Past Meetup

The future of self-hacking

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Price: £5.00 /per person

Birkbeck College

Torrington Square WC1E 7HX · London

How to find us

Room 532 is on the fifth floor of the main building

Location image of event venue


What are the best methods for "hacking" improvements on ourselves? What do recent insights from science and technology have to say about self-development? What methods are likely to become more widespread in the not-too-distant future?

This London Futurists event will feature a panel of speakers who will each deliver a TED-style 18 minute talk, followed by audience Q&A and discussion.

Topics to be addressed will include:

• Smart methods to improve our consciousness, memory, and creativity

• Meditation as self-engineering

• Diet, drugs, and supplements - impacts on fitness and performance

• Actions based on self-measurement (QS: quantified self)

• Best insights into goal-setting, affirmations, etc

• Risks and opportunities in the frontier lands of DIY brain-hacking and mind-hacking.

The event will be held in a lecture room in Birkbeck College, Central London.


Dr Jack Lewis ( is a brain scientist, author of "Sort your brain out" (, broadcaster, and consultant. Jack is also the MD of Neuroformed Ltd ( - a consultancy practice that specialises in using insights from neuroscience to inform communication strategies, innovation facilitation and training workshops.

Jack received his neuroscience doctorate in 2005 and got his post-doctoral research published in the prestigious Journal of Neuroscience in 2010. Since then he has been pursuing a wide variety of television, radio and live projects to increase everyone’s interest in their own brain.

Jack spent many years using fMRI brain imaging to investigate how the human brain integrates information from the eyes and ears. During this time he realised that, as fascinating as multisensory research is, his interests range widely across the full breadth of brain research. He digs around extensively in the neuroscience, psychology, psychiatric, medical, technology and gaming literatures, searching for nuggets of info to help people get more out of their brain. Being so up to date comes in handy for developing new TV formats, radio shows, books etc.

Since his last stint as a post-doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Germany, Jack has been focusing on science communication. There is so much new insight into how our brains do all the amazing things they can do, but it mostly remains inaccessible to everyday people. Jack's goal is to bring the fruits of the latest neuroscience research to the attention of the widest possible audience, taking great care to speak and write in plain English.

Over 5 years he has developed extensive experience as a science television broadcaster, either as presenter and/or science consultant, on a variety of television series filmed for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Discovery, National Geographic, Teachers TV, More4 and MTV. For a full run down of all his past projects as a TV presenter please click here (

Dr Andrew Vladimirov ( is an information security expert and DIY brain hacker. He is a neuroscience PhD who quit academia years ago to run a private company as no grants related to the topics of his main research interests were available. He continues to experiment with nootropics, CES, TMS, and transcranial cold laser stimulation on himself, friends, and colleagues in free time.

Andrew is the author of the chapter "The future of accessible neurostimulation" in the recently published book "Anticipating 2025: A guide to the radical changes that may lie ahead, whether or not we're ready" ( In his talk, Andrew will discuss recording and replaying brain activities of people with desirable mental skills, and the forthcoming creation of neurosocial networks and the artificial collective self.

Stuart Calimport ( is the founder of the Google Solve for X Moonshot - The Human Memome Project (, which analyses the relationship between ideas and longevity. Using self-quantification and an interdisciplinary sciences approach, Stuart seeks to find, record, categorise and analyse variables that can increase or decrease healthy lifespan.

Stuart has been hailed "The Indiana Jones of Interesting People" by Chris Dancy ( ("The most connected human on earth"). He is confident and passionate about applying and leveraging personal informatics, lifestyle design, human enhancement, cybernetics, lean methodology and The Hero's Journey to increase longevity. In his talk, Stuart will share his personal processes and insights. He will also issue a call to engage with personal informatics and lifestyle design that has a powerful potential for anyone who wants to increase their performance.

Meeting Logistics:

2pm-4.30pm, Saturday 2nd August 2014.

Venue: Room 532, Birkbeck College (, Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London.

Room 532 is on the 5th floor in the main Birkbeck College building, in Torrington Square (which is a pedestrian-only square). Torrington Square is about 10 minutes walk from either Russell Square or Goodge St tube stations.

Coffee and other light refreshments can be purchased from the Costa Coffee shop in the reception area of the building, either ahead of or after the meeting.

The event will be followed by a chance to continue the discussion in a nearby pub - The Marlborough Arms (, 36 Torrington Place, London WC1E 7HJ.

Event hashtag:

#LonFut (

Covering meeting costs:

A small fee (£5) is payable to attend this meetup. This fee covers room costs. Please pay in advance, online.

This will be refunded if the meeting is cancelled or rearranged, or if the attendee cancels at least 3 days before the meetup.

Alternatively, if there are still seats available, payment can be made in cash at the door on the day. (Requesting payment in advance assists with accurate planning of the event.)

Journalists are welcome to attend the meeting free-of-charge - please contact the organiser, notifying us in advance of your plans to attend.