Global Wellness Summit Goes Tech: Bitcoin, Blockchain, AI and More


With technology and business models changing faster than ever before, the Global Wellness Summit taking place October 9-11 2017, in Palm Beach, Florida plans to address the future disruptions that will most impact the wellness industries.

Disruption experts like Frits Dirk Van Paasschen (former CEO, Starwood; author of The Disruptors’ Feast), Paul Price (CoCreativ), David McCaughan (, Maggie Hsu (Zappos), Alia Crum (Stanford University), Laurie Racine (Lifesquare, Inc.) and Ramesh Caussy (Partnering Robotics) will analyze the technology and business trends that will reshape the future: AI, virtual reality, bitcoin, blockchain, robotics, and more.

We have all seen businesses that were either change-blind, or simply too slow to react. -Frits Dirk Van Paasschen 

“We have all seen businesses that were either change-blind, or simply too slow to react," said Van Paasschen. "I’m excited as one of the presenters to explore how the same patterns of disruption are affecting wellness in our lives and to see how the wellness industry can navigate through a world of ever more disruption.”

The Speakers

Key speaker highlights include: 

  • Van Paasschen’s keynote, “Wellness in the Age of Disruption," will explore how change is not only wreaking havoc on companies but also on social structures, and how we need entirely new traditions to reclaim control of our businesses and lives.
  • David McCaughan led communication strategies for a variety of brands with global advertising agency, McCann for three decades. He now serves as chief strategy officer at, using artificial intelligence tools to discover and track the key narratives driving brands and category opportunities. His keynote is entitled “Beauty, Wellness & Artificial Intelligence: Finding the Narratives that Matter.”
  • Paul Price is an award-winning digital marketing leader and group CEO of CoCreativ, a new group of best-in-class creative solutions for digital commerce. In his keynote “WHAT IF: Imagining the Unimaginable Impact of Technology on Your Business” he will share his playbook for digital marketing in the 21st century, along with his top 10 plays for growing customers in the wellness category using the most powerful marketing technology applications.
  • Maggie Hsu is an adviser at (and former director of strategy for brands and commercial services at Hilton Worldwide and consultant at McKinsey & Company). Her keynote ”Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Bitcoin and Blockchain for Wellness: Fad or Future?” will explore the most transformative new technologies, to identify which make the most sense (or not) for the wellness industries.
  • Alia Crum, PhD, is an assistant professor of psychology at Stanford University, principal investigator of Stanford’s Mind & Body Lab and health director at the university’s SPARQ (Social Psychological Answers to Real-world Questions). Her keynote “Understanding the Positive Implications of the Placebo Effect” will present new research on the eye-opening role of mindset in shaping the effects of diet, exercise and stress. Crum has received the National Institutes of Health “New Innovator Award.”
  • Laurie Racine is CEO of Lifesquare, a startup that is changing the way people connect and communicate critical health information among in-hospital teams and, most importantly, between people as they go about their daily lives. She has spent the last 20 years investing in, founding or running companies like dotSub, Creative Commons, Startl and Lulu Enterprises. A champion of women founders, Laurie also advises or sits on the board of The Skimm, littleBits and Open Road Integrated Media.
  • Ramesh Caussy, PhD is CEO and founder of France-based Partnering Robotics, and president of Roboethics. He has worked for various Fortune 500 tech companies (Intel, Alcatel, 3com) contributing greatly to breakthroughs such as the release of XDSL, connected Palmor, and the Intel Connected TV platform. His talk (and immersive experience) is “Meet the Wellness Robot”, showing how this technology can enhance human wellness.

Experiencing the Technology

With a conference theme of “Living a Well Life," summit attendees will not only hear about disruptive wellness technologies, they will experience them. There will be DNA and personal biomarker testing, a “wellness robot” and new technology that makes real-time access to people’s health information a reality.

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