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Thanks to everybody who participated.



At VergeNYC, we are fascinated with big questions and bold topics. We discuss, debate, speculate, analyze and seek to act upon some of the most complex issues of our times. In our upcoming conference, we look to elasticity and pose the question: what does an elastic future look like, and how might we design for it?


Want to join the fun?


This ticket type is limited! If you want to take part in the full conference, including the 2-day curated conversation sessions.

Sorry, our conversations are fully booked.


Our morning speaker & workshop series and evening events are free and open to the public. Tickets are limited so RSVP below before they run out!

Keep in mind that this does NOT give you access to the 2-day curated conversation sessions.


The Conference

VergeNYC is a 2.5-day design event organized by students at Parsons School of Design (School of Design Strategies), along with design and community partners. We bring together leading thinkers, field experts and change makers to galvanize a movement towards Transdisciplinary DesignThis year, our theme is elasticity.


Our Theme: Elasticity

To us, elasticity is something that bends, but does not break. Taking the analogy of the rubber band, we think its worthwhile to discuss the merits and drawbacks of something that can stretch, absorb shock, and either return to its original form, or result in something new altogether. We are curious about how the concept of elasticity can be used to spark conversation about the role of design in our messy, complicated and intertwined world.


There are three parts to our event.

2-day CONVERSATION Session
February 25-26
12:30-5:00 p.m.

Commitment is required for both days

We are running six different conversations around the theme of elasticity. With 15 participants in each group, the conversations will involve a mix of students, industry professionals and academics. They are designed as intimate discussions and workshops. These sessions are only available to our Full Access Pass Attendees. To take part, you must be able to commit to two full afternoons. You can nominate yourself, or someone you think would be a good fit for a particular conversation topic.

Nominations are open now until February 17. Participants will be selected on rolling basis, so claim your spots before they fill up!

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

In the mornings, we will have a series of talks and workshops delivered by professionals, experts and thought-leaders. They will focus on elasticity in different contexts. These are free and open to the public through our Eventbrite.


6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

We know that one of the best parts of attending an event is meeting new people. On the evenings of our event, we are hosting mixers to provide the opportunity and space for people to socialize and connect with one another. This is free and open to the public. Make sure you RSVP through our Eventbrite!

Thur. 25: Doblin, 30 Rockefeller Pl, New York, NY 10112 (32nd Floor)
Fri. 26: The Yard. Herald Square, 106 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001




In several workshops, held at the Transdisciplinary Design Studio at Parsons on 16th Street in Midtown Manhattan, we develop the content of our conference. We are happy that amongst our participants we have students from our program, our 2016 advisors, and various special guests, who all come in to contribute to this special event.
(photographs by Eric Payne)



Our Advisors

Our Advisory Board members have been some of our biggest collaborators and supporters for putting together this event.


Big thank yous to our generous sponsors this year. If you think this conference is up your alley, come and get involved as a partner or sponsor for 2016!  Reach out to vergenyc@gmail.com to see our partnership kit.


transdisciplinary design

The scale and impact of social, environmental and economical issues we are faced with today are too vast to be owned by one, single discipline. Both our present and future demand a mindset shift towards radical collaboration between different fields, approaches and people. Design plays a key role in facilitating these exchanges.

At VergeNYC, you’ll find us mixing and matching. Combining voices from the public and private sector, featuring people from different backgrounds, including but definitely not limited to, design, urban planning, sustainability, music and performing arts, business and social innovation. Our goal is to create a space for transdisciplinary collaboration, because we wholeheartedly believe that this leads us towards a future that’s greater - much greater, than the sum of its parts.