Meeting at the intersection of
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Join us for a virtual conference featuring leaders in tech and EQ to explore how AI and EQ can collaborate to build emotional connections for our future

March 24, 2020, Online

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Ever get the feeling the world is full of too many distractions? Research shows the ability to stay focused is a competitive advantage, in work and in life. However, in an age of ever-increasing demands on our attention, how do we stay productive and stay sane?

Nir Eyal, bestselling author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, wrote the book on the secret psychology behind the world’s most engaging products and services. In his new book and talk, Indistractable, Nir provides the antidote to the current distraction crisis. But rather than blaming tech for our troubles, Nir dives into the root causes of distraction, exposing the surprising truth behind why we tend to go off track.


From the filter bubble to apps designed to addict, algorithms are driving us toward feelings of scarcity, polarization and discontent. How do we take back control and make technology serve us rather than vice versa? 

  • Mikko Alasaarela, evangelist for open-data 
  • Bjørn Ihler, counter extremism expert leveraging tech for a peaceful, civil society 
  • Wendy Wu, Co-Founder, Wonder Technology & researcher on emotions for AI
  • Ivy Mahsciao, Founder & Product Scientist at Evermind AI
  • Mucha Mlingo, Founder of PTS, and emotional intelligence specialist
  • Jerri Lynn Hogg, Director, Media Psychology Program at Fielding Graduate University
  • Moderator: Alex Schwartz, Consultant, Speaker & Growth Strategist


In an era where there is data about everything, are we measuring what matters? As the Fourth Industrial Revolution accelerates our changing of ourselves, are we “biohacking” our way to a better future, or to the end of our humanness?

  • Kate Green Tripp, Senior Platform Editor at Elemental, Medium’s Health & Wellness publication
  • Deborah Rozman, behavioral psychologist and CEO of HeartMath, working to activate the heart of humanity – using technology 
  • Elias Arjan, Biohacker and Senior Vice President at Biostrap
  • Phnam Bagley, Partner + Creative Director, NONFICTION


When emotional intelligence meets technology, can apps improve learning? How are  we equipping kids to thrive in the “brave new world” of complexity, change and chaos? 

  • Paulina Olsson, CEO of Peppy Pals, where hearts grow smart
  • Cephas Howard, Chief Play Officer at Play.institute
  • Carrie Southworth Johnson, Cofounder, Twigtale
  • Ann McCormick, founder of The Learning Company and Apple’s first education evangelist 
  • Teodora Pavkovic, Psychotherapist & Parenting Coach, Parenting in the Age of Technology


As we move more deeply into the Digital Age, companies, governments & institutions are grappling with the balance of head & heart. AI is here – is it replacing us, or can we adopt it in a way that serves our aspirations? What does it take to shift our culture and business and technology to work together?

  • Christian Kromme, futurist & bestselling author of Humanification: Go Digital, Stay Human
  • Tatiana Coviello, author on digital transformation; HR Director and member of the board leading digitalization at Volksbank
  • Paul Zak, neuroeconomist and author of The Moral Molecule and The Trust Factor  
  • Carolina Filinich, Digital Business Strategy, Innovation and Change
  • Guillermo Armenta Garrido, Digital Transformation Partner, New World Insight


A lively, interactive 30-minute “Town Hall” facilitated by Joshua Freedman, Corey Harnish & Mark Gonzales. Together we’ll identify the lessons learned from EMOTIONAI and, most importantly, how to use these insights.

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The virtual Conference on the Intersection of Tech & Emotions



Today, technology is changing human emotion and wellbeing – for good and for ill.

Innovation is proceeding at breakneck speed. Individually and collectively, is it taking us where we want to go? If not, what will we do?



On March 24, 2020, experts on AI, tech-assisted learning, and emotional intelligence will share insights on the intersection of AI & EQ in a free online summit. 




We will consider…


how are algorithms changing our emotional wellbeing?


what’s the social, business & human effect of teaching AIs about emotions?


how can we grow EQ to cope better with the digital era?


can AI (& tech more generally) actually help our EQ, and can our EQ help AI?

The conference is free online, but spaces are limited. Please sign up here to save your spot.


Nir Eyal

Author, Indistractable

Nir Eyal is formerly a Lecturer in Marketing at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and also taught at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design. His first book, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, is an international bestseller and taught companies how to design more engaging products. His second bestseller, Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life, reveals the Achilles’ heel of distraction and provides a guidebook for getting the best of technology without letting it get the best of us. Indistractable received critical acclaim, winning the 2019 Outstanding Works of Literature (OWL) Award, was named one of the Best Business and Leadership Books of the Year, according to Amazon and one of the Best Personal Development Books of the Year by Audible. Nir blogs at NirAndFar.com

Mikko Alasaarela

Impact Entrepreneur, Open Data Advocate

I am a husband and father, an impact entrepreneur, a community builder, and a researcher, consultant and speaker on AIs that influence us. This includes emotionally intelligent AIs, algorithmic incentives, social media algorithms, mind control AIs and more.

I believe in the power of community, and want to help ethical entrepreneurs to make their impact to our societies and environment by engaging their communities to their cause.

If you want to learn to wield algorithmic influence or build an active, thriving community around your cause, contact me.

Bjørn Ihler

Cofounder, Khalifa Ihler Institute

Bjørn Ihler is an international counter extremism expert, technologist and activist working as a editor, writer and filmmaker to develop spaces for dialogue and peace-building between people and communities who are radically different. In 2016 Ihler co-founded the Khalifa Ihler institute which works for peace through knowledge, technology and design. Since 2016 Ihler has also been part of the Kofi Annan Foundation initiative Extremely Together and exploring means of countering violent extremism as one of ten young leaders in the field from across the world. Ihler is building his work on a foundation in communication, technology, data and computational sociology as well as his academic background in peace and conflict studies.

Ivy Mahsciao

Founder & Product Scientist at Evermind AI

Ivy is a product scientist and champion for human potential. She creates social technologies that help people (re)interpret their potentials and impacts in the world by bringing our social and emotional selves back online.
In the attention economy, she drives brands, marketers, designers, and creators forward to not only be accountable but also dangerously proficient in the new digital psychology that is effectively changing behaviors and lives every day.

Christian Kromme

Futurist, Speaker & Bestselling Author of HUMANIFICATION

Christian Kromme was an innovative tech-entrepreneur for 15 years until he discovered the DNA pattern behind disruptive innovation and how to use this to predict the next big wave of technological disruption.

Now Christian is one of the most in-demand futurist keynote speakers, speaking in front of tens of thousands of entrepreneurs, business leaders and policymakers about the radical impact of disruptive technologies on humans and organizations.

Wendy Wu

Co-Founder, Wonder Technology & researcher on emotions for AI

Wendy has built three market leading data companies. With her unique experience mix in Emotional Intelligence, Psychometrics, Big Data & AI, she has helped 1.6 million students, 3.5 million young professionals and more than 200 fast growing companies in China achieve their potential.

Personal Mission: Connect everyone to the power of AI & EQ, so we enjoy our life to the full!

吴岱妮(Wendy Wu)
联合创始人,想象科技(Wonder Technology)
创始人& 高级合伙人,顶尖人物测评咨询(New Leaders Group)
创始人,全球最具权威的情商研究机构—6秒钟情商研究发展机构(中国)(6 Seconds China)


Mucha Mlingo

Founder, Premier Training Services & EQ Expert

An EQ Fanatic & changemaker, Mucha is on a mission to transform Africa.

Mucha believes that individuals, communities & organisations can leverage the scientifically-based skill of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) to increase effectiveness, improve wellbeing, strengthen relationships and improve quality of life. Mucha is passionate about empowering people to take ownership of a positive future

She is the Founder & Lead Training Consultant of PTS Africa, a boutique training & consultancy firm dedicated
to the development of people. PTS Africa use its expertise in EQ as a foundation to assist organisations to successfully navigate change, adopt a positive organisational culture and drive performance.

Carrie Southworth Johnson

Cofounder, Twigtale

During her upbringing as an expatriate, Carrie Southworth Johnson spent a large portion of her childhood in Tanzania, before returning to the US for high school and college.  She received her BA in Economics from the University of Virginia and worked on the bond trading floor at Chase Manhattan Bank before leaving sanity behind to travel the world as a model for Elite Model Management.  Her 10-year career included work in New York, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Milan, after which she transitioned into TV and film, ultimately landing leading roles in both mediums. After the birth of her first child, Carrie and a childhood friend started Twigtale, a personalized book company focused on the social/emotional health of young children. Twigtale was selected as a member of the inaugural Disney Accelerator and has received over $1 million in private investment.

Carrie is a devoted wife and mom living in Los Angeles with her husband and four young children. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work from the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. In addition to serving as board chair for LIFT – LA, she is on the Board of Pluralistic School One in Santa Monica and is entering her second term on the Board of Trustees for The Madeira School, one of the nation’s leading all-girls boarding schools.

Jerri Lynn Hogg

Director, Media Psychology Program at Fielding Graduate University

Dr. Jerri Lynn Hogg is a media psychologist, director of the Media Psychology program at Fielding Graduate University, 2015 President of the American Psychological Association’s Society for Media Psychology and Technology, co-creator of Fielding’s Certificate in Brand Psychology and Audience Engagement, and co-author of Mad Men Unzipped. She integrates her passion for telehealth, technology, and digital environments with research to advance the understanding of the positive use of media and technologies and their physical, cognitive, and emotional impact. Jerri Lynn is a coveted industry speaker and with over 50 scholarly presentations on media psychology, is a pioneer in the field of Media Psychology. She worked with the U.S. DOD Global Operations on an anti-terrorism simulation using narrative psychology to degrade terrorist messaging and with DARPA-sponsored work group on cognitive defense to understand and combat human vulnerabilities exploited by misinformation.

Her current focus includes screen time for young children, media initiative for peace building in Ireland with young children; brand psychology strategies; augmented and virtual environment design solutions; and narrative messaging for positive change.

Dr. Hogg is a frequent expert speaker on immersive media (ISMAR, AWE, Digital Hollywood, & American Psychological Association) with several publications on augmented and virtual reality including Cognitive Design Considerations for Augmented Reality, Audience Profiling: Engaging in the AR/VR/Realtime World, What Is the Real World Anyway? Exploring Design in Built and Virtual Worlds, and Sense of presence. She is also the author of Bridging Research and Practice: Using Proactive Narratives in a U.S. Department of Defense White Paper Assessing and Anticipating Threats to US Security Interests and recently contributed to the International Encyclopedia of Media Psychology. Dr. Hogg is currently working with IEEE for standards in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality.

Dr. Hogg holds a PhD in Psychology and an MS in Communications and Information management. You can find her on Twitter @HoggJL and blogging for PsychologyToday.com.

Corey Harnish

Social Impact Entertainment Specialist

I’m Corey Harnish and I am a Social Impact Entertainment Specialist. For the last 5 years, I’ve been on a journey to increase the overall well-being of the world and instill happiness within the hearts and minds of individuals, families, and communities.

Most importantly, I believe one of the most influential ways to do this is by merging the worlds of Entertainment (TV/Film/Media/Games) with the social impact space to raise awareness about global challenges, such as bullying, depression, and isolation. Through entertainment we can spread awareness and fuel people to alleviate these challenges, whether they exist in their own lives, or the lives of those close to them in a fun and meaningful way..

One of my most important goals in life is to create, inspire, and support productions, businesses, and communities of social impact specialists, who collaboratively work to catalyze positive social change – and I’ve already started.

Kate Green Tripp

Senior Platform Editor, Elemental

Editor at Elemental, a new Medium publication dedicated to featuring deeply reported, rigorous, and discerning science-backed stories in the health and wellness arena. As a writer, editor, and mindfulness devotee, Kate follows emerging research and trends around health, science, and well-being and works in collaboration with writers and industry leaders to hone and deliver impactful stories. With degrees in journalism and social policy, Kate has lived and worked in four countries and helped build two California wellness centers.

Joshua Freedman

CEO, Six Seconds

Emotions can be a resource to connect us with what matters most. What if every person, of every age, everywhere, had the skills & support to grow their emotional intelligence?

What if EVERYONE could grow empathy so we connect more deeply…. Increase emotional literacy so we can share what’s really happening… Strengthen abilities to make choices on purpose to make tomorrow better? That’s what we do at Six Seconds!

We’re working in over 200 countries & territories bringing a practical, measurable approach to increase value with emotional intelligence. From leadership & team development programs at places like FedEx, Qatar Airways, UN, US Navy, Microsoft, HSBC… to wellbeing programs at universities… to social emotional learning initiatives in partnership with UNICEF World Children’s Day.

Deborah Rozman

CEO at HeartMath Inc

I am a behavioral psychologist with 30 years of experience as a serial entrepreneur, business executive, educator, and author. I serve as President and co-CEO of HeartMath® Inc. where I oversee strategic the growth and expansion of HeartMath worldwide.

HeartMath’s mission is to help activate the heart of humanity through personal, social and global coherence. We develop Heart Rate Variability (HRV)) coherence technologies (emWave and Inner Balance) and provide Resilience building training programs that transform people’s lives, reducing overwhelm and anxiety and improving health and performance. I also serve on the 501 (c) 3 non profit HeartMath Institute scientific advisory board and Global Coherence Initiative steering committee.

Paul Zak

Founder, Immersion Neuroscience; Director, Center for Neuroeconomics Studies, Claremont University

Human connection. Paul’s two decades of research have taken him from the Pentagon to Fortune 50 boardrooms to the rain forest of Papua New Guinea.  All this in a quest to understand the neuroscience of human connection, human happiness, and effective teamwork.  His academic lab and companies he has started develop and deploy neuroscience technologies to solve real problems faced by real people.

His latest book, Trust Factor: The Science of Creating High Performance Companies, uses neuroscience to measure and manage organizational cultures to inspire teamwork and accelerate business outcomes.  His 2012 book, The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity, recounted his unlikely discovery of the neurochemical oxytocin as the key driver of trust, love, and morality that distinguish our humanity.   In another obsession, Paul’s group uses neuroscience to quantify the impact of movies, advertising, stories, and consumer experiences.  Along the way, he has helped start several transdisciplinary fields, including neuroeconomics, neuromanagement, and neuromarketing.

Paulina Olsson

Co-Founder & CEO at Peppy Pals

Paulina is a young, inspiring entrepreneur with a strong vision to change the educational system for children to go beyond ABC and 123 and focus on the whole child. She holds a MSc. in International Business from Copenhagen Business School.

Only at the age of 22 she was named Sweden’s Top 10 Most Innovative Entrepreneurs, and just recently, Paulina was awarded by the Swedish King for her work with Peppy Pals and her value-based leadership skills.

Paulina is also a member of Six Seconds Advisory Board, one of the largest EQ-organizations in the world working for children’s wellbeing.

Phnam Bagley

Partner + Creative Director at Nonfiction

Phnam is an industrial designer with 15 years experience designing hardware in Audio, Wearables, Neurotech/Biotech, Luxury & Fashion, Packaging, Sports and Aerospace.

She specializes in turning groundbreaking technologies into attainable, intuitive and beautiful products that help humans become the best versions of themselves.
Phnam works with a variety of companies, from Fortune 500 to startups, covering 4 continents. Clients include Intel, Comcast, Facebook, Atari, Movida, Halo Neuroscience and more.
Familiar with both overseas and local manufacturing, she connects clients and factories via trusted partners, making the transition from design to engineering, prototyping and marketing as seamless and efficient as possible.

Phnam speaks internationally on the subject of “Design for a Better Future”, covering stories of inclusion, responsibility, design thinking, education and space exploration. 

Mark Gonzales

Cofounder, Deptartment of The Future

My name is Mark Gonzales. I was born in Alaska over four decades ago. My life sits at the center of technology, philosophy, pedagogy, and fatherhood. Over one hundred years ago, I had two sets of grandparents who left their homelands. One was from central Mexico, and the other was from France. They each birthed children who legally weren’t supposed to fall in love, yet did.

I am living proof of what is possible when love is stubborn for all the right reasons. The child of a mechanic and a custodian who became a Stanford professor. A person who transformed his mother’s death into a personal degree in global empathy. For while my life work extends in many directions, the axis remains the same: collaborate with cities and sectors to advance the most imaginative solutions humans are capable of.

I share this because if there was ever a time that mankind could benefit from dreaming and designing boldly, it is now. I also remind you if there was ever a time to love, it is always.

Cephas Howard

Chief Play Officer at Play.institute

The Play institute aims to further the development of products, insights, methods and practices relating to play. Cephas is the former Director for Innovation in Digital Play at The LEGO Group; now he is taking his 20 years of multidisciplinary experience and insights on researching, creating and launching innovative ideas, projects, products, brands, experiences and building teams into a new phase.

From consulting and collaborating with new companies and new areas of play and innovation to launching his own products and experiences. Able to call on a wealth of experience and also a wide network of highly skilled individuals and companies, the future is full of change, potential and excitement.

Cephas has spoken and presented at a number of great and varied events like SWIFT Business Forum Nordics, THU, Nordic Game Jam, Games First Helsinki, Digital Kids Today, for companies and institutions like SONY PICTURES, SWIFT, FORA on subjects like INNOVATION, PLAY, CREATIVITY, PITCHING, DESIGN FOR KIDS, GAMES DESIGN and more.

photo by skaegogballade.dk

Tatiana Coviello

HR Director and Board Member of the Bank

Over 12 years of experience in HR Management, specializing in Mergers, Cultural Integration, and
Digital Transformation.

My goal in HR is to restructure the business environment so it represents our new digital culture – a culture that has been changed by interconnectivity of the web an the constantly evolving technology. We need to response to this new world in all the HR processes – from hiring to organizational structure, performance review, career development, talent recruitment and retention.

Degrees in Economics and Psychology, both of which help on the job in understanding the business as well as the people side of management.

Guillermo Armenta Garrido

Digital Transformation Partner. Financial Business Impact Practice

Business Growth Strategist Advisor, Teacher, Writer and Speaker specializes in Corporate Strategy, Business Re invention, High Impact Innovation and passionate in Big Business challenges of Structural Transformation.

Guillermo has more than 18 years of experience in growth consulting, digital transformation and financial models for market penetration . His Focus is in maximize the financial return of corporate strategy. Using Market Research, Data Sciences, Econometric and Financial Modeling to identify high impact solutions for his clients.

Before joining Horizones Consulting he worked at Boston Consulting Group, Kantar Consulting, Deloitte Consulting. In his role as project leader, Guillermo promoted multidisciplinary teams to enhance business opportunities for global accounts and 200 strategic accounts.

Carolina Filinich

Digital Business Strategy | Agile Methodologies | Innovation

Leader with 18 years of experience managing strategic digital projects in the retail, export and financial sectors. Highly qualified in conformation and management of multidisciplinary and multigenerational teams of high performance. Proven success in planning, design and execution of effective digital strategies, launch of customer-centered products and services, commercial actions and innovative e-commerce developments. 

Head of Innovation at Supermercados Peruanos S.A. — the second largest supermarket and hypermarket chain in Peru. Company of the Intercorp Group, owner of several supermarket chains. Leadership of Scrum teams for design, development and implementation of prototypes, products and services using agile methodologies, design and development of omnichannel strategies.

Ann McCormick

CEO, LearningFriends

Ann founded the Learning Company, a children’s educational software company. She served as Chairman of the Board and Lead Designer, shaping the design of the company’s first 16 products, including Reader Rabbit and Rocky’s Boots. Under her leadership, TLC launched a new category of software and a leading national brand. Ann has served as an advisor to education and technology leaders in 15 nations and consulted with Apple Computer, IBM, Northern Telecom, and many other technology, publishing, research and telecommunications companies. She served as Vice President of VPL, a virtual reality company and gave invited lectures at Stanford, Harvard and the University of California. Ann wrote textbook chapters and articles on childhood and computing, and appeared on television shows such as the Donahue Show. She has won many awards, including the Parent’s Choice Award, Best Software of the Year from Learning Magazine and Entrepreneur of the Decade from Junior Achievement. Ann earned a doctorate in Education at the University of California at Berkeley, where she was invited to deliver the 100th Anniversary Commencement Address.

Elias Arjan

Biohacker and SVP, Biostrap

Elias is working with his global teams and partners to make the world a healthier place through science and technology.

As Senior Vice President of Biostrap, Elias is expanding knowledge of how the Biostrap platform can positively impact human health. Biostrap is working to empower people with deep insights into their physiology with clinical grade accuracy, via wearables and cutting edge software.

As the Executive Director of the Biohackers Collective, Elias is working in conjunction with organizers in 33+ cities world wide, to make Biohacking more accessible. The Biohackers Collective is a global not for profit that is dedicated to fostering community and sharing knowledge about how to unlock the code of ultimate human potential. 

Teodora Pavkovic

Psychotherapist & Parenting Coach, Parenting in the Age of Technology

Teodora Pavkovic is a psychotherapist, parenting coach and international speaker specializing in emotional intelligence, digital wellness and parenting in the age of technology. Teodora sees individual adult and child clients in her private practice in New York City, and delivers talks, workshops and trainings internationally on the topics of digital wellness, positive psychology, emotional intelligence, resilience and others. She is a member of the Digital Wellness Collective and the Campaign for a Commercial-free Childhood, and has been quoted and interviewed in publications such as The Huffington Post, NBC News Health and Thrive Global, among others.

Alex Schwartz

Consultant, Speaker & Growth Strategist

Work and human connection are being radically disrupted by technology.

AI is automating hard skills and our soft skills (e.g. empathy, conversation, relationship building, critical thinking) are being downgraded by our compulsive use of technology. To find purpose and thrive in The Age of AI/The Future of Work we must double down on innately human soft skills and find more conscious/relational ways to use our devices. Further, to keep pace with technological change, we must cultivate resilience, adopt a growth mindset and embrace lifelong learning.

Over the past six years, I drove and helped scale $250M+ of data, digital marketing, tech and innovation products for Fortune 500 companies, including Marriott, AB-InBev, Ralph Lauren, Nestle, Comcast, Lowe’s and Barclays. Now, I create practical tools and trainings to help leaders and educators build the workforce of tomorrow, today. I facilitate workshops and am a frequent media contributor. My work revolves around the belief that there is an urgent and unique opportunity to not only re-skill and re-humanize labor to thrive in The Age of AI but also to find more joy, connection and purpose in all that makes us human.

The EMOTIONAI virtual conference is produced by Six Seconds, The Emotional Intelligence Network

Six Seconds is a community of changemakers contributing to a world of insight, connection, and purpose.

We think the world would be a better place if a billion people were practicing the skills of emotional intelligence (EQ). So, we research and share scientific, global, transformational tools & methods to support that goal.

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