After two successful years in New York, Indoor Ag-Con is relocating its East coast event to Philadelphia for its inaugural Indoor Ag-Con Philly on October 16, 2017. Our venue is the modern gallery at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and our agenda will include 12 industry-leading keynotes covering topical “big picture” subjects such as the use of artificial intelligence in indoor agriculture.  As for other Indoor Ag-Con events, our agenda for Indoor Ag-Con Philly will be tech-focused and crop-agnostic.  With extended Q&A sessions and networking breaks, there will be plenty of opportunity to network with the growers, produce buyers, entrepreneurs, tech geeks and investors we expect to join us.  Participation will be capped at 120 to keep the conversation flowing and maximize networking opportunities.

On October 17, the day after Indoor Ag-Con Philly, our Nextbean Ambassador sponsors at Kennett Township, PA – one hour’s drive outside of Philadelphia – will be hosting tours, free to Indoor Ag-Con Philly participants, of the extensive indoor agriculture production and distribution facilities which support their world-class mushroom industry. Every day Kennett produces, packs and ships 1.5M lbs of fresh mushrooms, single-handedly supplying ~50% of the US market, an amazing feat that’s been going on year-round for over 100 years! This is a truly unusual opportunity to get an insider’s view of what’s involved in producing and distributing a large-scale agriculture commodity grown entirely indoors.  The event will start from the municipal building, and includes a custom tour of Longwood Garden’s indoor production horticultural facilities, plus a complimentary farm-to-table lunch and free admission to the public gardens. You’ll be asked if you would like to join the Kennett event – at no extra charge – as you purchase your Indoor Ag-Con Philly admission, and we’ll invite you to register with Kennett Township via email.


The event is sold out, and are not able to sell passes on the door under any circumstances.  We hope that you’ll instead join us in Singapore and Las Vegas.



Our one day event will be split into four themed sessions that look at the “big picture” of indoor agriculture with presentations from its thought leaders.  Each consists of three keynote speakers, with an extended Q&A at the end of each session.  Occasionally, a speaker is unable to join us at the last minute for unforeseeable reasons, and we keep this page updated with any changes.

8:15 AM9:00 AM  Registration & Light Breakfast
9:00 AM9:05 AM  Welcome & Introduction
9:05 AM9:50 AM  Session One: How indoor agriculture can develop local communities
Three Keynote Speakers, including:
9:50 AM10:20 AM  Extended Q&A and Discussion
10:20 AM10:45 AM  Networking Break
10:45 AM11:00 AM  Welcome by Jim Kenney, Mayor of Philadelphia
11:00 AM11:45 PM  Session Two: Artificial intelligence in indoor agriculture
Three Keynote Speakers, including:
11:45 PM12:15 PM  Extended Q&A and Discussion
12:15 PM1:45 PM  Lunch, with Curated Discussion Tables
1:45 PM2:30 PM  Session Three: The coming impact of LED lighting
Three Keynote Speakers, including:
2:30 PM3:00 PM  Extended Q&A and Discussion
3:00 PM3:30 PM  Networking Break
3:30 PM4:15 PM  Session Four: How technology changes indoor agriculture business models
Three Keynote Speakers, including:
4:15 PM4:45 PM  Extended Q&A and Discussion
4:45 PM4:50 PM  Closing Remarks
5:00 PM  After Party


 October 16, 2017
Entry from 8.30am, program begins at 9.15am
Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building, Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
One day seminar, with 12 keynotes, extended Q&A and networking periods, and a drinks party
Pass includes optional mushroom farm tours with Kennett Township on October 17, 2017, starting from the municipal building


AEssense Grows
AgTech Accelerator
Argus Control Systems Ltd.
Argus Controls
Bella Toka
Blue Bridge Financial
Canon Virginia Inc.
Ceres Capital Group
Ceres Partners
City of Philadelphia
Coalition for Sustainable Organics
Colmar Trading Company
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Cornell University
Crop One Holdings
Dency Kane, Garden Photographer
Drive Capital
Etain, LLC
Fieldstone Innovations
Food & Fun China
Food Hub Las Vegas
Fresh Box Farms
Fullei Fresh
Future Bright LLC
Garden Media
Giorgio Foods, Inc.
GreatLand Farms
Green Automation Americas
GrowFilm, LLC
GrowFlux LLC
Haier Financial
Haier Financial Services China Co., Ltd.
Harvard University, Department of the History of Science
Hort Americas
Hydrofarm Inc.
Imaginearth Inc.
Industrial Ecosystems Partners, LLC
Integrated Agriculture Systems Inc.
Jacks Greenhouse Association
Kennett Township
Klasmann-Deilmann America
Kula Urban FArm
Lancaster Urban Farming Initiative
Living Greens Farm
Mares Inc
Metropolis Farms
MFG Tray Company
Mill Creek Urban Farm
Old Stage Capital Corporation
Pardee Resources Company
Penn State
Performance Automation INC
Philips Horticulture
Rutgers University
Scale Microgrid Solutions
SG Preston
Smart, Inc.
Southern Organics
Spexciton Biosciences LLC
Strategic Finance Group
Sunset View Growers, LLC
Sweet Peas Urban Gardens, LLC
Tech Brainstorm
The Green Bean
The IBS Group
The Juday Group
Urban Crop Solutions
Urban Pastoral
UrbGarden Organics
Van Heuvelen Strategies / Agricultural Innovation Alliance
Wheelhouse Farm / Agricultural Innovation Alliance
Wilbur-Ellis Company


As is fitting for a discussion of an ancient industry that has found new life all over again, our Philadelphia venue is the modern Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building at the country’s oldest museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA).

 How To Get Here


PAFA’s galleries are accessible for wheelchairs and strollers through the Broad Street entrance of the Hamilton Building. Visitors can access this entrance using the button on the front of the building; staff or security will greet visitors and assist them. Passenger elevators in both buildings move between floors of galleries, and Indoor Ag-Con Philly will take place on both floors of the building. PAFA provides wheelchairs free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis. Service animals are welcome.

Please contact PAFA directly with any questions regarding accessibility on (215) 972-7600.