Program Information

The borders between perception and reality are increasingly blurred by pharmaceuticals and technology.  Our brains process the signals we perceive, triggering immediate reactions and affecting long-term wellness.  Join us as we explore the use of psychedelics, altered reality, and virtual reality in changing perceptions to create healthy outcomes.

Join us on Wednesday, November 20 to learn and discuss more.

This program will be moderated by Central Coast MIT Enterprise Forum Program Chair, Mike Smith.


About the Speakers




MICHAEL SMITH, Program Chair, MIT Enterprise Forum

Mike Smith is an advocate of systems thinking, data visualization, transparent modeling and scenario-based forecasting, he worked with internal and external clients to leverage emerging technologies for creating or transforming business models.

He was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at FastSpring where he was responsible for advancing the state of the art in global ecommerce solutions. Prior to FastSpring, he was CTO at Verisk Analytics, where he succeeded the business growth through technological innovation as Chief Technology Officer/Chief Architect at Interthinx, a Verisk Analytics company. Prior to joining Interthinx, he was Chief Software Architect for Strategic Analytics, where he developed patented technologies in non-linear time series decomposition and scenario-based forecasting for retail lending. 

Mike taught courses in complex systems analysis and portfolio modeling to top retail lenders around the world, developing new business in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, and Asia.


Event & Ticket Information

Event Date:  Wednesday, February 19, 2019, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Where: 670 Mission Canyon Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93105


  • Student: $15.00
  • General-Early-Bird (online only): $30.00
    Sign up now & save $10 off general walk-in rate. Offer ends Monday, February 17 at 10 p.m.
  • General-Walk-in: $40.00
  • Parking: FREE


  • 5:00 – 6:00 Networking Hour, Online Check-in & Registration for Walk-ins
  • 6:00 – 7:30 Presentation/Panelist Discussion
  • 7:30 – 8:00 Q&A

Tickets include appetizers and refreshments for both online and walk-in registrants. (Beer or wine separate– cash, pre-paid online or at door.)

If you miss the Online Early-Bird Offer, we welcome guests on the day of the event at the Walk-in rate. (Online rate not applicable.) 

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