Community 4.0: Makeover Montgomery 4, May 9-11, 2018

May 29, 2019 / Updated Mar 17, 2020

Community 4.0 Makeover Montgomery 4, May 9-11, 2018

“Long Boom” author Peter Leyden discusses the coming “Reinvention of America” in opening night keynote


For the fourth time, the National Center for Smart Growth and the Montgomery County Planning Department are bringing some of the best minds in new technology, economics, social science, architecture, development and sustainability together to discuss what some are calling the “transformation” of the American suburb. Makeover Montgomery 4 (MM4), which takes place May 9-11, 2018, will focus on four themes that, combined, form the foundation of a great 21st century suburb: competitive, healthy, inclusive and smart communities.

Kicking off the three-day symposium is a look at the “fundamental reinvention” and “explosive innovation” in store for American suburbs by journalist and entrepreneur Peter Leyden. Leyden is founder and CEO of Reinventors and a former Associate Editor of WIRED Magazine; his WIRED Magazine piece, “Long Boom”, inspired two books and a generation of entrepreneurs. Leyden will give the keynote Wednesday evening at 7:00pm at the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Thursday and Friday will offer back-to-back sessions in downtown Silver Spring that will discuss strategies and ideas around a number of topics, including job growth and emerging markets, smart technologies and diverse and walkable communities. See the MM4 speaker line-up here.

MM4 is open to the public, including residents, business owners, academics and students. Registration is $55 ($65 at the door) and $20 for students. To register or to learn more details, visit the Makeover Montgomery website at