By social media editor Melony Roy

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Forbes Magazine’s three-day “Under 30” summit is winding down, but the hopes of the attendees who came to Philadelphia are high.

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“I think just being surrounded by disruptive thinkers for so many hours and being out of that vortex of the 9 to 5, it’s given me a new breath of life,” says West Philadelphia native Jamillia Kamara, one of the young entrepreneurs who attended the event, “and I’m really excited to get back home and get to work on the projects we’re working on.”

Bringing all of that billionaire brainpower to Philadelphia was a coup for the city, and one that officials including Mayor Nutter hope to see repeated.

Speaker highlights of the summit included brand-new billionaire, 21-year-old Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus Rift, the virtual reality company that was acquired by Facebook for $2 billion; Spanx creator Sarah Blakely; and Malala Yousafzai, the winner of this year’s Philadelphia Liberty Medal and the Nobel Peace Prize.

The breakout panels covered branding, the revolution of “she-commerce,” and apps that could save your life.

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“The panels are fantastic,” said Temple University student Holly Jiang, “but after the panels there’s a lot of networking, and you get to meet a lot of great people and there is just a free exchange of ideas.”


(Holly Jiang.  Photo by Melony Roy)

(Holly Jiang. Photo by Melony Roy)


The night ended with a food festival and after-party at the Trocadero, at 10th and Arch Streets, DJ’d by Questlove of “The Roots.”

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