EG Extend (News)

Updates from the world-wide EG community.

May 6, 2018
5:15 PM

EG 2018 Day 3 Recap

The final EG 2018 Session 6: Entertainment Sciences kicked off Saturday morning with Rebecca Eaton and Katherine Cooper sharing their humor and endearing mother-daughter journey. Next, ILM icon John Knoll fascinated us with his technical rebuild of a key innovation in movie making that made Star Wars possible. Then, Mike Zimmerman electrified the EG audience with the challenges and potential solutions now facing the next generation of battery production. Following that, Theodore Gray enlightened us in the world of material science and how having physical models help us learn. Next, EG regular Philip Sheppard charmed the EG community...

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May 5, 2018
10:30 PM

EG 2018 Day 2 Recap

Friday morning kicked off with some patio mingling and coffee before returning to the auditorium for Session 3: The Good FightTony Trischka opened the session, delighting us with his dizzying banjo skills (joined by Jill Sobule and ETHEL), followed by Rick Smolan encouraging us with some positivity on the state of journalism in America.  Next, we were refreshed to hear Lee-Anne Walters share with us the fight currently happening in the US for clean water.  Amber and Marcus Capone then took the stage, sharing their inspiring story getting on the right path and working hard to stay there.  EG alumni magician Eric Mead introduced us to Mahdi "The Magician" Gilbert who wowed the audience with his magic, rising above physical challenges that many saw as a barrier to performing magic. 

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May 4, 2018
11:30 PM

EG 2018 Day 1 Recap

Day 1 of this year's gathering started with an emotional ride.  Corin Lee of ETHEL delighted the EG community, kicking things off with a spirited violin solo.  Stephen Smith followed with a moving presentation on his work with the UK National Holocaust Center, including an interview with survivor Renee Firestone.  Richard Freund then took us further back in time, reminding us what archaeology is really about.  Next, Shari Stocker and Jack Davis made us rethink history and Carol Guzy shared her powerful photography that moved many to tears.  Faith and Peter D'Aluisio brought us into their battle with Mother Nature (in the form of the Sonoma County fires) before the first break.

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April 23, 2018
10:30 AM

The EG Community Out Changing the World

Check out the latest video from past EG Presenter Benjamin Von Wong! Motivated by the desire to be creatively challenged and overcome impossibilities, Benjamin has become notorious for his epic photography. His hyper-realistic art style captures viewers in a fusion of special effects and innovative concepts. Benjamin's background in engineering gives him a unique edge for creative problem solving, where technical challenges become friendly competition. Fueled by his passion to connect people and making the world a better place, Benjamin has an affinity for finding unique talent to bring his complex stories to life. 

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April 1, 2018
9:00 AM

World’s Most Brilliant Innovators Convene at Upcoming 2018 EG Conference (Press Release)

Carmel, CA – EG is pleased to announce that the 12th annual EG Conference will take place from Thursday, May 3rd through Saturday, May 5th at the Sunset Center, in Carmel-by-the Sea, CA.

EG is a community of talented and industrious innovators from every conceivable industry. Some are well-known figures, others are on the rise to stardom, some are young and some are old, but all are recognized as truly remarkable individuals.

“EG is a talent pool like no other,” says EG Director Michael Hawley. It’s the best creative conference in the world, and there’s no other gathering like it.”

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March 7, 2018
7:15 PM

The Bay Lights’ 5 Year Anniversary

Great to see the amazing Bay Area Lights project turn 5 years old! The visionary behind the project, Ben Davis, spoke at EG7 sharing the amazing story behind how this became a reality!

Illuminate’s mission is to bring large groups of people together to create stunning works of public art. It was founded by Ben Davis and Vanessa Inn with the first project being The Bay Lights...

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March 4, 2018
1:30 PM

EG Presenter Garrett Brown on CBS

A wonderful CBS Sunday Morning on EG presenter Garrett Brown and how he changed the way we see movies. Looking forward to hearing updates from him on his latest invention, the Zeen, at EG 2018!

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December 5, 2017
2:30 PM

NASA Astro-nette Cady Coleman on (and at) EG Conference

“EG is a place that I feel at home and where I get to have real conversations with fascinating folks from all arenas as opposed to star-struck PR-like conversations.

Highly recommended.” — Cady Coleman, NASA Astronaut

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November 22, 2017
2:30 PM

Ice Sculpter Tim Linhart on (and at) EG Conference

“The importance of the EG conference can not be overstated. When the news cycle and public discourse is focused on all that is going wrong, EG is focused on what is hopeful, uplifting, interesting and truly astounding.

The whole cast of characters, both presenters and attendees, is like the best collection of Christmas presents imaginable. Each one is a hidden treasure just waiting to be asked what they are about. Their stories range the breadth of human experience and the most bizarre, unique, and unexpected.

My mind was stretched and expanded and the EG experience was a great catalyst to reinvigorate my creative process. My next project will be to build a frozen cello using my own blood.

The fact that EG organiser Michael Hawley managed to find even me hiding under a frozen rock on the opposite side of the planet is evidence of the extent to which they are willing to go to make the conference interesting and diverse. “ — Tim Linhart

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November 13, 2017
2:30 PM

Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!’s Peter Sagal on (and at) EG Conference

“If I were to imagine Heaven, it would involve the company of interesting, diverse and intelligent men and women, each with a remarkable story to tell, and a twenty minute limit on the telling so it’s never too long before a bathroom break.

Plus, there would be really great food, copious wine and beer, magicians, circus acts, photographers, artists, students, grandparents, actors, writers, programmers, people who I’ve longed to meet for decades and people I’d never heard of.

Also, if we’re just going to go for it here, it would be in a fantastically beautiful little town near the coast so if you got tired of just sitting around and listening, talking, and eating you could go for a run on the beach.

All this means that every time I attend EG I wonder if in fact I’ve died and gone to a reward I never thought I’d deserve. Then, every time it’s over, I realize that, tragically, I’m still doomed to the real world.”

– Peter Sagal

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October 30, 2017
2:15 PM

Wildlife Filmmaker John Aitchison on (and at) EG Conference

“I have attended a number of conferences but never anything so wonderful as EG. We have talked about little besides EG since.

The whole event was brilliantly organised and our fellow audience members were as fascinating as I had heard. The quirky artwork/photography was a delight – where else could I have had my deep desire to be a caveman revealed to the world, then have lunch with an astronaut and a man who builds robotic flies?

Thank you for working so hard to provide us with so much inspiration.”

– John Aitchison

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September 20, 2017
2:15 PM

Butterscotch on (and at) EG Conference

“EG is like a camp for superheroes, all under one roof in beautiful Carmel! I’m amazed at how each and every one of the presenters blows my mind, but also touches my heart. During the breaks, I never know who I’m going to sit next to to or what conversation we will share, but engaging with people who are literally changing the world, or capturing earth’s beauty and sharing their interpretation, helps shift and enlighten my views and fills me with hope for the future! My EG experience fuels me with endless energy to create more music to inspire humans everywhere and reach any beings who may live beyond this world!”

– Butterscotch

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July 13, 2017
12:30 PM

Laurence Tribe on (and at) EG Conference

“EG is the most extraordinary conference Elizabeth and I have ever attended. At a time when we’re incessantly bombarded by the ambient noise of modern existence, numbed by political chaos and cynicism, immersed in bubbles of merely virtual interactions — a time when our minds and souls are hardened and closed off from one another and ourselves — the events and encounters at EG cleaned, refreshed and opened us to discoveries and experiences that brought awe and wonder back into our lives. All the superlatives in the world cannot describe what it feels like to open your mind, relax your body and let generosity overtake your heart” - Larry Tribe

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30 Apr – 2 May 2020
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California


30 April - 2 May 2020

Our team has been working hard behind the scenes to bring you a superb program for EG2020. However, in light of growing and legitimate concerns regarding the rapid spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) which have gutted international events of all sizes, we have made the difficult decision to put EG on hiatus until it is once again deemed safe.

We know how much each of you look forward to EG and we were looking forward to seeing old friends, and welcoming many new ones, but we do need to prioritize the health and safety of our attendees, presenters, and partners, especially those traveling from afar.

We will be in touch in due course with future plans.