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10 Frequently Asked Questions about the 2012 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (June 7-14th, 2012)

Q: Where does the Sharp­Brains Sum­mit take place?

A: The full Sum­mit takes place online; you can access it from your com­puter any­where you are con­nected to the inter­net. You don’t need to travel any­where. Watch this 3-minute video to see how it all works.

Q: Why not have a tra­di­tional con­fer­ence in one place?

A: Because we want to bring you the best global speak­ers at the lead­ing edge of research, mar­ket trends and best practices…in an eco­nom­i­cal way. Gath­er­ing the Summit’s extra­or­di­nary and diverse speaker ros­ter in one place might be possible..but you’d be pay­ing over $1,500 in com­bined reg­is­tra­tion fees and travel expenses. In com­par­i­son, the full cost of par­tic­i­pat­ing in 2012 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit is under $450.

Q: How do you select speakers?

A:  Speak­ing is by invi­ta­tion only. As part of our work dur­ing the whole year we iden­tify speak­ers respon­si­ble for the most promis­ing research, tech­nol­ogy solu­tions, and best prac­tices. If you are inter­ested in speak­ing in future years, the best way would be to par­tic­i­pate this year and engage with us and the Sum­mit community.

Q: If I reg­is­ter, for how long will record­ings be avail­able? I can­not par­tic­i­pate in everything. 

A: All ses­sions dur­ing the Sum­mit itself, Expo and Work­shops will be recorded and avail­able for 12 months after the Summit.

Q: If I don’t reg­is­ter now, can I access those record­ings after the Sum­mit is over?

A: Yes, but you still will need to reg­is­ter, at $375, to have access to the full recordings.

Q: What is new this year vs. pre­vi­ous Summits?

A: We have added more prac­ti­cal, edu­ca­tional work­shops, to the mix (included in reg­is­tra­tion fees). We heard a lot of feed­back after pre­vi­ous Sum­mits indi­cat­ing that par­tic­i­pants wanted to main­tain the broad and forward-looking agenda, but also wanted to dis­cuss more hands-on best prac­tices and tips. So we decided to offer both. These are the five 75-minute workshops:

  • How Nation­wide Insur­ance rolled-out a Brain-based Cor­po­rate Well­ness Initiative.
  • How to Con­nect Neu­ro­science and Spe­cial Edu­ca­tion: A School-based Example
  • How to Set Up a Brain Fit­ness Cen­ter to Enhance Cog­ni­tive Retrain­ing and Rehabilitation
  • How to Improve Cog­ni­tive Care and Pro­long Inde­pen­dence in Senior Living
  • How to Edu­cate Con­sumers to be their own “Brain Fit­ness Coaches”

Q: What other top­ics will be dis­cussed this year?

A: You can con­sult the over­all Sum­mit Agenda here. We are right now work­ing with speak­ers to ensure great dis­cus­sions on top­ics like:

  • Cog­ni­tive Health Coach­ing: Home-based Approach to Cog­ni­tive Monitoring
  • Opti­miz­ing the Inter­ac­tion between Peo­ple and Technology
  • Crowd­sourc­ing Big Brain Data: The 90% Solution
  • Brain­omics: How Big Data Pro­vides Gate­way to Max­i­mize Human Cog­ni­tive Performance
  • Revamp­ing Alzheimer’s Diag­no­sis, Pre­ven­tion and Care
  • Train­ing Con­di­tions For Video Games to Result in Real Brain-based Benefits
  • What Brain Games Con­sumers Buy and Why
  • Devel­op­ing Brain Net­works and Self-control
  • Get­ting From Research to Prod­uct: Bring­ing Reli­a­bil­ity and Valid­ity to Com­mer­cial Ventures
  • Brain Retrain­ing for U.S. Drivers
  • Get­ting get Evidence-Based Rehab Video Games Into the Hands of Users

Q: Who should attend? How can I con­nect with other participants?

A: You can con­sult this Sam­ple of Par­tic­i­pants in 2010/ 2011 Sharp­Brains Sum­mits (opens PDF). Par­tic­i­pants can con­nect with each other via mul­ti­ple web chats dur­ing the Sum­mit and via a members-only LinkedIn group.

Q: Do you offer CEUs?

A: We will pro­vide, at no addi­tional charge, a Cer­tifi­cate of Atten­dance equiv­a­lent to 24 hours of Con­tin­u­ing Edu­ca­tion Units to those inter­ested. Please note that we have not pur­sued exter­nal accreditation.

Q: Where do I reg­is­ter? Do you offer any spe­cial reg­is­tra­tion for full-time students?

A: You can Reg­is­ter Here. To get 15% off, please use pro­mo­tional code: sharp2012.

Given mul­ti­ple requests, we have decided to offer a dis­counted rate for full-time graduate/ post­grad­u­ate students.

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