A brain-stimulating evening

We're kicking off the second edition of the Brain Hack with a brain-stimulating evening. During the program, we'll be playing with memory with the Donders Institute, watching a brain-performance by Arnon Grunberg, and eating grey matter with culinary columnist, Joel Broekaert.

A brain-stimulating evening
Before we lock ourselves in at the Waag for an exciting two-day hackathon, we're offering up a taste of our theme for the year: Can we teach our brains how to learn? Brain Hacking might just mean a revolution in education in the future. The question is whether or not we're prepared for it.

During the evening, researcher, Nienke van Atteveldt (VU), will discuss learning-processes in the brain. In May, she'll publish her book, Looking into the Brain, about the mysterious inner workings of the human brain. Ilya Sligte (UvA) will guide us into the wild world of brain stimulation. We'll also listen to the thoughts of Peter-Paul Vebeek (University of Twente) about the ethical side of brain hacking.

The program

  • 19:30 Doors open
  • 20:00 Introduction by Pieter van Boheemen and Karien Vermeulen Waag
  • 20:15 Neuro-myths by Nienke van Atteveldt (VU) 
  • 20:30 Culinary Brain Performance & Curiosity Research on Creative Processes in the Brain by Ysbrand van der Werf (VU / NIN), Arnon Grunberg (writer), and Joel Broekaert (journalist and culinary columnist)
  • 21:00 Brain stimulation and direct cognitive enhancement - demonstration by Ilya Sligte (UvA)
  • 21:15 Brain and exceptional memory skills by Boris Konrad and Martin Dresler (Donders Institute)
  • 21:45 Ethical reflection by Peter-Paul Verbeek (UT)
  • 22:00 Q & A hosted by Pieter van Boheemen and Karien Vermeulen (Waag)
  • 22:15 Drinks & bites 

This event is free and will be English-spoken.

Founding partners: Waag & Total Active Media
Partners: Donders Institute, Radboud University Nijmegen, University of Twente
Sponsors: Creative Industries Fund, Municipality of Amsterdam, Interaxon, Open BCI, Frank Watching, i3B, and Fonds Gehandicaptensport


Waag, Nieuwmarkt 4, 1012 CR Amsterdam