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

The goals of this Summit are ambitious. 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 events, this will be far from the typical conference - 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.

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


This event will convene the world’s top thought leaders in both neuroscience and study of human consciousness. Attendees 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.


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.


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

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.

Sample presenters include:


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.


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.


Location: MIT Samberg Conference Center, 50 Memorial Dr, Cambridge, MA 02142

Participation: This event is invite-only.

Program: Presentations are 9:00am-5:30pm on Saturday and 9:00am-4:30pm Sunday, Receptions follow the sessions on both evenings. A special keynote will precede the Saturday reception.

Saturday May 4th, 8:00am-8:30pm

Sunday May 5th, 8:00am-5:30pm

Parking: Take an Uber if at all possible. Parking in Cambridge and Boston can be expensive and hard to find. Whenever possible, park your car at the hotel and use public transportation to get to the MIT campus. If you must drive to the campus, on- and off-street parking is available for a fee, but most public parking is not very close to the center of the MIT campus. More parking information is available from Parkopedia.

Lodging: Book your hotels now! Cambridge hotels fill up rapidly in the spring. 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