On May 18th and 19th, 2019, we will be holding our first annual 2-day AWAKENED FUTURES SUMMIT at the intersection of psychedelics, technology and meditation. Together we will explore how the renaissance of psychedelic science and the mainstreaming of contemplative practices might combine with the latest transformative technologies to create the next paradigm of healing and awakening.For millennia, humans have used ancient technologies like meditation and psychedelic medicine to expand their consciousness, support healing and facilitate deep personal and collective transformation. As we continue to expand our technological capacities in the modern age, new tools for transformation are being birthed.We’re bringing together visionaries, teachers, researchers and entrepreneurs at the leading-edge to explore the integration points between these domains. We will be investigating questions such as:What are the potential implications of scalable and universally accessible technologies that are as potent as peak psychedelic experiences or thousands of hours of meditation?How can psychedelics, tech and meditation be combined to create totally new transformative tools leveraging the best of each?What can we learn from the current landscape of psychedelic research and therapy to better design and administer transformative technologies?Could modern tech ever replace organic molecules and traditional practices as a means of shifting consciousness?What are the ethical considerations and risks of these developments?How do we preserve the wisdom of the ancient traditions as we move forward into an uncertain and technologically-enhanced future?This will not be your typical conference, but a participatory and interactive learning and sharing experience. Building off the success of our Crypto-Consciousness Conference last year and four years of unique event production, our intention is to facilitate deep, meaningful connection and conversation between speakers and attendees. In addition to speaker presentations, the event will feature a variety of panels, un-panels, breakout sessions, small discussion groups, and plenty of opportunities to engage directly with speakers. Each morning will begin with a guided ceremony combining meditation with mind altering tech, and a mood altering substance (aka cacao). Saturday night bring your dancing shoes - we'll be going late with live music, DJ, and good times.WHO WE AREConsciousness Hacking is a global community exploring how technology can be a catalyst for psychological, emotional and spiritual flourishing. With over 40 chapters around the world, we create a diverse offering of events and media content with the most important voices in the space. We believe that by uniting the power of modern technology with the wisdom of ancient contemplative traditions, we can support genuine human connection, transformation and awakening. Learn more at https://www.cohack.life
Adam Gazzaley, M.D. Ph.D
Professor of Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry, UCSF; Founder & Executive Director, Neuroscape
Dr. Adam Gazzaley is a professor in neurology, physiology and psychiatry at the UCSF. He is the founder and executive director of Neuroscape, a translational neuroscience center engaged in technology creation and scientific research. He is also the co-founder and chief science advisor of Akili Interactive Labs, a company developing therapeutic video games, and co-founder and chief scientist of JAZZ Venture Partners, a venture capital firm investing in experiential technology to improve human performance. Dr. Gazzaley has filed multiple patents for his inventions, authored over 130 scientific articles, and delivered over 600 invited presentations around the world.
Bashar Badran, Ph.D
Founder, Bodhi NeuroTech
Dr. Bashar Badran earned his Ph.D in neuroscience from the Medical University of South Carolina, and holds a dual-appointment in neural engineering at the City College NY and the U.S. Army Research Laboratories. Dr. Badran is an expert in invasive and non-invasive neuromodulation techniques, specifically transcranial magnetic stimulation in the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders and vagus nerve stimulation to augment human performance. He is the inventor of E-Meditation, a neurostimulation-enhanced meditative practice. He is also the co-founder of Bodhi NeuroTech, an early stage technology company developing neurostimulation and wearables for meditation, human performance and psychiatric disorders.
Engineer, entreprenuer, coach, former executive director, Esalen Institute
Ben Tauber has a background in computer science and engineering and has held management positions at Google and Adobe. He is a founding partner of Velocity, an executive coaching company and recently held the position of Executive Director of Esalen Institute. He currently serves on Esalen’s board of trustees and consults and regularly speaks on the topic of human potential in the modern world.
Cassandra Vieten, Ph.D
President, Institute of Noetic Sciences
Cassandra Vieten is President and CEO of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and a scientist at California Pacific Medical Center’s Mind-Body Medicine Research Group. Her research has focused on spirituality and health, transformative experiences and practices, and the development of mindfulness-based interventions for emotional well-being. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and completed her research training in behavioral genetics at UCSF. She has authored books, published numerous articles in scientific journals, and is an internationally recognized speaker and workshop leader.
Erik Davis, Ph.D
Author, Scholar, Podcaster
Erik Davis is an author, podcaster, award-winning journalist, and independent scholar, whose unique and diverse work focuses on the intersection of technology, religion, mysticism, psychedelics, modern culture and media. He graduated from Yale University and recently completed his PhD in religious studies at Rice University. He is the author of several books, and his essays on music, technoculture, and spirituality have appeared in many books, magazines, and journals. He also hosts the long-running podcast Expanding Mind on the Progressive Radio Network. His new book, High Weirdness: Drugs, Visions, and Esoterica in the Seventies will be published this Spring.
James Fadiman, Ph.D
Transpersonal Psychologist; Psychedelics Researcher; Author, The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide.
Called "America's wisest and most respected authority on psychedelics and their use," Dr. James Fadiman has been involved with psychedelic research since the 1960s. He studied with Ram Dass at Harvard University and received his Ph.D in Psychology from Stanford University. He is the co-founder of the Institue of Transpersonal Psychology (now Sofia University) and has held a variety of teaching and consulting roles in psychology and design engineering. Dr. Fadiman has published a variety of books, including the very popular and accesible The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide, and has lectured extensively around the world. Over the last several years, he has become the world's leading figure on microdosing research.
Jay Sanguinetti, Ph.D
Research Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico; Assistant Director, Center for Consciousness Studies
Jay Sanguinetti is the assistant director of the Center for Consciousness Studies in Tucson, Arizona, which organizes the largest international conference on the science of consciousness. He completed his Ph.D from the University of Arizona on neural processes of visual perception and unconscious processes. His current research is focused on how non-invasive brain stimulation such as trans-cranial ultrasound can enhance human cognition and well-being, and augment meditation practice.
Liana Sananda Gillooly
Development Officer, MAPS
Liana Sananda Gillooly works as a Development Officer for the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). She is a lifetime activist for social justice, drug policy, ending war, and the environment, and is passionate about the intersection of psychedelics and technology. She has worked in event, festival, and film production, as well as artist representation, art curation, and art creation. She has been a featured speaker at numerous events, lobbied Congress, lectured MBA students, and given a TedX talk. She is also an experienced meditator and trained death midwife.
Meditation Teacher, Author, Podcaster
Michael Taft is a maverick meditation teacher, author, podcaster and neuroscience junkie, specializing in secular, science-based mindfulness training. He is the author of several books, including the bestselling The Mindful Geek and Nondualism: A Brief History of a Timeless Concept as well as the editor of such books as Hardwiring Happiness by Rick Hanson and The Science of Enlightenment by Shinzen Young. He has taught meditation at Google, worked on curriculum development for SIYLI, and is currently core faculty at Wisdom Labs in San Francisco. Michael is also a featured teacher on the Simple Habit app, and an official advisor to the Therapeutic Neuroscience Lab.
Founder, Consciousness Hacking
Mikey Siegel is the founder of Consciousness Hacking and has devoted his life to exploring the intersection of consciousness and tech. An engineer and maker since childhood, Mikey continues to create tools that help facilitate people’s own path toward higher states and deeper connection. His most recent creation, the GroupFlow project, was featured at Esalen, where Mikey spent a month as artist-in-residence. He is on the board of trustees for CIIS and has taught at Stanford University. Previously, Mikey worked for the Intelligent Robotics Group at NASA Ames Research Center and the Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab. He is the co-founder of the Transformative Technology Lab at Sofia U