Home to America’s original makers, Philadelphia has tons of great people, meetups, and groups, but Forge Conference is the flagship event for those making an impact in the digital space. In 2015, the one-day event, organized by digital product design and development agency O3 World, featured a diverse collection of innovators testing the limits of the digital space. Big Spaceship Founder and CEO Michael Lebowitz and Buzzfeed VP of Design Cap Watkins provided book-ended keynotes, and in between attendees were inspired to take a step into the future of digital by leading experts from Uber, The New York Times, Viget, Red Paper Heart, Etsy, Huge, Airbnb, and Digitas Health.
In addition, Forge Conference also asked, Do Innovation Labs Live Up to the Hype? To determine the cost of product incubator initiatives, the benefits of innovation, and how to make labs work for your own company, this panel – moderated by Comcast – featured industry experts who have created labs in their own organizations, including:
- O3 World’s Mike Gadsby
- Allen & Gerritsen’s George Ward
- Vox Media’s Yuri Victor
- Capital One Labs’ Matthew Bryan
There was an intimacy to the event and to the talks, which were focused on sharing stories and lessons learned from some of the most talented and passionate people in the industry.
Attendees brought their curiosity, along with their appetites for good food and a good time, because Forge Conference was much more than just a conference. Check out the highlights from the event on Instagram and Twitter using the #ForgeConf hashtag.