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2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Brain Enhancement in the Digital Age (December 5-7th, 2017)

Will we soon have an “annual brain check-up” — and what may it look like? Under what conditions may specific brain training/ enhancement methods work? How can we best harness both human neuroplasticity and artificial intelligence (AI) to thrive in the 21st Century? Which companies, technologies and solutions are gaining the most traction so far, and what are some best practices for appropriate use?

The 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th, 2017) will feature over thirty of the world’s top experts and innovators working on ways to enhance our brain health and performance in light of emerging neuroscience and digital technologies. Additionally, and for the first time, it will host a Brainnovations Pitch Contest to foster collaborative problem-solving between scientists, practitioners, technologists and entrepreneurs.

The Summit Agenda will explore in depth the 5 core themes discussed in the article Five reasons the future of brain enhancement is digital, pervasive and (hopefully) bright:

1. 7.5 billion human brains need help to thrive in the Digital Age

2. Lifelong neuroplasticity means all those brains can be enhanced

3. Mobile, sensing, wearable technologies, coupled with artificial intelligence (AI), provide a new platform to harness that neuroplasticity

4. Entrepreneurship and investments are fueling accelerated growth

5. Professionals are stepping up to help ensure appropriate use

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Brainnovations Pitch Contest

In order to foster innovative bridges and problem-solving between scientists, practitioners, technologists and entrepreneurs, the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th) will host a Brainnovations Pitch Contest on December 6th. Early-stage startups will submit their elevator pitch and 1-2 page business plan, and up to 16 selected Finalists will get to pitch their idea to the Judges and to all Summit participants in one of four categories: Healthcare, Workplace, Education, and Quality of Life.

Alvaro Fernandez, SharpBrains‘ CEO, and Dr. Bob Bilder, Director of the UCLA Tennenbaum Center for the Biology of Creativity, will co-run the event to ensure a fun, stimulating and meaningful contest.

Confirmed members of the Judging Panel–our very own “Sharp Tank“–include:

Adam Haim, PhD, Chief of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Alexandra Morehouse, Chief Marketing Officer at Banner Health

Ariel Garten, Founder and Chief Evangelism Officer at InteraXon

Bill Reichman, MD, President and CEO of Baycrest

Bill Tucker, Senior Advisor to the K12 Education Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Charlie Hartwell, Operating Partner at Bridge Builders Collaborative

Colin Milner, Founder and CEO of the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA)

Danny Dankner, CEO and Co-founder of Applied Cognitive Engineering

David Barash, MD, Chief Medical Officer and ED of Global Health at GE Foundation

Eduardo Briceño, CEO and Co-founder of Mindset Works

Edward Kliphuis, Investment Director at Merck Ventures

John Cammack, Angel Investor

Karen Postal, PhD, President of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN)

Kathleen Herath, Associate Vice President Health & Productivity at Nationwide Insurance

Lisa Neuberger, Managing Director of Strategy + Innovation at Accenture Corporate Citizenship

Neil Allison, Director of Business Model Innovation at Pearson North America

Zack Lynch, General Partner at Jazz Venture Partners


Please stay tuned; more details coming on August 8th…

To start preparing, here are 25 key resources


What participants said about previous SharpBrains Virtual Summits

“I was impressed by the forward-looking yet practical discussion about enhancing human performance involving such a range of  pioneers. A pleasure to be involved!” — Dr. Susan Jew­ellPres­i­dent of the Inter­na­tional Space Med­i­cine Consortium

“A perfect way to keep the pulse of 3 key innovation themes: mobile apps and wearables, consumer health, and applied neuroscience.” — Jack Young, Head of Qual­comm Life Fund

“An impressive virtual convocation of leading scientists and developers and adopters of cognitive enhancement technology.” — Dr. Robert Bilder, Chief of Medical Psychology-Neuropsychology, UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience

“I know of no better resource than SharpBrains Summits to explore the latest frontier in health promotion. Excellent discussions and overall event.” — Dr. Michael P. O’Donnell,  Editor-In-Chief of the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Health Promotion

“Kudos for such a fantastic conference. The discussion about human vs. artificial intelligence and ethics was especially exciting.” — Rajiv Pant, former Chief Tech­nol­ogy Offi­cer of The New York Times

“Congratulations on convening such a compelling group of speakers and participants.  The implementation was super high-quality and seamless.” — Dr. Eddie Martucci, CEO of Akili Inter­ac­tive Labs

The SharpBrains Summit is unique in its impressive ability to unite a diverse collection of cutting-edge thinkers in a “virtual” conference that is shared globally without a hitch.” — Dr. Adam Gazzaley, Director of the Neuroscience Imaging Center at UCSF

“A great way to gather current information on brain health from a variety of sources and to make new connections” — Dr. Catherine Madison, Direc­tor of the Ray Dolby Brain Health Cen­ter at Cal­i­for­nia Pacific Med­ical Center

“It is incredibly hard to get such a diverse array of experts together in one “room” — Congrats on a great Summit” — Dr. Aki Nikolaidis,  NSF Fel­low at the Uni­ver­sity of Illi­nois Cham­paign Urbana

The SharpBrains team has done another fantastic job, producing the best brain conference available today.” — Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, President of the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Summit Agenda, and who are the Speakers? We are working right now to develop a excellent, forward-looking Agenda with a superb roster of Speakers. We will announce a preliminary Agenda on August 8th.

Where will the Summit take place? Over the Internet. Participate access the virtual meeting room from any location — all that is required is a computer with Internet connection.

What is a virtual conference? The SharpBrains Virtual Summit is just like a physical conference — registered participants can access all presentations, ask pressing questions, and connect with speakers and fellow participants. The main difference is, no one needs to travel.

How can my organization become a Summit Partner or Sponsor? Partners are associations and media organizations helping promote the Summit through their respective platforms and communities. Sponsors are institutions and firms able and willing to help fund this unique gathering as outlined in this brochure Please contact us to discuss details.

I can­not par­tic­i­pate live in all ses­sions. Will they be recorded? Yes, all ses­sions will be recorded and avail­able at no extra cost to reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants for a full year after the Summit.

Do you offer press passes? Yes, please contact us with details on your publication and idea.

Do you offer CEUs/ CMEs? Sorry, we don’t. We do offer a Cer­tifi­cate of Atten­dance to those who request it.

What is the typical profile of Summit participants? By design, the Summit is truly cross-sector and multi-disciplinary, so there’s no one “typical profile” — the common theme for participants is working in academia, industry or practice and looking to explore and discuss, in a high quality and carefully curated environment, the latest in brain health and performance.

Over 1,000 professionals in 20+ countries (represented by the dots below) have participated in SharpBrains Virtual Summits so far: