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About the 2012 SharpBrains Summit

The 2012 Sharp­Brains Virtual Sum­mit gathered close to 200 scientists and innovators worldwide to …

  1. explore the latest science and mar­ket developments that can transform brain health,
  2. dis­cuss applications of neuroscience in consumer, health, workplace and educational settings,
  3. meet with col­leagues who face sim­i­lar pri­or­i­ties and chal­lenges, and
  4. inter­act with a cross-sector group of sharp brains who are chang­ing the way things are done.

How to Watch 2012 SharpBrains Sum­mit Recordings:

  1. If you already have login infor­ma­tion, you can sim­ply visit the Summit Agenda and click on the ses­sion you want to watch

Speakers and Moderators

Frequently Asked Questions

What: The 2012 Sharp­Brains Sum­mit, con­ducted vir­tu­ally, is designed to high­light and discuss emerg­ing neuroplasticity research, data-driven tools and innovative best prac­tices to optimize health and per­for­mance across the lifespan.

Who should attend: researchers, innovators, decision-makers and practitioners in tech­nol­ogy, consumer/ behavioral/ occupational/ men­tal health, gam­ing, life/ health insur­ance, human resources, dig­i­tal health­care, senior ser­vices, cog­ni­tive and affec­tive neuroscience. This is by design a cross-sector, forward-looking conference. You can consult this Sample of Participants in 2010/ 2011 SharpBrains Summits (opens PDF).

What does the Summit Agenda look like: The 2012 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit includes three sep­a­rate and com­ple­men­tary sections.

  • June 7-8th: Sum­mit, for lead­ing inno­va­tors to address core forward-looking questions
  • June 13th: Expo, for spon­sors and exhibitors to show­case their emerg­ing toolk­its and solutions
  • June 14th: Edu­ca­tional Work­shops, for pio­neer­ing prac­ti­tion­ers to share tips on what to do/ what not to do in spe­cific settings
You can view the Summit Agenda Here. Please note that all times reflect US Pacific Time.

What is a “vir­tual con­fer­ence”? The Sharp­Brains Virtual Sum­mit is just like a phys­i­cal con­fer­ence — we gather in a forum to hear dozens of speakers present and dis­cuss lat­est infor­ma­tion, to con­nect with each other, to explore oppor­tu­ni­ties and part­ner­ships, to discover new tools presented by sponsors and exhibitors. How­ever, rather than having hundreds of people spend significant time and money travelling to a con­fer­ence, the Sharp­Brains Sum­mit trav­els to you. Thanks to a participant-only web­site, you access each pre­sen­ta­tion either by join­ing the live web­cast or by accessing a record­ing after the pre­sen­ta­tion. Participants are able to dis­cuss and connect with speak­ers and participants, before, dur­ing, and after, the con­fer­ence. You only need to have a com­puter with an Inter­net con­nec­tion and audio.

For how long will record­ings be avail­able? I can­not par­tic­i­pate in everything: All ses­sions dur­ing the Sum­mit itself, Expo and Work­shops were recorded and will remain avail­able for two months starting on March 11th, 2013.

What was new this year vs. pre­vi­ous Summits? We 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”

About SharpBrains: SharpBrains is an independent market research firm and innovation think tank devoted to helping organizations, professionals and consumers navigate the brain fitness and cognitive health field. In 2010, the firm released its flagship report The State of the Brain Fitness Market 2010, for decision-makers, and the consumer guide The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness, named a Best Book by AARP.

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Organizations represented in previous Summits include

    Alegent Health Immanuel Medical Center
    Allstate Insurance
    Alzheimer's Association
    Bon Secours New York Health System
    Brain Injury Association of America
    Campbell Soup Company
    Clinton Global Initiative
    Greenville Hospital System
    Harvard Business Review
    HealthComm Inc.
    Human Dimension Taskforce, US Army
    Institute For The Future
    Johnson & Johnson
    Los Angeles County Dept of Public Health
    McGovern Institute of Neurotechnology, MIT
    National Resource Ctr. Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes
    Nutrition Science Solutions
    One Laptop Per Child
    OptumHealth Behavioral Solutions
    Piedmont Gardens
    Procter & Gamble
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    Stanford University
    Sun Microsystems
    UC Berkeley
    UnitedHealth Group
    Winter Park Health Foundation
    Workers' Compensation Regulatory Authority

Previous Summit participants included

Biomedical Engineers
Digital Media professionals
Game publishers
Healthcare technologists
Marketing Executives
Medical Students
Non profit board members
Occupational Therapists
Pharmaceutical Executives
Post doctorate researchers
Professors and Researchers
Scientific Publishers
Social Workers
Speech Pathologists
Talent management/HR
Wellness professionals