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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