BRAINMIND Summit HOSTED at STANFORD UNIVERSITY
ATTENDEE FEEDBACK FROM BRAINMIND at STANFORD 2018
“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 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.
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.
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.
Summit participants will be engaged on the questions worth exploring in the years to come, and on what the current body of knowledge means for future innovation. Some of our 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.”
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 Laura Roberts, Ed Boyden, David Eagleman, and Andrew Huberman.
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:
The BrainMind Summit at Stanford included over 200 participants. All BrainMind Summit participants are carefully selected for potential contribution, influence, and moral intent. They share a passion for the BrainMind space and significant leadership in their respective careers (scientists, founders, government leaders, venture capitalists, inventors, philanthropists, philosophers). The goal is to foster vital impact investing needed to bridge the resource gap for rapid and impactful innovation in medicine and technology, catalyzing transformative proof-of-concept development in this field.
Participation requires active engagement and attendees will be expected, with orientation to their expertise and potential for impact in the BrainMind space, to learn, explore, collaborate, advise, invest, and inspire the broader community to get involved in this initiative.
The first BrainMind Summit attracted attendees with over $15bn of personal and directed capital (including founders of LinkedIn and PayPal), and other technology and healthcare researchers, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and engineers. We are inviting our supporters to be a part of the next high-level convening shaping the future of the field.
Special thanks to our very generous supporters and to the Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences who helped to make this event possible.
Previous Date: September 8-9, 2018
Location: Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, Stanford University campus, at 326 Galvez St, Stanford, CA 94305
Program: Presentations are 8:30am-6:00pm on Saturday and 9:00am-5:00pm Sunday, Receptions and Dinners follow the sessions on both evenings. Juan Enriquez will give a special keynote during the Saturday dinner.
Saturday September 8th, 7:30am-9:30pm
Sunday September 9th, 8:00am-6:30pm
Location: Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center
Parking: For Saturday only: Take an Uber if at all possible because of the football game on Saturday. If you absolutely must park Saturday, refer to this link for guidance
Lodging: Book your hotels now! Stanford offers a comprehensive lodging guide here: https://visit.stanford.edu/plan/lodging.html