Digital Fluency in Palo Alto, CA
Main Meeting October 31 - November 2, 2024



Digital Fluency: Neurosurgery 2024 brings experts from industry, academia, clinical and technical domains, and venture funders together in a dynamic two day program.

The meeting format is designed to spur engagement and interaction. A primary track allows attendees to benefit from plenary speakers, while parallel tracks allow opportunities for focused sessions,

We will offer breakout tracks that include dedicated discussions with industry and funders, and other engaging smaller sessions. Structured activities at night provide options for attendees to continue interacting, but the San Francisco Bay Area has tremendous cultural and social opportunities. This meeting is a one-of-a-kind, interactive format that brings siloed groups together in one room to create opportunities for attendees to accelerate the digital transformation of surgery and the neurosciences.


Sheraton and Westin Hotels, Palo Alto, CA USA


Thursday, October 31
Friday, November 1
Saturday, November 2


Daniel A. Donoho MD
Samuel Browd, MD PhD

Book your group rate for Digital Fluency: Neurosurgery 2024

Limited availability so please book as soon as possible.

*Bookings outside of date range do not receive special group rate and link will not work* please call or email to book outside of date range.
Check-In Date:
Thu, Oct 31, 2024
Check-Out Date:
Sun, Nov 3, 2024
Last Day to Book:
Tue, Sept 10, 2024
Sheraton Hotel

Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel for 239 USD per night.

Reservations can be made by calling toll free 1-800-325-3535. Those calling in reservations must mention Digital Fluency in order to receive the group rate.

Via email at Reservations made via email must include the following:

  • Guest Name
  • Arrival/Departure
  • Date
  • Address
  • Phone #
  • Name of Group Digital Fluency.

To guarantee a reservation, one must give a credit card number and expiration date.

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San Francisco International Airport

17.2 Miles

San Jose International Airport

17.1 Miles

Oakland International Airport

28 Miles

Caltrain - Palo Alto Station

10 Miles

Digital Neurosurgery 2023 Speakers

Edgar Auslander

Senior Director, Facebook Meta; Founder, Menlo Business Partners; VC, executive/advisor startups, small and large caps, lecturer at UC Berkeley Extension.

30 years of experience in venture capital, M&A, product management, and general management at startups and Fortune 100 companies such as Facebook, Qualcomm and Intel. He is Senior Director, Head of Reality Labs Strategic Partnerships, focusing on VR, AR, AI, wearables, new hardware and software technologies.

Brian Miller

EVP & Chief Digital Officer at Intuitive Surgical

Neda Cvijetic

SVP - Head of AI & Autonomous Driving at Stellantis

Fabien Beckers

Director at Google X

Sébastien Bubeck

Researcher, Microsoft Research Redmond

Researcher in the Theory Group at Microsoft Research. Prior to joining MSR, he was an assistant professor in the ORFE department at Princeton University. His research has won a few awards, including the 2010 Jacques Neveu prize (best French PhD in probability/statistics) and a 2015 Sloan Fellowship in Computer Science.

Craig Mundie

President of Mundie & Associates

President of Mundie & Associates which counsels CEO’s on strategic issues caused by rapidly-evolving information technologies. Mundie spent his entire career involved with start-up activities spanning diverse fields including software, minicomputing, supercomputing, consumer electronics and healthcare.


Digital Neurosurgery 2023 Conference Recap

Thursday, October 12, 2023

Computer Vision Symposium:
From Sports to Surgery

Attendees will delve into the intricacies of computer vision with a focus on intraoperative data capture. A single, small group session will discuss data sources, scene capture, labeling, segmentation, model development, training, and ML operations for computer vision

The conversation will also explore opportunities, tool tracking, blood loss, counts, recording, archival, and pertinent issues like data standards, privacy, de-identification, data ownership, and medical/legal concerns.

The day will encompass a multidisciplinary approach, including experts from fields such as major professional sports (NHL, MLB), agriculture, defense, surgery, robotics, and self-driving cars. The day will conclude with a themed drinks and dinner event at a designated location.

Friday, October 13, 2023

Day 1

An Opening Keynote (Craig Mundie, Microsoft Research) will describe how we have reached the current "AI eating software, software eating the world" eta. We will then embark on a series of plenary sessions delving into emerging fields, natural language processing, big data, and the role of mobile and edge computing in healthcare.

Industry leaders, computer scientists, surgeons and venture capital funders will discuss groundbreaking innovations, the future of healthcare technology, and real-world applications of these advancements. Throughout the day, participants will have opportunities to network during coffee breaks and enjoy a delicious lunch.

The day will conclude with an exciting showcase of the latest vendor solutions, featuring innovative companies like Medtronic, OpenAI, Proprio, and more. A dinner activity will provide opportunities for attendees to further develop their networks.

Saturday, October 14, 2023

Day 2

On Saturday morning we explore the convergence of cutting-edge technologies like robotics, computer vision, virtual reality, and more in the context of healthcare. A plenary keynote (Alan Cohen, DCVC) will explore the practical considerations of innovation and the venture roadmap for AI in surgery.

Following the keynote, we will dive into topics such as robotics and navigation, with experts like David Mintz, and computer vision, with surgical and technical experts. After a refreshing coffee break, we will explore innovative approaches to funding and ventures with David Jen of X, the moonshot factory.

The afternoon sessions will delve into the complex issues surrounding regulatory policies, intellectual property, privacy, and ethics, led by experts with experience in government and industry. Engage in panel discussions with professionals from various fields, including legal experts, ethicists, and computer scientists.

The day will wind down with industry demos and speakers from leading companies such as T-Mobile and Microsoft. We conclude the day with a networking and cocktail event with a featured speaker, giving ample opportunities to mingle and share insights in a relaxed environment.

Sunday, October 15, 2023

Day 3

After opening remarks, a plenary keynote (Sébastien Bubeck, Microsoft, “Sparks of AGI” lead author) will describe the biomedical implications of his team’s groundbreaking work with GPTs.  Following the keynote, we will delve into the world of neuroimaging, with insights from innovative clinical and imaging experts.

After the break, we will focus on the essential topic of education and training. Engage with an expert panel discussing the future of medical training, featuring experienced medical educators deploying AI technologies to improve training both domestically and internationally.

The conference will conclude with closing remarks, summarizing key discussions and highlight future areas of focus for next year’s meeting.


Be a changemaker.

We have launched a new society and meeting to bring together the fields of neurosurgery and computational sciences.

We would like to personally invite you and any of your colleagues who share this vision of the future of neurosurgery to join us in Palo Alto on Oct 13th - 15th, 2023.