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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
Founder and Co-owner
High Street Hospitality Group
Former Governor of Pennsylvania, Mayor of Philadelphia
Executive Director
Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation at Drexel University
Chairman
Stradley Ronon
CEO
Switchboard Live
Design Director
Gensler
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B. PHL features exciting events at unique venues across the city.

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Join the Inglis Adapted Technology Team for a panel discussion on how they are applying accessible technology to improve the independence of adults living with complex disabilities. Team Members will discuss how they are working with low and high-tech solutions...
Duncan Wardle spent 25 years with the Walt Disney Company, most recently as Head of Innovation & Creativity, and is now on a mission to prove that everyone is creative. This interactive workshop looks at why creativity is a dwindling...
October 16, 2019
In this “new economy,” more and more non-technical entrepreneurs find themselves needing to adapt to a more technical world. Oftentimes, software isn’t spoken in plain English, intimidating many who recognize they need to learn and adapt. This workshop will give...
It used to be that a computer plugged into a cable or phone jack was the only gateway to the information super-highway. Thanks to the Internet of Things – the seemingly endless array of wireless devices, wearables, gadgets and gizmos...
Change is hard, and the old agents of change are no longer sufficient. This hands-on, playful, and insight-generating workshop is designed to instigate inner transformation to tap the well of innovation within. Bring a goal you have for yourself and...
Learn why one local non-profit is working to integrate social justice and equity into its organizational structure and how these changes can help eliminate internal economic, social, cultural, and geographic barriers.
With affordable housing and work spaces, Philadelphia has become a destination for artists from around the world. Artists of today are bringing life back to once abandoned manufacturing spaces, in a reflection of Philadelphia’s history as the workshop to the...
October 15, 2019
The challenge, should you choose to accept it is this: find ways to make a growing and increasingly diverse and dispersed workforce feel more connected, even when working in different zip codes and time zones. The “Make Global Feel Local”...
October 16, 2019
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...
This workshop challenges participants to use “play” to question their assumptions, look at problems from multiple angles and to up-end status quo thinking. Learn the tools to take a deep dive into innovative thinking, break out of patterns and jumpstart...
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...
How do products, devices, and environments affect our wellbeing? What is the human side of visiting a hospital—or working in one? What do museums and health care facilities have in common? Writer, curator, and graphic designer Ellen Lupton finds answers...
Philadelphia is known for great engineering schools that produce great inventors and innovators. But what’s next? How does the next generation move beyond innovative products and services and become empowered to create innovative companies and organizations?
Duncan Wardle spent 25 years with the Walt Disney Company, most recently as Head of Innovation & Creativity, and is now on a mission to prove that everyone is creative. This interactive workshop looks at why creativity is a dwindling...
Join us for lightning talks on how to accelerate application delivery through software development that supports rapid product transport, emphasizes automation, and embraces a philosophy of process improvement. The four,15-minute briefs will provide a better understanding of enhanced application delivery...
This densely packed, 60-minute workshop takes a deep dive into gamification for corporate training. Learn how top companies are using on- and off-screen gamification to train goal-driven content, and experience the training-based games, including escape rooms, board games, and table-top...
Sports tech companies are transforming the way sports content is delivered and consumed but face challenges in reaching key decision makers at the professional team and league level. Join The Call-Up, an inaugural event opportunity for a select number of...
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
The student loan crisis is at an all-time high, which can be especially burdensome for business owners or those considering entrepreneurship. Learn practical strategies to implement to become or remain eligible for public service loan forgiveness. The workshop will cover...
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,...
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...
October 16, 2019
Have you ever wondered how we arrive at those “Aha!” moments that spark creativity? Or how the human brain generates groundbreaking ideas that can change the world? What is a creative mindset? Such questions are at the heart of research...
How will disruptive technologies impact career development and career longevity? How can careers best be developed for tomorrow’s workforce and which leadership skills will be most important to companies in the next 5, 10, 20 years? Drexel University President John...
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...
Philly sits at the heart of the East Coast innovation corridor, and is increasingly leading innovations in life sciences, healthcare and technology—with the 3rd ranked start-up ecosystem in the country. That growth is powered by increasingly diverse innovators—in fact, Philadelphia’s...
October 15, 2019
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...
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...
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...
October 16, 2019
We will learn and practice positive mindfulness. Mindfulness is about noticing whatever is occurring in our attention in the present moment with our body, thoughts, and feelings – and reflecting on what we notice with deep awareness. “Positive” mindfulness is...
People age 65 or older constitute the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population, and chances are increasing that more and more of us will get to blow out 100 candles on a birthday cake. Policymakers, healthcare providers, and leaders...
Entrepreneurs Are Building Out Innovations with the Region’s Clinical Data Repository What happens when you make information on the health and healthcare of 9 million people in the Delaware Valley region available (in a permitted way) to entrepreneurs and start-ups?...
Philly sits at the heart of the East Coast innovation corridor, and is increasingly leading innovations in life sciences, healthcare and technology—with the 3rd ranked start-up ecosystem in the country. That growth is powered by increasingly diverse innovators—in fact, Philadelphia’s...
Women’s healthcare in the U.S. is in critical condition. With rising and unrivaled maternal mortality rates, a growing shortage of women’s health providers, and lack of access to basic care, change is needed stat! Healthcare disruptor Suzie Welsh will discuss...
October 16, 2019
In this “new economy,” more and more non-technical entrepreneurs find themselves needing to adapt to a more technical world. Oftentimes, software isn’t spoken in plain English, intimidating many who recognize they need to learn and adapt. This workshop will give...
If 4G is the Schuylkill Expressway at rush hour, 5G is the Blue Route at 2 am. With 5G starting to rollout in select markets, we’ll soon say hello to more bandwidth, better connectivity, and faster download and upload speeds....
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
Hopeworks provides a positive, healing atmosphere that propels young people to build strong futures and break the cycle of violence and poverty in Camden, New Jersey. With a focus on education, technology, and entrepreneurship, helping young people heal from trauma...
Building a legacy of leadership requires preparing the next generation to not just follow in the footsteps, but to make a new path. Learn about new ways to mentor, foster, and encourage the next generation of African American Leaders in...
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