Save the Date for EA Global Boston and San Francisco

by AmyLabenz4th Mar 201713 comments



There will be three 2017 Effective Altruism Global conferences: two smaller, topic-based events in Boston and the UK, and one broader community-focused event in California.

Boston: Frontiers of Effective Altruism

June 2-4, Harvard University Science Center, Cambridge MA

EA Global Boston will focus on pushing the boundaries of effective altruism, featuring speakers on policy and science and exploring how to think about speculative topics:

  • Society — law, government, policy, coordination (possible topic areas: psychology of people’s involvement with movements, public opinion and public policy, coordination failures, immigration, legal reform)

  • Technology — recent developments, predicting important advances, novel applications (possible topic areas: machine learning, technological unemployment, moonshots, digital currencies, emerging technologies)

  • Science — recent and ongoing research and improving the practice of science (possible topic areas: CRISPR, lab-grown meat, synthetic biology, further discussion of psychology’s replication crisis)


San Francisco Bay Area: Community Summit

August 11-13 at the Innovation Hangar, San Francisco, CA

The largest of the EA Global conferences, this event will place a special emphasis on effective altruism as a community and will feature an array of workshops, discussions and smaller talks in the style of an "unconference." Programming will focus on the effective altruism community itself, with potential tracks including:

  • Finding Cause X — how can the EA community find important causes we might be overlooking? How has this happened in the past?

  • How can we make people and projects in the EA community more effective?

  • Can we help others become more empathetic / altruistic? What makes people motivated to do good?


Oxford/London: Principles of Effective Altruism

October or November, Oxford / London, UK

This event will focus on discussion of the core philosophical and technical principles of effective altruism, including prioritization, ethics, and philosophy. It will be similar to the Boston event in that it will be smaller and more focussed. We will build on the lessons from the Boston and Bay Area events, and will update with talk tracks in the coming months.


To Do:

We will post the application shortly, as well as more information about how to find the conference that’s the best fit for you

In the meantime:

  • Subscribe to our newsletter if you haven’t already, so you’ll be notified when the application goes live.

  • Join the EA Global Facebook Group.

  • Submit topic and speaker recommendations here!