More on What’s Now: New York

Series-GFX-Whats-Now-NY-more-graphicWhat’s Now: New York is an extension of our highly successful What’s Now: San Francisco series, which each month features a remarkable innovator from a different field explaining the most important developments that could impact the world and the issues they are wrestling with right now. We hold the big-picture conversation that many innovators and intellectuals want to carry out: how to fundamentally reinvent systems that will work in the 21st century and help create a better world.

Over the last year and a half, we have hosted speakers ranging from tech guru Kevin Kelly to sustainability visionary Paul Hawken, to Code for America Founder Jen Pahlka, to California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom to renowned game designer Jane McGonigal.

We’ve covered cutting-edge innovation in a wide range of fields, from artificial intelligence, to biotech, to autonomous vehicles. We’ve discussed blockchain, climate change, the digital reform of government, and how to rapidly scale up America’s clean energy usage. And the innovators in our audience—including former United States Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Silicon Valley legend Stewart Brand, and Recode Co-Founder Kara Swisher—are often just as impressive as those on stage.

This fall and beyond, we plan to explore an exciting array of diverse topics related to innovation in New York City, which may include digital media, impact investing, legal services, higher education, global finance, medical research, and entertainment. Over time we hold to connect up a cross-disciplinary network of local innovators in all these sectors who care deeply about how to accelerate system change.

The series initially will be hosted by Reinvent Founder Peter Leyden, who migrated to San Francisco to become managing editor of the early Wired magazine that helped introduce the digital revolution in the 1990s. Leyden has been involved in the tech and innovation scene of Silicon Valley for the last two decades, and has spent his career interviewing remarkable people about big ideas.



What’s Now: New York is organized by and 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 know others in the area who might add to the conversation, you can give that information here. If you are interested in attending, 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 recorded and will be made available to the public after the event. We’ll have an audio podcast available as well.

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