13–15 April 2017
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California


EG explores our most creative enterprises, by engaging a gifted mix of people — from rising stars to living national treasures, the people who attend EG are among the most industrious and iconoclastic talents of our time.

EG is like an episode of The Twilight Zone, except time doesn't stop and then everything shatters. It's like a happy Twilight Zone.

Matt Groening

Show & Tell for geniuses.

Janet Kirker

I thought it was so great I want to attend every one.

Steve Wozniak

EG is all I have been able to talk about. It changed my life direction.

Leslie Olson

Best conference I go to.

Scott Cook

EG is the single best event of its sort in the world.

Jason Pontin

The schedule and presenters are never released until shortly
before the conference.

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John Aitchison Wildlife Filmmaker

Maria Anastasiadou Archaeologist

Lucinda Belle Harpist & Singer

Larry Brilliant Physician

Marie Budev Medical Director

Brent Bushnell VR Pioneer

Rachel Butler Wildlife Filmmaker

Butterscotch Singer, Musician, Beatboxer

Pete Buttigieg Mayor of South Bend

Yvonne Cagle Astronaut & Physician

Jessica Cail Neuroscientist & Stuntwoman

Robert Chapin Stuntman & CGI Wizard

Bret Chiafalo Software Engineer & Elector

Cady Coleman Astro-nette

Terry Crane Circus Artist

Maisie Crow Photojournalist

George Dyson Author, Designer, Historian

Lauren Fleshman Runner, Author & Wellness Entrepreneur

Pam & Tim Fogg Rope Access Specialists

Levi Guerra Presidential Elector

Michael Hawley Director, EG

Peter Hirshberg Serial Entrepreneur, Chairman, Technorati

Joachim Horsley Musician

Tom Hugh-Jones Wildlife Cinematographer

Kevin Kelly Whole Earth / WIRED / Cool Tools Author, Philosopher

Elizabeth Kiehner Designer

Tim Laman Field Biologist & Wildlife Photojournalist

Frans Lanting Wildlife Photographer

Emily Levine Philosopher-Comic

Tim Linhart Ice Artist

John Markoff Journalist

Eric Mead Magician

Jane Metcalfe Publisher & Entrepreneur

Emma Napper Producer of Wildlife Documentaries

Dean Ornish Physician

Wm R. Robertson Tool Collector & Model Maker

Peter Sagal Author & Radio Quizmaster

Philip Sheppard Cellist

Jill Sobule Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist

Jonathan Sorger Biomedical Roboticist

Maria Spiropulu Scientist & Experimental Physicist

Pratheev Sreetharan Physicist & Inventor

Marco Tempest Cyber Illusionist

Charity Tillemann-Dick Soprano & Author

Time For Three Musical Trio

Stephen Tobolowsky Actor & Raconteur

Phil Torres Entomologist, Journalist & Television Host

Laurence Tribe Carl M. Loeb University Professor & Professor of Constitutional Law

Ty Vennewitz Circus Artist

The conference will be held at the gorgeous Sunset Center, in Carmel-by-the Sea, CA.


Carmel is one of California’s loveliest oceanside towns: dramatic views, pristine beaches, and a charming town bubbling with artful and gastronomic pleasures. April brings perfect spring weather, and numerous boutique hotels are within a pleasant stroll of the Sunset Center

General Things to Do

In and Around

  • Carmel Mission: considered to be one of the most beautiful missions established by Father Serra (who is buried here).
  • Carmel Beach: dog friendly & leash-free, there are 1.5 miles of white sand waiting for you.
  • Point lobos State Natural Reserve: Point Lobos State Natural Reserve: a rocky outcrop in the Pacific, with lush kelp forests, great coves and tide pools, and nice trails.


  • The Gorgeous 17-Mile Drive
  • Monterey: Fisherman’s Wharf, Cannery Row, and the most beautiful aquarium in the world (built by Julie Packard who spoke at EG5).
  • Breathtaking Big Sur
  • Santa Cruz and its seaside boardwalk
  • Ano Nuevo (full of elephant seal moms & pups in April)

EG starts at 1:00pm on Thursday, 13 April, and ends with a Farewell Lunch from 12:00-2:00pm on Saturday 15 April.

Registration opens at 11:00 on the 13th. Best to arrive early so that you have enough time to settle in and mingle at the opening reception before the conference begins.

Closest airports:
MRY / Monterey Peninsula Airport: Just 8 miles — 15 minutes by taxi to downtown Carmel.
SFO / San Francisco International Airport: a scenic 2h drive (depending on traffic).
SJC / San Jose Airport: about 90m to downtown Carmel.

We stress that it is important to stay until the very end of the last session, which will be by 1PM on Saturday 15 April. All of our sessions and speakers are worth the experience and we recommend planning to leave Saturday evening or Sunday morning. This way you'll have enough time to stay right through the final session on Saturday and allow yourself time to decompress before beginning your journey home.

To reserve hotels in and around Carmel by the Sea, please contact our travel partners for group hotel rates and boutique inns.

Hotel reservations are for EG 2017 which is happening on 13-15 April 2017.

Suzanne Gravelle
Carmel Area Reservation Service


Jose Ortega
Carmel Mission Inn
Ask for EG 2017 group rate
831-624-1841 local
800-348-9090 toll free

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Friday, April 14









Tickets are $4,000 each. Seating is limited, so tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.


3-5 May 2018
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California


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EG 2017

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