The 2013 inaugural event took place in Redmond, WA. The major themes explored were Social Behavior and Emotions, and Cognition and Development. Distinguished speakers included Drs. Ray Coppinger, Brian Hare, Alexandra Horowitz, Clive Wynne, and Ádám Miklósi. The 2013 event was organized by Prescott Breeden.
This conference was newsworthy and captured the public's eye because it was both free and live-streamed for anyone around the world to watch and participate. When National Canine Research Council acquired SPARCS, the recorded videos also became free and available to everyone.