Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
Thursday, May 3 – Saturday, May 5

Check-in opens on Thursday 10:30 AM
Conference starts at 1 PM
Farewell Lunch on Saturday 12 PM


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 the single best event of its sort in the world.

Jason Pontin

Absolutely amazing. The most wonderful event I’ve ever attended.

Paul Horowitz

Hardly a day has passed in all these months that I haven’t thought about something that happened at EG.

Dick Cavett

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

Best conference I go to.

Scott Cook

It's the best conference in the world.

Paul Hoffman

The complete EG 2018 program of over 30 presenters
will be released closer to the date of the conference.
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Acrobatic Conundrum Contemporary Circus Arts Company

Doug Allan Wildlife Photographer & Cinematographer

Greg Anderson & Elizabeth Joy Roe Piano Duo

Peter Bellerby Globemaker

Garrett Brown Inventor of Steadicam and Skycam

Russell Brown Photographer & Photoshop Wizard

Rachel Butler Diver & Natural History Producer

Amber & Marcus Capone Navy SEAL Survivors

Katherine Cooper & Rebecca Eaton Writer / Executive Producer of Masterpiece

ETHEL String Quartet

Chris Fawcett Inventor

Richard Freund Professor and Archaeologist

Mahdi Gilbert Magician

Theo Gray Science Author & Software Artisan

Carol Guzy Photographer

John Knoll Chief Creative Officer / Senior Visual Effects Supervisor / Industrial Light & Magic

Cheryl Knott Anthropologist

Greg Koch CEO & Co-founder, Stone Brewing Co. / Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens

Lawrence Lessig Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership

Olivia McKendrick & Chris Rainier Attorney and Director of the Cultural Sanctuaries Foundation / Photojournalist

Roger McNamee Investor, Venture Capitalist & Musician

Peter Menzel & Faith d'Aluisio Photojournalists

Annie Novak Farmer, Writer & Educator

Peter Sagal Author & Radio Quizmaster

Susan Shaw Environmental Health Scientist, Ocean Conservationist

Chris Sheldrick Co-Founder & CEO, what3words

Philip Sheppard Cellist

Stephen D. Smith Professor of Religion and Director of the USC Shoah Foundation

Rick Smolan Photographer

Kagen Sound Puzzle Box Artist

Pete Souza Photographer

Shari Stocker & Jack Davis Archaeologists

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

Tony Trischka Banjo Virtuoso

Lee-Anne Walters Mother & Activist

Rae Wynn-Grant Wildlife Ecologist and Science Media Personality

Michael Zimmerman Professor and Inventor / Founder and CEO, Ionic Materials

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 runs from Thursday, May 3 to Saturday, May 5
Check-in opens on Thursday at 11 AM
Conference starts at 1 PM
Farewell Lunch on Saturday 12 PM - 2 PM

Most folks arrive Wednesday and leave Sunday to maximize time with EG community friends new and old, as well as enjoying time in beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea. You will not want to miss a single session and people find it invaluable to include time to decompress before the journey home.

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.

EG 2018 Carmel Lodging 

Hotel rooms are being held for arrival Wednesday May 2 departing Sunday May 6 to comfortably coordinate with EG. Hotels are offered to suit your individual style and some hotels have an EG discount. People will want to attend every EG session plus spend some time in beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea!

EG Hotels Request Form
Suzanne Gravelle

Economy Inns and Historic Hotels
$189 to $259 per night, plus taxes


Deluxe Boutique Inns and Hotels
Carmel-by-the-Sea/ Carmel Proper
$269 to $425 per night, plus taxes


Luxury Full Service Hotels and Resorts
Carmel-by-the-Sea/ Carmel Proper/ Pebble Beach/ Carmel Valley
$450 to $830 per night, plus taxes and hotel fees


Thursday, May 3


Registration & Refreshments






Dinner on the town

Friday, May 4






Dinner @ Sunset

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


EG 2018

Thursday, May 3 – Saturday, May 5
Check-in opens on Thursday at 11 AM
Conference starts at 1 PM
Farewell Lunch on Saturday 12 PM - 2 PM

Admit One - $3,500
Admit Two - $6,500
Admit Six - $18,000

For other bulk discounts, please contact Jane Rosch.

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