Thursday & Sunday

In addition to our full days on Friday and Saturday, we have two extra events. 

#smwknd Opening Night, with Priya Parker and The Art of Gathering
Thursday, May 31

6-9 pm
Playwright Tavern
202 W. 49th St (btw 7th and 8th Aves)

(appetizers and cash bar)
$10 FOR ALL OTHERS – non-#smwknd attendees MUST REGISTER (scroll down on the front page)

#smwknd Community Night — An Experiential Laboratory in the Art of Gathering
We are launching #smwknd with a wonderful gathering that celebrates, well, gatherings in a time of social media. In that vein, we have invited Priya Parker, author of the wonderful new book, “The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters” to run a live community experience for us to kick off the weekend together. For a portion of the night, she’s going to run a laboratory to build our community together and then reverse engineer what she did live to help all of us better understand the elements of a transformative gathering. (TED’s Chris Anderson and Deepak Chopra have given enthusiastic testimonials). Come meet fellow attendees and speakers, as well as NYC guests who can’t make the weekend. It’s going to be a special night!6-7pm: Meet & Greet (Cash bar)
7-8:30pmThe Art of Gathering Laboratory: Building the IRL Community with Priya Parker and Sree Sreenivasan
8:30pm – 9pm: More bar!

ABOUT PRIYA: Priya Parker is the founder of Thrive Labs, at which she helps activists, elected officials, corporate executives, educators, and philanthropists create transformative gatherings. Trained in the field of conflict resolution, Parker has worked on race relations on American college campuses and on peace processes in the Arab world, southern Africa, and India. She studied organizational design at M.I.T., public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and political and social thought at the University of Virginia. She is the author of the book The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters

Sunday Morning Social & NYT Readalong
Sunday, June 3
10 am-noon
Betaworks Studios
29 Little W 12th St (next to the Whitney Museum downtown)

No charge for non-attendees, but you MUST REGISTER (scroll down on the front page)

Join us for a fun morning at NYC’s coolest new space – the world’s first club for builders, betaworks Studios! We’ll have snacks and coffee and Sree will be doing his signature NYT Sunday Readalong on FB Live, reading aloud the NYT print edition and critiquing the stories. Grab a print edition or bring your digital edition with you. Co-produced by Neil Parekh.

About betaworks Studios
betaworks Studios is a new drop-in member space for builders from different backgrounds. Created and curated by betaworks, it is a space where builders can discover one another, meet, learn and experiment. Located in New York’s Meatpacking District it is the perfect clubhouse for people working in Technology, Media and Culture.

For more info or to apply for membership, visit