Philadelphia's FIRST 24-hour Idea Fest

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The Dreamers of Philly Dreams


Last year, GREATPHL debuted as a day-long, wide-ranging ideas fest that drew thought leaders from all areas of Philly life: arts, non-profits, tech, culinary, business — you name it. During that day, the conference that’s the brainchild of Kismet CoWork’s Christopher Plant saw both the speakers and audience alike forging connections and hatching new ideas.


This year, #GREATPHL19 is laying down an even more ambitious gauntlet — to be Philadelphia’s first ever 24-hour idea festival marathon.

The speakers and performers for this event were all chosen because they have a very specific and unique Philadelphia story. Our goal was to present active and engaged citizens of our city that were committed to being a part of the solutions that can help this city continue to grow but flourish in a way that supports every demographic, every culture and every person. We will always be a city of us and them unless we move towards becoming a more collaborative and cooperative community. These independent and thoughtful voices will help open our minds to celebrate our futures, learn from our past and create a stronger, more unified present in an untraditional theatrical format.


The vast majority of conferences, seminars and learning engagements are presented without much technical flair and theatricality. We aim to change that. Our event will be 24 consecutive one-hour sessions that are a melange of art, music, information, presentation and theater. This will be a highly coordinated, precise and punctual affair.

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