Telling Philly’s story with PHL Partners

PHL Partners

The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) has launched PHL Partners, an open-source messaging and imaging platform that provides “all the tools you need to tell Philadelphia’s story to everyone with whom you do business.”

PHL Partners provides photos, stats and more to tell Philly’s story through a series of narratives, such as “Creative Spirit” and “Innovation + Education.”

Check it out at http://www.phlpartners.com/

The PCVB competes with its counterparts worldwide for convention and tourism business. The organization has departments dedicated to the multicultural, sports, and life sciences markets. Find out more about them at http://www.philadelphiausa.travel/about-us.

Innovation drives Philadelphia University

Philadelphia UniversityFor a small, industrial arts college founded in 1884 to improve textile manufacturing, the 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs at Philadelphia University use their fair share of technology.

As TechnicallyPhilly.com reports, big changes are on the way. In January, the DEC Center will open, dedicated to combining design, engineering and commerce into one location. The university is also launching the first, full-degree programs in geodesign. The program will focus on collaborative design projects for communities and solving real world problems like global warming and disaster mitigation.

Other programs, such as interactive design and media, also have a strong technological component to them. “What we do is we communicate through leveraging technology,” Director of Interactive Design and Media Sherman Finch said. This includes mobile design including iPhone, iPad, and other mobile device program designs to smart objects like smart chairs or clothing and smart architecture.

Learn more about Philadelphia University at www.philau.edu. And thanks to our friends at TechnicallyPhilly.com for this report.

“Joe’s Junk Yard” – Photo book by Lisa Kereszi

Joe's Junk YardPhilly-raised photographer Lisa Kereszi’s new book, “Joe’s Junk Yard,” is “a personal narrative photo book, spanning more than fifty years and three generations, that explores one family’s achievement and subsequent demise of the American Dream.”

Read more about it at http://lisakereszi.com/publications/joes-junk-yard.

Kereszi is on the faculty of the Yale School of Art, and Acting Director of Undergraduate Studies in Photography. She has also taught at the International Center of Photography and School of Visual Arts and has been a visiting artist/critic at the Yale School of Architecture, NYU, Massachusetts College of Art, Parsons, School of Visual Arts, Vassar, UNC Chapel Hill, Eastern Tenn. State and for George Madison University. She has traveled to Central Asia to teach a group of artists through an exchange program through CEC Arts Link, and was an artist-in-residence at a program at Atlantic Center for the Arts in Summer 2005, at Lake Balaton in Hungary in 2006, and at Chashama North in 2007.   Her work is in many private collections and in that of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Altoids Curiously Strong Collection of the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Berkeley Art Museum and the Yale University Art Gallery. Find out more about her at http://lisakereszi.com/.

 

Cloud services: How reliable is reliable?

Are cloud services more reliable than self hosted services? Allied Pixel’s Pete Bretz put that question to the test during Hurricane Sandy.  See whether it makes sense for your organization to rely on the cloud for its core communication services.

www.alliedpixel.com/2012/11/cloud-services-how-reliable-is-reliable/

Allied Pixel is a Philadelphia-based creative production studio that helps organizations build a complete digital media portfolio, including web, interactive, video, mobile and social media. Find out more about them at www.alliedpixel.com.

 

 

“Silver Linings” Opens Phila Film Festival

The Philadelphia Film Festival opens Oct. 18 with a gala screening and promises about 100 features and 20 shorts playing on screens all around town, and ends 10 days later, leaving the city sated from a huge cinema feast.

The opening night film is David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook, straight from its Audience Award for best picture at the Toronto International Film Festival, and shot in and around town (Ridley Park, Upper Darby, Lansdowne, Center City) and starring native son Cooper.

Get the scoop in Steven Rea’s Inquirer column:

http://articles.philly.com/2012-09-23/news/34041743_1_jennifer-lawrence-cloud-atlas-bradley-cooper

Phila Film Fest

Robert Zemeckis, left, and Denzel Washington, the director and star of "Flight," to be screened on the festival's closing night. Zemeckis will be in town for the festivities.

“Open Air” Transforms Philly Skyline

This fall, members of the public can record 30 second messages and see them play out abstractly on the Philadelphia sky. “Open Air”, an “interactive light experience” above the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, aims to use technology to transform the sky over Philadelphia. Artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer designed the installation on commission by the Association for Public Art.

Every night from September 20 to October 14 the project will make huge light formations, visible from 10 miles away, that are automatically controlled by your voice.

Visit http://www.openairphilly.net/ to record a voice message and listen and rate other entries. The higher rated messages are played back over the using 24 powerful robotic searchlights that react, both in brightness and position, to your voice’s frequency and volume. There’s also an Open Air iPhone app you can download free.

 

Philly Ad Club Launches CMO Series

For all you marketing mavens out there, the Philly Ad Club is launching a series of workshops with leading Chief Marketing Officers. First up is Marke Dickinson, CMA and senior executive for AAA Mid-Atlantic. Dickinson is steward of the AAA brand, with accountability for focusing marketing efforts to communicate member value and grow revenues. He oversees all elements of the marketing mix, including advertising, database marketing, online, social media and the membership publication AAA World.

Dickinson will speak on:

  • A day in the life of a CMO
  • Establishing the AAA MidAtlantic brand
  • Living the brand every day
  • Brand management accountability

The workshop is on October 18 at the News Journal offices in Wilmington. To register or get more information, visit http://www.phillyadclub.com/special-cmo-series-inaugural-event-featuring-marke-d-dickinson.html&type=all.

Oh Yeah! America’s First Pizza Museum

Pizza MuseumBrian Dwyer holds the Guinness World Record for largest collection of pizza memorabilia; he has a caricature of himself, eating pizza, tattooed on his back with the phrase “Totally saucesome!”; and he is the driving force behind Pizza Brain, which he describes as the nation’s first pizza museum.

“We thought it was a funny idea, and we started doing some research,” Dwyer said. “And when we discovered that nowhere on earth was there a physical place, a monument built to pizza, we said, ‘This is going to be huge.'”

Pizza Brain opened on September 7 in Fishtown. Read all about it in this story from CBS News:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-501843_162-57515098/philly-pizza-museum-serves-up-slices-memorabilia/.

 

If you go …

PIZZA MUSEUM AND RESTAURANT
2313-2311 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia
http://www.pizzabrain.org
215-291-2965.
Open Tuesday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Thursday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-midnight.

Take the Barnes Museum Architecture Tour

Barnes MuseumThe Barnes Foundation houses one of the finest collections of 19th and 20th French painting in the entire world, and now it’s located right here in Philadelphia on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Take an insider tour with the Philadelphia Center for Architecture.

Every last Monday of the month the Philadelphia Center for Architecture and the Barnes Foundation are hosting presentations and guided tours for those interested in seeing what went into planning and executing the design of Philly’s newest world-class museum.

Get the details from www.uwishunu.com:

http://www.uwishunu.com/2012/09/the-philadelphia-center-for-architecture-to-lead-a-new-monthly-art-and-architecture-tour-of-the-barnes-foundation-beginning-monday-september-24/

Interview: Patrick Fyock, Online Media Analyst

Patrick Fyock

Patrick Fyock is an online media analyst at Harmelin Media. In this PhIMA interview, find out the first place he goes for information in the morning, the next big step for digital media, and how he feels about working in Philly.

Read the interview at http://phillyinteractive.org/top-phive.

Thanks to our friends at PhIMA, the Philadelphia Interactive Marketing Association, for this interview. Find out more about PhIMA at http://phillyinteractive.org/about.