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What’s Now: New York is an event series that consistently features a remarkable person helping reinvent an important field that’s exploding in innovation in the New York region right now. Our speakers explain the key developments in their field that people outside the field should know about, developments which could help reshape our economy and society. They talk about their current work, their latest thinking, the questions they are wrestling with at the moment. 

The series is an expansion of the highly successful What’s Now: San Francisco series, produced by Reinvent in partnership with Capgemini, the global technology consulting firm. That series has featured many top-tier innovators and intellectuals rooted in Silicon Valley who are trying to more fundamentally reinvent systems to deal with the mounting challenges in our 21st-century world.

Our featured speaker addresses an invite-only crowd of innovators and intellectuals who are doing interesting work in their own right. Some are from the field under discussion, but many come from other industries, professions and fields. Our featured guest starts the evening by laying out his or her ideas either in a presentation, or through an initial interview with the event’s host. This is followed by a deep, complex conversation with the members of the audience, who build on the ideas, challenge the concepts, or raise questions.

The entire 90-minute conversation is captured in high-quality video and livestreamed so that the exclusive physical gathering can be viewed by sophisticated audiences interested in the latest thinking from leading thought leaders.

The regular gatherings cross-connect leading innovators from diverse fields and build a network of networks over time. A key filter for selecting the featured speakers and invited guests is whether they are interested in fundamental innovation, or what we call reinvention, and are looking for big, bold, positive ways forward to help solve the many challenges of our time. Those who attend enjoy good food, drinks and networking before the program and after, and many return as regulars.

Over the first year of the New York series, we have hosted world class speakers like Facebook Co-founder Chris Hughes, Zipcar Co-founder Robin Chase, best-selling author Steven Johnson, tech guru Esther Dyson, Neil Gershenfeld, the father of fab labs, and June Cohen, the creator of TED talks.

We’ve covered cutting-edge innovation in a wide range of fields, from artificial intelligence to healthcare to venture capital and the future of food.  We’ve discussed the coming crisis of advertising, whether to break up the tech giants, and how to pop the online filter bubble.

The events are free but space in Capgemini’s Applied Innovation Exchange is limited. If you are interested in getting an invite, tell us more about yourself by emailing



What’s Now: New York is hosted at the Applied Innovation Exchange of Capgemini, in collaboration with Reinvent. Learn more about AIE here.


5:30pm: Drinks and food with networking.
6:30pm: Program begins with our featured guest, and then opens up into a conversation with all those gathered.
8:00pm: The formal program ends and rolls into more informal discussion, food, drinks, and music.
8:30pm: Those who want to are welcome to continue the conversation even further or go to dinner with others.


If you are interested in attending this invite-only event, please tell us a bit about yourself and email

Each guest may bring someone they think would be a good addition to the conversation and our growing network of innovators. The event is free of charge but space is limited. You must register in advance.


If you can’t attend, you can still be part of the gathering. The entire 90-minute program will be live-streamed and available to the public during and after the event.

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