Dr. Vivienne Ming

Dr. Vivienne Ming is a theoretical neuroscientist, serial entrepreneur and author of "How to Robot-Proof Your Kids" and "The Tax on Being Different".

Travels From Berkeley, California

Language English

Frequently featured for her research and inventions in The Financial Times, The Atlantic, Quartz and the New York Times, Dr. Vivienne Ming is a theoretical neuroscientist, entrepreneur, and author. She co-founded Socos Labs, her fifth company, a mad science incubator. Previously, Vivienne was a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley's Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, pursuing her research in cognitive neuroprosthetics. In her free time, Vivienne has invented AI systems to help treat her diabetic son, predict manic episodes in bipolar sufferers weeks in advance, and reunited orphan refugees with extended family members. She sits on the boards of numerous companies and nonprofits.

For relaxation, she is a wife and mother of two.


Dr. Ming speaks regularly for conference keynotes, company events, and day-long advisory consulting. If Dr. Ming is traveling out of the Bay Area for an engagement, we often encourage our clients to set up multiple events to make sure that they are getting the most out of the visit. This can include having Vivienne connect with teams for a forum-style discussion around an important company topic or presenting more than one keynote to address different groups within the company.

Sample Speaking titles include, but are not limited to:

  • A Post-Gender Business World: Is it Possible? (Diversity/Inclusion, Neuroscience)
  • Engineering Environments for Success (Neuroscience, Cultural Genome, Diversity/Inclusion)
  • The Tax on Being Different (Diversity/Inclusion)
  • How to Robot Proof Your Kids (AI, Education, Neuroscience)

Recent Engagements

Special Recognition

Named #5 on the Financial Times list for top LGBT executive

Featured as one of the BBC’s 100 influential women

Featured in a profile by Deutsche Welle

Apollo Project Award from the Interlaw Diversity Forum and Financial Times

Awarded a Berkeley Visionary award

“10 Women to Watch in Tech”, Inc. Magazine

Keynote at SXSWedu

The Most Influential Women in the Bay Area - San Francisco Business Times

"Can you see the real me?" - O Magazine

Invented Jitterbug, which predicts optimal insulin dosing, when her son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes

Published in scientific journals like Nature, Neural Information Processing Systems, Neural Computation, and the Public Library of Science.


If Kids Were Bonds They’d be the Backbone of the World Economy, Techonomy November 2015

There is a tax on being different, Financial Times July 2016

The Workforce of the Future TEDMED June 2016

I Built a Superpower to Treat My Son's Diabetes Aspen Ideas Blog April 2016

Published Works


Founder & Executive Chair, Socos Labs

Distinguished Scientist, ShiftGig

Vice-Chair, StartOut

Chief Science Advisor, Cornerstone Capital

Board Member, The Palm Center

Board Member, enGender

Advisory Board, Platypus Institute

Advisory Board, Smart Stones

Advisory Board, SmartSpark

Mother of two