With OpenBCI, Conor Russomanno is developing low-cost, open-source brain-computer interface hardware and software.

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Conor Russomanno is the founder and CEO of OpenBCI, a company working to build ethical brain-computer interfaces. He became fascinated with the relationship between the human brain and mind after suffering concussions playing college football and rugby. While pursuing an MFA in Design & Technology at Parsons School of Design, he spent two years creating DIY brain-sensing headsets and neuro-interactive games, animations and stories. In 2013, he began work on what would later become OpenBCI, which has since designed and distributed more than 40,000 tools for neuroscience to more than 100 countries around the world. One of Russomanno's leading innovations is the award-winning Galea headset, a hardware and software platform that merges next-generation biometrics with mixed reality.

Russomanno's work has been featured in media outlets such as Bloomberg, Scientific American and Wired. He was recognized in the Forbes "30 Under 30" in 2018 and has served as an adjunct professor and research affiliate at Parsons, NYU and MIT.

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Discovering how our brains might soon get upgraded: Notes on Session 6 of TED2023

April 19, 2023

In a mind-bending Session 6 of TED2023, neurotech, mental health and breakthroughs in brain-computer interfaces took the mainstage, with seven incredible speakers sharing ideas on how our brains may soon get an upgrade. The event: Talks from Session 6 of TED2023: Possibility, hosted by TED’s head of curation Helen Walters When and where: Wednesday, April […]

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