BrainMind is hosting a series of gatherings bringing together an ecosystem of neuroscience institutions, researchers, entrepreneurs, and investors with the shared purpose of accelerating values-driven brain endeavors – intellectual, entrepreneurial, and ethical.
These private meetings are designed to educate participants on emerging neuroscience and also catalyze thoughtful application of impactful findings in mind and brain science, from basic research to company creation. While the ecosystem is open to those with sincere interest, the summits are reserved for only the most active voices. They are designed so that all the ingredients necessary (selected impactful ideas, capital, leadership, mentorship) are present to selectively accelerate specific applications in BrainMind fields.
May 4-5, 2019
October 12-13, 2019
SPECIAL EVENTS AND DINNERS
The most recent BrainMind Summit hosted with MIT convened in Cambridge on May 4-5, 2019.
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.
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.
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:
ATTENDEE FEEDBACK from the 2018 gathering:
“I’ve been going to TED for 14 years and this is the best conference I’ve ever been to. Amazing aggregation of  people. No one here that I wouldn’t be delighted to sit next to on a very long flight and that’s a rare statement.”
“The next Google could be two people who met here.”
“Enormous amount of cross-fertilization going on. Building on the dramatic success of this, I think they’re going to have an amazing caliber of speaker and schedule of folks that will be mind-boggling and they have a basis to attract an incredible audience.”
“It takes so much time to get different people together… this entire weekend everyone was so inspired and so everyone was willing to contribute and make a big impact together.”
“What BrainMind is all about is: Can we have a fundamental, exponential impact on this space and the benefits for humanity? This is what we all should be doing.”
“That synergy and compounding effect that’s happening here is really rare. There are waves and movements in culture that come in certain points and intersections in history, that are important. And BrainMind is one of those intersections in time.
The BrainMind Summit hosted at Stanford convenes the world’s top thought leaders in brain science. 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.
Participants include Kyoto and Breakthrough Prize winners, BRAIN Initiative leaders, founders of the largest technology companies in silicon valley, chief scientists of major foundations, scientists on the cutting-edge of BrainMind fields, ethics, genomics, amongst others; founders of top venture capital funds, and prolific philanthropists.
The Summit in 2018 was hosted by Michael McCullough, Laura Roberts, Reid Hoffman, and Juan Enriquez.
Summit participants engage on the questions worth exploring in the years to come, and on what the current body of knowledge means for future innovation. Some discussion sessions are academic and cutting-edge: “Brain Imaging with Holography”, “Prophylactics for PTSD”. A few lean more practical: “Neuroscience of Love,” “Sleep and Vitality of the Mind.”
(Photos from the 2018 BrainMind Summit, co-hosted by the Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences) Special thanks to John Werner for these wonderful photos.
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.
Past Speakers and Discussion Leaders:
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 has been hosted by Laura Roberts, Ed Boyden, David Eagleman, Andrew Huberman, and a curated collection of startup neurotech companies.
Special breakout discussions allow attendees to go deeper on specific topics. The event is designed to encourage conversation and collaboration with speakers and other great minds. Breakout Modules include the following topic areas:
Attachment — the science of belonging vs. isolation, connections with autism
Cognition — the supercharged brain / the mind in decline
Motivation — what drives us, from achieving goals to addiction
Sleep — benefits of good sleep / conquering sleep disruption
Resilience — pathways of healing from trauma to wellbeing
Flow — being in the zone: fluidity in attention and action
Longevity — slowing the brain's aging process, increasing vibrancy for all
Strategic Philanthropy and Purpose-Driven Investing — novel models accelerating neuroscience
Idea/Company Formation — Revolutionizing medical Imaging + brain-computer communication with consumer electronics
Idea/Company Formation — Treating neurological conditions with non-invasive brain stimulation
Idea/Company Formation — Discovering curative therapies for Parkinson’s Disease with machine learning
(Photos from first BrainMind Summit in 2016, co-hosted by the Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences)
Date: October 12-13, 2019
Location: Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, Stanford University campus, at 326 Galvez St, Stanford, CA 94305
Program: Programming 8:30am-6:00pm on Saturday and Sunday, Receptions follow on both evenings.
Lodging: Please refer to Stanford’s comprehensive lodging guide.
In 1975, Paul Berg convened a conference in Asilomar, California, of biologists, lawyers, physicians, and others, to discuss how the biotechnology community would voluntarily regulate itself. The outcome was a set of rules and guidelines that, to this day, have helped biotechnology make great contributions to human life, in a safe and ethical manner. With the neurotechnology industry entering its period of growth, arguably now is the time to hold an "Asilomar of the Brain".
In 2020, we will convene leaders in science, medicine, and industry, as well as philosophers, lawyers, and ethicists, to discuss the guidelines that brain engineers will follow in the years to come, in an open and public way, both to ensure the ethical and safe furthering of this industry, as well as to encourage a dialogue with the public.
One possible outcome would be a document, signed by the participants, declaring what our values and principles should be, as well as committing to follow them. Unlike all other neuroethics conferences, which have primarily focused on talks and seminars, this will be highly participatory: the goal is not to talk to each other, but to talk with each other.
Just as the 1974 Asilomar conference set the stage for a half century of bioengineering, the 2020 Asilomar BrainMind conference has the chance to set the stage for a half century of neuro-engineering.
We hope you can join us.
DATE: Date TBA, 2020
LOCATION: ASILOMAR CONFERENCE GROUNDS
Private Dinners, Special Gatherings
Throughout the year, BrainMind convenes semi-regular dinners/gatherings to energize the ecosystem. Members of the ecosystem are invited to collect informally around the country for dinners with speakers on specific topic areas, social gatherings, and half-day events.
Upcoming events include evening speaker receptions in Menlo Park. Future events will take place in New York City, Chicago, Boston, and Seattle.