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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
President and CEO
Center City District
Reporter
Philadelphia Inquirer
Community Impact Director
Hopeworks Camden
Vice President, Multicultural Sales & Community Activation
PepsiCo North America
Founder
Humble Genius Media
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B. PHL features exciting events at unique venues across the city.

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October 15, 2019
This interactive exhibit will explore the many perspectives and approaches to building climate resiliency in Philadelphia. Informed by the Philadelphia Office of Sustainability’s Beat the Heat pilot project in Hunting Park, the exhibit will highlight project findings, community partners, and...
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...
October 17, 2019
Get dramatic in this interactive workshop where Paige Price, producing artistic director for the Philadelphia Theatre Company, gives a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to put together a show.
October 15, 2019
A diverse group of designers from the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator’s 2019 residency shares insights from their business models, ways they are innovating with their products, and how they use storytelling to build their online communities of loyal followers. Find out...
Be on the cutting edge of current research about the brain to better understand your customers, your colleagues, and yourself! Know Your Brain, Know Your Business is an interactive professional development experience that addresses popular beliefs about the brain, and...
Why do readers read and how do they want to consume it? With content on-demand and ever-available, plus a never-ending news cycle, these are questions the media grapples with to determine how to best reach (and retain) their audiences. Local...
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...
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,...
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...
In this storytelling-session-meets-crash-course, podcast host and producer Kevin Chemidlin will share how in May 2018 he ditched his career in software engineering to become a podcaster. Learn how anybody can create and launch a podcast, and pick up tips and...
October 17, 2019
Our minds route us through mental shortcuts hundreds of times each day. We call these cognitive biases. Usually they’re harmless. Even helpful. But what happens when a shortcut becomes a detour directly to a bad decision? Using real-world examples to...
A special live recording of the Philly Who? podcast. Join host Kevin Chemidlin when he sits down with Sharon Pinkenson, Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office. Past guests have included Ed Rendell, Jane Golden, Mike Solomonov & Steve...
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?
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...
October 17, 2019
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?
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...
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 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,...
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,...
Are you smarter than a 6th grader when it comes to food insecurity? At William Penn Charter School, 6th grade students conduct an immersive semester-long study on Philadelphia food insecurity. The project-based service-learning curriculum utilizes math, health, science, and social...
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...
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...
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...
Among major cities in the U.S., Philadelphia ranks highest in overdose deaths. At Penn Medicine’s emergency departments (ED), patients are treated for overdose, withdrawal, or other complications of opioid use every hour of every day, but face significant barriers to...
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...
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...
Everybody eats. Learn practical skills to change eating habits to improve physical and psychological wellness to B. Healthier and B. Happier. Afterwards, enjoy a food sampling of fresh, natural ingredients, and organic produce by Classie Nutrition.
October 15, 2019
Nurses are consummate innovators, creating solutions to some of health and healthcare’s toughest problems. Join students and faculty to learn how Penn Nursing is using technology in unconventional ways to help heal the sick and proving B. Franklin correct that...
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....
Philadelphia is the place to be for innovation in the life sciences. It’s home to some of the nation’s top hospitals, academic research and cancer centers, as well as medical testing innovators. Hear from innovators about diagnostic discoveries, new approaches...
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,...
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...
Advanced Analytics, AI and Machine Learning are increasingly shaking up every industry. Some of Philadelphia’s top leaders in digital transformation, data, insight and AI will share how they navigated transformational change in their careers and what may be the next...
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....
Wouldn’t it be nice to predict the future, or at least have a general idea of what may be on the horizon? Organizations of all types practice trend forecasting, the art and science of identifying anticipating, and shaping future goals...
October 16, 2019
Diversity and Inclusion have been big buzz words this year. But what are organizations doing to ensure D&I efforts are improving the workplace, and supporting leadership, retention and culture? Hear how communications leaders are addressing these issues.
Among major cities in the U.S., Philadelphia ranks highest in overdose deaths. At Penn Medicine’s emergency departments (ED), patients are treated for overdose, withdrawal, or other complications of opioid use every hour of every day, but face significant barriers 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...
October 17, 2019
53% of white women voted for President Trump. White women are scared sh*&less to be called out by a Black woman. They’ve been taught that talking about race is unseemly. So they never do. And yet, their silence is 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...
Episcopal Community Services, Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia and Philabundance are working together to develop an innovative, integrated and measurable approach to lifting people out of poverty.  Panelists will discuss what brought their organizations to the table and the steps they’re...
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