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About the 2011 SharpBrains Summit

The 2011 Sharp­Brains Sum­mit already took place. To Learn More about the upcom­ing 2012 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit, please click HERE.

The annu­al Sharp­Brains Sum­mit is designed to con­vene inno­va­tors, deci­sion-mak­ers, researchers and all pro­fes­sion­als in the brain health and cog­ni­tive fit­ness field who want to

  1. learn about the lat­est mar­ket trends, tech­nolo­gies, needs and oppor­tu­ni­ties,
  2. dis­cuss emerg­ing research and best prac­tices,
  3. meet and share notes with col­leagues who face sim­i­lar pri­or­i­ties and chal­lenges, and
  4. inter­act with a cross-sec­tor group of indus­try, tech­nol­o­gy and research inno­va­tors who are chang­ing the way things are done.

Con­firmed Sum­mit Speak­ers


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What last year atten­dees said

In Jan­u­ary 2010 Sharp­Brains suc­cess­ful­ly orga­nized the inau­gur­al vir­tu­al, glob­al Sharp­Brains Sum­mit, which fea­tured a dream team of over 40 speak­ers and gath­ered over 250 par­tic­i­pants in 16 coun­tries.

This is what par­tic­i­pants said when sur­veyed right after the Sum­mit:

  • Splen­did line-up of speak­ers.” — Jake Duna­gan, Research Direc­tor at the Insti­tute For The Future, USA.
  • Uni­ver­sal kudos from our team. Agen­da worked out extra­or­di­nar­i­ly well.” — Ken Kosik, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of CFIT, USA.
  • One of the best con­fer­ences I have ever attend­ed in 4 decades of research & inno­va­tion life.” — Ron Baeck­er, Lab Direc­tor at Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to, Cana­da.
  • Excel­lent con­tent and out­stand­ing admin­is­tra­tion.” — Dan­ny Dankn­er, CEO Applied Cog­ni­tive Engi­neer­ing, Israel.
  • An incred­i­bly stim­u­lat­ing con­fer­ence, with a per­fect bal­ance of sci­ence and appli­ca­tion.” — David Tal, Own­er, A.G.E. Mat­ters Clin­ic, Cana­da.
  • 92% rat­ed their over­all expe­ri­ence as “Very High” or “High”


What: The 2011 Sharp­Brains Sum­mit, to be con­duct­ed vir­tu­al­ly, will high­light emerg­ing research, tools and best prac­tices to mea­sure and enhance brain health and per­for­mance across the lifes­pan.

When: Wednes­day, March 30th — Fri­day, April 1st. Ses­sions will take place 8am — 5pm US Pacif­ic Time; 11am — 8pm US East­ern Time.

Who should attend: pio­neers in tech­nol­o­gy, behavioral/ occupational/ men­tal health, research and devel­op­ment, gam­ing, life/ health/ auto insur­ance, human resources, dig­i­tal health­care, senior ser­vices, cog­ni­tive and affec­tive neu­ro­science.

CEUs:  We will pro­vide, at no addi­tion­al charge, a CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE equiv­a­lent to 20 hours of Con­tin­u­ing Edu­ca­tion Units. Please note that we have not pur­sued exter­nal accred­i­ta­tion.

How: using online tools for webi­na­rs, dis­cus­sions, net­work­ing. We want to repli­cate the “con­fer­ence expe­ri­ence” as much as pos­si­ble with­out hav­ing peo­ple trav­el from all over the place to one city and hotel.

Where and Why: the Sum­mit will take place online glob­al­ly (this is, instead of you trav­el­ing to the Sum­mit, the Sum­mit will trav­el to you)…

  • to Help you Save Time and Mon­ey: we pre­fer nei­ther to ask you to spend over $1,000 in flights, accom­mo­da­tion, taxis, food…, nor to waste time in secu­ri­ty lines,
  • to ensure best Speak­ers and time­ly con­tent: the Sum­mit needs to hap­pen soon to help address grow­ing inter­est and con­fu­sion sur­round­ing “brain fit­ness”, “brain train­ing”, neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty and cog­ni­tive health in gen­er­al,
  • to con­vene a Glob­al Com­mu­ni­ty: we expect to have speak­ers based in over 5 coun­tries, and par­tic­i­pants in over 15,
  • and because we already proved in 2010 that a vir­tu­al con­fer­ence can pro­vide such a valu­able expe­ri­ence as a phys­i­cal one.

What is a “vir­tu­al con­fer­ence”? The Sharp­Brains Sum­mit is just like a phys­i­cal con­fer­ence — we will gath­er in a forum to dis­cuss lat­est infor­ma­tion, con­nect with each oth­er, dis­cov­er oppor­tu­ni­ties and part­ner­ships. How­ev­er, rather than trav­el­ing to a con­fer­ence, the Sharp­Brains Sum­mit trav­els to you. Thanks to a par­tic­i­pant-only web­site, you will access each pre­sen­ta­tion either by join­ing the live web­cast or by down­load­ing a record­ing after the pre­sen­ta­tion, and you will be able to dis­cuss with speak­ers and your peers, before, dur­ing, and after, the con­fer­ence. You only need to have a com­put­er, an Inter­net con­nec­tion, and head­sets (to lis­ten to the audio part from your com­put­er). These are 20 rea­sons why vir­tu­al con­fer­ences are the future.

What will hap­pen and when?

  1. Before the Sum­mit: once you reg­is­ter, you will receive the com­pre­hen­sive and pro­pri­etary mar­ket report Trans­form­ing Brain Health with Dig­i­tal Tools to Assess, Enhance and Repair Cog­ni­tion across the Lifes­pan — The State of the Brain Fit­ness Mar­ket, and an invi­ta­tion to join Sharp­Brains’ LinkedIn Group so that you can start talk­ing and con­nect­ing with oth­er par­tic­i­pants.
  2. Dur­ing the Sum­mit: you will be able to access all live ses­sions through your com­put­er, lis­ten to and ask ques­tions to speak­ers, chat with oth­er par­tic­i­pants, see demos of lat­est prod­ucts and tech­nolo­gies.
  3. After the Sum­mit: you will be able to access record­ings and hand­outs for all the ses­sions, to con­tin­ue talk­ing and con­nect­ing with oth­er par­tic­i­pants through the end of 2011, and to meet in per­son with oth­er Sum­mit par­tic­i­pants in your region. We are already plan­ning social gath­er­ings in April/ May in San Fran­cis­co, Los Ange­les, New York, Wash­ing­ton DC and Toron­to.

Do I need to install some spe­cial soft­ware to attend the con­fer­ence? No. We will be using Adobe Con­nect, which doesn’t require any plug-in. The only require­ments are 1) hav­ing an office-qual­i­ty Inter­net con­nec­tion (not dial-up), 2) hav­ing Adobe Flash Play­er (over 99% Inter­net-enabled com­put­ers have it by default; it can be down­loaded for free). If you can watch the video at the top of this page, you are ful­ly set.

When will the pre­sen­ta­tion record­ings be avail­able on the con­fer­ence web­site, and for how long? All pre­sen­ta­tion record­ings will become avail­able on April 7th, 2010, and remain on the web­site for 3 months fol­low­ing the con­fer­ence. Access will be pro­vid­ed only for reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants.

About Sharp­Brains: Sharp­Brains is an inde­pen­dent mar­ket research firm and inno­va­tion net­work 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, for every­one with a brain. Sharp­Brains mis­sion is to pro­vide inde­pen­dent, research-based, infor­ma­tion and guid­ance to nav­i­gate the grow­ing cog­ni­tive and brain fit­ness mar­ket.

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Agenda at-a-glance

Market Insights - Wednesday, March 30th

  • Welcome Remarks
  • The Innovation Imperative: Meeting Growing Demands at Lower Costs
  • Anticipating Future Demands of Savvy Consumers
  • Protecting and Developing Young Minds
  • A Workplace Health & Productivity Case Study — From Lab to Rollout
  • Cognitive Services for Active Aging: What a Brain Gym Looks Like

R&D Insights - Thursday, March 31st:

  • The NIH Toolbox for Assess­ment of Neu­ro­log­i­cal and Behav­ioral Func­tion
  • Past, Present and Future of Applied Neuroplasticity
  • Cognitive Monitoring Systems: The Missing Link to Drive Better Lifelong Brain Care?
  • The Busi­ness Case — Scal­ing up Cost-efficient Sys­tems to Extend Wellness and Mod­u­lat­e Risks
  • Beyond the Controversy - Defining “Brain Training” and its Applications
  • The State of Innovation and Emerging Marketplace
  • What's Next - Standardizing Outcomes to Drive Valuable Innovation

Expo Day - Friday, April 1st

  • From Lab to Marketplace: How Science Reaches Users
  • Lumos Labs Presentation
  • Brain Resource Presentation
  • Cogmed Presentation
  • Baycrest Presentation
  • CogniFit Presentation
  • Posit Science Presentation

Detailed Agenda: Here

Speaker Bios: Here

Organizations represented in 2010 included

    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

Participants in 2010 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


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