Two days, 21 brilliant minds, 21 minutes each, 4 amazing debates to stimulate your brain

Dont miss a new edition of the Brilliant Minds Congress in Madrid. A close encounter to exchange thoughts and experiences on education, philosophy, science, technology and many other fields of knowledge.

A singular event that stands out for the level of speakers. Speakers that in share their thoughts with the public.

Dr. José Antonio Marina

Dr. José Antonio Marina: Talent, intelligence in action

Spanish exponent on phenomenology. His fascination for the creative capacity of human intelligence led him to the exciting study of its mechanisms. He focuses his study on the mechanisms of artistic creativity, especially in the area of language.
Richard Gerver

Richard Gerver: The Perfect Teacher

Known as of the most important education experts of his generation, Gerver proposes solutions to adapt teaching to the new realities. He is co-founder of "The International Curriculum Foundation" which helps schools and authorities around the world to develop new systems of education that will help young people to be able to face the future. He worked closely with Sir Ken Robinson in his book The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything. Author of Creating Tomorrow's Schools Today, he works with different media companies and he writes for The Times and The Daily Telegraph. In addition to appearances on the BBC and having performed a series for the thematic channel "The Teacher's TV Channel" to help other teachers to rediscover their passion. He has worked with some of the largest organizations in the world such as HBOS, Skanska, the British Council or RBS, and has helped a large number of people understand how to overcome fear and emotional uncertainty caused by the current economic crisis .
Margarita Álvarez

Margarita Álvarez: Adecco award to "the brightest young idea"

Margarita Alvarez is the Director of Marketing and Communication at Adecco. Studied law. During the time at University, had the opportunity to work in several companies each year (Insurance, Studio Photography, Tax, Naval Engineering and Electronics). Did an MBA at the Business School and since, continued to work as a tutor and teacher. At the end of the master began working at Coca-Cola where she spent 15 years, the last, as Assistant to the President and as Experiential Marketing Manager, as well as President of Coca-Cola Institute of Happiness. For two years her career is linked to the Adecco Group.
Dr. Manuel Campo Vidal

Dr. Manuel Campo Vidal: Presenter and moderator

Manuel Campo Vidal Journalist (UAB), Industrial Technical Engineer (UPC) and Doctor in Sociology (UCM). Has presented more than 2,000 news reports and programmes on Spanish Television and on Antena 3, as well as the programme Hora 25 on the radio station Cadena Ser. He chaired the first televised election debate in 1993 between Felipe Gonzalez and Jose Maria Aznar; in 2008, the debate between Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and Mariano Rajoy; and in 2011 the only televised debate between Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba and Mariano Rajoy. He is President of the Television Academy, Author of the books “¿Por qué los españoles comunicamos tan mal?” (Random House Mondadori), “¿Por qué los profesionales no comunicamos mejor?” (RBA) and “Adolfo Suárez. El presidente inesperado de la Transición” (RBA). He cooperates with RNE (Spanish National Radio) in the section "Comunica que algo queda" of the programme "No es un dia cualquiera).
Poli Rincón

Hipólito Rincón: Participará en el debate Super-educa-acción

One of the most famous Spanish footballers of all time, played for Real Madrid four seasons (78-81), being league champions on two occasions and Real Betis for 9 seasons, he was top scorer in the 82-83 season and top scorer in the history of the club in the first division. He played for the Spanish national team 22 games, been the top scorer on the famous 12-1 to Malta with 4 goals. He played the final of Euro 84 Spain lost against Platini's France in the Parc des Princes. Currently he is a sports commentator on "Game Time" in COPE.
Ángel Bonet

Ángel Bonet: Co-moderador del debate "Tecnología Infinito.0"

Innovation and strategy in marketing and sales expert, with over twenty years of experience, has developed its activity in the field of consulting and services, through family business, start-ups and multinationals. Is Daemon Quest founding partner, the first consulting firm is Spain specializing in Customer Strategy & Intelligence and previously trained professionally in Group A hostess (leading Task Force) and Euphon-Sono (leader in audiovisual communication), which was commercial director in both, after many years of cutting his teeth in sales. He is currently a partner of Indra Business Consulting, Spanish multinational technology and services with more than 42,000 employees in 110 countries worldwide. Actively involved in the publication of opinion pieces in major national media as well as in Latin America, and specialized blogs.
Dr. Prof. Cacabelos

Dr. Ramón Cacabelos: Brain, Mind and Human Genomics

Considered one of the most important Spanish researchers for his contributions to the knowledge of the human mind and degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, is a prolific author with over 22 books, 500 original scientific papers, 655 abstracts and communications to national congresses and international, and over 80 popular science publications. His scientific work focuses on the genomics of the human brain in aging and dementia, and the implementation of personalized treatments based on principles of pharmacogenomics, an area which is one of the leading exponents worldwide. Leading an international team has advanced knowledge of the genes responsible for neuronal degeneration, has created an Alzheimer's vaccine approved by the Patent Office of the United States, to prevent the disease or reverse its manifestations in early stages, and has developed the first card to be personalized pharmacogenetics of drug therapy. Doctor in Medicine and Surgery, studied at the University of Oviedo, specializing in neuropsychiatry and neurodegenerative diseases in Japan. He is Professor of Genomic Medicine and Vice Chancellor for Research and Science UCJC.
Dr. Juan Ignacio Cirac

Dr. Juan Ignacio Cirac: The door to Artificial Intelligence

Physicist, has been involved in research projects at the Universities of Harvard, Hamburg, Santa Barbara, Oxford, Hanover, Bristol, Paris, the Saclay Center for Nuclear Studies, the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Paris, and the Institute of Technology (MIT). His research focuses on quantum information theory. He has developed a computer system based on quantum mechanics tha allows much faster algorithm design. Since 2001 directs of the Theoretical Division at the Max-Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Germany.
Andrés Contreras

Andrés Contreras: Born an entrepreneur

Entrepreneur since he was 12 years old, Andrés (Ciudad Real 1995) is the Co-founder and CTO of SocialTech LLC, the leading "social media" and "market research" management dashboard for small- and mid- sized businesses, is a web-based platform that allows businesses to manage & monitor their social media presence, find targeted leads & build engagement with new and existing customers. Mentor at Founder Institute Madrid and occasional Speaker. He is currently doing his PhD in Artificial Intelligence at Stanford University.
Chris Dancy

Chris Dancy: The Online Being

He calls himself the most connected human on Earth. He has made monitorization of his bodies daily activity a way of life: dozens of different systems record virtually every one of his movements in real time. He uses several wereables, including Google Glasses, a Fitbit wristband and a Pebble smart watch. The appliances in his home are intelligent, the scale, the illumination system and the fridge. In his bed he has a quilt with sensors that maintain records of his movements while sleeping. Even his dog wears a pager that logs everything he does. The same thing applies to his professional life. Thanks to online protocols such as IFTTT, he keeps track of everything he publishes and reads on the Internet, then you can use Google tools to find what what he wants in those files. He uses software to track all his activity on social networks, and not to miss anything that is said about him. Dancy believes it's only a matter of time and soon the world will end up with a lifestyle very similar to his.
Juan de la Cierva

Juan de la Cierva: The adventure of innovation

Telecommunications engineer and entrepreneur from a young age. At 20 years old he invented the photo finish that took the dispute to the horse races and championships in athletics, he bought patent Omega since that is who timed the Olympic Games. He made the first broadcast television in Spain in 1955 with seven devices he built and in 1959 the first helicopter in Cuba, fleeing Havana after Fidel Castro personally meet and Che Guevara. He patented more than 50 inventions in the US and won the first Oscar for a Spanish Hollywood for his Dynalens. He recently designed their new super fast helicopter flying at 600 miles per hour and will soon be built.
Laura Dekker

Laura Dekker: The youngest solo circumnavigator ever

Born on a boat during a seven-year trip by his parents and at the age of six she became the owner of her first boat and learned to sail it. In 2009, she announced her intention to become the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe solo, and had to resolve a series of problems to go on the trip alone (because of her age), successfully completing a solo circumnavigation in a 38 feet boat of two masts, arriving to Simpson Bay, Saint Martin, on January 21st, 2012 after 366 days and at only 16 years of age.
Albert Espinosa

Albert Espinosa: Life experiences

Writer, actor and film director. Creator of '4th Floor' and the TV series 'Red Bangles', which was based on his own life experiences. At the age of 13 he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma and had a leg amputated. He suffered metastasis and also had to remove a lung (16) and the part of his liver (18). At 19 he began to study for Industrial Engineering at the Technical School of Industrial Engineering of Barcelona at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.
Luis Feduchi

Luis Feduchi: Arquitectura extrema

Renowned architect with a large international presence, has developed his professional and teaching career in Spain, India, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, USA and Australia. He is Director of the multidisciplinary team of students and professors from the University of Queensland (Australia) that proved to be the last February one of three winners of the International Competition for the recovery of the region devastated by the tsunami in eastern Japan, 2011. today it deals, among other projects, the construction of the protection of archaeological excavations and explorations of the lost city of Muziris and the Field Museum in Pattanam, Kerala, India. Directs the School of Architecture and Technology UCJC.
Carlos Fernández

Carlos Fernández: Policía 2.0

Policía Nacional. Creator, planner and head of the Communication program, Citizen Services, Security Training and Awareness for the Spanish "Police 2.0" Carlos has lead the implementation and development of social networks for the Police, becoming the absolute leader in Spain in the main Social Media platforms. Recognized as the leader in number of Twitter followers (750,000), he has become a benchmark in the world by the actions and content as well as his strategic model which has been studied by specialists as a case of business success. He has been recognized, along with his team as the best Spanish Community Manager at the TweetAwards 2013 and won other prizes such as Fundetec or the Forocompol award for Best Institutional Communication (2014).
Gulalai Ismail

Gulalai Ismail: Being a woman in Pakistan

Founder and president of Aware Girls, an organization that supports gender equality and empowerment of women. Completed in 2012, an MPhil in Biotechnology at Quaid-e-Azam University, but had already begun work on Aware Girls at age 16 with the idea of creating a platform that will challenge the culture of violence and oppression of women in rural areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in northwest Pakistan. Gulalai fashion women human rights and leadership skills. It teaches them to negotiate within their families and their parents for education and control of their own lives. He has been recognized as one of the top 100 global thinkers of 2013 by Foreign Policy magazine.
Jason Kessler

Jason Kessler: Are we smarter than dinosaurs?

NASA's Asteroid Grand Challenge Program Executive, is working to use open innovation to help accelerate NASA’s existing efforts to find all asteroid threats to human populations and know what to do about them. Kessler began his professional career at NASA back in 1994 after graduating with a degree in Chemistry. His entrepreneurial spirit eventually led him back to school, earning his MBA. Several businesses later, Jason returned to NASA.
D. Money-Coutts

Drummond Money-Coutts: DMC, beyond the magic

Known as "DMC" is a regular contributor magician National Geographic Channel and "AS" of the cards. He studied at Westbourne House School and from there went to Eton, where he founded the magic club. While at Eton, his friends did outdoor sport, DMC plunged into the world of cards and magic. After visiting India, Tanzania, Kenya, in May 2010 traveled to the place where supposedly born magic, Egypt, to shoot his fifth short solo, "DMC: What is Magic" trying to figure out what the magic means today, after so many thousands of years of development.
Paco Montalvo

Paco Montalvo: Live performance

The youngest violinist to debut at Carnegie Hall's main auditorium in New York. Critics call him "A dazzling musician". At 21 he is described as one of the four best violinists in the world. At an early age he began playing with his father, later studying with Yuri Petrossian and from 8 years with Nestor Eidler. Paco Montalvo continues the musical tradition of violinists and composers, performing an extensive musical activity.
Gabriela Montero

Gabriela Montero: Freedom is not improvised, it is conquered

Venezuelan pianist, known for his improvisations on classical themes. He performed his first public performance at the age of three. At age eight, he made his first concert debut with the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar, led by José Antonio Abreu. Besides its widespread reputation as one of the few classical improvisers in the world, it is considered a great pianist in the classical repertoire. His concert schedule takes her to the best clubs and appears as soloist with major orchestras. His albums with EMI have won awards such as the Echo Preis in Germany and was nominated for a Grammy for his album Baroque. On 20 January 2009 he participated in the Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama.
Ahn Myeong Chul

Ahn Myeong Chul: North Korea, a tyranny in the XXI century

He was guarding the camp of political prisoners in North Korea in 12 different prisons for eight years of his life. Ahn admits having participated in violent acts but claims never killed anyone. In 1994, his father committed suicide because the Labor Party accused him of treason, and his mother and brothers were moved immediately to one of the Gulag. At that moment, he understood that he had to escape, so he began a long journey in which he made it to South Korea, where today it has become one of the 120 voices denouncing the existence of these camps held Kim Jong Un. He is currently Secretary General of the Center for Democracy in North Korea.
Anxo Pérez

Anxo Pérez: The steps to creativity

Premio Emprendedores de Deloitte 2013, premio Ciudadano Europeo 2014, Premio Emprendedor del Año 2015 y premio en EE.UU. por el estado de Ohio a la Mejor Trayectoria Profesional en 2016, es el creador de 8Belts.com, un método único en el mundo que garantiza hablar un idioma en menos de ocho meses. Este emprendedor nacido en Fisterra, Galicia, se formó en Estados Unidos, Bélgica y China. Ha trabajado para el FBI y en la ONU, ha sido intérprete de Barack Obama, tiene 5 titulaciones universitarias, toca 9 instrumentos musicales y domina 9 idiomas. Tras su éxito como emprendedor, publicó el libro “Los 88 Peldaños del Éxito” y a los 50 días se convirtió en el libro más vendido de España. Desde entonces ha dado más de 300 conferencias en los 5 continentes y 600 entrevistas en medios nacionales e internacionales. Anxo está a punto de publicar su nuevo libro La Inteligencia del Éxito, una de las mayores apuestas de la temporada de su editorial Alienta (Planeta).
Dr. Jorge Reynolds

Dr. Jorge Reynolds: Qué complicación si se te para el corazón

Colombian engineer, is known worldwide for being in 1958 invented the first artificial pacemaker. Organized until thirty-eight expeditions at home and abroad for studies and research in the heart of different species of terrestrial and aquatic animals. Since 1984 there have been six expeditions to Isla Gorgona, electrocardiograms (ECG) were recorded humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). In August 2011 he announced the release of as little as a third of a grain of rice and does not need a pacemaker battery. Such pacemakers may be seen by cardiologists "from anywhere in the world."
Tom Shadyac

Tom Shadyac: What is going on with our world?

One of Hollywood’s all-time leading comedy directors with his films, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Nutty Professor, Liar, Liar, Patch Adams, and Bruce Almighty grossing nearly 2 billion dollars of box office. Recently, Tom switched gears and wrote and directed his first documentary, I AM, which explores two fundamental questions – What’s wrong with our world, and what can we do about it? But Tom is much more than a film director. For the past few years, he has been speaking to sold out audiences, inspiring young and old alike with his impassioned style and unflappable belief in the human spirit. He has appeared on numerous national television shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Ellen Degeneres Show. Last year, Tom wrote his first book, Life's Operating Manual, which promptly hit the New York Times Bestseller list.
Daniel Stix

Daniel Stix: Hungry for greatness

Son of an American father (from Ohio) and a spanish mother, is a teenager that at the age of 14 became the youngest wheelchair basketball player in history to play in the Champions Cup, the top competition of their discipline. For Stix, born with paralysis in his lower limbs, there are no limits and this has led him to become a professional wheelchair basketball player with CD Fundosa ONCE. A promising young sportsmen that knows better than most what it means to overcome obstacles. As he says "The only way to discover your limits is to always go a little further." Stix is now focused in wheelchair basketball but it's not the only sport he's played in his life. He has practiced swimming for several years and also competed in skiing, where he became champion for Spain U18. He also plays the saxophone since the age of six and is already dreaming about his future studies possibly in a science major. His effort certainly has been rewarded: he has recently been shortlisted to participate in the next wheelchair basketball World Cup to be held in July in South Korea.
James Tagg

James Tagg: Born inventor, mobile technologies that redefine your world

Both an inventor and an entrepreneur, James has over 20 years of experience bringing new mobile telephony and other technologies to market. In 1989 James founded Moonstone Technology, which developed touchscreen technology now found in products throughout the world. Following this successful venture, he founded Truphone (www.truphone.com) to address the issues which limit international communication. James studied Engineering and Management at Cambridge University, and has a BSc in Physics and Computer Science from Manchester University.
Alberto Vollmer

Alberto Vollmer: The Alcatraz Project

Besides being the president of Ron Santa Teresa, leads the Alcatraz project was born as a response to an armed robbery at a safety inspector from his company. Once captured, Vollmer gave him a choice between going to jail or paying with his lack unpaid for three months. He accepted the second option and after him, many other criminals joined the project, whose main component playing regular rugby as a mechanism for the prevention of crime and drug use. Currently the rugby team of Alcatraz Project participates in national and international tournaments. Vollmer openly expresses the importance of investing in social issues to achieve the progress of society and business.
Thubten Wangchen

Ven. Thubten Wangchen: Freedom for Tibet

He is a Tibetan Buddhist monk, director of the Tibet House Foundation in Barcelona and direct disciple of Dalai Lama. Thubten Wangchen lives in Spain since 1982 and he is the European director of the Tibetan Parliament in exile. This human rights activist left his land at the age of 4 after the Chinese occupation of Tibet and spent much of his childhood in Nepal and India, where with the help of the Indian government, he was educated in the teachings and Tibetan culture.
Jeff Widener

Jeff Widener: Tank Man

Photographer known for his iconic image The Unknown Rebel, taken in 1989, during the protests in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. He was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1990. At age 17, Jeff won the National Photography Prize 1974 Kodak / Scholastic, scholarship that included a safari to East Africa. At age 25, he accepted positions abroad with United Press International in Brussels and later as Picture Editor Associated Press Southeast Asia in Bangkok. Lucky to be alive, Widener has survived fighting in Sri Lanka, rocket attacks in Afghanistan and stabbing in the West Bank or an attempted kidnapping of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. He is credited with the transmission of the first images of digital news from the South Pole.
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