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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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.
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...
October 15, 2019
Join us for a presentation given by Musser Visiting School Brian Hinman, Chief Commercial Officer for Aon. Learn how to use intellectual property as both a sword and a shield to capture value from your innovations. Light food, coffee and...
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?
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...
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...
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...
October 16, 2019
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...
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...
Creativity. It’s the one core human truth that will remain relevant and critical in the brave new world of Artificial Intelligence. Yet many of us have been told – and accepted – that we’re not the “creative type.” Why? Weren’t...
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 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....
October 15, 2019
Join us for a presentation given by Musser Visiting School Brian Hinman, Chief Commercial Officer for Aon. Learn how to use intellectual property as both a sword and a shield to capture value from your innovations. Light food, coffee 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,...
October 16, 2019
The future of work is coming. Some would say that it is already here. Amid the headlines predicting loss of jobs due to automation and other changes brought by artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and autonomous systems, it’s clear that...
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...
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...
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 studies to analyze hunger statistics, research essential nutrients, explore food deserts, and investigate...
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 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?
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
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...
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...
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 innovation in unconventional ways to help heal the sick and proving B. Franklin correct that...
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...
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.
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...
The cannabis and hemp industry has come a long way, baby, but faces unique challenges to growth. Working against stigma, changing legalities, and increasing government oversight, hear how and why advocates are innovating to cultivate seeds of change and grow...
Chew on this: The Drexel Food Lab in the Department of Food and Hospitality Management, in collaboration with partners, has designed food alternatives to pharmaceuticals. How can specific healthy foods, rather than drugs, be used to target disease?
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...
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...
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.
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 15, 2019
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....
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....
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....
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...
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...
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...
The gap in voter turnout among people with disabilities, compared to other voters, highlights significant barriers to voting. The Philadelphia Autism Project and City Commissioner Al Schmidt, who oversees the voting process in Philadelphia, are working together on specific resources...
It’s a challenge: improve a neighborhood to attract new businesses and residents without displacing the existing ones. Community leaders take a hard look at the fine line between renewal and extinction and new ways to keep communities intact during every...
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