2021 INS Annual Meeting
Online Conference
November 4-5

Neurotechnology with Everyone: Engineering the Building Blocks of Global Participation

Friday November 5, 2021
6:00p EDT / 22:00 UTC

Throughout the past decade, do-it-yourself (DIY) neurotechnology communities have expanded as a result of increased accessibility of direct-to-consumer neurotechnologies and emergence of open-source software infrastructure including BCI2000, Brainflow, and [email protected] While the ethical, legal, and social implications of DIY neurotechnologies have been examined in detail, their communities have received little guidance on ethical innovation beyond that offered to academic and commercial counterparts. As DIY communities expand participation in neurotechnology across the global population, what guidance might the neuroethics community offer?

This workshop will introduce participants to the state-of-the-art in DIY neurotechnology and gather preliminary guidance for the DIY community.



  • Prepared question prompts for speakers (20 minutes)
  • Open discussion guided by attendee questions (40 minutes)


Registered meeting attendees can participate in this live discussion on Zoom. Register to attend this activity and all sessions included in the schedule.

Live: Friday, November 5, 6:00p EDT / 22:00 UTC (calendar)

Zoom webinar link will be posted here. To access the webinar, participants will enter a password and their email address (the one used to register for the meeting). Passwords will be distributed to registered participants one week before the meeting begins.


A recording of this virtual session is expected to be available for meeting attendees approximately two weeks after the meeting concludes.



Sarah Hamburg


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Anna Wexler

University of Pennsylvania

Anna Wexler is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the principal investigator of the Wexler Lab, where she studies the ethical, legal, and social issues surrounding emerging technology, with a particular focus on do-it-yourself medicine, direct-to-consumer health products, and neuroethics.

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Rafael Yuste

Columbia University

Rafael Yuste is Professor of Biological Sciences at Columbia University. He studies the function and pathology of the cerebral cortex, using optical methods. Yuste obtained his MD in Madrid. After working in Brenner's laboratory in Cambridge, he was a PhD student with Katz in Wiesel’s laboratory at Rockefeller University, and postdoctoral student of Tank at Bell Laboratories. He joined Columbia in 1996 and is director of its Neurotechnology Center. Yuste led a group of researchers who proposed the U.S. BRAIN Initiative, helped coordinate the International BRAIN Initiative. He is involved in developing ethical guidelines for Neurotechnology ('NeuroRights').


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Garrett Flynn

University of Southern California
[email protected]

Garrett Flynn is an MA student in the Cinematic Arts (Media Arts, Games, and Health) program at the University of Southern California. As a founding partner of [email protected], his work focuses on the promotion of responsible innovation in open and do-it-yourself neurotechnology communities, enabled through the development of accessible biosensing infrastructure supported by modern web technologies.

Joshua Brewster

[email protected]