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 the single best event of its sort in the world.

Jason Pontin

Show & Tell for geniuses.

Janet Kirker

It was great. The best. “An Institute for Advanced Study” for the rest of us.

George Dyson

Best conference I go to.

Scott Cook

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

Steve Wozniak

A truly amazing experience. I met some of the most incredible people on this planet!

Sebastian Thrun

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

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Butterscotch Singer, Musician, Beatboxer

Eric Mead Magician

George Dyson Author, Designer, Historian

Stephen Tobolowsky Actor and Raconteur

Peter Hirshberg Serial Entrepreneur, Chairman, Technorati

Jessica Cail Neuroscientist & Stuntwoman

Robert Chapin Stuntman & CGI Wizard


Tim Linhart Ice Artist

Lauren Fleshman Runner, Author & Wellness Entrepreneur

Tim Laman Field Biologist & Wildlife Photojournalist

Maisie Crow Photojournalist

Jill Sobule Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist

Peter Sagal Author & Radio Quizmaster

Philip Sheppard Cellist

Frans Lanting Wildlife Photographer

Marco Tempest Cyber Illusionist

Paul Horowitz Harvard Professor, electronics nerd, SETI pioneer

Emily Levine Philosopher-Comic

Bret Chiafalo Software Engineer & Elector

Maria Anastasiadou ARCHAEOLOGIST


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

John Aitchison Wildlife Filmmaker

Larry Brilliant Physician

Brent Bushnell VR Pioneer

Terry Crane Circus Acrobat

Tom Hugh-Jones Wildlife Cinematographer

Pam & Tim Fogg Rope Access Specialists

Tom Gruber Designer of Siri

Michael Hawley Director, EG

Frans Lanting Wildlife Photographer

John Markoff Technology Reporter, New York Times

Pratheev Sreetharan Physicist & Inventor

Jonathan Sorger Biomedical Roboticist

Maria Spiropulu Scientist and Experimental Physicist

Charity Tillemann Dick SOPRANO and AUTHOR

Ty Vennewitz Circus Acrobat

Pete Buttigieg Mayor

Phil Torres Entomologist, Journalist & Television Host

Time For Three Musical Trio

Elizabeth Kiehner Designer

Frank Drake Astronomer & Asgtrophysicist

Marie Budev Medical Director

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

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


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


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EG 2017

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