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Series-GFX-Whats-Now-SF-more-graphicWhat’s Now: San Francisco is an event series that consistently features a remarkable person helping reinvent an important field that’s exploding in innovation in the Bay Area 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.

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 last several years, we have hosted world class speakers like California Governor Gavin Newsom, the one-and-only Stewart Brand, AI expert Kai-Fu Lee, game designer Jane McGonigal, tech guru Kevin Kelly,  sustainability visionary Paul Hawken, Code for America Founder Jen Pahlka, ride sharing pioneer Sunil Paul, inventor Saul Griffith, among many others.

We’ve covered cutting-edge innovation in a wide range of fields, from artificial intelligence to biotech to autonomous vehicles to space tech to neuroscience.  We’ve discussed blockchain, climate change, the digital reform of government, the future of work 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, New York Times Columnist Kara Swisher, and Alan Kay, the inventor of the laptop—are often just as impressive as those on stage.

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: San Francisco is hosted at the Applied Innovation Exchange of Capgemini, in collaboration with Reinvent. Learn more about AIE here.




5:30pm: Drinks and food with informal networking.
6:30pm: Program begins with our featured guest in conversation with Reinvent Founder Peter Leyden, and then opens up to 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.


If you are interested in attending, please 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.


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

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