TransTech Conference


TTC Highlights

Conference 2015

Day 1


The conference began with a pre-conference summit to define the core ideas and areas that are shaping the Transformative Technology space. All conference participants were invited to participate in small group visioning breakouts that were broadly organized around the following themes: definitions, methods, outcomes, and ethics. A powerful vision emerged from the community that shaped the debate and was encapsulated in the full conference sessions that followed. See the detailed outcomes here.

Opening Meditation – By Robert Thomas, Teacher San Francisco Zen Center
Introduction to Transformative Technology by Mikey Siegel and Dr. Jeffery Martin

Transformative technologies have existed since humans first danced around a fire. Combining neuroscience, biosensors, gamification and more, we are now poised to create transformative experiences like never before.

Video Games and Neuroscience: A Vision of the Future of Medicine and Education by Adam Gazzaley

Moving well beyond communications and entertainment, how can tech improve the quality of life? We know it is possible and that it will mean taming the "distracted mind" using attention, working memory, and goal management.

VC Perspective on Transformative Technology by Tim Chang

The digital exhaust trails of all of your behavior form a better portrait of you than what a biographer could write. Technology can isolate us and make us more fearful or it can connect and enliven us.

Transformative Technology Lab: Supporting and Serving the TT Ecosystem by Nichol Bradford

Welcome to the trans tech barn raising! As a conscious ecosystem, how will we collaborate and catalyze to alleviate mental and physical suffering? Technology is the only tool that can scale to reach everyone.

From OS to UI: The Role of Flow in Transformative Technology by Jamie Wheal

We are the whacked-out and worried. Standards of living have risen, but our psychology has crashed. Optimizing brains, physical wellbeing, and peak performance are what lies ahead on the human evolutionary curve.

What Exactly Are We Transforming Into? by Luke Nosek

Drawing on his VC experience, Luke encourages entrepreneurs to figure out *why* you do what you do. Motivation and philosophy are intertwined in attaining funding and how you drive the vector of the company you build.

"Tuning the Brain" for Wellbeing with Transcranial Ultrasound ('TUS') by Stuart Hameroff

Does wellbeing have a soundtrack? Wellbeing is a state of consciousness and, as Stuart shows us, consciousness is more like music than a computer. Listen to the mesmerizing tones of neural communication.

Closing Meditation – By Adil Kassam, founder,

Day 2

Opening Meditation, Sukmandir Singh Khalsa & Kirantana Khalsa
The Path of the Transformative Technologist by Mikey Siegel

You are what you build and you build what you are. What brought each person to this first TTC was choosing an uncommon path and sharing a vision of how we can build new technologies to evolve the human experience.

Muse: Transformative Brain-Sensing Technology, Now in Best Buy by Ariel Garten

We're only at the beginning of understanding the power of the brain understanding itself. Ariel recounts her history of mind-controlled gadgets that crescendoed with the development of the Muse headset.

The Future of Health, and Transformation…Where Can Technology Take Us? by Daniel Kraft

Current healthcare is actually sickcare. Its reactive nature means that disruption must start by shifting incentives to value-based care. From wearables to insideables to trainables, there will be major markets for tech.

HeartMath: Founding the Transformative Technology Product Space, Lessons Learned for New Entrants by Deborah Rozman

This mind-body quantification pioneer recounts the *aha*! moment of first seeing heart wave data that mirrors emotional state. Coherence in the heart enables emotional self-regulation and sustained behavior change.

Bridging Academia and Technology: Mindfulness as a Case Study for Behavior Transformation by Judson Brewer

From molecular biology to contemplative neuroscience, data will form the base for building truly transformative technologies that drive attention, produce strong user engagement, and offer uplifting results.

Thync: How Good Feels by Isy Goldwasser

Following the thread, Isy leaves his planned presentation behind and walks us through the inspiring journey, full of peaks and valleys, to creating technologies that give people full access to their own capabilities.

Jiyo: Building Digital Platforms to Serve The Wholeself, Enabling Behavior Change by Poonacha Machaiah

True wellbeing occurs within community—connection that gives a deeper sense of life's meaning. Trans tech developers work their own personal evolution as they move along the continuum of serving others.

Reaching for Extraordinary Wellbeing with Transformative Technology by Dr. Jeffery Martin

A fundamental shift in the nervous system can enable a state of deep psychological and physiological safety, setting the stage for marked and persistent engineering of your own extraordinary wellbeing.

We've seen the 4 minute mile equivalent in psychological wellbeing and now understand even more of what's possible for mankind.

Closing Meditation with, Sarah Cruse


Curated Breakout Sessions were led by innovators and luminaries in fields relevant to TT. Unlike a traditional talk, these were facilitated small-group interactive sessions with the experts below.

Breakout Leaders

Mohamad Tarifi Compassionate AI
Robin Arnott Game Design for Transforming Consciousness.
Forrest Bennet Neurotechnology for Enhanced Wellbeing and Mental Performance
Daniel Schmachtenberger Future Human Laboratories – non reductionist approach to neuro-healing. How do we model this field?
Arnaud Delorme Transformative technology and Consciousness Research
MaTan Music technology, sonification of data
Shamini Jain Transdisciplinary perspectives – about advancing the science of healing.
Richard Hanbury Sleep starter – chronic pain – Sleep assistance & entrainment
Jennifer Dumpert Dream Tech
Darin McFadyen Using tech to enhance what music does naturally
Jonathan Palley Communicating the value of trans-tech in P&L terms to executive staffs
Dr Jim Hardt Biocybernaut institute
Dr Rayleigh Chiang Sleep medicine & sleep tech
Helane Wahbeh PTSD at IONS


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