The most recent BrainMind Summit hosted with MIT convened in Cambridge 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 is 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. Along with the world’s top thought leaders in both neuroscience and study of human consciousness, all Summit participants have been personally selected for their brilliance, effectiveness, sincerity, and intent.
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
The Summit at MIT will be hosted by Michael McCullough, Reid Hoffman, Diana Saville, Ed Boyden, Rebecca Brachman, Juan Enriquez, and Laura Roberts (in absentia).
MIT SUMMIT ADVISORY BOARD
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.
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 under 300 attendees. All participants are members of the BrainMind ecosystem and are carefully selected for potential contribution, influence, and intent.
Featured entrepreneurs will present groundbreaking ideas and pose impact-related questions to participants. Spotlight entrepreneurs will also host breakout discussion tables.
MULTISENSORY MUSICAL EXPERIENCES
Key performances on Saturday and Sunday will be introduced by our Musical Curator, composer Tod Machover. who is who is Muriel R. Cooper Professor of Music and Media at the MIT Media Lab. Machover and his team are devoted to exploring musical, multisensory experiences for curing disease and promoting wellbeing, including Gamma-embedded instruments and compositions that promote mind-brain health. BrainMind Summit participants will experience an audio-visual selection from Machover’s Brain Opera entitled: Minsky Melodies.
Read more about Tod and the other performers here.
The BrainMind Summit includes a hands-on Experiential NeuroLab with exciting inventions, technology demonstrations, and artistic 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Supporters of BrainMind at MIT
We would like to honor and thank Reid Hoffman, David Sze, Bo Shao, and the following supporters of the BrainMind Summit at MIT: