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The BrainMind Summit hosted with MIT in Cambridge will convene on May 4-5, 2019.

BrainMind is building a best-in-class community around the mission to advance neuroscience innovation that will most benefit humanity, proposing a draft of the BrainMind roadmap, and catalyzing focused and informal collaborations between sector-defining scientists, entrepreneurs, operators, investors, leaders, thinkers and philanthropists.

As with the BrainMind Summit at Stanford and other BrainMind gatherings, this will be far from the typical scientific meeting - with opportunities to have a direct impact on the science presented, and meaningful engagement with a carefully curated, truly multidisciplinary audience. You have all been selected for your brilliance, effectiveness, sincerity, and intent.

This gathering will bring together the world’s top thought leaders in both neuroscience and study of human consciousness. Invited participants explore a curated collection of cutting-edge discoveries in neuroscience, engage with the scientists behind those ideas, and advise promising early-stage companies - all with the goal of bringing brain science to the world at scale.

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • Awe-inspiring short talks from the world's top brain researchers and entrepreneurs

  • Opportunities to break bread with speakers in small group settings

  • A chance to discover and advise high-impact companies in the BrainMind space

  • Discussions on creating a roadmap for philanthropic ventures in brain science

  • Expert-led breakout discussions on topics like cognitive enhancement, longevity, human-machine symbiosis, motivation,sleep, and emerging neurotechnologies

  • Live neuroscience-inspired multisensory performances

  • A hands-on space to explore neurotechnology

  • Immersive art exhibitions exploring the theme of digital consciousness

  • A breathtaking community space at the heart of MIT for the BrainMind Ecosystem to connect with each other

  • Brain-healthy meals and snacks provided throughout

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The Summit at MIT will be hosted by Michael McCullough, Reid Hoffman, Ed Boyden, and Juan Enriquez.


SPEAKERS AND PRESENTERS

Speakers at the BrainMind Summit are chosen for their uniquely disruptive contributions to their respective fields. All speakers are available to engage with Summit participants. Speakers delivering mainstage talks will also be hosting intimate roundtable discussions over lunch and during the afternoon program.

Presenters include:

GOALS

The Summit is built around the following principles of BrainMind:

  • Build a collaborative roadmap for effective forward progress in the science of the brain and mind with top scientists and leaders in the field.

  • Within this wider roadmap, surface and focus special attention on the areas and ideas in most need of coordinated support.

  • Leverage new forms of capital and infuse leaders in the entrepreneurial, investing, and philanthropic communities to support these pivotal ideas from the lab to society.

BrainMind Summit participants will also be brought to the tip of the spear on topics such as the neural basis of consciousness, the brain in love, improved circuits of learning, aging with vibrancy, childhood brain development, brain-mind interfaces, psychedelics, artful applications of AI in clinical brain health, new breakthroughs in depression and PTSD, preventing Alzheimer’s, wearable neurotechnology, and some special surprises.

PARTICIPANTS

BrainMind Summits are invite-only, with space limited at the MIT event to under 300 attendees. All participants are members of the BrainMind ecosystem and are carefully selected for potential contribution, influence, and intent. 




EXPERIENTIAL NEUROLAB

The BrainMind Summit includes a hands-on Experiential NeuroLab with exciting invention and technology demonstrations and exhibits. Experiences include mind-controlled visual media, AR and VR-based technologies, real human brains and 10-100x expanded brains, neuroscience-driven perceptual illusions, immersive education experiences, and more. The NeuroLab will also include immersive art exhibitions exploring the theme of “digital consciousness.” Content in the lab will be hosted by the MIT Media Lab, the McGovern Institute, and the Picower Institute.

Expansion Microscopy Image Credit:  Gao et al./  Science  2019

Expansion Microscopy Image Credit: Gao et al./ Science 2019



BREAKOUT DISCUSSION MODULES

Special breakout discussions allow attendees to go deeper on specific topics. Roundtables with 8-12 participants convene around preselected BrainMind topics with subject matter experts, including topics like Sleep, Longevity, Resilience, Flow, Attachment, Brain-Computer Interfaces, and Deep Brain Stimulation. The breakouts are designed to encourage conversation and collaboration with speakers and other great minds.


ART EXHIBITIONS

BrainMind is featuring brilliant artists exhibiting artworks exploring the theme of digital consciousness. Artists are offering up their interpretations of how we manifest perception, awareness, visualization, and imagination in the digital age. These tech-forward exhibits utilize technology such as augmented reality, electron microscopy, electroencephalography, and data visualization. 

Ginny Ruffner will be previewing Reforestation of the Imagination, next at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Ginny Ruffner will be previewing Reforestation of the Imagination, next at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Grace Ng’s Mind Paint Interactive Installation will be featured in the Experiential NeuroLab.

Grace Ng’s Mind Paint Interactive Installation will be featured in the Experiential NeuroLab.

Andrew Paul Leonard will be exhibiting a selection of his microscopic photography of neurons and glial cells.

Andrew Paul Leonard will be exhibiting a selection of his microscopic photography of neurons and glial cells.

David Bolinsky’s animations of molecular machinery in neurons and somatic cells will be featured in video format as well as in print.

David Bolinsky’s animations of molecular machinery in neurons and somatic cells will be featured in video format as well as in print.


BRAIN-HEALTHY CUISINE

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New research indicates that diet plays a significant role in brain function, impacting everything from memory to risk for brain diseases. We put these exciting findings into practice at our Summits. You won’t find junky conference fare at our event. Meals and snacks served at the Summit feature foods and ingredients with published findings for brain health benefit. Learn more about our approach here.


DETAILS

Dates: Saturday May 4th through Sunday May 5th

Location: This is a private gathering. Further detail is shared with registered participants. Visit the application page here.

Lodging:  Both the Marriott Boston Cambridge and the Kendall Hotel both have MIT rates (just mention that you are coming to Cambridge for MIT-related business). Below is a list of suggested hotels from MIT: 

Boston Marriott Cambridge
2 Cambridge Center
Cambridge, MA 02142
Phone: (617) 494-6600 

Courtyard by Marriott
777 Memorial Drive
Cambridge MA 02139
Phone: (617) 492-7777

Hyatt Regency Cambridge
575 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: (617) 492-1234

The Kendall Hotel
350 Main Street
Cambridge, MA 02142
Phone: (617) 577-1300

Le Meridien Cambridge-MIT
20 Sidney Street 
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: (617) 577-0200

Hotel Commonwealth
500 Commonwealth Ave
Boston MA 02215
Phone: (617) 933-5000

The Marlowe
25 Edwin Land Boulevard
Cambridge, MA 02141
Phone: (617) 868-8000

Fairfield Inn and Suites
215 Monsignor O’Brien Highway
Cambridge, MA  02141
Phone: (617) 621-1999

Royal Sonesta Boston
40 Edwin Land Boulevard
Cambridge, MA 02141
Phone: (617) 806-4200