This is the fourth annual conference of Effective Altruism, a growing community based on using reason and evidence to improve the world as much as possible. This year, around 1000 attendees and over 50 speakers from around the world are expected to attend.
Thomas Kalil is Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Senior Advisor for Science, Technology and Innovation for the National Economic Council. From 2001 to 2008, Kalil was Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Science and Technology at UC Berkeley...
Thomas Kalil is Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Senior Advisor for Science, Technology and Innovation for the National Economic Council. From 2001 to 2008, Kalil was Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Science and Technology at UC Berkeley. He was responsible for developing major new multidisciplinary research and education initiatives at the intersection of information technology, nanotechnology, microsystems, and biology. He also conceived and launched a program called “Big Ideas @ Berkeley,” which provides support for multidisciplinary teams of Berkeley students that are interested in addressing economic and societal challenges, such as clean energy, safe drinking water,
and poverty alleviation.
Previously, Kalil served as the Deputy Assistant to President Clinton for Technology and Economic Policy, and the Deputy Director of the White House National Economic Council. He was the NEC's "point person" on a wide range of technology and telecommunications issues, such as the liberalization of Cold War export controls, the allocation of spectrum for new wireless services, and investments in upgrading America's high-tech workforce. He led a number of White House technology initiatives, such as the National Nanotechnology Initiative, the Next Generation Internet, bridging the digital divide, e-learning, increasing funding for long-term information technology research, making IT more accessible to people with disabilities, and addressing the growing imbalance between support for biomedical research and for the physical sciences and engineering. Prior to joining the White House, Kalil was a trade specialist at the Washington offices of Dewey Ballantine, where he represented the Semiconductor Industry Association on U.S.-Japan trade issues and technology policy. He also served as the principal staffer to Gordon Moore in his capacity as Chair of the SIA Technology Committee.
Rachel Glennerster is Executive Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research includes randomized evaluations of education, health, microfinance, community-driven development, agriculture, women's empowerment and governance in Sierra Leone...
Rachel Glennerster is Executive Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research includes randomized evaluations of education, health, microfinance, community-driven development, agriculture, women's empowerment and governance in Sierra Leone, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and India. She serves as Scientific Director for J-PAL Africa and Co-Chair of J-PAL's Education Sector. She helped to establish Deworm the World, which now deworms over 150 million children a year. She is co-author of Strong Medicine: Creating Incentives for Pharmaceutical Research on Neglected Diseases, and Running Randomized Evaluations: A Practical Guide.
Jaan Tallinn is a founding engineer of Skype and Kazaa. He is a co-founder of the Cambridge Centre for Existential Risk (cser.org), Future of Life Institute (futureoflife.org), and philanthropically supports other existential risk research organizations. He is also a partner at Ambient Sound Investments (asi.ee), an active angel investor...
Jaan Tallinn is a founding engineer of Skype and Kazaa. He is a co-founder of the Cambridge Centre for Existential Risk (cser.org), Future of Life Institute (futureoflife.org), and philanthropically supports other existential risk research organizations. He is also a partner at Ambient Sound Investments (asi.ee), an active angel investor, and has served on the Estonian President's Academic Advisory Board.
Cass R. Sunstein is currently the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard. From 2009 to 2012, he was Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. He is the founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy at Harvard Law School. Mr. Sunstein has testified before...
Cass R. Sunstein is currently the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard. From 2009 to 2012, he was Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. He is the founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy at Harvard Law School. Mr. Sunstein has testified before congressional committees on many subjects, and he has been involved in constitution-making and law reform activities in a number of nations.Mr. Sunstein is author of many articles and books, including Republic.com (2001), Risk and Reason (2002), Why Societies Need Dissent (2003), The Second Bill of Rights (2004), Laws of Fear: Beyond the Precautionary Principle (2005), Worst-Case Scenarios (2001), Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness (with Richard H. Thaler, 2008), Simpler: The Future of Government (2013) and most recently Why Nudge? (2014) and Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas (2014). He is now working on group decisionmaking and various projects on the idea of liberty
Cari Tuna is the President of the Open Philanthropy Project and Good Ventures, philanthropic organizations through which she and her husband Dustin Moskovitz (co-founder of Facebook and Asana) aim to do as much good as they can with their giving. Previously, she was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal. Cari sits on the board of GiveWell.
Effective Altruism Global is a community of people taking a scientific approach to answering the question of "How can I make the biggest difference?" Just as science consists of the honest and impartial attempt to determine what's true, effective altruism consists of the honest and impartial attempt to work out what's best for the world. If you share this mindset, there’s a good chance you will leave EA Global having changed the way you think about improving the world.
Each year, EA Global attracts a cross-disciplinary community of people who spend much of their time thinking about how to make a difference. We aspire to create a forum for rigorous, lively discussion on some of the most important questions faced by humanity. If you are trying to make progress on a difficult problem, the chances are that someone at EA Global will be able to help you.
EA Global is about more than just thinking about how to improve the world; it’s also about action. Whether you’re looking to join an existing project, start a new project, or find like-minded people, EA Global will help you plug into a community that you won’t find anywhere else.
EA Global is the annual gathering of the effective altruism community. The conference has grew exponentially in the first three years from 60 participants in 2013 to over 800 attendees across three continents in 2015. This year we hope to be even bigger with over 1000 people coming together in Berkeley, and an additional 1000 people at independent EAGx conferences in at least six countries across four continents throughout the year.
This year, participants will include an eclectic mix of scientists, students, politicians, hedge fund managers, engineers, academics, programmers, philosophers, social workers, parents, and people from all walks of life coming together to figure out how they can do the most good. If you care deeply about improving the world as effectively as possible, EA Global is the place to be.
EA Global will primarily consist of:
A large part of the programming will be workshops and training sessions. During these, participants will be working on solve difficult problems, or trying to acquire the skills to allow them to do more good.
There will also be plenty of talks on topics relevant to doing the most good. Leading experts will give talks and answer questions about their areas of research. In parallel with this, there will be discussion sessions led by participants. We plan to set up a up a system that allows participants to organize discussions, debates, and focus groups on interesting topics.
The ticket price will be $434. Scholarships will be available to those with financial need. One of our goals is to make sure that financial constraints are not a major factor in keeping people from attending the conference. We encourage you to apply regardless of your financial situation, and we will work to figure something out.
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Julia is the president and co-founder of the Center for Applied Rationality, an organization teaching math- and cognitive science-based techniques for effective decision-making. Julia has written about science and rationality for publications including Science, Scientific American, Popular Science, The Philosopher’s Magazine, 3 Quarks Daily, and Slate.
Ben is the co-founder and Executive Director of 80,000 Hours, an Oxford-based charity dedicated to helping people find fulfilling careers that make a real difference. In three years, 80,000 Hours has grown from a student society to a thriving charity featured on the BBC, the Washington Post, NPR and more, and whose online careers guide has been viewed by hundreds of thousands of people.
Anjali is a PhD student in Bioengineering at UC Berkeley, who is interested in the areas of biosecurity, science policy, and global health. She has been involved in Bay Area community organizing for the Effective Altruism community.
Often described as “the founding father of nanotechnology”, Eric Drexler introduced the concept in his seminal 1981 paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,which established fundamental principles of molecular engineering and outlined development paths to advanced nanotechnologies.
Liv is Europe's leading female poker player. As an astrophysics graduate, her passion for scientific process and rationality lead her to co-found Raising for Effective Giving (REG), a meta-charity that inspires poker players to regularly donate to the world's most effective interventions.
Bryan is founder and CEO of OS Fund, a $100 million fund that invests in science and technology startups that promise to radically improve quality of life. He was also founder, chairman and CEO of Braintree, an online payment system. Braintree was acquired by eBay for $800 million in 2013.