What we're about

The Brooklyn Futurist Meetup is where we discuss what the world might look like in ten years or more. Speakers explore trends with transformative potential... or ones that are just fascinating.

Our events usually run in Brooklyn or Manhattan where most members work or live. Topics are not Brooklyn-focused. They are open to attendees and speakers from anywhere. This is America's largest future-focused meetup with 5,000+ members and in the top 5 globally. We also run a global network of future-focused meetups with tens of thousands more like-minded members in cities like Stockholm, Bangalore, London, Berlin and Singapore. Contact the organizer for details.

We meet several times per year with presentations by world-class guest speakers, followed by spirited, respectful discussion. We encourage you to mingle with fellow attendees before and afterwards. Review our member profiles - you'll find an amazing array of entrepreneurs, contrarians, tech visionaries, big thinkers, creative types and more.

Our topics are unlimited. Past events looked at music, chocolate, "now" futurism, women in innovation, sustainability, space commercialization, nanotech, DARPA, the Lowline, the Ocean, Automation in the workplace, web privacy, business, 3D Printing and media. We're planning more exciting programs in culture, science, technology, education, entertainment, commerce and societal relations. Your suggestions for topics, speakers, event formats, partners, perks and sponsors are welcome.

Please note:

Our site and live events are not platforms for members to promote their own endeavors. Members join to hear the speaker, engage with them and enjoy stimulating mutually beneficial conversations with others. That means no self-promotional or commercial blurbs/links on the comment or post sections, long touts of yourself/company at events. Violators will be removed from the group.

Similarly, let's keep the political rants and snarkiness to a minimum.

Feel free to have one-to-one conversations with other members on whatever you fancy.

If you have a product, event or service you want to promote to our members, contact the organizer to sponsor the meetup for a financial investment.

Twitter: @BkFuturist

Media Coverage:

August 2015 Focal Press User Group of the Month.

The Guardian by Jordan Hoffman (April 2015): http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/apr/29/meet-the-brooklyn-futurist-the-group-using-star-trek-to-save-the-world

OuterPlaces.com by Janey Tracey (April 2015):


Bushwick Daily: (April 2015): http://bushwickdaily.com/tag/brooklyn-futurist-meetup/

Technical.ly Brooklyn: (Feb & Oct 2015): http://technical.ly/brooklyn/2015/02/25/brooklyn-fiber-good-eggs-gamery-startup-roundup/

http://technical.ly/brooklyn/2015/10/28/wat... (http://technical.ly/brooklyn/2015/10/28/watch-rohit-talwar-future-business/)

The Brooklyn Paper (Feb 2015): Forward-thinking Brooklynites gather to discuss the future (http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/38/9/24-brooklyn-futurists-2015-02-27-bk_38_9.html)

Scoutmob: http://scoutmob.com/new-york/scoutfinds/5624

Untappedcities.com: http://untappedcities.com/2013/10/08/subterranean-manifesto-for-lowline-park-dan-barasch/

Observer - Reuters's Tom Glocer: Why Does The New York Times Need to have 6,700 Journalists? (http://observer.com/2009/04/reuters-tom-glocer-why-does-ithe-new-york-timesi-need-to-have-6700-journalists/)

Livestream of our April 23, 2015 Meetup with Morgan Gendel: http://livestream.com/LivestreamPublic/BrooklynFuturist (http://livestream.com/LivestreamPublic/BrooklynFuturist)

Our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/BrooklynFuturist 11,000+ views

(Thanks to Joly McFie - Internet Society NY Chapter):

The Future of the Brain with Dr. Gary Marcus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o87XMK9GLA

The Now Future with Dr. Amy Zalman, President of The World Future Society:


The Lowline with Daniel Barasch:


The Oceans with Aaron Hirsh:


Brain Science and the Military with Jonathan Moreno:


3D Printing & Manufacturing with Makerbot, Shapeways and D-Shape: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qhk0Vb9wsfU&list=UUHMgaalzS_Fv5uvh0U4ZLrw

Web Privacy with Cole Stryker:


Mobile Technology – Member Presentations:


Women in Innovation - Part 1: https://vimeo.com/54396559
Password: meetup12

Part 2: https://vimeo.com/54607822 Password:meetup12

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Stay tuned for more futurist resources - books, videos, events - check out the "pages" tab.

Want to be an assistant organizer of this fast growing influential group? Contact us to help with speaker recruiting, marketing/sponsorships/partnerships, audience experience roles and more.

Interested in sponsoring our meetup or meetup networks?

We welcome inquiries from sponsors for ongoing or one-time support of our meetups. Please contact Mike Taubleb, the organizer. We are always looking to improve the turnout, content and networking aspects of our meetups, as well as ways to fund the highest visibility guest speakers possible.

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Have an event to share with our 5,000+ members, NY Network of Major Meetups or Global Network of Futurist Groups:

Please don't post it without getting our written permission first or we'll remove it. If it is something worth emailing our members, please contact organizer well in advance (at least 2 weeks out), so we can coordinate with our other member emails. If you are promoting a clearly commercial enterprise, we'll generally request a discount code for our members and a free admission for one or two - or sponsorship of our meetup. We often co-promote, co-produce events with other meetups and show them the courtesy of getting explicit permission beforehand. Appreciate you doing the same for us.

Liability Waiver:

This is NOT a Professionally Organized Event and we are not professional organizers. You agree to participate in these events completely at your own risk and to take full responsibility for your own safety and well-being, including those of your guests. You agree not to hold the Meetup Organizer, Co-Organizer, Assistant Organizers, Event Hosts or any other members responsible for any injuries, mishaps, or any other situation that may happen at a planned event. Your attendance at the event signifies that you have read and accept the terms of this liability waiver.

Upcoming events (3)

Speed Networking & Business MatchMaking: Fastest Way to Expand Your Network

The Blacksmith Bar and Kitchen

Must Read Description CONFIRM YOUR SPOT THROUGH EVENTBRITE RSVP.LINK BELOW https://bit.ly/32c8gSc Mostly everyone is aware about Speed Dating but not many know about "Speed Networking". Speed Networking is much similar to "Speed Dating" minus the "Dating". Here, the concept of "Dating" is applied to your professional life where You meet professionals just like yourself, face to face, one business professional at time. Whether you are an entrepreneur, small business owner, legal or medical professional, in the finance, real estate or entertainment industry - this event will offer the perfect occasion to expand your business, social or enterprise contacts. All in a setting and speed -in your very own style. CONFIRM YOUR SPOT THROUGH EVENTBRITE RSVP.LINK BELOW https://bit.ly/32c8gSc Flow of the Event: The event is organized in a round‐robin “speed networking” style, with attendees rotating in small groups to engage in open discussions with other seated attendees. There will be time to mingle with other attendees after the speed networking rounds. Potential Topics to Talk About: Whether you are currently on the job hunt, seeking advice about professional growth, seeking funding for your startup or simply hoping to learn about possible paths to take your aspirations to the next level, this event is an excellent opportunity to expand both your knowledge base and your network of contacts. CONFIRM YOUR SPOT THROUGH EVENTBRITE RSVP.LINK BELOW https://bit.ly/32c8gSc Keys to making the most of Speed Networking: 1) Bring and distribute your business cards. Exchange cards with your partner at the beginning of each three-minute session—this can be a time saver. When you exchange cards, take time to read what is on your partner’s card. The other person will see this as interest on your part and, equally important, it will help you remember faces and names later on. 2) Develop an efficient way to introduce yourself. Consider developing an “elevator pitch”—a response you can give in any situation when someone asks you who you are or what you do. Think about how you want to describe yourself. You could talk about your current position, explain a project you’ve undertaken, or describe your goals for 2019.. 3) Contribute to an effective conversation. Make sure there is an even exchange of dialogue. Pose a question or make a point, and let the other person respond. Ask about the challenges and needs your partner faces in his or her organization or industry. This will give you an opportunity to establish common ground and, if appropriate, to offer ways in which you’ve solved similar problems. 4) Follow up with individuals with whom you made a connection. If you feel that there is the possibility of furthering a relationship with a contact, express that to the person during your session. The key to making the most of Speed Networking is to follow up with your contacts over time to develop credible business relationships. Key Benefits: - The main purpose of the speed networking is to meet lots of new contacts in a short space of time. - Helps maximize your time at the forum making sure you meet the people that can offer you real business opportunities -If you take into account each participants business contacts, you are potentially connecting with hundreds of relevant industry people -A great icebreaker, the informal format takes the awkwardness out of traditional networking, it is a fun and easy way to meet a wide variety of people Attendee Participation Includes Below industries but not limited to: • Advertising And Marketing • Art Directors • Business & Management • Computer And Information Systems • Engineering • Entrepreneurs • Film, Media And Broadcast • Finance And Investment • Human Resources & Recruiting • Legal • Medicine And Healthcare • Politics • Public Relations • Real Estate & Construction • Sales • Science & Academics CONFIRM YOUR SPOT THROUGH EVENTBRITE RSVP.LINK BELOW https://bit.ly/32c8gSc

Workshop For Beginners - Learn A.I. & Data Analytics Coding with SQL and Java

Join Us For This Amazing Workshop: Learn Artificial Intelligence using Data Analytics, the most powerful companies like Google and Amazon are using these technologies to dominate their industry and take over the world. Buy Ticket At Link Below https://bit.ly/2mtjnqi Learn how to use Data Analytics to understand customer behavior is essential for every company to survive, those who could understand and predict the behavior of customers will destroy their competition. Learn the most popular computer programming languages in our hands-on training class. These are the most required programming skills in today's job market in New York City. Learn from those who have already achieved success on what you want to do. 1. "Java" for high performance database web software development. Java is currently the Number-One programming skill in today's job market. 2. "Microsoft SQL Database", the most popular database for Data Analytics and Query Reports programming. 3. "Web Site Coding with HTML5" for creating modern responsive web sites. Buy Ticket At Link Below https://bit.ly/2mtjnqi This class will be taught by a full-time professional Web Software Engineer, he is a Certified Java Software Programmer by Oracle Corporation. The instructor has 19 years of work experience as a software programmer. Each student will receive a certificate of completion from Webspert Corporation, for this class. This proves you understand the skills required to program a modern web site with Data Analytics. Hands-On Coding: Write the code for data analytics on a real business web site. We will do hands-on coding from your laptop during this class. IMPORTANT: It would be best for each student to bring your laptop to the class. Buy Ticket At Link Below https://bit.ly/2mtjnqi The fastest way to become a data analytics web site developer, is to learn from someone who is already working at the job . Learn real coding skills from a real web software programmer with 19 years of professional work experience. Following our step-by-step directions in this class, students could walk along our proven success path. This class also includes: * A free follow-up 2-hours group coaching call to answer your questions & go over the homework solution. * A free drink during the class. Buy Ticket At Link Below https://bit.ly/2mtjnqi DIRECTIONS: * WHERE TO MEET: We'll meet in the building lobby & Check In The Hostess. She will guide you the classroom. Thank you. Computer Software Academy Webspert Corporation Buy Ticket At Link Below https://bit.ly/2mtjnqi

Nov 4 - NY's Biggest Startup & Entrepreneur Business Networking Mixer

**FREE GIFT WITH CONFIRMED RSVP AT THE EVENT** This is the largest networking mixer for Entrepreneurs, Startups and Business Professionals. RSVP REQUIRED TO ATTEND Nov 4th - https://bit.ly/32IVKdF Are you looking for co-founders, partners, coaches or core team members for your start-up? Please join us for an evening of creativity, inspiration and passionate conversations. Hosted By - New York Entrepreneurs, Startup & Business Coalition. Facebook Page -http://bit.ly/2cWkaeD Facebook Group- http://bit.ly/2pyuv5m Meetup Group -https://bit.ly/2AVAyoS Please use @TechWebTalks to share your comments/pics for this event. Ambience: -Name Tags will be provided to everyone who attends. We request you put your name and industry on your name tag. - Make sure you bring enough business cards. - The dress code is Business Casual. Timings: - Event is from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM. Arriving on time recommended and stay as long as you wish, no restrictions. Admission: RSVP REQUIRED TO ATTEND Nov 4th - https://bit.ly/32IVKdF Support The Space: Since the venue is letting us use the space for the event, please support them buy ordering (one mandatory) beverages and food. ***As alcoholic drinks are served at this venue, all attendees must be 21+.*** All Future Events - http://bit.ly/2hdLvXU Venue Sponsor - 230 5Th Rooftop Lounge For Business Queries Only - [masked] www.nyprofessionalnetwork.com FUTURE EVENTS, FREE TO ATTEND BUT RSVP REQUIRED October 09 (Brooklyn) - https://bit.ly/30xmc9i Nov 4th - https://bit.ly/32IVKdF Holiday Party - https://bit.ly/2M4aWfB All Future Events - http://bit.ly/2hdLvXU

Past events (63)

Digital immortality and Brain hacking with inner context sensors

Biotech without Borders

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