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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Dealing with fresh food, a perishable commodity that is expensive to reliably transport without loss or damage, is a challenge for vendors and purveyors. Modern-day shipping methods have made great strides over the years, and innovative fresh food markets are...
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...
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?
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...
B. Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Learn how mapping and visualizing health data can be used to identify predictors and patterns of health conditions, risks, and disease transmission, while keeping individual privacy intact....
Mindy Scheier used her background in design to adapt a pair of jeans when her son Oliver, who has a rare form of muscular dystrophy that causes physical disabilities, wanted to wear jeans to school like his friends. The re-designed...
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 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...
You’re invited to Spring Garden Records’ pop-up reception in Grady’s Garden at Community College of Philadelphia. Relax in a hammock or share a bench with friends as you enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live performances by Hayley Cass, the Fairmount...
October 16, 2019
Home to one of the “Big Five” American orchestras, world-renowned music education institutions and major concerts and music festivals, Philadelphia boasts a dynamic arts and entertainment scene that helped cement its reputation as a world-class city. Hear from those who...
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...
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...
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...
The Millennial generation is now the largest segment of the workforce population. A “problem” for some senior managers, but a boon to most leading-edge organizations that are attracting and retaining the best and the brightest starts in the Millennial galaxy....
Drones, microsatellites, and radar enable observation of every square meter of planet earth, but what happens to all that data and imagery? Is it like the thousands of photos taking up storage on your iPhone?  New AI, machine learning, and...
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...
For the first time in history, more people live in cities than not, and that number is growing rapidly. Cities are becoming laboratories of innovation, with workforce figuring as a critical element in determining how to drive economic value creation....
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...
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...
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...
Philadelphia retains 54% of its regional college graduates, higher than Boston’s retention rate of 42%. What’s keeping recent grads in the area, and how can the retention be leveraged to increase innovation, startups and business growth in Philadelphia?
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...
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...
B. Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Learn how mapping and visualizing health data can be used to identify predictors and patterns of health conditions, risks, and disease transmission, while keeping individual privacy intact....
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...
“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...
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...
With today’s hectic lifestyle, patients are constantly on the go and stressed. And as a society, we are moving increasingly towards remote care, telehealth and home health care. With all of these changes, it’s increasingly important to understand what motivates...
Healthcare is in its most rapid transformation phase in a century. The evolution of real financial incentives to promote quality and efficiency has picked up critical momentum, altering the way we think about the value of care and how to...
Drones, microsatellites, and radar enable observation of every square meter of planet earth, but what happens to all that data and imagery? Is it like the thousands of photos taking up storage on your iPhone?  New AI, machine learning, and...
Since 2000, The Wistar Institute’s two-year Biomedical Technician Training program has helped prepare Community College of Philadelphia students for jobs in a variety of academic research settings and at biomedical, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. Learn how Wistar’s new Biomedical Research...
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
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...
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...
When coming up with new ideas, we all have those that are not as unique as we thought. In this interactive workshop, learn how to identify dependable methods and practical tools to help to consistently innovate. Be guided through a...
October 16, 2019
In this short documentary MING Media’s Richard Patterson explores the coded language used to address the opioid epidemic and the racial inequalities in awareness and access to treatment in the African-American community. In contrast to the language used to discuss...
Despite continuous efforts to narrow the gender gap in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), major inequalities still persist in these fields. In higher education, only 35% of all students enrolled in STEM-related fields are female. Today, only 28% of...
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...
More than 200 years after the bicycle was invented, the basic design structure is largely unchanged, yet the function has undergone significant transformation – from recreation to competitions, commuter transit, delivery services, and greater community engagement. Join the conversation about...
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...
Urban Ag & Tech – learn to use basic materials and simple programmable sensors to grow food and specialty crops anywhere, anytime. Fun, interactive and thought provoking discussion about who controls agriculture, and how urban agriculture can rise as an...
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