The city-wide B.PHL Innovation festival was scheduled to kick off Monday with a preview featuring business leaders from the Philadelphia area.

Scheduled speakers at the Liberty View Ballroom preview included Daniel Hilferty, chief executive of Independence Health Group; Sheila Hess, City Representative for Philadelphia; Rob Wonderling, president of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia; Marques Colston, founder of Dynasty Innovation, and Rui Jing Jiang, CEO of Avisi Technologies.

The executives were scheduled to speak at 1:00 p.m. at the Ballroom at 599 Market Street to start off what’s believed to be the region’s first-ever innovation event.

The Monday event was to preview the upcoming three-day B.PHL Innovation festival, taking place October 15-17, 2019. The festival will showcase innovations and advancements with interactive workshops.

A three-day pass to the festival costs $200 for registration prior to July 31.

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