NeuroTechBOS: Crowdsourcing and Open Science

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Come learn about Crowdsourcing and Open Science in the field of neurotechnology from our amazing speakers/panelists.


6:30 - 6:45: Registration and networking

6:45 - 7:00: Welcome and Introduction to NeuroTechX ( (Yannick Roy)

7:00 - 7:30: EyeWire ( and the future of citizen neuroscience (Amy Robinson)

7:30 - 8:00: The OpenBCI ( platform and the current state of DIY Neuroscience (Conor Russomanno)

--- 5 Minute Break ---

8:05-8:35: Panel discussion on community, open science, and crowdsourcing in neurotechnology and neuroscience. (Yannick Roy, Amy Robinson, Connor Russomanno, Daniel Goodwin)

8:35-10:00: OpenBCI and EyeWire Demos, Networking


Speaker Biographies

Yannick Roy: Executive Director, NeuroTechX

Strong believer in human-enhancement, Yannick earned his bachelor degree in electrical engineering and is now doing his PhD in visual neuroscience at Université de Montreal. Excited by emerging technology like Brain-Computer Interfaces, Wearables, Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence and entrepreneur by nature, Yannick is eager to leave his mark and impact lives of thousands of people with neurotechnologies.

Amy Robinson: Executive Director, EyeWire

Amy Robinson is an expert in crowdsourcing. She is the Executive Director of EyeWire (, a game to map the brain played by nearly 200,000 people worldwide. In EyeWire, gamers solve 3D puzzles that map out neurons, allowing neuroscientists to chart synaptic connections among neurons and thus begin to decipher the mysteries of how we see. EyeWire is the first of many games that will invite the world to make discoveries about how the brain works. Amy is a long time TEDster and founded the TEDx Music Project (, a collection of the best live music from TEDx events around the world. She was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2015.

Conor Russomanno: Co-Founder & CEO, OpenBCI

Conor is the co-founder & CEO of OpenBCI, a company dedicated to open-source innovation of human-computer interfaces technologies. Having received a BS in civil engineering and engineering mechanics from Columbia University and an MFA in Design & Technology from Parsons School of Design, Conor is now an adjunct faculty at both Parsons and NYU's ITP program. Conor has dedicated the first phase of his career to interfacing the human brain and body, rethinking the idea of what it means to be a successful business, and turning crazy ideas into realities.

OpenBCI Kickstarter #2 is currently underway! (

Daniel Goodwin: Author of "Neuroscience Needs Hackers ("

Dan is currently working towards his PhD in Ed Boyden's Synthetic Neurobiology group. As someone who once left science to build a career in Silicon Valley, he returned to academia to blend the worlds of scientific pursuit and entrepreneurial thinking. He left the PhD track at Stanford to become an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at the global design firm IDEO, then became the co-founder/CTO of Mobile Data Labs (now a thriving 25-person company). He left the company to invest his career in neurotech, and was a research scientist in computational neuroscience at the Simons Center for Data Analysis in Manhattan before enrolling at the MIT Media Lab to work with Dr. Boyden.


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