Be a part of emerging Innovations at What’s Now: San Francisco

What’s Now: San Francisco is more than just a monthly meet-up with experts. It’s a conversation you don’t want to miss! Once a month, Capgemini along with the event partner, Reinvent, gather a diverse group of innovators for an evening of discussion and networking at our San Francisco AIE. It’s your chance to interact with thought leaders about the emerging business landscape and innovative trends in the San Francisco Bay area. Each month we will explore a range of sectors including AI, Biotech, Clean Energy, and Food.

Here are a few recent conversations at What’s Now: San Francisco

Applied Neuroscience and Ramping Up Human Potential

When Vivienne Ming, Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Socos LLC, began her neuroscience PhD program in the early 2000s, she wanted to learn how to build cyborgs. Her classmates thought the idea was crazy. Fast forward fifteen years, and the idea doesn’t sound so crazy anymore. Neuroscience research is rapidly becoming applied neuroscience, and the Bay Area is leading the way, both in terms of conducting innovative research and translating this research into exciting new startups. At the September What’s Now: San Francisco, Ming discussed the cutting edge innovation currently underway at UC Berkeley, UCSF, and Stanford, as well as other institutions.

Blockchain Beyond Bitcoin with Brian Behlendorf

Many people have heard of bitcoin and might know something about blockchain, the technology system underlying the crypto currency. Yet few people understand how important blockchain technology could be not just for financial tech, but also for almost every other field. No one understands the vast potential of blockchain better than Brian Behlendorf. Brian is the newly appointed executive director of Hyperledger, an open source blockchain platform started by The Linux Foundation last year.

Autonomous Vehicles and the Future of Transportation

Sunil Paul took his first ride in an autonomous vehicle (AV) in 2009—at least a decade before most of will have the opportunity. That ride inspired to think about the future of transportation. Just two years later, in 2011, Sunil co-founded Sidecar, where he also served as CEO. Sidecar invented the modern ride-sharing model, operated in Ten U.S. Cities and gave millions of rides before selling the company assets to GM in 2016. Now a thought leader in the transportation space, Sunil has devoted his time to thinking about the future of AVs and transportation in general.

Hype or Hope? Which Side of the Spectrum do Innovation Centers Fall?

The weaknesses of traditional innovation approaches have led some organizations to explore different avenues and seek new inspiration. Innovation centers were launched in major technology hubs with the explicit mandate to accelerate digital innovations. Over the years, innovation centers have continued to be looked upon as the pre-eminent destination of innovation for large traditional organizations. Digital Transformation Institute’s continuing research into this space bears testimony to this development. However, the interest in innovation centers isn’t translating into more Innovative companies. Only 51% of the organizations, interviewed as part of our recent Digital Culture survey, believe that they have a culture of innovation, experimentation and risk-taking. This prompts the question – are innovation centers mere units to showcase innovation capabilities or do they really manage to stimulate innovation culture, drive innovation and improve the overall innovation quotient of the firm?

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