Beau Lotto is a renowned neuroscientist, Director of the Change Lab at University College London, co-Director of the branding Neuro-Design lab Beautiful Mind and CEO of Silicon Valley start-up Ripples Inc. The Change Lab is a research space that unites science, theatre and the arts to explore change at the personal, social and environmental levels; Beautiful Mind is an innovation consultancy company that enables experiences to foster applied creativity in organisations; and Ripples Inc is a Silicon Valley start-up that unites neuroscience, behavioural research and digital technology in creating the first truly social sharing and exchange.
Beau has been conducting and presenting research on human perception and behaviour for more than 25 years. His work extends beyond pure neuroscience and deep into the spheres of education, business and the arts. His experimentalist and visionary approach is winning Beau an ever-wider public audience. He was recently awarded the Josef Albers Prize for ‘Disruptive Innovation’ at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York; featured on two BBC Horizon programmes, National Geographic’s Brain Games, spoke at Google Zeitgeist, Wired, The Point Conference and at two main-stage TEDs.
Beau was the first scientist to exhibit at the Hayward Gallery on the South Bank. He created the first public perception lab at the London Science Museum and is now working with the Chilean government to develop a new science institute that enables young girls from deprived backgrounds to conduct true science as a means of transforming their lives – and thus their local communities – through the process of science itself.
Grounded in his own neuroscience research at University College London, his talks reveal the principles of personal and cultural innovation across disciplines. Beau spoke at the 2013 G8 Summit in Northern Ireland about innovation in education and business. He also spoke at the 2013 Google Zeitgeist on the future of education alongside Sugata Mitra. He will be running a pilot programme at secondary schools that unites science and design technology.
Beau's silicon valley start-up is creating technologies that will enable true social networking between children. He has also developed a number of apps that enable children to explore concepts of abstraction. Using these technologies teachers are able to assess the different learning strategies of children. The focus of all these projects and programmes is 'seeing differently'; to provide young people with the space, technology and way of being that enables them to become adaptable in an ever changing environment ... something both education and businesses need to achieve.