2nd NYU Artificial Intelligence Forum Agenda

Day 1 - Thursday, February 8

Mastercard Experience Center and NYU Kimmel Center

2:30 - 3:30

Mastercard Experience Center

150 5th Avenue
Students will see innovations from Mastercard and partner startups showcasing new uses of AI, cybersecurity and much more.


NYU Kimmel Center

Doors Open


Welcome Remarks

Clay Shirky, Vice Provost for AI and Technology in Education, New York University


A.I. Strategy: History, Fiction, and Beyond

James Villarrubia, CTO, applied A.I. expert., and Presidential Innovation Fellow for NASA Aeronautics, explores unexpected connections across history, fiction, film, and business strategy. From Asimov's visionary tales to Barbie dolls and Tom Selleck movies, learn how diverse perspectives can challenge our beliefs around the future of A.I. and help us navigate the current A.I. explosion.

Day 2 - Friday, February 9

NYU Kimmel Center


Doors Open


Opening Remarks

Angie Kamath, Harvey J. Stedman Dean of the School of Professional Studies, New York University

9:30 - 10:30

Generative AI: In the Beginning - A Fireside Chat with Maxime and Marc

In this talk, Maxime Whaite, Director of Technology Strategy at Microsoft, and Marc Beckman, founder of DMA United and senior fellow at NYU SPS, will explore how generative AI can inspire and enhance innovative products and services across various domains. Generative AI is a branch of artificial intelligence that can create new content, such as images, text, music, or video, based on existing data and models. There are an incredible number of applications and potential benefits for different industries and sectors, and we are only beginning to discover the true breadth of the Generative AI ecosystem.

Maxime and Marc will also discuss what skills and competencies are needed to thrive in the AI era, and how to develop them. They will share their insights and experiences on how to leverage generative AI for personal and professional growth, as well as for social good. They will also address some of the challenges and risks that generative AI poses, such as ethical, legal, and social implications, and how to mitigate them.

The goal of this fireside chat is to inspire NYU students and their community to think creatively and critically about the possibilities and limitations of generative AI. Maxime will uncover the creative entrepreneurial opportunities of generative AI, looking at the possibilities of AI-focused products and services, and aims to empower the audience not only as users of generative AI but as builders, entrepreneurs, and creators.

10:30 - 11:30

Gen AI and Use Cases in Fashion, Beauty and Retail

Embark on a journey into the dynamic intersection of generative AI and its application in the creative process. While the allure of Generative AI captivates minds, its practical utility within the day-to-day workings of the creative sphere is often overlooked.

Maison Meta is the world’s preeminent AI Studio and Innovation Lab shaping the landscape of creative industries working with leading brands such as Moncler, Zara, Victoria’s Secret, Dolce & Gabbana, Google, Pangaia, H&M, L’Oreal, Norma Kamali and Revolve amongst others. Maison Meta is also the founder of AI Fashion Week and the first AI Fashion Incubator established in partnership with Revolve Group.

Maison Meta and its work has been featured in over 500 articles across the globe including Vogue Business, Forbes, Business of Fashion, Le Monde, El Pais, BBC, NPR, NBC as well as industry reports from McKinsey, Deloitte, Business of Fashion and Wunderman Thompson. The team at Maison Meta is a regular speaker at conferences on the subject of AI including McKinsey’s AI Summit, UBS AI Summit, PhotoVogue Festival and Business of Fashion’s Tech Summit.

We invite you to discover the transformative power of generative AI in a concise and inspiring session.

11:30 - 12:30

Artificial Intelligence Morals, Ethics, & Diversity

Join NYS Assemblyman Clyde Vanel and Marc Beckman as they explore the benefits of AI in our community, the challenges it can create surrounding the digital divide, and optimistic solutions. 


2:00 - 3:00

Fintech Leading the Way in AI

10th floor

Jen Premisler, senior vice president, Global Digital & Fintech Commercialization at Mastercard, will discuss how fintechs are leveraging AI for back office operations and for consumer/B2B facing capabilities.  The ethics of how these companies are using AI, combating bias, and pushing out new use cases only available with AI with real world examples discussed.

3:00 - 4:00

How to Secure Seed Capital For Your New AI Business

Steven Rosenblatt, co-founder and general partner of Oceans Ventures, provides valuable insight surrounding how to prepare your company to succeed in the investment process, what makes an attractive leadership team, macro-investment trends in AI, and beyond.

4:00 - 5:00

How AI Will Transform the Shopping Experience

AI is developing at a rapid pace and the retail industry is ripe for an upgrade. Stephanie Horton, Google's senior director of commerce marketing, will speak to how a new generation of shoppers are embracing advanced technologies like AR and AI that make online shopping faster, easier and more intuitive than ever before.

5:30 - 6:30


Room 905-907
Roundtable discussion of 12 executives and networking for MBA & graduate students looking to work in AI and tech

Day 3 - Saturday, February 10

NYU Kimmel Center


Doors Open


Opening Remarks

Marc Beckman, founder of DMA United and senior fellow at NYU SPS

1:30 - 2:30

Beyond Chatbots: AI Agents and an AI-First Future of Work

Jason Kuperberg, co-founder of OthersideAI, explores the next generation of AI: versatile agents that can operate digital interfaces like humans. Learn how OthersideAI evolved from their start as creators of HyperWrite, one of the first generative AI writing platforms now with millions of users. Named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for consumer technology, Jason will share how taking an AI-first approach enables his team to stay lean and move quickly while building a large user base. Discover how you can identify opportunities to integrate AI into your workflows and learn about the agent initiatives Jason and his team are currently developing. Join us for an insightful look into the future of advanced AI agents beyond chatbots, and the AI-first future of work.

2:30 - 3:30

From Silicon to Synapses: Demystifying Embodied AI's Role in the Future of Behavioral Health

Jacob Boyle, founder and CEO of MARCo Health, discusses the current and future directions of AI in behavioral healthcare and psychiatric care and the cutting edge innovations and high risks of innovation in this historically innovation-averse space. The conversation will include a video introduction of MARCo: the Mental-Health Assisting Robot Companion, as well as a live, interactive demonstration.

3:30 - 4:30

Creating AI-Powered Virtual Experiences

Subham Jain, CEO and founder of XR Vizion, delves into practical applications, showcasing how XR Vizion uses generative AI to create highly engaging virtual experiences across industries including real estate, museums, tourism, and more. Gain insights into the seamless integration of AI avatars, offering a new dimension to user interactions in virtual environments. Join us for an insightful exploration of the capabilities and applications of AI in shaping immersive experiences.