The B. PHL INNOVATION FEST 3: Rising Through Collaboration is here with special guests, big name speakers and a few celebrities.
In 2019, dosage MAGAZINE and I heralded the arrival of this city’s B. PHL FESTIVAL, a free, multi-day, multi-media big name speaker-oriented event dedicated to this city’s innovators, and our sense of outreach – what it means to be an instinctual, always elevated being full of ideas, ways of fulfilling them and aspirations of sharing them for the (primarily local) greater good. That’s motivation.
Yes, B. PHL FESTIVAL 1 had its share of name-above-the-title TED Talkers and totemic lecturers such as Philly-born comic writer and performer Abbi Jacobson and actor Traci Ellis Ross. Mostly though, the B. PHL FEST had Philadelphia heart and soul, and a handful of locals leading the way.
The same thing is true, too of B. PHL INNOVATION FEST 3: Rising Through Collaboration, which starts September 29 and ends with a closing concert at REC Philly with The Roots’ Questlove live and in DJ mode.
You get the out-of-towner Don Lemon, the CNN journalist and host of Don Lemon Tonight, talking as well as you get Daryl Morey, the President of Basketball Operations with the Philadelphia 76ers. This could be a very long conversation if the future of Ben Simmons comes up.
For every sports guy (Jay Wright, Head Coach of the Villanova Men’s Basketball Team) and tech-pharma sector guy (Ken Frazier the Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors at Merck), there is a wise female author (Reshma Saujani, the Founder of Girls Who Code and the writer of Marshall Plan for Moms). And then there is Philly’s own Mistress of the Ruff Ryders, and first lady of rap, Eve, making a rare appearance in her hometown.
While there are virtual events to be had, and another BHL INNOVATION short film fest, you should also be prepared to head to Location 215 for live in-person events at 990 Spring Garden Street, 1st floor.