Hacking Happiness is a Summit on Human Potential, Performance and Wellbeing.
13. - 15. November 2014 | London
Hacking Happiness is a Summit on Human Potential, Performance and Wellbeing.
13. - 15. November 2014 | London
Hacking Happiness taps into the Zeitgeist of an ever-growing number of people wanting to understand how they function and learn tools to realise their full potential.
Some experiment by changing their diets, others learn Mindfulness, read about Neuroscience or even decide to start their own businesses. What they all have in common is that they have started hacking their happiness.
Covering themes from Performance Hacks and Quantified Self, to Neuroscience, Meditation and Nutrition, Hacking Happiness is an interdisciplinary event on human potential, performance and wellbeing.
Author of 'The Quarter-Life Breakthrough'
Founder of DigitalShoreditch and Playgen
Neuroscientist & Founder of ‘Summer Tomato’'
Dr David Cox
Chief Medical Officer at ‘Headspace’’'
CEO & Founder of ‘Fooducate’
Dr Kate Ho
Product Manager at ‘Project Ginsberg’
Founder of ‘The Happy Startup School’
Founder of ‘The Digital Detox’
LSE Professor on Behavioural Science & Happiness
Founder of Mobile App ‘Buddhify’
Director at ‘Techstars’
CEO Coach & Startup Mentor
Director UK for General Assembly
Founder of Mobile App Peak
Entrepreneur, author and 'Weightlifter'
Health & Energy expert and founder of energiseYou
Founder of Quantified Self London
Michael Acton Smith
Founder of Mind Candy and Calm.com
Dr. Cinzia Pezzolesi
Clinical Director of The Mindfulness Project
Psychotherapist and Co-founder of Alternatives
Founder and CEO of Happy LTD
Start Up Coach and Founder of Happyologist
Founder of Resilience International
Buddhist monk of Kagyu Samye Ling Tibetan Monastery
Founder and CEO of Nutrition Mobile App Kahla
Founder and CEO of DNA Biotech Company HelixNano
Hunter Lee Soik
Founder of Dream Recording Mobile App Shaddow
Founder and CEO of Brain+
Founder of The You Project
Founder of Apex Powersessions
CEO of Supreme Creations and co-Founder of Wings of Hope
Clinical Hypnotherapist & Master Life Coach
Dr Sophie Bostock
COO Big Health UK
Dr Mark Williamson
Director of Action for Happiness
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Swing Jazz Legends
Adam Poswolsky is a writer and recently published The The Quarter-Life Breakthrough, a guide for millennials to find meaningful work. He has inspired young professionals and entrepreneurs to have quarter-life breakthroughs and find meaningful work as director of The Bold Academy and emcee/facilitator of the Hive Global Leaders Program. He is a StartingBloc Fellow and a mentor for entrepreneurs at StartingBloc, the Dell Summer Social Innovation Lab, and Coolhouse Labs, as well as a volunteer with The Beat Within–which provides writing workshops for incarcerated youth.
"Kam Star is a digital media entrepreneur, researcher, investor and award winning games developer. Creating his first computer game in 1986, he studied Architecture and is deeply passionate about innovation in play, behaviour influence and collective intelligence.
Founder of PlayGen, Kam designs and develops playful solutions for delivering engaging experiences across the digital landscape. He has produced gaming projects for the European Commission, BBC, AVIVA, Eden, UNESCO, McKinsey, Oxford and Cambridge Universities, EPSRC, NESTA, MoD, NHS, Wellcome Trust and many more.
Kam is also the founder of Digital Shoreditch, a festival which brings together the outstanding creative talent of London and beyond. Through Digital Shoreditch, Kam has worked with City of London, London Stock Exchange, London and Partners, Ogilvy & Mather, Pearson, Amazon, City University, Queen Mary's University, Ordnance Survey and hundreds of other awesome individuals and organisations."
Darya Rose is the creator of Summer Tomato. She is also a neuroscience Ph.D., food and health writer. She received her bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley, and was recognized as one of the top students in her graduating class of 2003. In her quest to get to the bottom of her lingering weight problems she discovered a rich body of scientific literature on how to prevent and sometimes cure almost all of the major diseases that plague modern society, including many of the neurodegenerative diseases that got her interested in science in the first place. In 2010, Darya completed her Ph.D. in neuroscience at UC San Francisco. A little over a year before graduating she started writing about food and health at Summer Tomato. Her writing has been featured in several well-known publications like Shape Magazine, Time Magazine and New York Times and is frequently mentioned by many more.
Dr David Cox oversees all the science and medically-related research work at Headspace, an award-winning digital health platform, providing guided meditation sessions and mindfulness training. He is a qualified doctor, and spent several years working in a central London Accident & Emergency department before moving on to healthcare system design and management. He has also undertaken extensive management consultancy to the healthcare sector, with an increasing focus on mental health.
Hemi Weingarten is a father of three young children, loving husband, sworn foodie and the founder and CEO of Fooducate. Fooducate‘s goal is to help millions of people choose healthy, tasty, and affordable food, and to affect positive change on the food industry. The company’s tagline, “eat a bit better”, embodies the baby step approach to improving nutrition. Fooducate’s free tools include a website, and iPhone and Android apps that enables consumers to automatically scan the barcodes of over 200,000 unique food products, and instantly see how nutritious they really are. Users can also see recommendations for healthier alternatives. Fooducate’s iPhone app was selected by Apple as the best health app of 2011. Hemi started blogging as Fooducate a few years ago, following his puzzlement over the ingredients in a glow-in-the-dark yogurt his wife brought home for the kids. He researched and wrote about food labels and nutrition issues in short daily posts and grew the blog to over 250,000 monthly unique visitors. Sensing the huge demand for objective, concise, and actionable advice, Hemi assembled a team of programmers and nutrition experts to build the Fooducate tools. Before Fooducate, Hemi worked for SanDisk, which acquired MDRM, a digital content distribution company he co-founded in 2002. Previously, he flew med-evac choppers for the air force.
Dr Kate Ho is Co-Founder and Product Manager at Project Ginsberg, a Scottish Government project that helps ordinary people to understand themselves better. Based around the concept of the ‘emotional web’, Ginsberg provides a safe place for individuals to externalise, reflect and validate their experiences. Also, under Tigerface Games and Interface3, she has worked on award winning educational games, as well as working with global brands including Pearson Education, PBS KIDS, SMART Technologies. Her academic background is in Computer Science, and navigated through academia with a PhD in requirements engineering and software development from Edinburgh University.
Laurence McCahill is a startup adviser, designer and co-founder of Spook Studio, a product development studio by the sea. He’s also behind The Happy Startup Schoool. He works closely with entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs to help them realise their vision for change – whether that is creating new digital products and services to make life better or designing a new purpose-driven business from the ground up. His work tends to be very hands-on. On any day he could be helping startup founders explore and define their business models, running design workshops, talking with customers, sketching ideas, designing interfaces or building & testing prototypes. He regularly mentors startups at different events and programs including Hub Launchpad, Lean Startup Machine, HyperIsland and Brighton's own entrepreneurial hub FuseboxAmp.
After a near-death experience, Levi Felix left his dream job as the VP of a thriving startup to take a 2+ year sabbatical from his “always-on,” digitally enthralled reality. 12 countries later and after running a guesthouse on a remote island in Cambodia, he returned and founded Digital Detox - an organization dedicated to creating balance in the digital age. It started with taking 10 participants on one Digital Detox retreat – a mindfulness based and psychological driven program with a handful of journals, yoga mats, arts and crafts, typewriters, and one agenda; disconnect to reconnect. They’ve since led 17 retreats, started the “Device-Free Drinks” movement, and currently run the globally recognized Summer Camp for Adults. Felix has been featured and interviewed in the New York Times, New Yorker, Bloomberg Businessweek, BBC NightlyNews, CNN, Sunset Magazine, The UK Guardian, Vogue, Wired, China Daily. Most of all, he loves being the director for Camp Grounded, a place where grown-ups go to unplug, get away and be kids again.
Paul Dolan is a Professor of Behavioural Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science. As an internationally renowned expert on happiness, behaviour and public policy, he conducts original research into the measurement of happiness, its causes and consequences. In 2010, he was seconded to the cabinet office to embed the 'mindspace' report into policymaking which he co-authored. He has previously worked with Daniel Kahneman at Princeton University, written the questions for the Office of National statistics in measuring wellbeing and he regularly advises global corporations in behavioural economics.
Rohan Gunatillake is an innovation producer and entrepreneur working in wise technology and modern mindfulness. Rohan heads up 21awake, a creative studio that combines deep experience in meditation, technology & design. 21awake is best known for buddhify, the best-selling urban mindfulness app. Rohan also has a specialism in digital innovation in the arts with recent projects including Sync, Native and the Edinburgh Festivals Innovation Lab. Based in Glasgow, Rohan is a regular speaker with recent appearances at SXSW, FutureFest, Future Everything and the Buddhist Geeks Conference. Rohan has previously worked for IBM, Accenture and Nesta, is a trustee of the British Council and in 2012 Wired magazine named him in their Smart List of 50 people who are about to change the world.
Tak Lo is a Director at Techstars. Previously, he spent over 5 years in the London and NYC startup communities, having founded and mentored several startups on both sides of the Atlantic. He’s had an entrepreneurial career – a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, an investment banker at Nomura, and an US Army veteran. Tak did some studying a long time ago at London Business School and the University of Chicago.
Terence Mauri is in high demand as a CEO Coach and Start Up mentor for organisations around the world. Clients approach Terence by word of mouth and value his inspirational style. Leaders use Terence as a powerful resource for driving change. He works in partnership with some of the world’s most ambitious leaders and has built an impressive track record on the conference circuit for his fresh insights and original thinking. His keynote talks aim to inform, motivate and inspire you. Clients walk away with new tools and renewed energy to propel their businesses to the next level.
Julien currently oversees General Assembly's operations in the UK. Prior to this role, he was leading the London Education team. A multilingual program manager with a background in corporate consulting and diplomacy, he also has experience in the nonprofit and academic sectors. Julien holds an MA from the John's Hopkins University's SAIS, and degrees from Nanjing University and Peking University, as well as a BBA in International Business from HEC Montreal. He speaks English, Chinese (Mandarin), Spanish and French.
Itamar Lesuisse is the co-founder and CEO at Peak (previously Brainbow), a new mobile brain training platform that recently launched globally to great success. Peak is about making lifelong progress enjoyable. Prior to Brainbow, Itamar was founder at Scoville and Kukunu, sold in 2013, worked on European ePayments at VISA, launched new product lines in the UK at Amazon.com, and worked at The Boston Consulting Group. He holds multiple patents, and a Master in CS and Electronics Engineering from University of Ottawa.
James Clear writes at JamesClear.com, where he shares scientific research and real-world experiences that help you rethink your health and improve your life. His practical ideas can help you master your habits, optimize your performance, and take control of your happiness. As a writer, his articles are routinely syndicated by major media outlets like Business Insider, Entrepreneur Magazine and The Huffington Post. As a photographer, he was selected as a finalist for the 2012 Travel Photographer of the Year Award. As an athlete, he was selected to the 2008 ESPN Academic All-America baseball team. He believes that the world would be a better place if we had more people who were putting their sweat, their work, and their vision out into the world.
Founder of energiseYou, Oliver is regarded as one of the UK’s leading experts in energy & performance. He has coached thousands of senior executives and their teams on how to make simple changes to boost their energy & performance, both inside and outside work. Oliver is an ex professional tennis player and personal trainer. He went on to manage 14 central London health clubs and qualified as an NLP coach before founding energiseYou in 2004. Oliver is Author of the book energiseYou the ultimate health & energy plan.
Adriana Lukas is the founder and organiser of the London Quantified Self group, a community that brings together individuals using tools and methods of self-tracking to gain more knowledge about themselves. The Quantified Self movement, which started in the Bay area, has been growing steadily since 2008 and now has more than 100 groups across the world. Previously Adriana worked with companies in Europe and the United States in communication and integration of social media in the enterprise, focusing on increasing individual employees capabilities and autonomy as the foundation of collaboration and creativity. Adriana has been involved in the online technology development and the user-centric web since 2001. She is interested in technologies that empower the individual and Quantified Self seemed to fit the bill.
Michael Acton Smith is a co-founder of Calm.com, a relaxation therapy website and app that gives the stressed-out masses an opportunity to use technology for relaxation. Michael also founded Mind Candy, the children’s entertainment company that created the online world of Moshi Monsters. With over 90 million users around the world, this phenomenon has expanded offline into best selling toys, video games, trading cards and even a top 5 music album.
"Cinzia is a chartered Clinical Psychologist and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapist who is also a senior lecturer on mental health and wellbeing. She qualified as a mindfulness teacher at the University of Bangor (North Wales, UK), and trained as Mindful Eating trainer in Boston (USA). She is a board member of the Centre for Mindful Eating in the USA. She has a PhD in Human Factors in Health Care and obtained my Clinical Psychologist degree from the University of Urbino (IT) where she is originally from. She currently lives in the UK, and over the years she has developed a strong research interest around wellbeing and mindfulness in various health care settings. Her areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, eating disorders and substance of misuse."
Co-founder of Alternatives, coach, psychotherapist and expert workshop facilitator, Malcolm Stern suggests that humanity is at a turning point. He invites us to explore the tools and practices that we will need to be mature enough for the next great challenge. Will we be able to stretch towards the incredible evolutionary impulse that is now within our reach?
Henry Stewart is founder and Chief Executive of London-based training business Happy Ltd. Happy was rated one of the top 20 workplaces in the UK for 5 successive years and now helps other organisations create happy workplaces. In 2011 Henry was listed in the Guru Radar of the Thinkers 50 list of the most influential business thinkers in the world. "He is one of the thinkers who we believe will shape the future of business", explained list compiler Stuart Crainer. His book, The Happy Manifesto, was published by Kogan Page in January 2013.
Susanna Halonen runs Happyologist, a coaching and training consultancy which helps individuals and organisations to find their best performance through passion and positivity. As a positive psychology practitioner she bases her work on the science of happiness and performance. She has researched passion at work and in life, and she has personally taken many passion journeys herself while juggling a career alongside her love for horses. She has just released her first book, Screw Finding Your Passion: It's Within You, Let's Unlock It, which shares the latest research around passion whilst giving people the tools to help them live their best, most passionate lives. Her blog at Happyologist.co.uk has a loyal, engaged following, and she is also a featured expert with her own blog pages at Psychology Today, Psychologies magazine and Huffington Post online.
Ray McKiernan is the Co-founder of Resilience International and a director of the Stress Management Institute. He has designed and delivered specialist training in Europe, USA, and Africa, to high performance teams in Soundcloud, Google, Intel, Accenture, KPMG, amongst many others. He has designed and delivered specialist resilience training to Global NGO's in Africa, Specialist Military units, and clinicians working in palliative care. He also lectures at post graduate level in Psychotherapy and Counselling.
Gelong Thubten is a Buddhist monk of the Kagyu Tibetan tradition. He is from Samye Ling in Scotland, the first and largest Tibetan monastery in the West, and has been a monk for 21 years. He specialises in teaching mindfulness and meditation in the corporate world, using a non-religious approach, as well as in hospitals, schools, prisons and addiction rehab centres. He has spent more than five years in strict meditation retreat to further his training, and he teaches internationally. He has worked with the NHS, Morrisons, legal and financial institutions and several other major corporations. All funds from such work are donated to charity.
Sabina is the 24yr old Founder & CEO of Kahla, a mobile platform for curated nutrition advice and support.
Prior to starting Kahla, she was the Head of Marketing and PR at Brainient, an interactive video advertising company based in London.
Sabina is originally from Romania were she trained as a ballet dancer for 10 years and thus became passionate about health and nutrition from an early age. She is now a converted yogi who loves to handstand while brainstorming and has her team take meditation breaks. Other than technology, Sabina loves books, green juices and Breaking Bad.
Carina Namih is an entrepreneur with extensive experience in launching companies and commercializing technical projects. She is passionate about applying new technologies to improve the lives of ordinary people. Most recently she co-founded HelixNano - a company innovating at the intersection of software and biotechnology - backed by Johnson & Johnson Innovation. HelixNano is leveraging recent advances in DNA sequencing and machine learning to collect unprecedented data on living cells. This will have a transformative impact on human health and will ultimately enable true personalised medicine. Prior to her Silicon Valley experience, Carina advised on deals in the technology and biotechnology sectors as a Financial Analyst with Goldman Sachs in London. Carina is a graduate of Oxford University and of Singularity University. She was recently selected as the 2014 BioBeat Rising Star of British Biotech.
"Equal parts innovation strategist and entrepreneur, hunter lee soik combines an interest in technology and fashion with a broad understanding of production—both digital and physical. Armed with an intra-disciplinary skill set that transcends a single career path, hunter has designed experiences for some of the world’s most exciting brands: from Stella McCartney and Art Basel to Kanye West and Jay-Z’s Watch the Throne tour.
Fluent in navigating the languages, conventions and institutional barriers of various disciplines, hunter founded Wardenclyffe Institute, an innovation consulting group that forms brief networks to solve problems, in 2009. Curious about the discoveries that could be found in dreams, in 2013 hunter founded SHADOW an iOS alarm clock that helps users remember and record their dreams."
Baden-Kristensen spent several years in high-tier strategic management consulting with The Boston Group before moving to the technology industry as part of the business unit leadership for Vestas Northern Europe where he was responsible for managing a team of 30 employees and a budget of ~€8 million. His fascination with psychology and neuroscience led him to co-found Brain+ ApS in 2012 with the purpose of bridging the gap between emerging scientific insights and the commercial space. Baden-Kristensen has a master’s degree in Economics & Business Administration, Innovation & Business Development from the Copenhagen Business School.
Martin is an Oxford law graduate that practised as a criminal law barrister, until he decided to find a more satisfying career. So he joined the On Purpose social enterprise leadership programme and has worked for start-ups at the intersection of learning, technology and careers for the last four years. Most recently he has been Head of Delivering Happiness at Raising IT. He now splits his time between Career Consultancy for BPP, the leading vocational provider of legal education, and helping people become self aware and have fulfilling careers at www.theyouproject.org.uk
Ari is the Founder of the Apex Power Sessions, a socio-political platform which runs events in Berlin and London. As an entrepreneur and consultant within the music and innovation sector, Ari has worked with teams from Apple, Google and startup companies in Germany and the UK.
A seasoned meditator, he gives talks and workshops on how businesses and society at large can benefit from Mindfulness practice.
Smruti Sriram is the CEO of Supreme Creations, the world’s largest ethical manufacturer of reusable promotional bags. She is one of Management Today’s and The Sunday Times’ 35 Women Under 35, and a finalist in 2014’s First Woman Awards and Asian Women of Achievement Awards. She is also the founder of the Wings of Hope Achievement Awards (WOHAA), a children’s charity that encourages young people in the UK to raise money for educational projects in India and Malawi. The charity is currently celebrating the tenth year since Smruti set it up on her gap year, and has seen over 25,000 students from over 400 schools participate during that time. Supporters of the programme include the House of Lords, Edelman and Tata Consultancy. Smruti graduated in Philosophy Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford, where she was also the Treasurer of the Oxford Union Society.
Jacqueline Hurst is a trailblazing ‘mind’ expert, knowledgeable public speaker, therapist and ground breaking life coach. Her brand new concept ‘The Life Class’ is paving the way for a new generation of coaches who will coach us to live bigger, better and happier lives through her innovative techniques and methods. Her approach, coaching methods and genuine love and interest in people allows her to enhance her clients ability to live better lives. Jacqueline has a special ability to help people with a variety of issues, but her private practice specialises in treating those with emotional worries and those struggling with body image. Jacqueline is leading a quiet mindful revolution and her first generation of certified coaches will support and teach others how to transform their lives. Jacqueline has been featured in leading media titles including The Huffington Post, The Telegraph, Harpers Bazaar, The Oprah Winfrey Network and Get The Gloss. Today she spends her time growing The Life Class, running her practice and regularly talks internationally for leading brands on issues of the mind. You can find her at www.jacquelinehurst.com and www.thelifeclass.com
Dr Sophie Bostock heads up UK Operations at Big Health. Billions of people are suffering from health problems for which we have proven behavioural solutions. Yet most can’t access anything other than pills. That’s where Big Health comes in. We use the power of technology to create personalised behavioural medicine programs that really work. Our first product, Sleepio (www.sleepio.com), is a digital sleep improvement program based on cognitive behavioural therapy (or CBT). Sophie joined Big Health as a Behavioural Health Scientist, and now looks after the London team. She also works with healthcare professionals and corporate clients to run sleep improvement trials. Sophie has a PhD in Health Psychology from University College London and holds an honorary research post at the University of Oxford. Sophie's research focuses on the relationships between psychological well-being, sleep and health.
Dr Mark Williamson is Director of Action for Happiness (www.actionforhappiness.org), a movement of people taking action to promote mental wellbeing and create a happier society. Mark has a diverse range of experience across private and non-profit sectors, from start-ups through to large multi-national companies. He was previously Director of the Innovation unit at the Carbon Trust. He was also a non-executive director of Solar Press and founder of online initiative What You Can Do. Before that, Mark spent nine years as a management consultant with Accenture, leading a wide range of projects relating to strategy, technology and change management. He has also worked for Hewlett Packard Labs and Orange. He holds an MBA from IMD business school in Switzerland, and a PhD in Electronics and Communications from the University of Bristol. He is a Sainsbury Management Fellow, a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institute of Directors.
DNA is the partnership formed by two of the UK's most accomplished magicians.Bringing years of technical and performing expertise in to a unique double act, DNA performs world class magic and mind reading at private parties and corporate events. With a natural affinity and rapport with each other and their audiences, DNA create magic that is powerful, memorable and appears effortless.
Smitty's Big Four is the fiesty little brother of the Kansas Smitty's House Band. While the House Band draws its main inspiration from Count Basie's hard swinging late night jam sessions in 1930s Kansas City, the Big Four is interested in the music of Sidney Bechet and the upbeat swing of New Orleans. The Big Four's unique combination of trumpet, soprano sax/clarinet, guitar and bass, separates the group from traditional Dixieland groups with the omission of drums and piano. This streamlined formation allows the band to navigate New Orleans and swing standards with unparalleled energy and tightness while maintaining the melodic integrity of the canon. The band features Pete Horsfall, Giacomo Smith, Dave Archer, and Ferg Ireland.
Learn proven techniques to cultivate your talents and create the career and life that you always wanted.
Learn cutting-edge tools and habits to work more productively and achieve better results.
Learn proven techniques to cultivate your talents and create the career and life that you always wanted.
Gain an in depth understanding how meditation works, why its good for you and how to start practicing.
Meet world-renowned nutrition and fitness experts to help you boost your health and physical well-being.
Discover advanced tracking technologies and learn to quantify and boost your performance.
We want to bring together the best minds on how to empower your life through working more productively, understanding your mind and living more healthily. We don't claim to have the magic formula to be happy. In fact, we
think that happiness means something different for everyone. But we do know that there is tons of research that can help us find out for ourselves. Hacking Happiness helps you find reliable information on how to unlock your full potential.
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