Take-aways from 2015 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (Neurotech News):
“In November (17th-19th) SharpBrains held its Virtual Summit about “Monitoring & Enhancing Brain Health in the Pervasive Neurotechnology Era.” The SharpBrains Virtual Summit is, as you might guess, a virtual (online) conference…The virtual summit had it’s own division of topics for grouping the different speakers (see agenda), but I’ll break it down in a different way here. I’ll break it down into the following 4 main categories:
- 1. Brain & Cognitive Training
- 2. Wearables, Consumer & DIY
- 3. Brain Health (healthcare)
- 4. Neurotech Field & Trends
Alvaro Fernandez started the conference by reminding us that we should keep in mind not to look at the field and the market as it is today, but how it will be in couple years from now. As illustrated beautifully in couple of SharpBrains’ infographics like this one, he showed how the patents & grants trend has just entered the curve of what could be described as a hockey stick. He describes the pervasive neurotechnology as being non-invasive, scalable and potentially ubiquitous, combining neuro training, neuro monitoring, brain stimulation & electroencephalography.
The conference a good mix of speakers covering pretty much the whole spectrum of neurotechnology. From mindfulness to brain mapping to brain stimulation. From research to industry. From medical to consumer.
You can’t have a brain conference without talking about BRAIN Initiative & the Human Connectome Project, but in this one we also had someone from the Virtual Brain project, which I’m following closely (not only because it’s a Canadian initiative!)
Let’s just jump right in… (this recap is not exhaustive and is not intended to reconstruct the whole 3 days, but simply my own opinion and what I took away from the conference – and still remember 2 weeks later).
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