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. In addition, the event will start from world-famous Longwood Gardens, home to more than 1,000 acres of formal gardens, conservatories, woodlands and meadows, and includes a custom tour of Longwood’s own 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.


Passes are available at the early bird rate of $399 through August 31 or until the event is sold out, a 25% discount to the standard rate of $499.

This rate includes access to all sessions, light breakfast and lunch, drinks party and a gift bag with an exclusive hard copy of our newest white paper.


As it is a one day event, we will not have an exhibition hall at Indoor Ag-Con Philly, but we do have plentiful sponsorship opportunities to allow you to engage your brand with our farming, equipment supply, tech, investor, academic and government participants.

Want to learn more? Download our sponsor pack by completing the form below.


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.  We’ll be adding speakers here as they are confirmed, and the agenda may change a little as we confirm speaker availability.

8:30 AM9:15 AM  Registration & Light Breakfast
9:15 AM9:20 AM  Welcome & Introduction
9:20 AM10:05 AM  Session One: How indoor agriculture can develop local communities
Three Keynote Speakers, including:
Esteban Macias, Member, Coalition for Sustainable Organics
Harold Epps, Commerce Director, City of Philadelphia
10:05 AM10:30 AM  Extended Q&A and Discussion
10:30 AM11:00 AM  Networking Break
11:00 AM11:45 AM  Session Two: Artificial intelligence in indoor agriculture
Three Keynote Speakers, including:
11:45 AM12:15 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:
Dr. AJ Both, Associate Extension Specialist, Rutgers University
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:
Jack Griffin, President, Metropolis Farms
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 Longwood Gardens



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.