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Disruptive Technologists in NYC Meetup

Founded in 2012 by Lauren Keyson, a renowned tech journalist, Disruptive Technologists supports the tech, innovation, and entrepreneurial ecosystems in New York City by connecting professional firms, think tanks and likeminded people with a passion for new technologies.

Disruptive Technologists have a total reach of +11,000, including weekly published podcasts and articles with cutting edge, trending topics on their website (https://disruptivetechnologists.com (https://disruptivetechnologists.com/)). They also organize 4 popular live events per year making Disruptive Technologists one of the most active and consistent tech organizations of its kind in New York.

Disruptive Technologists provides the unique ability to:

• offer opportunities to learn, network and grow

• recognize and promote members, companies and to be part of the think tank

• nurture the promotion of tech while making people feel part of a community

• provide access to resources

• advocate and support

If you sign up and there is any change in your schedule, please let us know ahead of time that you can’t make it, so we can let others on the waiting list have your seat.

To learn more, go to DisruptiveTechnologists.com and sign up for the monthly newsletter.


For questions, email Lauren Keyson at LKeyson@DisruptiveTechnologists.com – we look forward to hearing your cool ideas and helping you make them happen!


Thanks for your feedback for previous events:

• I just wanted to thank you for organizing the first Disruptive Technologists Meetup. I thought the panelists gave invaluable advice applicable to both software-folk and 'hardwarians' such as myself. I'm looking forward to the next Disruptive Tech Meetup! I enjoyed it, great contacts and good advice.” - Hans M.

• Hi, I did attend the last meet up. It gave me food for thought. I'm looking forward to continuing to develop my relationship with this group and to discovering the "fit" for me in terms of what I'm up to. Thank you for putting this together!” - Giustina M.

• I enjoyed the panels response to what was the craziest investment opportunity or idea that someone came to you with! The answers were great!” - Bradley F.

• Just wanted to say - great panel. well done and thank you for doing it! I will use at least some of it, really an outstanding panel. I mean it, and I go to a TON of events. - Bonnie H.

• It was an awesome event. Thanks for putting it together. - Ray S.

• It any event, I wanted to reach out and say thank you for selecting such a great group of panelists. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing from them. -- Holly Z.

• Thanks for a First Great Meetup! - Lynn R.

Also check out the pics at: http://www.facebook.com/DisruptiveTechnologists

To read press about our first event click here:
Part I: http://nyconvergence.com/2012/11/ny-disruptivetechnologists-good-bad-and-disregarded-part-i.html
Part 2: http://nyconvergence.com/2012/11/ny-disruptive-technologists-five-words-of-advice-part-2.html

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpGjY1Ga7bs

Disruptively Yours, Lauren

Upcoming events (1)

Disruptive Technologists: Tech Disrupts The Unbanked!

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1. Esther Dyson, Founder, Wellville & acclaimed Angel Investor
2. Scott Mattingley-Scott, IBM Quantum Ambassador Leader EMEA & AP and Principal
3. Amy Young, Industry Digital Strategist, Microsoft
4. Frank La Vigne, Data & Digital Tech Architect & Evangelist, Microsoft
5. Kathryn Garcia, New York City Mayoral Candidate / NYC Sanitation Dept. Commissioner

Rough Outline:

Disrupting Finance. The Unbanked and Underbanked in NYC
11% or 350,000 people in New York City are Unbanked (have no bank account) a further 22% or 700,000 people are Underbanked.
This lack of access to financial services for the most vulnerable encourages a cycle of poverty.
What are the reasons for being Unbanked or Underbanked, How can this be solved and What our our institutions doing right now?

“Bank transfers, e-wallets, cash-based payments, and other local payment methods have previously been called alternative payment methods. But they are no longer the alternative; they are the norm for most of the world.” - James Booth, Finance Monthly

What other answers are out there?

Moderator: Oliver Christie, Futurist & AI Strategist

MC: Sep DiMeglio, Premier Developer Consultant, Microsoft

Interactive Videographer:
Jeffrey Paul, Ziotag: advanced deep-tagging.

Fireside Chat to follow one week later on April 14. Please send in your questions beforehand directly to the organizer on this Meetup page or to:

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Apr 7,[masked]:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: FinTech: Tech Disrupts The Unbanked Main Panel

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** Thanks to Microsoft Reactor #MSFTReactor
** Thanks to Ramona Wright
** Thanks to Esther Dyson
** Thanks to Scott Moss
Giveaways During the Webinar:
** Thanks to Upflex (passes to global work spaces)
** Thanks to Rebecca Costa (futurist books!)

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