,...
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
More than 30 years ago, a local artist looked at the graffiti splattered across Philadelphia’s buildings and saw an opportunity. Today Philadelphia Mural Arts is the nation’s largest public art program with more than 3,000 murals adorning the city. Join...
Getting into college can sometimes be the easy part. Figuring out how to pay for higher ed, however, can be a deal-breaker for some students, particularly those who are first-generation college students and lacking financial and social resources. Learn how...
Five to ten years is a long time — over that period, consumer values are certain to change. So will the competitive landscape. Doing user research alone won’t help you design for 2028. Trend analysis will. Design strategists turn to...
Calling all volunteers with skills in the fields of architecture, engineering and construction: The Community Design Collaborative needs your professional input and expertise! Hear informal presentations from current volunteer teams and provide your feedback. Help provide nonprofits with the design...
How to stand out and dominate a niche by narrowing down your focus. In this session, Josephine Lee will share how she was able to pivot her business in a dying brick-and-mortar industry and grew to become one of the...
October 15, 2019
What’s your story? What’s meaningful about it? What about the stories of those around you? How can stories be leveraged to make the world a better place? In this workshop, take a first crack at writing version-1 of your story...
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...
Innovation doesn’t always mean invention. In fact, it’s often about taking something existing and making it better. That’s exactly what Bluepoint Games is in the business of – taking classic video games of yesterday and remaking them for the systems...
Why do readers read and how do they want to consume content? With content on-demand and ever-available, plus a never-ending news cycle, this is the question local media grapples with to determine how to best reach (and retain) their audiences....
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...
When Philadelphia was invited by Amazon to compete against other cities to be the location for the company’s next headquarters, the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection rose to the occasion. Philadelphia made the short list, but in the...
Design thinking processes and tools are used widely for developing new products and services at leading companies around the world. The same tools and techniques can also be used to successfully innovate on your people processes and workplace. Leading companies...
Oat Foundry builds cool stuff every day – from old school split flap displays to industrial cold brew coffee plants. During this talk, learn what it takes to test product ideas, how to turn those ideas into a physical product,...
This interactive workshop is like a Poetry slam for pitching new ideas for social change in areas such as urban revitalization, homelessness, healthy food access, social mobility, connecting the nonprofit community and other critical issues facing the Philadelphia region. Here’s...
Getting into college can sometimes be the easy part. Figuring out how to pay for higher ed, however, can be a deal-breaker for some students, particularly those who are first-generation college students and lacking financial and social resources. Learn how...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
“What bed do you recommend?” It’s a question commonly asked of sleep doctors – and an important one because finding the appropriate sleep foundation can make a world of difference. Find out from a sleep expert about the latest innovative...
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...
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...
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...
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...
The Accelerators in Health Care game inspires participants to collaborate and compete in small teams to find creative solutions for some of the industry’s toughest health care challenges. Taken from real-life experiences of health care provider organizations, teams of players...
Innovation doesn’t always mean invention. In fact, it’s often about taking something existing and making it better. That’s exactly what Bluepoint Games is in the business of – taking classic video games of yesterday and remaking them for the systems...
The answer is a resounding yes! From the first video games that were a single screen with minimal actions to present day games with vast open world game play, problem solving, and decision making has always been at the essence...
The Internet. It’s a long, dark and dangerous alley we choose to travel alone every day. We share the risk, but do we share the responsibility? With intelligent techniques, increased attacking tools and consumers constantly connecting to multiple devices and...
While you’ve been stuck in traffic, transportation leaders in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania have been working on creative and innovative ways to keep people moving. From planes and trains, to automobiles, buses, bicycles and roadways, get a traffic copter view of...
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...
How can today’s companies invest in tomorrow’s leaders? By providing work-based experiences for youth, businesses can help Philadelphia’s future doctors, engineers, and entrepreneurs access real-world experience and build a talent pipeline. An innovative design model is leading the way to...
Working with donations from grocery stores, retailers, restaurants, caterers, and universities, Philly Food Rescue utilizes a volunteer-based transportation network to save and redistribute surplus food donations non-profits throughout the city serving households in need, faith-based institutions, the public housing authority,...
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.
October 16, 2019
E-bikes, flying cars and Hyperloop are among the latest and greatest transportation technologies poised to transform how we get from Point A to Point B. What has been done related to these cutting-edge technologies? What has been deployed, and what...
October 17, 2019
More than 30 years ago, a local artist looked at the graffiti splattered across Philadelphia’s buildings and saw an opportunity. Today Philadelphia Mural Arts is the nation’s largest public art program with more than 3,000 murals adorning the city. Join...
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...
Becoming a skilled musician requires three key ingredients: 1) The drive and determination to push yourself to learn skills that lie beyond your current abilities; 2) The ability to sustain a mentally demanding process called “deep practice”; 3) The willingness...
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