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Brain Training vs Facebook/ Social Media: 1 — 0

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Does Reg­u­lar Brain Train­ing Keep Sele­na Gomez at the Peak of Her Career? (YCB):

Sele­na Gomez hit the head­lines this week when she revealed to ELLE Mag­a­zine that, despite being one of the world’s most influ­en­tial celebri­ties online with 142 mil­lion fol­low­ers on Insta­gram alone, she actu­al­ly has no social media or pho­to edit­ing apps on her smart­phone.

In fact, the only app she does have is Peak, a pop­u­lar brain-train­ing app.

The Peak app has already reached 40 mil­lion down­loads world­wide, and Sele­na Gomez is just part of a grow­ing trend of 20-some­things who are now using apps and games like this for fun, self-improve­ment and relax­ation, rather than just pas­sive­ly brows­ing online con­tent.”

News in Context:

French publisher Hachette Livre acquires majority stake in brain training app Peak

hachette-livreBrain-train­ing app Peak sells major­i­ty stake to French pub­lish­er Hachette (TechCrunch):

Some­thing of a sleep­er hit, the mak­ers of Peak — a sub­scrip­tion-based ser­vice specif­i­cal­ly designed to enter­tain a user while simul­ta­ne­ous­ly exer­cis­ing their cog­ni­tive skills — have sold a major­i­ty stake to French pub­lish­er Hachette Livre. Cre­at­ed by Read the rest of this entry »

Lessons learned in bringing innovative brain fitness solutions to market

Suc­cess­ful inno­va­tors dis­sected key mar­ket & tech­nol­ogy trends and mod­els to val­i­date and com­mer­cial­ize inno­va­tion, with a par­tic­u­lar empha­sis on how to cre­ate a loy­al user base and gain main­stream dis­tri­b­u­tion via a diver­sity of chan­nels. Read the rest of this entry »

Thank you, Summit Speakers, Participants and Sponsors!

What a fan­tas­tic, diverse, stim­u­lat­ing, for­ward-look­ing Sum­mit we enjoyed last week. Thank you so much, every­one, for your par­tic­i­pa­tion and con­tri­bu­tions!!

Spe­cial thanks go to the orga­ni­za­tions at the lead­ing edge who sup­port­ed this unique event as Spon­sors:

Gold Sponsors

arpf

The Alzheimer’s Research and Pre­ven­tion Foun­da­tion (ARPF), estab­lished in 1993, is ded­i­cat­ed to reduc­ing the inci­dence of Alzheimer’s dis­ease by con­duct­ing clin­i­cal research and pro­vid­ing edu­ca­tion­al out­reach.

FitBrains_webFit Brains is a cut­ting-edge, brain-train­ing pro­gram brought to you by Roset­ta Stone, a pre­mier learn­ing com­pa­ny with lead­ing prod­ucts used by schools, busi­ness and gov­ern­ment orga­ni­za­tions, and mil­lions of indi­vid­u­als around the world.

Silver Sponsors

AAAFoundation

The AAA Foun­da­tion for Traf­fic Safe­ty was found­ed in 1947 by AAA to iden­ti­fy traf­fic safe­ty prob­lems, fos­ter research that seeks solu­tions and dis­sem­i­nate infor­ma­tion and edu­ca­tion­al mate­ri­als.

Arrowsmith ProgramThe Arrow­smith Pro­gram, avail­able in pub­lic and pri­vate schools in the U.S., Cana­da, Aus­tralia and New Zealand, is a com­pre­hen­sive suite of cog­ni­tive pro­grams for stu­dents with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties that tar­gets 19 areas that are most com­mon­ly involved in learn­ing.

CC-ABHI_BaycrestBay­crest, ful­ly affil­i­at­ed with the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to, is one of the world’s pre­mier aca­d­e­m­ic health sci­ences cen­ters focused on aging, and will host the new $100m+ Cana­di­an Cen­tre for Aging and Brain Health Inno­va­tion.

Brain­Base­line is the first iPad appli­ca­tion for mea­sur­ing how well your brain works. Devel­oped by Dig­i­tal Arte­facts, it helps users world­wide under­stand how demo­graph­ic fac­tors and leisure activ­i­ties impact over­all brain health.

Lumosity

Lumos­i­ty is a lead­ing brain train­ing com­pa­ny with more than 70 mil­lion mem­bers from 180 coun­tries. Found­ed in 2005 and launched in 2007, Lumos­i­ty offers more than 40 games that are designed to chal­lenge core cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties. Lumosity’s games are based on neu­ro­science, with con­tin­u­ing inde­pen­dent third-par­ty stud­ies being con­duct­ed by researchers at aca­d­e­m­ic insti­tu­tions around the world.

Bronze Sponsors

brainHQ

brain­HQ is a brain train­ing sys­tem built by Posit Sci­ence to help peo­ple be at their best through­out their lives. Their team of experts designs, tests, and refines online exer­cis­es that effec­tive­ly address cog­ni­tive issues relat­ed to healthy aging and oth­er con­di­tions.

Cog­niFit is a health­care com­pa­ny spe­cial­ized in brain fit­ness soft­ware. Since 1999, the firm has designed and devel­oped com­put­er­ized cog­ni­tive assess­ments and online brain train­ing appli­ca­tions.

Peak, found­ed by a group of indi­vid­u­als from Google, Ama­zon and EA who believe in rein­vent­ing edu­ca­tion through mobile, games and sci­ence. Lead by neu­ro­sci­en­tists and cog­ni­tive learn­ing experts, Peak devel­ops mobile apps that enables users world­wide to improve their cog­ni­tive skills for a health­i­er, sharp­er life.

Lessons learned in bringing innovative solutions to market

Please con­sid­er join­ing us at Sharp­Brains’ upcom­ing vir­tu­al con­fer­ence (Novem­ber 17–19th), fea­tur­ing this fan­tas­tic ses­sion:

Wednesday November 18th, 10.00 — 11.30am. Lessons learned in bringing innovative solutions to market.

Suc­cess­ful inno­va­tors will dis­sect key mar­ket & tech­nol­ogy trends and suc­cess­ful mod­els to val­i­date and com­mer­cial­ize inno­va­tion, with a par­tic­u­lar empha­sis on how to cre­ate a loy­al user base and gain main­stream dis­tri­b­u­tion via a diver­sity of chan­nels. Read the rest of this entry »

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