After the huge success of the inaugural Brain Hack event in July last year, the team at The Open Mind Institute are back, bringing together experts in neuroscience, psychology and leadership to bring you the ultimate hackathon event in personal development & mental enhancement: ‘Brain Hack 2019’!

#Brainhack19 is going to be a culmination of exciting speakers, interactive learning exercises, networking and collective activities to give attendees the resources to get the most out of themselves and others.

The Speakers:

Dr Diane Harner will be drawing upon her experience as a neuroscientist to discuss subconscious habits of thought, such as self-doubt, procrastination and perfectionism, which get in the way of goal pursuit.

Jordan Reutas brings his expertise as an organisational psychologist and leadership scientist to look at the ‘new psychology of leadership’ and provide the latest research and evidence based strategies to expand our collective awareness.

Paul Pitsaras the founder and managing director at TOMI, will be hosting the event and will be sharing the most powerful tools TOMI has been using with its clients to achieve optimal mental wellbeing and performance.

As an interactive mindscape event #BrainHack19 will seek to utilise audience participation to arrive at solutions/ suggestions to the most pressing mental health concerns facing individuals and organisational teams.

The Agenda:

5pm: Guests arrive, register, network over drinks & light refreshments;

5:30: Introduction to BrainHack19 with Paul leading attendees through a group thought experiment;

– Dr Diane Harner addresses habits of thinking that cause mental road blocks and offers key strategies to circumvent them;

– Jordan Reutas introduces the ‘new psychology of leadership’ and provides practical tools to give rise to empathetic and effective leadership.

– Paul Pitsaras will discuss how emotional & social intelligence can be harnessed to advance positive mental health, wellbeing and performance.

– Looking at the issues – audience use discussion and technology platform to identify the central mental health issues to be tackled or ‘hacked’;

– Attendees, together with the experts, will seek to arrive at suggestions and solutions to the key issues by partaking in separate BrainHack workstations.

– Groups come together to pitch suggestions/ solutions with prizes awarded to the most creative and effective suggestions/ solutions.

– Q&A, evening wrap-up & networking.

7pm: #BrainHack19 concludes.

The Issues (to be tackled):

  1. How can I as an individual, keep happy/ healthy/ optimistic when I’m working/ living in an environment that is at odds with my values and/ or purpose?
  2. How can I as an individual, create the change that is necessary within me and within my work/ life environment that is necessary to give rise to positive mental health, wellbeing & performance?
  3. What is the most effective course of action/ steps I can take as a manager/ leader to a) convince my superiors of the ongoing investment required in mental health; and b) create team unity when it comes to mental health & wellbeing?
  4. How can we as leaders and individuals create and sustain interest and innovation when it comes to optimising mental health, wellbeing and performance?
  5. Any other mental health/ habitual/ performance issues that are road blocking myself and/ or my team? (Feel free to let us know and we might use/ combine it with some of the above concerns on the night in order to find Hacks to overcome them!

The Process:

Whilst this event is primarily for leaders/ managers across professional services in order to arm them with the most credible and up to date content and information to empower their respective teams, it is open to anyone who is engaged, affected or curious about ways to optimise their mental health, wellbeing and performance.

After the presentations from our experts, we’re going to collectively discuss and look at the issues that we’re facing and will vote on the most pressing concerns in order to collectively harness our experience and knowledge to arrive at creative and effective suggestions/ solutions that we can take away and implement.

The Host:

The Open Mind Institute is a leading mental enhancement training organisation and team-building/ leadership events facilitator based in Brisbane. It was founded and is managed by Paul Pitsaras who is a positive psychology & mental health advocate, impassioned speaker and status quo disrupter.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

As there will alcohol served, we advise that the minimum age for this event is 18 years.

What can I bring into the event?

Yourself and your preference/ answer to ‘The Issues’ question/s above. If you have other topics/ issues relating to mental health, wellbeing, leadership and/or performance, please email us at: