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Mosaic Community Church Neighborhood Bazaar

Come by for a day of food, fun, and performances for the whole family, in partnership with Mosaic Community Church and Know Thyself 100% Naturals. This event is free and open to everyone – bring your friends! The Mosaic Community Church is located at 123 South 51st Street.

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South Philadelphia Library

Book it to the South Philadelphia Library for a party with food, music and new friends. Meet with community partners and organizations bringing goodness, innovation and resources to the neighborhood. Sponsored by SEAMAAC. A non-profit organization committed to building stronger communities, SEAMAAC gives direct support to immigrants, refugees and marginalized communities. The South Philadelphia Library is located at 1700 S Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145.

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Esperanza Art Center

This high-octane, poignant, and hilarious one-man show is a tour-de-force that will make audiences laugh, cry, and embrace the autobiographical journey of a man who moves between cultures to provide a fascinating perspective of American Latinos who struggle to dispel misconceptions about their identity and place in the world. The Trouble with My Name examines the issues of language, race, and social justice in an eye-opening performance where Ávila engages the audience as he tells the story of his life and reads poetry that illustrates what it means to be the American of the future. Ávila’s show breaks barriers and embraces the diversity of a nation whose history is rich and colorful. The message transcends boundaries of race, ethnicity, and geography. It is a show not to be missed. For tickets, click here. The Esperanza Art Center is located at 4261 North 5th Street.

SPECIAL ‘B PHL’ OFFER
Free Admission for all Hunting Park Residents! Just place your order online using offer code Tw19140mN. Then show your ID to pick up your ticket the day of the show.

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Maken Studios North

In collaboration with Philadelphia Open Studio Tours and Maken Studios North, this event offers a behind-the-scenes look at the day in the life of a visual artist, including a mural painting with a local teacher and neighborhood children. There will also be light refreshments. Maken Studios North is located at 3525 I Street, Philadelphia, PA 19134.

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Independence Blue Cross Courtyard

Please B.Prepared to attend as many events as possible with your official B.PHL badge! Arrive early to Independence Blue Cross's Courtyard, located at 1901 Market Street, Philadelphia PA, to pick up your lanyard and badge. If you have not yet registered for your badge, you can do so through the B.PHL website by clicking Register.

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Reading Terminal Market

Pre-registration for this event is required through the B.PHL app.

Reading Terminal Market and the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia will host three tasty takes on the future of Philadelphia’s Food Economy. Hear from experts on talent, production, and opportunity in the local food industry and sample delicacies from local purveyors Rebel Ventures Rebel Crumble, Abundantly Good, and Kennett Square Specialties.

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Community College of Philadelphia

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 networks, our defenses are down and cyberattacks are becoming more of an epidemic than ever. Join us as a part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month to explore today’s cybersecurity landscape. Presented by Community College of Philadelphia’s Department of Computer Technologies, the Cybersecurity Club, and the Division of Business and Technology, learn about new fortress frameworks, career outlook, and what we can do to keep ourselves and our employers protected.

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Entercom

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 a partner of our hometown 76ers.

At his session, Rubin will discuss the work he is doing related to criminal justice reform. Earlier this year, he launched an organization, The Reform Alliance, with Meek Mill, Jay-Z, Van Jones and others. The organization is lobbying for changes to state probation and parole laws.

A moderated discussion with Rubin will take place from 9:10 to 9:50.

But our festivities actually begin at 8:45 with a short kickoff ceremony featuring remarks by Mayor Jim Kenney; City Representative Sheila Hess; and B. PHL director and Independence Blue Cross Director of Innovation Michelle Histand. You’ll also be treated to a special performance by Philadelphia rapper Chill Moody. Chill wrote and recorded a new song all about B. PHL!

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Temple University

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 Philadelphia, Dr. Kamel Khalili and the team at Excision BioTherapeutics have eliminated HIV from infected animals. This is the first study of its kind, and it was recently published in Nature Communications. Temple will host a panel including key inventors, administrators, and angel investors, discussing the fundamental discoveries that led to this breakthrough and the role Temple University and other members of our innovation ecosystem play in helping to commercialize discoveries like this.

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Entercom

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 Philadelphia, Dr. Kamel Khalili and the team at Excision BioTherapeutics have eliminated HIV from infected animals. This is the first study of its kind, and it was recently published in Nature Communications. Temple will host a panel including key inventors, administrators, and angel investors, discussing the fundamental discoveries that led to this breakthrough and the role Temple University and other members of our innovation ecosystem play in helping to commercialize discoveries like this.

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PECO

Leveraging innovation as a leader takes a set of skills and business practices that require us to recast our understanding of what leadership is about. Join this panel of successful leaders as they discuss how they utilize the unique characteristics of innovation and creative thinking to embrace change and drive excellence within their organizations.

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Independence Blue Cross

Most of the effects we can expect from climate change are related to water – more of it, less of it, or a lot of it being blown around at high speeds. Learn about three recent efforts that apply technology innovation to managing water.

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Independence Blue Cross

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 taking to address poverty in Philadelphia.

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Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia

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.

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PECO

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. Learn the technical aspects, what’s true versus marketing hype, how will cities build out their 5G infrastructure, and the potential pitfalls, especially related to personal privacy. From smart homes and mixed reality cities, to traffic management and autonomous vehicles, how will 5G change our physical and virtual environments in Philadelphia and beyond?

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Independence Blue Cross

"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 in partnership with the Philadelphia Department of Prisons to provide comprehensive strengths-based case management services to support Philadelphia’s incarcerated and re-entering moms and families.

This panel will explore both Maternity Care Coalition’s approach to providing services for pregnant and parenting women experiencing incarceration as well as MCC’s efforts to challenge the systemic and persistent inequalities faced by women impacted by the criminal justice system."

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Independence Blue Cross

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 unique transportation problems facing Philadelphia’s patients and how the American Cancer Society is working to solve the problem.

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Independence Blue Cross

Innovation may add value, but does it make “cents?” Hear from civic, financial, and state leaders about the cost-benefit of innovation.

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University City Science Center

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 provide youth with hands-on learning experiences in healthcare, technology, engineering, and entrepreneurship. Participants should bring ideas to the session and learn how to design an innovative work-based learning model for youth.

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University City Science Center

“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 mattresses and sleeping accessories – from memory foams to temperature controlled beds – and their potential benefits and disadvantages.
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Drexel University

Pre-registration for this event is required through the B.PHL app.

Dave Raymond will share the model for fun that he has used throughout his entire professional career. He will show participants how to functionally use fun in the innovation process to create billion-dollar brands, overcome negative brain-bias, and make your professional and personal life that much more rewarding. He was the original Phillie Phanatic and has since has parlayed his experience into a successful entrepreneurial journey as a marketing executive and motivational speaker. Raymond works with the worlds best brands to fully understand the value in the power of fun for innovation. Hear his “phantastic” story and how his time as the Phanatic led him to realize that fun’s transformative effects are the key to living a happier, healthier, and more productive life.

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PECO

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. During this unique experience you will learn how PIDC, PECO and SEPTA are partnering to revitalize this iconic Philadelphia community. The tour is approximately 90 minutes long and has a maximum capacity of 30. Preregistration is required.

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Entercom

Sending a person to space is arguably the greatest example of innovation in human history, an experience still reserved for only the brightest, most capable, and elite explorers. Former NASA astronaut Dr. Guion (“Guy”) Bluford, Jr. is among that select group, and in 1983 became the first African American in space. Come to hear the Philadelphia hometown hero talk with Derrick Pitts, the Chief Astronomer at the Franklin Institute, about his career, innovation, space, and where we as a human race are headed next.

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University City Science Center

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Stop dreaming and start innovating. This interactive workshop is designed to help entrepreneurs, small business owners and innovators identify and access current tools and technology to create and expand a sustainable business and brand.

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Independence Blue Cross

Philadelphia’s redevelopment pioneers will discuss rethinking real-estate and why it’s important to invest in uncharted urban territory.

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Independence Blue Cross

Some of the most prominent people in Philadelphia became so by not just climbing the ladder of success, but by building it from scratch. Their stories of grit, determination, tenacity, and creativity will inspire and demonstrate that innovation within can lead to success.

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Independence Blue Cross

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 someone to change a habit, take meds, use a home medical device or follow the advice of a healthcare professional. This session explores how psychological and social engagement techniques can motivate patient actions, improve outcomes and enhance patient satisfaction.

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Independence Blue Cross

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 to bring residents with physical disabilities – including multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries and strokes – greater freedom.

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Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia

Once upon a time, a city invited the Big Four technology companies to build a distribution center on their land. Alas, the offer, while enticing, was declined. Hear the story behind the endeavor, the lessons learned, and the opportunities knocking as a result.

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Drexel University

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 where the future of fashion in Philadelphia is headed, and how these designers are helping to reinvigorate the once-thriving fashion sector of Philadelphia.

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Entercom

Pre-registration for this event is required through the B.PHL app.

Come hear Abbi Jacobson participate in a fireside chat, where she will discuss how she approaches innovation as a woman in comedy, through her series Broad City, in her career beyond the show, creativity and more! Attendees will also have the unique opportunity to engage with her during an interactive Q&A session. 

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Center for Architecture and Design

The American Institute of Architects Philadelphia Building Enclosure Council opens their monthly lunch and learn to architects, engineers, consultants, manufacturers, contractors, and educators. This gathering serves as a forum for the exchange of information regarding excellence in building enclosure design and technology. The Center for Architecture and Design is located at 1218 Arch Street.

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Center for Architecture & Design

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 process and tools they need to engage their communities, put their visions down on paper, and advance to the next stage: gaining support, raising funds, and building projects. Participants can receive AIA/CES credits (HSW), and meetings also qualify for CES credits for ASLA if landscape related. Others may be eligible to self-report.

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Drexel University

This is a particularly exciting time for nutritionists since so many individuals are taking responsibility for maintaining and enhancing their health. We are committed to the discovery of new information about the relationships between diet, physical activity, health and disease and the application of such knowledge to individuals, communities and entire populations.
Come join our team of experts in a hands-on interactive workshop where you can experience and learn how the Department of Nutrition Sciences at Drexel University is paving the way for future researchers and registered dietitians.
In this 90-minute guided open-house style event, you will learn about various aspects of nutrition sciences research. These include: measures of metabolic rate, body composition, brain activity, and advanced sports nutrition.

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Free Library of Philadelphia

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These are not ladies who lunch. These are the women who are leading the city, making groundbreaking discoveries, creating solutions, and the forces behind innovation and change in Philadelphia. The Free Library is located at 1901 Vine Street.

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Community College of Philadelphia

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For nursing students at Community College of Philadelphia, helping others is why they learn, giving back is what they do. In this interactive session, students in the program will highlight how they use their education in hands-only CPR and NARCAN overdose prevention to save lives in the communities they serve.

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PECO

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 system.

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Community College of Philadelphia

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 one community college has taken a novel, singular approach that raises GPAs and increases graduation and success rates.

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Independence Blue Cross

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. Projects with Independence Blue Cross, the Scattergood Foundation, and the American Red Cross highlight innovative methods for standardizing data and visualizing spatial data at various scales while protecting individual privacy.

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Independence Blue Cross

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.

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Independence Blue Cross

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, and why investing in education at all levels will always yield the greatest societal dividends.

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Independence Blue Cross

The Maxwell Football Club presents three local partners who are innovating in performance, safety, and health – and changing the game for athletes. Their technological advancements include strength and conditioning programs to “max out” performance; protective mouth guards for contact sports; and sustainable cleaning and protective solutions to protect athletes against germs, bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other microorganisms that can exist on equipment and training surfaces.

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PECO

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 challenges of today, Chris explains the most impactful areas of action for achieving decarbonization, how Exelon is exploring these different avenues, and how entrepreneurs in the Exelon service territories can get involved in this the great energy transition that is needed

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Independence Blue Cross

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is increasingly becoming the all powerful “Wizard of OZ”. Experts estimate that AI could contribute up to $15.7 trillion to the global economy by the year 2030, more than the combined GDP of China and India today. But more importantly, the technology will be omnipresent, from household appliances to our financial, law and justice systems, to how we protect and grow cities. It will make more businesses and innovation more efficient, precise, and lessen room for error in all facets of life.

However, AI is only as good as the masses of data and humans that feed into it. And as humans, we all carry prejudices, consciously or unconsciously. This panel will explore how AI is helping to build smart communities and the innovation sector, however as well as precautions that should be top of mind as cities continue to employ AI platforms.

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Drexel University

Join us for a panel discussion with Dave Raymond, the original Phillie Phanatic and one of the creative minds that delivered the newest Philadelphia mascot. Learn all you ever wanted to know about the Gritty project.

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Entercom

A discussion amongst successful podcast content creators & business people re: why podcasting is emerging as a business that is built to last, and what will help it get to the next level!

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Curtis Institute of Music

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Join filmmaker Sam Katz for a behind the lens look at his award-winning documentaries that highlight Philadelphia’s rich, complicated, and diverse history. The founder of History Making Productions will talk about why it’s important and how to find new stories behind the old ones we think we already know.

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PFS Roxy Theater

Come see a special B.PHL screening of HBO’s documentary, The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley. The PFS Roxy Theater is located at 2023 Sansom Street.

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Curtis Institute of Music

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Composer and former Curtis Institute student Leonard Bernstein said, “Music . . . can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.” In collaboration with the Penn Memory Center and students from the Curtis Institute, listen to an interactive program for patients experiencing memory change, mild cognitive impairment, or early-stage dementia. Come hear and learn about the expressive power of music composition.

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Independence Blue Cross

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 Philadelphia.

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Independence Blue Cross

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 – we are constantly hopping on and off the Internet, and most of the time we have no idea when it’s happening. Get answers to the questions neither Siri or Alexa can about IOT: is it a good thing, what does it do best, and should we be afraid for our cyber security?

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Independence Blue Cross

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 clients optimize and manage investments – is, you guessed it, a technology company. Hear from experts in workforce development, manufacturing, healthcare, and media about why changing the mindset of your organization is key, the benefits and drawbacks, and how local companies have shifted strategies to embrace and invest in this new paradigm.

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University City Science Center

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 “An ounce of prevention is a worth a pound of cure.”

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Drexel University

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 manage its cost. But what does that really mean for the patient? Find out how healthcare is transforming inside out, impacting patients, clinicians, and the way care is delivered.

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Fitler Club

Pre-registration for this event is required through the B.PHL app.

An interactive workshop that engages and shows attendees how to create their personal brand for success. Discover your unique brand attributes, strengths, values and style to define yourself and B. Your Best.

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Independence Blue Cross

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 a different mindset around the CBD/canibis/hemp industry and agricultural landscape.

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Drexel University

Located in the heart of the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design’s URBN Center, the Immersive Research Lab (or IRL) is a space dedicated to the study and research of immersive media including VR, AR and other technologies. The lab is a dynamic space specifically designed to encourage collaboration across university based disciplines and departments, as well as with industry and the surrounding community.

Designed specifically for Immersive Media, the IRL’s floor space is almost completely open, with trussing supporting motion capture systems and an ambisonic audio system. In addition to traditional computer systems, the lab also features specialized backpack computer systems that can be worn by users as they interact within virtual spaces.

This event will highlight and demonstrate the various tools and technologies in use by students and faculty at the lab, showing a variety of ways that immersive media is spreading into mainstream use by consumers and industry in our region

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Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia

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Creativity is the engine of innovation and essential for the future of work. We know what creativity is, but what are the guiding principles, and the steps from the big idea to implementation? Bring an actual challenge either you, your team, or company is facing. You'll have the opportunity to work through it and troubleshoot with fresh eyes of workshop participants.

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Independence Blue Cross

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Learn how to create an experience for advertising and corporate training by producing a mini-experience within in the workshop space. Working in small groups, participants will be given tools, a goal, content, a mission, and a set amount of time to make an experience and present it to their peers.

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University City Science Center

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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” interactive challenge is a call to action led by design-thinking gurus and an opportunity to learn how to create solutions for tomorrow by understanding the challenges of today, asking the right questions, and bringing diverse people, mindsets and priorities together to think through and design forward.

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Fitler Club

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What does it take to create one of the world’s most successful investment firms? Let’s ask someone who has grown a company from a balance sheet of $400,000 to more than $500 billion in assets under management, and a network of portfolio companies that employ around 500,000 people across the United States.

Visionary Stephen Schwarzman co-founded Blackstone in 1985 with Peter G. Peterson, and now leads the company’s nearly 2,500 employees in 24 offices worldwide. However, building Blackstone into the leading global financial institution it is today did not come easy, especially in the financial industry.

From folding handkerchiefs in his father’s linen shop in Philadelphia to creating one of the most successful investment firms in the world, Schwarzman has spent his life learning and reflecting on what it takes to achieve excellence, make an impact, and live a life of consequence.

At every stage of life, he earned himself a reputation for being bold, solving big problems and making the impossible happen. At Blackstone, his intense focus on talent, process and culture have allowed the firm to systematically manage risk while remaining nimble enough to innovate and grow.

Schwarzman will discuss his real-life experiences and share his advice on how to maximize one’s potential and build, transform, and lead thriving organizations. Schwarzman will also give the audience a glimpse into his new book What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence.

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Temple University

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 soft drinks will be served.

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Community College of Philadelphia

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 Technician Apprenticeship, the first-ever registered, nontraditional apprenticeship program for biomedical research ratified by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, offers graduates another formula for career success in emerging fields of science.

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Temple University

The media has changed drastically since the turn of the century. What innovations and strategies have been employed to get the word out and entertain in this new age. We will hear from an author who went viral, a passionate podcaster and self-proclaimed geek as well as an introvert turned comic strip star.

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NextFab

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Come to NextFab and meet some of the most innovative hardware startups in the city. During the program, NextFab’s in-house product development expert will break down the steps to turn your idea into a prototype. Participants will be able to get a quick demonstration of 3D printing for rapid prototyping. Come early to receive free legal tips on running your startup successfully, from Philadelphia based law firm, Ballard Spahr LLP. Next Fab is located at 2025 Washington Avenue.

Event Sponsored by Ballard Spahr LLP.

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University City Science Center

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 bridging the gap between data insights and improved outcomes.

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Independence Blue Cross

Co-Design, Design Thinking, Design-Driven Innovation, Inclusive Design, Authentic Engagement – these are just some of the buzzwords we hear nowadays but what does it really mean, what does it look like and what kind of impact can it have on your organization?

Better, insight-driven, more inclusive stakeholder engagement is one of the solutions that has emerged as an approach to navigating our fast-changing environment. It is a way of coming out with resilient, innovative solutions with support across your stakeholders. But what actually happens if we engage stakeholders – from employees, to communities, to policy leaders – and give them the opportunity to be a real part of the conversation and share their insights and ideas? How do we manage expectations during these processes while also encouraging new and innovative ideas to emerge?

Learn and share ideas about how you can carefully implement co-design processes in your organization to drive greater impact – in a way that manages risk at the same time. Let’s work together to make the buzzwords more than just buzzwords

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Independence Blue Cross

Mindy Sheier 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 jeans met his needs, boosted his confidence, prompted Mindy launch Runway of Dreams, an adaptive clothing business. Runway of Dreams collaborated with Tommy Hilfiger on the first ever-mainstream adaptive clothing line for kids in Spring 2016 and the Runway of Dreams Foundation is working to create a world where fashion is mainstream and accessible for all. Part inspiration, part innovation, learn how one idea can change the world.

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Independence Blue Cross

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 must consider new business models and unique problem-solving approaches while dodging obstacles to their ideas and initiatives from the opposing teams. It’s a fast-paced, highly-engaging learning experience that’s punctuated with lots of “ah-ha moments,” laughter and fun.

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Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia

From politics and good government, to planning, economic development and business, meet the next generation of Philadelphians who are taking the reins and shaping Philly’s future.

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Center for Architecture and Design

Putting the students of Philadelphia on the best path for future success starts with the basics: what we teach and how we teach. Learn how initiatives to bring coding, entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work co-op programs to the Philadelphia School District are innovating public education for local students.

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University City Science Center

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?

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Independence Blue Cross

People age 65 and 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 in medical technology are increasingly looking to innovation to address the needs of this population. During this panel discussion, learn more about the impact of this demographic trend; the future of Medicare; and how digital health is transforming the healthcare journey for patients, providers, and caregivers alike.

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Entercom

Join Tony Luke Jr A true son of South Philly, Tony “Luke” Lucidonio, Jr. is an entrepreneur, restaurateur, actor and musician. When you think of him you instantly think Cheesesteaks and the highly successful career including the concession revolution, but his real story is about overcoming obstacles. Tony has made it his life’s mission to teach and help others who are struggling. Tony will speak on where he started from, what’s new with cheesesteaks and Ecommerce as well as how he has turned his tragic loss of his son and created a National Awareness Campaign #brownandwhite defeating the stigma through Music, Social Media Engagements, Public Speaking, Stand Up Comedy and lastly through the Anthony Lucidonio III Recovery Life Skills Project which we are now being told this could be the most innovated approach and commitment to people in recovery.

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Drexel University

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 and awareness efforts. Commissioner Schmidt will share efforts his office has undertaken to address these barriers and citizens’ rights to accessibility accommodations. The Philadelphia Autism Project will provide resources and information to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to have their voice heard. One of the best ways to prepare for voting is to practice and get comfortable with the machines. As the city modernizes the election process, new voting booths will be available for you to practice!

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Fitler Club

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Josh Kopelman knows disruption. An early investor in some of the country’s most innovative companies like Uber, Blue Apron and Warby Parker, and an entrepreneur himself, Kopelman lives and breathes big ideas, hard work and relentless dedication. He has weathered his share of boom and bust cycles and came out a major success, now leading one of the most active venture capital firms in the country, First Round Capital. Plain and simple, he knows what it takes to succeed in the startup world.

In 1992, while he was a student at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Kopelman co-founded Infonautics Corporation and took it public on the NASDAQ stock exchange in 1996. He then founded Half.com in July of 1999 and led it to become one of the largest sellers of used books, movies and music in the world before eventually being acquired by eBay in July 2000. And in late 2003, Kopelman helped to found TurnTide, an anti-spam company that created the world’s first anti-spam router, which was quickly acquired by Symantec just six months later.

He leveraged his 10+ years as a serial entrepreneur to start a VC firm focused on the seed stage. He named it First Round Capital to make it clear that he wanted to talk to founders at the earliest possible point – helping them make the most of the blank slate you only get at the very beginning. First Round has since invested in over 300 emerging technology startups.

In this fireside chat, Kopelman will share his experiences as a serial entrepreneur, investor and innovator, and provide insights on what it takes to succeed.

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Independence Blue Cross

In a world where expectations are greater than ever for immersive, engaging experiences, museums must find new and compelling approaches to deliver on their social and cultural missions. Learn how Philadelphia’s museums are striving to play a key role in how we learn about and comprehend the world around us in fun and engaging ways.

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Independence Blue Cross

The U.S. is the only developed nation with a consistently rising maternal mortality rate, with c-sections performed nearly twice the global average. With advancements in healthcare, how can this be? Learn how continually updating content strategies throughout the entire maternity experience -- from pregnancy, to birth, to early motherhood – can lead to healthier babies and mother.

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Drexel University

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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 how to qualify for public service loan forgiveness, how to navigate the enrollment process as an entrepreneur, and how to stay in compliance to remain eligible.

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Independence Blue Cross

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 to eventually take to publishing!

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Independence Blue Cross Innovation Center

Do you like your Yahtzee shaken or stirred? Pull up a chair at the Game Bar in the brand-new Innovation Center at Independence Blue Cross where gametenders from Thirsty Dice, Philadelphia’s first board game café, will be serving up a mix of games – from old fashioned (Checkers, neat), to classic (Monopoly, two olives), to easy to learn modern favorites with a twist. Everyone’s a winner with free food and beer courtesy of Triple Bottom Brewing. Cheers! It’s where everybody knows a board game. The Independence Blue Cross Innovation Center is located at 1901 Market Street

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Community College of Philadelphia

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 String Quartet, Amari and Mike Waters. The official record label of Community College of Philadelphia, Spring Garden Records produces and releases music created by students, alumni, members of the College community and other Philadelphia artists. Grady’s Garden is a greenhouse on Main Campus built to help address food insecurity and promote healthy eating among Community College of Philadelphia students. We invite all attendees to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the College’s food pantry.

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Thomas Jefferson University

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You’ve heard the Netflix founding story, right? The one about an entrepreneur who gets fed up with video rental fees, has a brilliant idea about DVDs-by-mail, and launches a company that revolutionizes the entertainment world? It’s the stuff of startup legend. Except that’s not the whole picture. The full story is a lot more complicated, involves a lot more people, and makes for a much better, more creative story.

As co-founder and founding CEO of Netflix, Marc Randolph fundamentally altered how the world experiences media. Today, the success of Netflix might feel like a foregone conclusion, but Randolph’s story shines a bright light on all the times it nearly doesn’t work and all the people who help make sure it does. They include investors who fervently believe in the idea and those who have to be convinced, to skeptics pointing out crucial flaws, and a core team of brilliant optimists charging ahead despite the odds. The story offers a real education in the craft of the startup venture, with plenty of insights that remain relevant and applicable today, in Silicon Valley and far beyond.

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University City Science Center

It’s a tried (but true) real estate trope that links success and profit to location, location, location. Brianna Wronko, Founder and CEO of Group K Diagnostics and Board Member of Philly Startup Leaders, will discuss the role the City of Philadelphia can play in building a successful business. Wronko will share the best Philly-based resources for entrepreneurs, how to gain access into the community, and the keys to using the location to its maximum benefit.

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Independence Blue Cross

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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 games.

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Independence Blue Cross

B. Franklin said, “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” New ideas, and the knowledge behind them require resources before they can yield returns. Learn about new funding streams, incubators, and strategies to take ideas to the next level.

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Center for Architecture & Design

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?

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Independence Seaport Museum

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See the Delaware River in a new light. The experiential self-guided sunset walking-tour begins with FLOW, an exhibition of ten floating sculptural installations in the boat basin next to the Independence Seaport Museum. With a glow-stick in one hand, and an Unibroue craft beer in the other, stroll to the Race Street Pier to see the large-scale 3D water projection hologram of a 17th Century Ship that will hover beneath the Ben Franklin Bridge. Join Joe Forkin, president of the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation for an unforgettable walk along the waterfront that will change the perception of the Delaware River and its role in Philadelphia’s past, present, and future.

Unibroue craft beer from Québec and glow stick party favors will be available while they last.

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Independence Blue Cross Courtyard

Please B.Prepared to attend as many events as possible with your official B.PHL badge! Arrive early to Independence Blue Cross's Courtyard, located at 1901 Market Street, Philadelphia PA, to pick up your lanyard and badge. If you have not yet registered for your badge, you can do so through the B.PHL website by clicking Register.

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Temple University

The League for Entrepreneurial Women, which holds an annual conference, is an advocacy initiative that addresses the growing challenges and interests of entrepreneurial women in the Greater Philadelphia region.

This year’s conference will feature keynote speaker Lisa Lang, Founder & CEO of SheWorx, the leading global female entrepreneurship platform empowering 20k+ women to connect with mentors and investor. It will also feature three entrepreneurs telling their story, and short pitches from three student entrepreneurs

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Center for Architecture & Design

For many businesses, navigating the City’s complicated regulatory system can be dizzying. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Philadelphia and the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I) work together to improve the process and submissions for building permit approval in the construction division. Activities include continuing education on the City of Philadelphia’s processes, the changes in the building codes and their application and in the process and procedures of the department.

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Independence Blue Cross

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 to cancer care and how artificial wombs are saving premature babies.

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The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia

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 phase of economic development.

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Independence Blue Cross

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 the world’s researchers are women, even though women account for over half of the world's population.
Of the many barriers women and girls are required to overcome within the STEM disciplines, access to personal protective equipment (PPE) that would allow women to acquire skills and gain opportunities to benefit equally from STEM continues to be a huge barrier. This session will look at the current challenges facing women seeking equal access to PPE, STEM education, and STEM careers, and describe the current initiatives that are changing this norm. It will also discuss impactful actions that individuals and organizations can enact in order to shape a more inclusive and diverse world.

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University City Science Center

Philadelphia’s Innovation District is powered by leaders focused on how to best leverage the region’s assets to advance the collective potential. Learn how conveners, placemakers, and financiers with the need for speed are collaborating and connecting to B. Engines of Change.

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Independence Blue Cross

Using Facebook language to predict depression? Twitter as a potential data source for cardiovascular disease research? The relationship between Google search volume and cancer incidence? Learn how researchers at the Penn Medicine Center for Digital Health are mapping the human digital existence to find solutions to problems that lie at the intersection of health care, technology, and society. Learn best practices on how to engage with health care providers and patients about non-traditional data collection, interpretation, privacy, and user-informed design.

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Independence Blue Cross

How does a health insurer partner with a media giant to create a radical new way of engaging people in their health and putting them at the center of their care journey? In this fireside chat, hear how startup Quil is leveraging the insights of two large companies in the region and a deep understanding of patients to make it easier for people to navigate their health lives.

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Drexel University

How safe is your data? Protecting yourself is proving to be more challenging as hackers’ knowledge and abilities become increasingly sophisticated. Data breaches from retail, restaurants, and financial institutions are becoming a common occurrence. Learn the unexpected places your personal information may be at risk, witness a demonstration on how easy it to hack into public spaces, and take notes for keeping your data and devices safe.

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PECO

80% of Philadelphia’s carbon footprint comes from buildings and industry. Cutting this in half by 2030 will create jobs, improve resilience, and save customers millions. Learn about the partnerships taking shape to make this happen in the region, and how to play a role in advancing the City’s ambitious climate goals.

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Entercom
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 Cook, Judy Wicks, Todd Carmichael, Richard Vague, Josh Kopelman, and more.

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 tricks to finding your voice and growing your future audience.

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Independence Blue Cross

GIANT Heirloom Market is a new store concept, a new format, and a new brand - the result of over a year of intense local focus group sessions, market research, and format exploration. The first GIANT Heirloom Market opened on January 25th in Philadelphia’s Graduate Hospital neighborhood in Philadelphia at 2303 Bainbridge Street and on August 2nd, a second location opened in University City. Two additional locations, one in Northern Liberties and one in Queen Village, are also planned.

So, what is the thought process that goes into building out a new location and how each market will be unique to the neighborhood? How was it decided to feature certain products and amenities at one location, but not the other? How are decisions made to evolve and adapt for each space? How is modern technology and innovation used to meet the needs of urban customers?

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Independence Blue Cross

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? Answer: New applications and solutions benefit patients, healthcare providers, and everyone. Health information exchange means sharing and pooling patient health data, so that your health team is always up to date and your records are available wherever you seek care. This exchange has evolved so quickly in the Greater Philadelphia area that the nonprofit HealthShare Exchange (HSX) –– charged with creating these services –– has now launched its new MarketStreet™ platform to jump start businesses and innovators past the legal and access obstacles that prevent them from taking advantage of, and contributing to, health and health-record data. Learn about HSX and the power of MarketStreet. See how this new data facilitator can drive your innovative ideas.

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Independence Blue Cross

Accessibility options of Android and iOS devices are giving people with disabilities greater freedoms than ever before. Accessibility technology allows users with motor impairments to use a singular button to scan between items, type, and select items on smart phone screens. The Inglis Adapted Technology Program will host a hands-on demonstration to learn how.

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University City Science Center

When will Virtual Reality become reality? VR has been steadily increasing since Oculus first hit in 2016, but we have only inched closer to the dream of becoming cyborgs.

What’s holding it back? How will it be part of a broader tech movement towards mixed reality? This session takes a look at how mixed reality, virtual reality and augmented reality will work together and VR’s potential opportunity. While VR may not ever have an “iPhone Moment,” it has myriad potential applications as the hardware improves in form, portability, and its tech.

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Independence Blue Cross

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 biking as a tour de force for meaningful, worldwide, human-powered change for all.

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Drexel University

Today, slaves are working on cocoa farms in West Africa, and many of them are children. With a vision of 100% slave-free chocolate, Tony's Chocolonely is the Netherlands #1 chocolate brand leading by example to show other companies that chocolate can be made without the use of modern slavery or illegal child labor. Find out how this small brand is changing the global chocolate industry from within.

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PECO

Pathways to Deep Decarbonization initiative is a is a global collaboration of energy research teams charting practical pathways to deeply reducing greenhouse gas emissions in their own countries.

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Independence Blue Cross

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In these times of disruption, we need creativity to be the leaders and change agents the world (and our lives!) need from us. This hands-on, playful, and insight-generating workshop is designed to help you “be the change you want to see” by making visible all the elements of your current work and life. Come ready to play and uncover the emerging future that is arising for you.

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University City Science Center

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This workshop breaks down ways to innovate anything. Dive into real-world examples, innovate on the fly, learn methods and techniques, and how to implement them in business.

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Independence Blue Cross

Creating Unexpected Intersections between individuals touched by cancer and artists

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Cancer survivor Jenna Benn Shersher realized the benefits of creative arts in helping young adults with cancer cope and heal. She later founded Twist Out Cancer, an international non-profit that offers Brushes with Cancer, is a six month program that matches those touched by cancer with artists to create a piece of artwork that reflects on and expresses their unique “twist on” or journey with cancer. Join Jenna and recent Brushes with Cancer Philly participants to hear how they have chosen to pay it forward with their stories and artistic talents.

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Drexel University

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 the way we work and live will be and is currently transforming. And while our movement into the 4th Industrial Revolution can be uncertain, having a better understanding of the future of work can also better prepare us for this inevitable change.
Join the Drexel Business Solutions Institute for a Disruptive Dialogue which will explore how the future of work will specifically shape and impact the consumer goods industry.
Guests will hear from Five Below’s Executive Vice President and Chief Experience Officer, Judy Werthauser, and will gain insight into how these disruptions are influencing the business of consumer product goods as well as the new skills that will be needed by professionals as we move forward into a more technologically-drive

Join the Drexel Business Solutions Institute for a Disruptive Dialogue which will explore how the future of work will specifically shape and impact the consumer goods industry.
Guests will hear from Five Below’s Executive Vice President and Chief Experience Officer, Judy Werthauser, and will gain insight into how these disruptions are influencing the business of consumer product goods as well as the new skills that will be needed by professionals as we move forward into a more technologically-driven world.
Timeline:
11:30 a.m. Registration and Lunch
12:00 p.m. Discussion
1:00 p.m. Networking
1:30 p.m. Event Concludes

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Independence Blue Cross

How to stand out in an oversaturated world by narrowing down your focus and dominating a niche. 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 biggest retailers in pointe shoes.

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Entercom

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Hear from Golden Globe winner Tracee Ellis Ross about her amazing television career, her new business, Pattern Beauty, and how she stays creative!

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The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia

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 and the major benefits.

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Independence Blue Cross

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, and even elected officials.

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Temple University

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 a source of inspiration, an incubator for ideas, and a center for engagement and collaboration. Charles’ incubator-like environment offers everything needed to push the boundaries of research, teaching and learning. The Scholars Studio offers a maker space with 3D printing capabilities, high-end computing and a virtual reality studio. The books are housed in the library by a robotic book retrieval system called DEMATIC. Joe Lucia, Dean of Libraries at Temple University, will provide a short talk on the Future of Libraries. This will be followed by a tour of the Virtual Reality room, and a view of the impressive DEMATIC book bot system.

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Independence Blue Cross

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Gamification is becoming huge in today’s corporate landscape. Learn how the corporate market has adopted escape rooms as a tool for training, the start to finish process, and walk away with a thrilling escape room concept for your own company.

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Entercom

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 the crack epidemic of the 80s and 90s, Patterson asks, “Why is the opioid crisis treated as a public health issue when crack was treated as a criminal justice issue?” The film reveals how the opioid crisis affects Richard’s own North Philadelphia neighborhood including active users, people in recovery, and people who’ve lost loved ones to opioid addiction. The short film screening will be followed by a panel discussion, Q & A, and a breakout design session.

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The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia

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 the future of Philadelphia's multimodal transportation solutions that are making inroads to better community connections.

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Independence Blue Cross

Constant content creation can be difficult, especially in the fast-paced world of late night television. Join two time Emmy winner Aaron Bleyaert, Senior Producer of New Media at the TV show "CONAN", as he discusses how to keep the creative juices flowing, learning from great (and not-so-great) ideas, and the exciting challenges of constant content innovation in the fast paced world of late night television.

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University City Science Center

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 classrooms to life and bring the future to our classrooms. Participants will see footage of students connecting globally in a portal, watch demonstrations of a variety of robots and programmed devices, and have the chance to throw on some goggles to see how literacy is brought to life with Virtual Reality.

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Independence Blue Cross

Innovation winners and losers find themselves spotlighted daily. Competitors morph constantly. Organizations that can pivot quickly – that INNOVATE – to seize opportunities stand in stark contrast to those who linger.

Successful innovation takes a certain kind of leader: A BOLD leader who can drive essential changes in a business or in a community; create meaningful improvements in customer experiences; launch and scale better products and services; use data insights effectively; drive financial performance to fund more innovation, and serve their communities in creative ways.

What characteristics are required to lead BOLDLY? Why do some organizations miss opportunities for BOLDNESS and struggle to change?

This exchange will explore the distinctions between leaders who successfully drive innovation and those who don’t. It will cover a variety of success examples – for profit, non-profit, large, and small and highlight ways to improve the odds of innovation success.

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Center for Architecture and Design

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 it to predict consumers’ future behavior, and to design strategies that enable companies to achieve the desirable future.

This talk will introduce you to the ten socio-cultural megatrends (trends that will continue to play out over the next five to ten years) that make up Bresslergroup’s Consumer Megatrend Framework. Taken together, the trends paint a coherent picture of an exciting future, and also a demanding one.

It’s a future that relies on products and services that haven’t been invented yet, but which customers have already come to expect. If you’re planning on being a part of this future, it’s worth putting some serious thought into how these trends will change the things you design, and how your customers are going to use them.

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PECO

Electric vehicles (EV) will play a key part in the future of transportation. Please join Jackie Golden from PECO as she leads a panel discussion with three of the most innovative thinkers on the advancements in transportation electrification. Hear how electric transportation will provide significant environmental, national security and consumers economic benefits.

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Drexel University

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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 has been good for Camden and its approach has had a transformative impact in the workplace. Both small and large companies are adopting some of Hopeworks’ techniques — the huddle, safety plans, and systems checks, to name just a few — to use conscious humanity to increase productivity. The Hopeworks Youth Healing Team has trained more than 1,200 professionals in the past year and will share how to integrate some of these transformative practices into the workplace.

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Independence Blue Cross

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Charles Darwin has once said, “it is the long history of humankind that those who learned to collaborate most effectively have prevailed”. At Xfinity Mobile, our Product Experience team has set out to do just that.

When Xfinity Mobile was launched 2 years ago, we set out to make mobile as it should be. And since day one, our team has stood behind the mantra that the product is the experience and the experience is the product. This then means that our team’s success is dependent on our ability to effectively collaborate with all our stakeholder groups. We use our innovation framework — a four part strategy framework — to become the guardrails for how we collaborate and innovate as a team to define the product experience.

In this interactive workshop, our product experience team will guide you through our innovation framework, so that together we can inspire each other to break current norms — and design the future the way it should be.

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Temple University

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 and culture.

Their discussion will include little known information about Mr. Blockson’s collecting such as the hardships and disappointments he experienced, his travels to document the Underground Railroad, his activism, and the places and people he encountered and the lifelong relationships he developed. Other topics will include the Black History Committee, K. Leroy Irvis, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Marian Anderson, and Rosa Parks.

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Independence Blue Cross

Since the launch of the Eyewriter and Not Impossible Foundation, Mick has passionately studied the concept of “Impossible.” All the modern conveniences we see around us were once considered “impossible” by people who didn’t know any better. Synthetic fabrics, cell phones and digital watches (not to mention cars and computers) were all figments of the imagination until inspiration met execution and the impossible became a reality. In this talk, Mick dives deeper into “Impossible,” the underlying psychological affects it has on an organization, and how to overcome “Impossible” so true innovation can take place.

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Independence Blue Cross

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 rapidly developing autism-at-work movement. Moderated by Tom Edwards, chair of the Department of Engineering, Technology, and Management at the College of Engineering at Temple University and author of Leading Team Members with Super Powers – to learn more about how effective leadership of the neurodiverse can unleash their potential to improve your company and make you a better leader.

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Independence Blue Cross

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, workforce programs, schools, soup kitchens, senior centers and healthcare facilities. Be part of a food rescue mission in real time via video as food heroes pick up and drop off donations that help reduce waste and end hunger.

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Entercom

As president and chief executive officer of the Committee of Seventy, David Thornburgh is an advocate for effective, ethical government and fair, clean elections Join this nationally recognized “civic entrepreneur” and a special Philadelphia guest, for a discussion about the intersection of Philadelphia politics, civic tech, government reform, and a range of other topics. It’s a must listen for anyone plugged into, or trying to figure out, what’s happening in Philadelphia.

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PECO

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 will be deployed in the coming year? How are states and owners managing unexpected technology and unexpected consequences from deployments? Join this panel discussion for a look at best practices for data-driven deployment and management of innovative technology.

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Curtis Institute of Music

Philadelphia’s newest attraction – a $60 million highly interactive, technologically advanced museum with immersive experiences – is coming to Independence Mall in late 2020. The Faith and Liberty Discovery Center explores how the Bible has been a cultural force that has influenced faith, liberty and history. Learn how one of the world’s oldest books has generated new breakthroughs in visitor experience.

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Independence Blue Cross

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 of video games. Come to hear two time Emmy winner Aaron Bleyaert of Clueless Gamer and "CONAN", John Fazio of N3rd Street Gaming and Peter from Bluepoint Games talk about the gaming generation and how it’s creating innovative problem solvers.

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Pennovation Works

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 gallery exhibition and demonstration of sustainable technologies and listen to experts in greentech re imagining your home, smart, home.

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Drexel University

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 in the Applied Cognitive and Brain Sciences program in Drexel’s Department of Psychology.
Join professors John Kounios, PhD, Evangelia G. Chrysikou, PhD, John D. Medaglia, BS ‘08, PhD, and Jennifer Katz-Buonincontro, Ph.D. to learn about their cutting-edge studies on creativity. After the discussion, stick around for a tour of the ExCITe Center and an opportunity to meet the researchers!

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Independence Blue Cross

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.

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The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia

Philadelphia's social innovation ecosystem is growing, but for whose benefit? Venture philanthropist Omar Woodard will offer thoughts on social innovation's past and present in Philadelphia, and moderate a panel of foundation board members, nonprofit staff, and community members to discuss the present and future of social innovation in Philadelphia, with a focus on centering the needs and priorities of communities experiencing high rates of poverty.

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University City Science Center

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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 non-tech types actionable advice, including identifying technologies they need to understand and think about daily, how to plan out software and how to find the right people to work with to build it.

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Independence Blue Cross

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. With record-low unemployment and fierce competition for top talent, organizations are attracting the best and the brightest by creating workplaces that boost innovation with great work experiences.

What are the key challenges and opportunities to position Philadelphia for a thriving future? Local business leaders in design, media, advertising, and real estate share insights on the future of work and how it will shape the human experience in Philadelphia. Topics range from emerging technologies, talent competition, and the experience economy.

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Independence Blue Cross

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 conduct, teach, produce and market Philadelphia’s vibrant performing and visual arts to find out how we’ve become one of the most creative destinations, and what’s next.

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PECO

Health and well-being are tightly connected to the quality of our living environments. Even while the city struggles with growing environmental and health crises, innovations that drive meaningful progress can be shockingly simple and accessible. Cleaning up a vacant lot, planting a tree, or tending a garden are proven ways to improve our quality of life and make headway against seemingly intractable problems like gun violence and stress. And yet, unlike other solutions that rely on massive public investments, greening relies on cost effective investments in people and the tools that empower them to make the change they want to see in their neighborhood. This presentation will highlight innovative, community-driven partnership models that make neighborhood greening an easy way to impact the health and well-being of individuals and communities in Philadelphia.

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Independence Blue Cross

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 disclose their criminal history. More and more businesses are deciding to give potential employees a fair chance through Ban the Box initiatives and Pennsylvania put in place a policy to extend the practice to jobs in the public sector. Join the conversation with Triple Bottom Brewing, the first fair chance brewery, and learn how businesses can tap into the potential of new hires and the social impact of balancing the scales of justice in employment practices.

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Independence Blue Cross

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 program opening doors to jobs and careers in the construction industry and keeping communities intact.

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Independence Blue Cross

Pre-registration for this event is required through the B.PHL app.

Being stuck -- in a rut, at an impasse, between a rock and a hard place -- it feels like a terrible problem we’d all like to avoid. But being stuck can be a valuable part of the innovation process -- if we know how to read our “stuckness” for clues about our next right moves. Social Presencing Theater is a unique methodology developed at The Presencing Institute (PI) at MIT, as a tool for changemakers to access the intelligence of body, mind and heart to help us remove the blocks to discovery.

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Thomas Jefferson University

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 to those questions through human centered design. Learn about the collaborative endeavor among end-users, clinicians, artists, designers, and researchers to create a more humane world.

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Drexel University

Temple University

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 Philadelphia, Dr. Kamel Khalili and the team at Excision BioTherapeutics have eliminated HIV from infected animals. This is the first study of its kind, and it was recently published in Nature Communications. Temple will host a panel including key inventors, administrators, and angel investors, discussing the fundamental discoveries that led to this breakthrough and the role Temple University and other members of our innovation ecosystem play in helping to commercialize discoveries like this.

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Drexel University

An estimated 44 million Americans carry some amount of student loan debt. This informative student loan debt session will provide information on student loan debt management, options as a borrower, and ways to lower monthly payments or pay off loans faster. Participants will also brainstorm new ideas for addressing student debt in Pennsylvania.

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Fitler Club

Successful companies are recognized for their products, their innovation, and their vision for the future. But these companies all had humble beginnings, and if it weren't for the hard work and belief of a small group of people in the beginning, there wouldn't be Apple, Microsoft, or Nike today.

The unique and diverse combination of individuals and talents responsible for the success of any major breakthrough in any industry is collectively called, “The Dream Team.”
This panel of CEOs and founders will share with you their experience in building their dream teams and how organizations can build their own.

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University City Science Center

You have an amazing idea. You spend months, or even years, nurturing and perfecting the concept to market. How can you protect yourself from competition during those early, critical years? Legal experts share the differences between patents, copyrights and trademarks and how critical planning is the best way to stake claim on intellectual property.

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Independence Blue Cross

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 the prognosis for women’s healthcare, innovative solutions, and why B. Franklin’s wisdom, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” is as true today as it was more than 200 years ago.

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Independence Blue Cross

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 hunger in populations around the world. Students also regularly spend time at local organizations working to address the need for consistent access to nutritious food. Hear from educators and community partners who are working together to think creatively about classroom experiences that provide sustainable impact.

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Independence Blue Cross

Pre-registration for this event is required through the B.PHL app.

What makes a great leader? The research from Google, Harvard and academic institutions around the world suggest that one key factor may underpin the rest: emotional intelligence. Join us for an interactive workshop to discuss how emotional intelligence affects organizational culture and innovation.

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Center for Architecture & Design

Join the AIA (American Institute of Architects) Philadelphia’s Technology and Innovation Committee for a Networking Happy Hour at the Center for Architecture and Design. Come meet design and construction professionals that are working on how to make the design and construction process more efficient and produce better sustainability, design excellence, and equity outcomes. Light refreshments & Drinks Will be Served. 21+ and Over Only.

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Drexel University ic@3401

“Talk to me about your technology”. We often hear from investors that they don’t care about the details of the technology as long as it works – or they say they care, but they really care more about product market fit. This is a lightening talk session for the founders to talk about their technology – what they are most proud of, and what was the most difficult part, followed by an “ask” to the community.

Original 13 Ciderworks

Live local music and drink specials at Original 13 brought to you by Know Hope Records! Check out the event page for details and lineup information.

Wednesday October 16th @ Original 13 Ciderworks (1526 N. American Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122

• Happy Hour w/ drink specials from 5PM - 7PM
• Doors at 7-7:30pm
• Music starts at 8 PM
• $10 -- Free w/ B.PHL badge

Line Up:
Commonwealth Choir 
FB - https://www.facebook.com/CommonwealthChoir/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/jointhechoir
IG - https://www.instagram.com/jointhechoir/  

No Stranger
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/nostrangermusic/
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/nostranger_
Twitter - https://twitter.com/nostranger_

Typopro
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/typoproband/
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/typopro/

Tonks
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Tonksnj/
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/liltonksx/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/LilTonksX

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Independence Blue Cross

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, science, engineering, technology, and creative expression.

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Thomas Jefferson University

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 with JeffSolves MedTech, a collaboration between Jefferson University and Bresslergroup pitch and present their medical design innovations.

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Independence Blue Cross

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 blazing new trails.

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Independence Blue Cross

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 and generations of today. Dust off your old Atari and come learn how these game designers are leveling up with better graphics and better game play.

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University City Science Center

An estimated 25% of recent service veterans want to start their own business, yet many don’t have the connections, tools and resources required to launch the idea from dream to reality. Non-profit Bunker Labs is a national network of veteran entrepreneurs dedicated to helping new veteran entrepreneurs and their spouses find entrepreneurial success. Join Bunker Brews, a networking event to learn more about entrepreneurial opportunities and how to navigate government and federal contracts.

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Independence Blue Cross

Venture For America is a two-year fellowship program for recent grads who want to work at a startup and create jobs in American cities-like Philadelphia. Fellows learn important startup skills at a monthlong training camp, apply for jobs within a vetted company network, and work for two years as full-time, salaried employees in one of 14 cities. When Fellows are ready to start a company—be it two years after college or ten—VFA has the resources to help make that dream a reality. Engage with VFA Philadelphia's hottest Fellow Founded businesses and connect with Philly based Fellows and Alumni to hear about their experiences in the exciting startup scene in the city.

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Dilworth Park at City Hall

Lace-up your running sneakers and meet City Fit Girls for a 3-mile fun run. This is an all women’s wellness community making fitness more accessible regardless of race, pace, body type, socio-economic status, age, etc. No sign-up required and no runner left behind.

Meet in Dilworth Park at City Hall at 6:30 PM. Follow on social media at @City Fit Girls

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Curtis Institute of Music

Pre-registration for this event is required through the B.PHL app.

Join host David Serkin Ludwig, chair of composition studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, as he presents the history of music and its relation to technology. Curtis violin and piano student Ray Ushikubo will perform a piece on the revolutionary Steinway and Sons Spirio player piano, using its live performance capture feature to accompany himself on the violin.

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Independence Blue Cross Courtyard

Please B.Prepared to attend as many events as possible with your official B.PHL badge! Arrive early to Independence Blue Cross's Courtyard, located at 1901 Market Street, Philadelphia PA, to pick up your lanyard and badge. If you have not yet registered for your badge, you can do so through the B.PHL website by clicking Register.

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Entercom

From cultural initiatives to critical improvements, to aviation experts and local heroes, Chellie Cameron talks to all who help shape PHL and the transportation industry. Join Chellie, CEO of the Philadelphia Division of Aviation and special guest Yassmin Gramian, PE, Executive Deputy Secretary at PennDOT as they discuss Yassmin's unique background and the role women play in the transportation industry.

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Independence Blue Cross

Maximizing employee potential, retaining talent, creating an atmosphere and culture of inclusivity and collaboration – the workplace is more than just office space. Join top workplace innovators to learn which changes work best, and get a glimpse into the workplace of the future.

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University City Science Center

Have you ever considered a career change? Is it too late if you’re well established in your career? Join John Younger, MD. VP Science and Technology for the University City Science Center as he shares his journey from practicing MD to entrepreneur.

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Community College of Philadelphia

Imagine if every employee where you work also had a meaningful, long-term ownership stake in the business. How would that change the way you work together? The way you innovate? How the business itself performs?

At Graham Co. that is exactly what happens every day.

Graham Co. is a Philly-based insurance broker and leading innovator in its field. (EY recognized Graham for redefining what it means to be a brokerage naming founder William “Bill” Graham IV Entrepreneur of the Year in 2018.)

In 2017 Graham Co. redefined what it means to be an employee when shareholders sold their ownership to employees, making Graham 100% employee-owned through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).

This panel discussion explores why Graham chose 100% employee-ownership and how ownership is super-charging the business and securing Graham’s legacy as an innovator. Topics explored include strengthening a “culture of ownership” as a source of sustainability and competitive advantage.

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Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia

Pre-registration for this event is required through the B.PHL app.

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 a new process for idea generation.

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Vue on 50

Pre-registration for this event is required through the B.PHL app.

The Pilates Blonde is here to help you stay centered, feel fit, and ready to go during B.PHL. Looking for ways to enhance wellness, bring balance into your days, manage stress more calmly and just feel better overall? Come to a free 45-minute class for all levels by The Pilates Blonde to unwind during B.PHL and enhance all areas of personal and professional well-being, including productivity and creativity. VueOn50 is located at Three Logan Square – 1717 Arch St, 50th Floor.

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Independence Blue Cross

This presentation will cover an overview of the development of the Virtua Center for Innovation which was started two and a half years ago. We will detail out the development of our approach, business model, and current project portfolio highlights. Specifically, we will also discuss the importance of finding cutting edge partners like Medivis who have created a mixed reality surgical and educational anatomy platform. Medivis will be attending and presenting out their platform over the second half of the presentation. They will also bring along various mixed reality headsets to exhibit and demo their platform for interested attendees after the session.

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Independence Blue Cross

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 economic force for good in Philadelphia.

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University City Science Center

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?

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Independence Blue Cross

Pre-registration for this event is required through the B.PHL app.

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 highlights key strategies for maximizing effectiveness in communication, collaboration, and efficiency in corporate settings.

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Independence Blue Cross

Behind every bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos is the story of an immigrant man who worked as a factory janitor and became a top-level executive after coming up with an incredibly genius (and tasty!) idea.

Richard Montañez, a Mexican native who dropped out of school because he struggled with English, began working at the Frito-Lay Rancho Cucamonga plant in California as a janitor in 1976. He adopted the philosophy that “it’s not about who you know — it’s about who knows you” – and embraced that thinking when he pitched chili on a Cheeto to company execs, creating a new taste sensation.

Today, Montañez is the executive leading multicultural sales and community promotions across PepsiCo’s North American divisions. He will share his unique rise to become one of PepsiCo’s elite vice presidents from very humble means, and how his passion and a quest for purpose resulted in the birth of a billion-dollar product that became one of history’s most celebrated and iconic snack foods.

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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 about learning to “savor” more in our daily lives. We savor by slowing down and lingering in the positive. We will learn about the benefits of practicing Positive Mindfulness – within ourselves, in conversations with others, and in our workplaces. We will practice Positive Mindfulness in a number of different ways. No experience in practicing mindfulness is necessary to take this workshop – Just come with an open mind. Your take-away will be practical and easy tools that will increase your well-being.

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Community College of Philadelphia

Pre-registration for this event is required through the B.PHL app.

B. honest—how many BuzzFeed quizzes have you taken? Are you a Gryffindor or a Ravenclaw? Carrie or Samantha? Online tests are a millennial staple, and now they’re being used to innovate and invigorate workplace culture.

Join three millennial C-suite members from Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano, the largest workers’ compensation and disability law firm in Pennsylvania, who can share their unconventional experiences creating an entrepreneurial and award-winning workplace culture within an industry typically associated with long hours, high stress and low morale.

They’ll be joined by an executive from Predictive Index (PI) for an interactive session that teaches attendees how to attract and develop talent and innovate their own corporate cultures using a behavioral analytic tool that “sorts” employees by personality type and motivating factors. PI has been instrumental in the firm’s rapid growth and an example of the innovative spirit brought to the firm by the all-millennial C-suite.

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Community College of Philadelphia

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 have used this approach to completely reinvent how they attract, onboard, develop and reward talent, as well as how they create powerful cultures and amazing work environments. In this workshop we’ll expose you to some simple, yet proven design thinking concepts and tools, and apply them through a realistic hands-on design exercise.

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PECO

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. During this unique experience you will learn how PIDC, PECO and SEPTA are partnering to revitalize this iconic Philadelphia community. The tour is approximately 90 minutes long and has a maximum capacity of 30. Preregistration is required.

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Independence Blue Cross

Penn Medicine is implementing AI with patients to guide them through cancer care and postpartum recovery for better outcomes. Learn how the new technology is tested and validated, as well as the potential value to health systems, payers and patients.

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Independence Blue Cross

Pre-registration for this event is required through the B.PHL app.

How do we maintain and grow local manufacturing to enhance Philadelphia’s future? What are the learnings to share from a manufacturing company’s experience applying Theory U?

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Independence Blue Cross

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 we all children once, bursting with unyielding imagination that turned boxes into spaceships, and blankets, pillows and overturned chairs into forts and castles? Former Disney head of Innovation and Creativity Duncan Wardle believes that the same creativity that reimagined a tree into a pirate ship did not disappear; it was switched off by structured education and corporate discipline that prize finding the “single right answer” rather than the lightbulb of creativity that illuminates a thousand solutions. In this talk, Wardle will share his Theory of Creativity to help embed a culture of innovation throughout your organization and help employees flip their creativity switch back to on. Audience members will walk away with unique insight into creative behaviors and tools of innovation that will allow them to deliver revolutionary thinking and drive substantial results in all areas of their business.

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Drexel University

The fashion industry itself is a culture of change – always a few well-shod steps ahead of consumers to design the next new trend, adjust the hemline, and tell us what’s in and what’s out. Philadelphia’s hottest fashion insiders will discuss fast-forward-fashion landscape and what we can learn from the innovators with an eye for fashion.

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Vue on 50

Mural Arts Philadelphia leader Nadia Malik will present on using participatory public art to advance individual and community health outcomes. Using Color Me Back, our new same day pay program as a case study, Nadia will offer insight into building cross-sector partnerships, positioning art as a form of work, setting low barriers and high expectations for participants, focusing on each individual’s humanity, and integrating work opportunities with social supports.

The Porch Light program began in 2008 as a partnership between Mural Arts and the City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health & Intellectual disAbility Services. A longitudinal study led by Yale University School of Medicine produced evidence of myriad impacts, including increased collective efficacy, improved feelings of safety, and decreased stigma against people struggling with behavioral health challenges.

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PECO

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 system.

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Independence Blue Cross

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 Nutraition.

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Vue on 50

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 Jane Golden in an original interactive workshop and learn how creative collaboration can create huge signs of change.

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Curtis Institute of Music

Pre-registration for this event is required through the B.PHL app.

How often do you get two of Philadelphia’s cultural icons in the same room at the same time sharing their creative insights? This is your chance to get up close and personal with Questlove, award-winning musician, producer, author, culinary entrepreneur, and innovative thought leader, and Todd Carmichael, leader in coffee innovation, entrepreneur, television personality, adventurer, and inventor.

During an engaging conversation led by New York Times bestselling author and contributing writer at the New Yorker, Ben Greenman, Questlove and Carmichael will discuss where they find inspiration and creativity and how they apply it to their life’s work. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to engage directly with both speakers during a special audience Q&A session following the talk.

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Drexel University

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?

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University City Science Center

Change is hard. Especially when it comes to implementing new technology and ideas within established organizations. Take a look at the challenges and lessons learned from perspectives of both innovators and executives and learn how structured steps on the frontend can help drive the successful adoption and use of emerging technologies and innovative ideas.

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Independence Blue Cross

How would your life or business change if you could identify and disrupt your most limiting, existing negative patterns? You might not notice it, but we all have patterns! We create patterns because they conserve our mental energy. Some are physical patterns, like looking both ways before we cross the street. Some are mental patterns, like procrastination or fear of networking events! In this captivating keynote, Greg uses examples from the world of business, music, and sports to reveal the common patterns in our lives ; explain why we have the patterns we do; and what we can do to influence the formation of positive patterns , and expedite the elimination of negative patterns.

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Independence Blue Cross

Pre-registration for this event is required through the B.PHL app.

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 commodity and presents the challenge of "business as usual” versus innovating to survive. Participants will create a tangible innovation tool kit to help excavate childlike curiosity -- the same type of imagination that led Einstein and Edison to discover major new theories and Disney and Jobs to create major new industries -- to solve real problems in the marketplace, in business and everywhere the imagination leads.

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PECO

B. Franklin’s fellow B.FF (Founding Father), John Adams, once said, “Every problem is an opportunity in disguise.” Social entrepreneurs are doing just that: seeing a problem, finding a solution, and finding opportunity along the way. Learn how one social entrepreneur is using the problem of food waste to close the gap between the problems of hunger and food scarcity.

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The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia

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. Go on an odyssey of the Millennial mindset, take a look at an emerging business model and learn how tapping into the passion and power of the Millennial generation can influence your organization’s culture, performance and bottom line.

Are you a Millennial?
a) by birthdate
b) by mindset
c) both
d) neither (for the moment)?

What is your particular interest in mastering the Millennial mindset?
To tap into your own passion and power?
Do you have a team whom you want to tap into?

This will be a high quality, lively, interactive inquiry that will open up new ways of thinking about and gaining access into the Millennial mindset, not just a particular demographic or group of people.

We will also look at: what kind of innovative organizational cultures attracts and retains the best and the brightest of today’s largest workforce demographic

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Center for Architecture & Design

Philadelphia has raised its culinary bar to become one of the most dynamic food cities in the country. Hear from some of the city’s hippest restaurateurs about how the cheesesteak and soft pretzel capital of the world has become a food lover’s dream with exciting restaurants, fresh experiences and emerging trends.

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Independence Blue Cross

The #MeToo movement has rocked some of the most powerful men (and some women) in everything from entertainment and politics, to sports, education and the workplace. What has changed to make us safer? The movement has moved the culture beneath the law of sexual misconduct, but where does it leave us? What are the boundaries? How do we interact? And will the pendulum swing back?

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Entercom

Join Dave Spadaro and special guest Alec Halaby for exclusive access, opinions and unique discussion with the foremost inside authority on the Philadelphia Eagles. Fly, Eagles, Fly!!!

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University City Science Center

Since 1990, the number of immigrants welcomed into Philadelphia has more than doubled, with nearly 1 in 5 in the labor force, according to a report by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Philadelphia experts in entrepreneurial opportunities for immigrants, as well as successful immigrants entrepreneurs, will discuss support and options within the local ecosystem.

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University City Science Center

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 creative process to learn how to develop original ideas that win people over, solve real problems, and change lives. It could be as easy as getting out of your own way. After all, innovation is a process, not a thing.

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University City Science Center

Greater Philadelphia Regional Integrated Medicine Alliance (PRIMA) is a regional, integrated and virtual public/private partnership focused exclusively on nurturing the region’s biotech/pharma technology ecosystem. PRIMA links discovery, infrastructure, information and analysis systems and commercialization resources to enable startups, large companies, universities, hospitals, and other nonprofit organizations and regional life science stakeholders to collaborate to accelerate technology innovation and reduce barriers to commercialization.

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PECO

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 computer vision tools help evaluate which images need closer examination with human eyes and are identifying ways to better understand and manage our world.

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Independence Blue Cross

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 journalists discuss how to survive and thrive in this age of mass communications transformation.

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Independence Blue Cross

Black and Latina women bear a disproportionate burden of maternal morbidity and mortality nationwide and face systemic barriers to access workforce opportunities that could catalyze shifts in their health and economic trajectories. Grounded in reproductive and racial justice frameworks, Maternity Care Coalition’s Community Doula and Breastfeeding Peer Counselor program prepares community members to serve as doulas and breastfeeding peer counselors with the goal of improving health for Black and Brown pregnant women and their families. This workshop will describe an innovative approach to addressing the economic and social conditions that influence health while also providing meaningful economic opportunities for women in Philadelphia.

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Drexel University ExCITe Center

Each month, every Third Thursday at Three PM, something special occurs at the ExCITe Center. We call it T3. Every T3 features a range of speakers offering five-minute lightning talks about ideas, innovations, and ongoing research spanning countless disciplines and interests. It’s our longest running community event (every month since January 2013), and we’ve put together a very special program for B.PHL! The ExCITe Center is located at 3401 Market Street.

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University City Science Center

What’s your next big dream? Harvard Business Review recently noted that the average age of a successful founder is 45, and we are here for it. Join us as we launch the ‘Founders Over 40’ series on Thursday, October 17th during Venture Cafe. This interactive kickoff session will explore the interests, opportunities, and challenges of ‘encore entrepreneurs.’ We welcome both serial and first time entrepreneurs to join the discussion.

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Independence Blue Cross

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, and how to find the right customers.

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Independence Blue Cross

The U.S. was a start-up and its first codes were written right here in Philadelphia by leaders unafraid of disruption. Sure, Silicon Valley, New York and D.C. are all well-known seats of power in technology, finance and policy, but Philadelphia remains the cradle of independence for real changemakers across all sectors. Listen to inspiring Philadelphians discuss overcoming failure, resiliency, purpose and flourishing in the city of grit, spirit and determination to pursue a future filled with liberty and innovation for all.

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Independence Blue Cross

Pre-registration for this event is required through the B.PHL app.

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 identify some particularly nasty biases, participants will learn how design strategies can help redirect or eliminate the impact of negative cognitive biases. Work through tricky design ethics scenarios and explore methods to recognize our own blind spots, and how to ask the right questions to avoid bad outcomes.

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Independence Blue Cross

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 how it works: bring your idea, give your 5-minute pitch to a room filled with other engineers of social impact, cast your vote for the most compelling concepts, winners receive a $100 prize. Hosted by Social Venture entrepreneurs who will also take to the stage to tell their stories, come and learn how to create a profile for your big idea for change and how to communicate it to the world.

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The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia

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 tech sector has been ranked the most diverse in the country and women-founded life sciences companies have received hundreds of millions in venture backing over the past 5 years. But we can do even better. This panel will explore how we can unlock our potential for more women in technology, healthcare and life sciences—as leaders, innovators, and founders. Come hear how our panelists are shaking things up and the opportunities they see across our most dynamic and promising sectors.

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Local City Brewing

Opens at 4 PM, music starts at 7:30 PM

Come to the closing event for B.PHL presented by Know Hope Records! This event will feature amazing local bands, drink specials, food, and the Philly Moon Men. So come hang out with other B.PHL attendees and close out the festival right! There’s a $4 lager and IPA special for happy hour, and B.PHL badge holders an enjoy the special all night! The free show includes music by Sleepy Limbs, twentythreenineteen, Have A Good Season, Sweet Pill and Frames. Love City Brewing is located at 1023 Hamilton Street

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University

Pre-registration for this event is required through the B.PHL app.

How do the actions of local city builders – businesses, universities, labor organizations, neighborhood groups, civic activists, and residents – influence inclusive urbanism? Richard Florida, renowned urbanist and inaugural Philadelphia Fellow, will explore the intersections of innovation and inclusivity through the theme “Inclusive Growth” and look at ways that we can foster inclusive urbanism, collaborative innovation, and grow equitable futures.

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Temple University, The 1810 Accelerator

Join the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute for an Oktoberfest event – with a panel of speakers and a beer tasting for attendees. The event will take place in the 1810 Building on Temple’s Main Campus – with perfect timing as the first Oktoberfest on record was held on October 18th in the year 1810!

The panel portion of the event will feature local brewers and founders from a handful of breweries in the Greater Philadelphia area, and focus on the journey to becoming an entrepreneur in the Craft Beer Industry. Panelists (Bill Covaleski, Founder of Victory Brewing Company; Melissa Walter, Love City Brewing Company; Tess Hart, Co-Founder & CEO – Triple Bottom Brewing; Michael McCloskey – Associate Professor of Practice for Fox School of Business: Risk, Insurance, and Healthcare Management) will share their insights into building and sustaining success in the brewing community, provide some background information on the local craft beer scene from their personal perspective, consider how far small and independent craft brewers have come, and discuss their vision for the future of the craft brewing community.

PLEASE NOTE: You must be 21 to attend this event. Registration is required.

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Independence Blue Cross

How should we answer the call to break new ground in a world of instant gratification and intolerance for failure? Putting your heart out there and having it crushed, repeatedly, presents fertile ground for “Entrepreneurial PTSD,” cynicism, depression, and imposterism to take root.

This event, centered around self-awareness and custom life design for big thinkers, will look at life tactics for innovators with fragmented track records of success. It will deconstruct the elements of The Changemaker’s S.H.I.E.L.D., explore consequences of The Ignorance/Arrogance Continuum, and more.

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University City Science Center

Among major cities in the U.S., Philadelphia ranks highest in opioid overdose deaths. Each year, thousands of individuals with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) visit Philadelphia’s Emergency Departments. OUD is a medical condition, but too often, standard ED treatment fails to address it Penn Behavioral Health, in partnership with The Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation, developed CORE (Center for Opioid Recovery and Engagement), an innovative service aimed at providing ED patients with evidence-based OUD treatment, peer counseling, and linkage to long-term care. Learn how CORE is changing and saving lives.

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University City Science Center

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 breeding ground for racism. What would it look like if white women had open and raw conversations with women of color about race and whiteness to understand how we uphold a system that thrives on our separation? Two Blatina and white besties share a rare and honest dialogue comparing their divergent experiences with racism and white supremacy. Modeling courage, love, humor and humility, they unpack three societal ""norms:” “freedom,” “beauty,” and “authenticity” and how differently they can be experienced in the reality of a white-centered culture.

Opt-in to reexamine our white-washed history, peel back the layers and self-analyze your racist conditioning, and to own your racism and do better as a white woman.

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Park Towne Place

Pre-registration for this event is required through the B.PHL app.

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 world and of the city’s record innovation in art and design. In celebration of its 20th anniversary, InLiquid Art and Design will present a facilitated panel discussion of visual artists, an art maker, a collector, and art brokers to share their insights.

Participants can add to the creative economy, starting or adding to their own collection with locally made art at the event’s small pop-up shop where everyone can be a collector!

In celebration of its 20th anniversary, InLiquid Art + Design will present a facilitated panel discussion with visual artist Michele Kishita, art advisor Barbara Harberger, collector Maria Pantalone-Gorgo, director of Fine Art Auctions at Rago Auctionhouse Meredith Hilferty, and Executive Director of InLiquid Rachel Zimmerman

Moderator: Claire Finn
Location: Oar Pub in the South Tower of Park Towne Place

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Drexel University

Pre-registration for this event is required through the B.PHL app.

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 Fry and SAP North America President DJ Paoni discuss the importance of career development in a time when disruptive technologies are changing industry at a rapid pace, as well as the leadership skills needed to accommodate these changes. This fireside chat will delve into lessons in leadership – building a culture of innovation; navigating one’s career; the power of relationships and networking – building personal reputation, brand and trust; staying relevant in the age of digital disruption – capitalizing on new opportunities; facing challenges and handling pitfalls.

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University City Science Center

It’s not your father’s news cycle – or his paper route. Join media industry experts for an afternoon of discussion about innovations that are changing the landscape of communications consumption for everyone.

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University City Science Center

Are you a woman in tech who feels stuck in your career? Do you have entrepreneurial aspirations but you don't know how to get started? Join technologist, entrepreneur, and storyteller Jumoke Dada and friends for a conversation about ways to obtain fulfillment and independence in a new career. During the talk she will share information on how to pivot into a new role, reinvent yourself, or start a business.

Powered by the Tech Women Network - an online platform for diverse technical women - HUE events are diversity in tech events designed to educate, elevate, and empower women of color in tech.

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Curtis Institute of Music

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 to accept expert coaching/criticism as a part of the learning process. As it turns out, these same three ingredients are key to developing talent in any profession. Further, these three ingredients are what differentiates world-class performers in any endeavor from the merely very good and ordinary ones. The Curtis Institute of Music has a 95-year legacy of nurturing world-class musicians using an approach that combines these three ingredients.

One graduate of Curtis, Stanford Thompson, took his experience at Curtis and built a unique approach to providing classical music education to underserved children throughout Philadelphia. His organization, Play On Philly (POP), has transformed the lives of its students by not only providing an education in music they would have never otherwise received, but perhaps more importantly by providing POP students with skills in the three key skills that create greatness. As a result, POP students gain improved academic performance and a higher level of discipline to succeed in any endeavor they may choose. With live performances from POP students and music examples to illustrate the concepts, this presentation will engage, educate, and entertain attendees as it illuminates the formula for creating great talent in any endeavor and in any organization.

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Academy of Music

Pre-registration for this event is required through the B.PHL app.

This performance is open to 20 lucky B.PHL Badge Holders!

One of the most popular ballets of all time, Don Quixote has it all – romance, comedy, and, of course, the artistry of our dancers. Angel Corella’s restaging of the love story of Kitri and Basilio brings his unique Spanish flair to this lively classic. Whether you’re experiencing it for the first time or falling in love all over again, Don Quixote is sure to delight. The Academy of Music is located at 240 South Broad Street.

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