17-19 MARCH 2021


BRAINSTORMS FESTIVAL 2021

DIGITAL EDITION

BRAIN, MONEY, AND MACHINES




The Brainstorms Festival is the No1 online neuroscience and AI event for scientists, businesses, investors and startups. Join and listen to talks from leading scientists, take part in interactive discussions, and network with the people driving neurotech and AI innovation globally. The festival provides a digital playground for visionaries with dozens of medical innovations, panel discussions, workshops, a hackathon, and a neuroethics panel discussion which is crucial topic for neurodiversity and disability rights. Register now and be part of our amazing crowd!

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SPEAKERS

Funding Expert & Technology Transfer team lead at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU)

Karin Dögl

University College London - Educational YouTuber

Ava Mason


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THE PROGRAM


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Neuroscience transformation

We are entering a new era of innovation in which Neuroscience and AI will reshape traditional industries like healthcare, business, and communication. It is an exciting future, but also poses new challenges regarding ethics and workflow.

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The neuroscience of advertising: how what we know changes what we perceive

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Neuromarketing is a new field which uses medical technologies to see your brain’s responses to marketing stimuli. Brain activity can tell why consumers buy certain things and what part of the brain is telling them to do so.

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Brainstorms Tech Lab Pitch Finals

Our mission at The Brainstorms Scientific is to make good science visible and bring fresh ideas to the table. During the pitches, we're showcasing eight neuroscience and neurotech startups who have novel solutions for mental health, neurology, and neuro-inspired AI & BCIs.

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Networking

A designated slot for you to explore the festival, talk to other people and to visit the startup booths

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Algorithmic recommendations in the labor market

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In this talk, I will present an overview of recent research on the “human” side of algorithms. I will focus on how decision makers perceive recommendations made by algorithms and on whether they are likely to follow these recommendations.

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Predicting attention

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An interactive session showing how to use expoze.io, a machine learning platform that helps you create content that will be noticed. Best suited for advertisers, content creators (ads, creative agencies), brands/brand managers, UI, UX developers and researchers interested in eye tracking or visual attention.

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Towards robust and energy-efficient spike based machine intelligence

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An overview of the recent efforts in Spiking Neural Networks, in both algorithm and hardware, addressing the limitations and advantages of spike-driven learning and computations.

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Cognetics: a new field to study, restore and enhance human cognitive performance and consciousness

The self is grounded in the multisensory processing of bodily inputs, and highlight the great importance of the sense of touch. Bodily perception can be altered in different patient populations and transformative technologies be used to investigate, treat and restore such perceptions, bringing the body into digital restoring experiences.

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Swarm Robotics

Swarm robotics is a technology to coordinate a large number of simple robots like insects, ants and other animals where swarm behaviour occurs. Such technologies are already applied in IoT, smart mobility, smart grids, Industry 4.0 and smart houses. Swarms of cyber-physical systems increase dynamics, connectivity, and complexity - calling for features like adaptability, scalability, robustness, and self-configuration - features that can be provided with nature-inspired swarm intelligence.

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Ethical implications of modern technologies

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Brain-computer interfacing, neuromorphic chips, smart devices in healthcare, and other emerging technologies offer great promise but also raise serious ethical questions we must answer before it’s too late.

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From scientific researcher to startup founder

Starting a science or technology-based company is a huge leap into the unknown for academic researchers. IST cube will share insights and practical tips on making the transition and preparing your startup to be investment ready.

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How to find your perfect funding program – a practical quick guide

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Ever wondered how to tackle the European public funding jungle? Where to start without wasting hours on program guidelines, asking the wrong questions? This provide you with a quick guide on how to assess actual funding opportunities and find your business' perfect program fit.

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AI for Mental Health

The FruitPunch AI Mental Health hackathon used their AI & data science skills to analyse public statistics and language datasets to get insight in the severity of the mental health crisis that came with COVID-19 restrictions. In this interactive session, they would like to discuss their findings with you.

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The money, job, marriage myth: are you happy yet?

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Stories we are told about how to live can make many of us miserable, and will discuss ways in which we can avoid these narrative traps and be a little bit happier.

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Faulty body clock and mental illness

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This talk will consider the relationships between sleep and disease, examples of how sleep consolidation can lead to better health, and how measures of sleep could be used as a powerful diagnostic across the health spectrum.

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Black In Neuro - Readjusting the lens

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From EEG caps, to ‘racist algorithms’ to mental health & neurological disorder disparities, neuroscience has a big role to play in ensuring an equitable society.In this talk we will address the importance of inclusive design and invention, looking at the real world consequences for Black people when this isn’t taken into account. We must take inclusion seriously, join us in this fight.

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The interplay of Nature and Nurture

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We all share a genetic program for making a human brain but the way that program plays out is affected by random processes unique in each person, even in identical twins. What makes you the way you areand what makes each of us different from everyone else?

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Women’s Brain Project (WBP) - a global discussion on sex and gender differences in brain

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Men and women are different when it comes to brain and mental disease risks, frequency, severity, symptomatology and even response to treatments. Our goal is to clearly identify such differences in diseases, diagnosis, and treatments, as well as novel technologies, and leverage them for better solutions. Sex and gender differences are the first steps towards precision medicine.

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How do stressful life events affect the brain and how we think?

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The way stressful life events affect people is a complex process specific to each individual. How we neurologically process stressful memories, regulate emotions and cognitively appraise the experience all play a part in this delicate process. This interactive session allows you to reflect on how these factors impact the coping strategies you use, especially during a global pandemic.


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VIRTUAL BR41N.IO HACKATHON

Join the hackathon and win a cash prize!


BR41N.IO is a brainstorming and collaborative marathon designed to be a learning experience for developers, technologists, engineers, students, artists, and scientists who cram and build brain-computer interface (BCI) applications together in teams.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

Anyone can participate who has interests in BMI, BCI, robotics, AR, VR, machine learning, computing, sensors, human-machine interface systems, control, signal processing, big data, haptics, rehabilitation, and similar areas.

Participants do not have to be a BMI expert to participate on a team! Interdisciplinary teams with a combination of BMI and non-BMI skills are often successful in building solutions and producing working prototypes.

Projects include: Smart Home, Dream Paint, Flight Control, Stroke Rehab Data Analysis, Locked-in Patient Data Analysis, Unresponsive Wakefulness Syndrome Data Analysis amongst others

PROGRAMMING PRIZES:

1st BR41N.IO Prize: $ 500
2nd BR41N.IO Prize: $ 300
3rd BR41N.IO Prize: $ 200

DATA ANALYSIS PRIZES:

1st BR41N.IO Prize: $ 500
2nd BR41N.IO Prize: $ 300
3rd BR41N.IO Prize: $ 200

TICKETS

Get your earlybird tickets now as price will increase on the 31st of January.


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Startup

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SPONSORED BY


START-UPS

As our goal is to help and speed up innovation in the neuroscience and neurotech ecosystem, we conducted scientific due diligence on start-ups reaching out to us and we picked the technologically mature, scientifically robust companies to clear those risks up for you while looking for exciting investment opportunities.


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CORPORATES

SCIENTIFIC DUE DILIGENCE

We cherry-pick the technologically mature products for your convenience and can access our scientifically robust startup data base from the area of your interest.

FINDING TOP POTENTIAL TALENTS

Partnering with us, you access a large pool of highly qualified professionals and you will have the opportunity to select candidates on the spot.

FAST-TRACKING INNOVATION PROJECTS

We help you connect with the right stakeholders from our expert network and coordinate proof of concept innovation or research projects.



STARTUPS

The Brainstorms Festival spotlights neurotech startups of the future. We can connect you with investors, specialists, prospective collaborators, and media partners to help your company to succeed.

GAIN VISIBILITY

Talk to investors interested in your company and connect with our media partners.

FIND COLLABORATORS

Academic scientists have the expertise to support your innovation. Have dozens of informal mini-interviews and brainstorming sessions at your online booth.

GET FEEDBACK

Talk to potential customers and investors to learn from them. Expose yourself and use the knowledge for your own advantage.




ACADEMICS

AI, brain-computer-interface, neuromarketing… all in here for the tech-savvy. Widen your horizon around the exhibition area, take part in interesting discussions about the near future, and listen to stimulating talks from top experts of neurotech and neuroscience. 

NEW PERSPECTIVES

Step onto uncharted territories and gain insights about what roles you could fit in and what skills companies are looking for outside of academia.

START YOUR OWN BUSINESS

The “publish or perish” attitude made you tough, a skill that is essential in the business world. Startups are the visionaries driving innovation, and they strive for someone with momentum and expertise in very specialised topics.


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