Biohacker Summit – Upgraded Speakers

"It is rare to attend an event where speaker after speaker, one's attention remains alert."



Alexander Bard (SWE)

Cyberphilosopher, Music producer, Speaker

Alexander Bard is a Swedish cyberphilosopher, songwriter, record producer, TV personality and religious and political activist. He is co-author of The Futurica Trilogy and Syntheism: Creating God in the Internet Age. Alexander Bard has given lectures on the philosophical, sociological and economic implications of the internet revolution since the late 1990s. Throughout his career, he has been a fundamental force in creating the Swedish music export sensation – making Sweden the world’s biggest per capita music exporter – and promoting a deeper understanding of the full dramatic effects of the information technology revolution. He specializes in helping people around the world optimize their lifestyle, mindset, productivity, and brain performance.




Max Lugavere (USA)

Filmmaker, Author, Researcher

Max Lugavere is a filmmaker, author, and science communicator. He is the director of BREAD HEAD, an upcoming documentary which is the first to track the science of dementia prevention. He has hosted content for WebMD, Vice, and Yahoo Health and is a recurring "core expert" on The Dr. Oz Show where he covers the latest in Alzheimer's disease and dementia prevention research. His Facebook vlogs have garnered thousands of fans where he delivers bite-sized blasts of easily digestible information on health science topics ranging from intermittent fasting to the microbiome. He is a prolific speaker and has given talks at high-profile venues including the NY Academy of Sciences and Equinox's 2016 High Performance Living Symposium. HarperCollins is publishing Max's first book in 2018, an evidence-based guide to optimizing mood, cognitive performance, and brain health with food.




Christopher Dancy (USA)

Worlds Most Connected Man, Mindful Cyborg

Chris Dancy is touted as "the Most Connected Man on Earth," and the world is watching those connections carefully. For 25 years, Dancy has served in leadership within the technology and healthcare industries, specializing in the intersection of the two. Chris entered the public dialog concerning digital health as the media started to focus on wearable technology. He earned his moniker by utilizing up to 700 sensors, devices, applications, and services to track, analyze, and optimize his life--from his calorie intake to his spiritual well-being. This quantification enables him to see the connections of otherwise invisible data, resulting in dramatic upgrades to his health, productivity, and quality of life.




Prof. Katia Vega (PER)

Beauty Tech Designer & Professor at UTEC

Katia Vega is a Beauty Tech Designer. Inspired by invisible computing and wearables, she proposes novel ways to move from traditional to interactive cosmetics. She invented Beauty Technology: cosmetics embedded with electronics that transform the body into an interface. Currently, she is a professor at UTEC (Peru). Katia was a postdoc at the Responsive Environments Group at MIT Media Lab (USA). She got her PhD and master degree at PUC-Rio (Brazil) and received a BS from UNMSM (Peru). She was a Research Assistant at HKBU (Hong Kong). Her work has been covered by New Scientist, Wired, Discovery, CNN, PSFK and others.




Aron Flam (SWE)

Comedian, Podcaster, Actor, Screenwriter, Author

Aron Flam is a Swedish comedian. He runs the Dekonstruktiv Kritik (Deconstructive criticism) podcast. At Biohacker Summit he is performing with Alexander Bard.




Ryan Munsey (US)

Chief Optimizer @ Natural Stacks, Performance Optimization Specialist, Host @ Optimal Performance Podcast

Ryan Munsey is the Renaissance man of the biohacking space. Ryan has a degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from Clemson University and has worn the titles of fitness model, strength coach, gym owner, author and now works with Natural Stacks as the Chief Optimizer where he hosts the Optimal Performance Podcast and specializes in helping people around the world optimize their lifestyle, mindset, productivity, and brain performance.




Jonas Bergqvist (SWE)

Physiotherapist, Functional Medicine Practitioner and CEO @ Paleo Institute, Sweden

Jonas teaches Paleo Lifestyle and Functional Medicine at Paleo Institute, where he is the creator of the training programs and course material. Jonas has published three books in Sweden and is a popular speaker in the fields of health and performance optimization. Jonas has also won the 200 meter race at the Swedish Championships for 35-40 year olds.




Martina Johansson (SWE)

M.Sc Bioengineering, Science editor, Author and Biohacker

Martina is a science savvy health enthusiast with a passion for ketogenic diets, natural hormone optimization and the connection between food, brain and behaviour. She has authored 5 books, is an active blogger and is always looking for ways to help people find their unique path towards health.




My Westerdahl (SWE)

M.Sc Industrial Engineering, Manager in the IT-sector, Columnist @

My Westerdahl is a former sugar addict who managed to take control over the addiction through optimized nutrition and mental training. In 2010, My had a weight of 170 kg (375 pounds), poor grades and was struggling with deep depression. By changing her diet and way of thinking, My manage to lose 95 kilos (210 pounds), graduated as a Master of Science and regained her energy. Her story has been featured in numerous magazines and online articles.




Hannes Sjoblad (SWE)

Human Augmentation Activist, Co-Founder @ BioNyfiken, the Swedish Biohackers Association

As the co-founder of Bionyfiken, Hannes unites DIY-biologists, hackers, makers, body modification artists and health and performance devotees. Hannes work and insights into near- and in-body technology has been internationally recognised by among others Wired, Motherboard, Bloomberg, Business Insider, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, CNN, BBC, Daily Mail, Le Figaro, Nouvel Observateur, Heise and others. His vision is that in the future the human body has radically different capabilities than it does today.




Dr. Robert Sullivan (IRL)

Surgical Podiatrician, Midleton Foot & Laser Clinic

Robert Sullivan is a progressive Podiatry Clinician who holds a BSc(Hons) Podiatry, MSc Podiatric Surgery (Edinburgh) and post graduate Certificates in POMS (prescription only medicines), local anaesthesia, Homeotoxicology and Myofascial Acupuncture. Over the last 15 years he has lectured at Continued Professional Development events and various universities in Ireland, UK and Europe. Robert has published papers in a number of podiatry journals. His special Interests are podiatric surgery, low level laser therapy, rheumatology and biomechanics.




Veli-Jussi Jalkanen (FIN)

Health Inventor, Chair @ Salli Systems

Mr. Veli-Jussi Jalkanen is a health inventor, CAM and sitting health specialist. He has logically spread out sitting optimization to comprehend the whole physical working environment and started to think ergonomics as optimization of micro and macro circulation of the lymph and blood. Salli Concept includes awareness, furniture, their optimal use, sitting friendly clothing and body activity in numerous ways including PDNF, hormones and the electromagnetic body.




Mattias Ribbing (SWE)

Memory Champion, Author, Educator,

Mattias Ribbing is a three times Swedish memory champion and internationally a Grandmaster of Memory. He's a professional educator and author of three books. Mattias unique way of hacking the actual process of learning and thinking has had him invited to lecture at top educational institutions such as Harvard Business School and the Swedish National Agency for Education.




Ariel Poler (USA)

Founder @ Human Augmentation Investment Syndicate, Mentor to Over 100 Silicon Valley Start-Ups

Ariel is an entrepreneur, mentor and investor focused on Human Augmentation. He was the founder of IPRO, the first web analytics company, and of Topica, one of the first email communities. Ariel was a board member of Kana Software, LinkExchange, Odeo, and StumbleUpon. He currently serves on the boards of Freedom Financial, Returnly, and Strava. Ariel's angel investments include AdMob, Flixster, AngelList, Slideshare, BrightRoll, LendingHome, Thync, Thumbtack,, and Optimizely. Ariel holds a B.S. in Mathematics with Computer Science from MIT and an MBA from Stanford University. He is originally from Venezuela and lives in San Francisco with his wife and three sons. Ariel is addicted to kitefoil racing.




Teemu Arina (FIN)

Curator @ Biohacker Summit, Author @ Biohacker’s Handbook

Teemu Arina has a professional career of over 15 years as a technology entrepreneur, author and speaker. He is one of the forefront thinkers on the intersection of the human and the machine, social media, digital work and online learning. He is a Leonardo Award laureate under the patronage of European Parliament for "Humanity in Digitization". Mr. Arina is the founder of three award winning technology companies, co-founder of Quantified Self & Biohacking Finland and co-author of the Biohacker’s Handbook for optimizing health and wellbeing with technological and biological tools. Mr. Arina is a popular keynote speaker who has presented internationally in countries such as USA, UK, Japan, Hongkong, Russia, the Netherlands, and Germany.




Jaakko Halmetoja (FIN)

Nutrition Specialist, Independent Wellness Entrepreneur, Author @ Biohacker’s Handbook

Jaakko Halmetoja is a nutrition expert, author and professional speaker. Jaakko has managed multiple special caféterias in Tampere and works as a product developer for food growth companies. Halmetoja has been popularizing health benefits and unique uses of e.g. chaga mushroom, chocolate, wild foods, various berries and medicinal herbs. Halmetoja maintains a non-profit website, a database for finding local springs around Finland and hosts weekly talk show – InspiRadio Podcast. He has also written a book on chaga mushroom as well as co-authored the Biohacker’s Handbook. Halmetoja is a popular lecturer with over 500 public lectures and performances.




MD Olli Sovijärvi (FIN)

Licensed General Practitioner, Helsinki Antioxidant Clinic, Author @ Biohacker’s Handbook

Olli Sovijärvi is a Licensed General Practitioner at Helsinki Antioxidant Clinic and co-author of the Biohacker’s Handbook. He is one of the pioneers in holistic medicine in Finland and the only Finnish medical doctor with a psychologic-philosophical Integral Theory degree from John F. Kennedy University. Sovijärvi graduated 2006 as a licensed physician from University of Helsinki. He has pioneered health podcasts in Finland with Helsinki Paleo Podcast and Biohacker’s Podcast. Sovijärvi has also consulted many natural health brands and organizations.


Biohacker Summit Stockholm - 18 May 2018

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