This August, 175 Effective Altruists will come together to learn from each other, collaborate, and build friendships. Be one of them.

2013 highlights

praise for 2013
Participants rated the event an average of 9.4 out of 10. Here's what people said:

peter thiel

You get the sense that we’re only at the beginning of something that’s going to be extraordinarily big.

andrew critch

I found it extremely thought-provoking, heartening, and informative. I highly recommend going, to expose yourself to a breadth of opinions about world-scale altruism, to observe first-hand how willing the attending groups are to work together, and to flesh out and communicate your own ideas about altruism with people who are actually trying to figure out what the world needs.

matt fallshaw

They’re here because they want to be effective, and I think that atmosphere of openness is heartwarming and inspiring.

2013 participants

2014 key speakers

The EA Summit is proud to welcome the following guest speakers

peter thiel

Co-founder of PayPal & Founders Fund

holden karnofsky

Co-founder of GiveWell

max tegmark

Author of “Our Mathematical Universe”

participating organizations
  • GiveWell
  • 80,000 Hours
  • Giving What We Can
  • FHI
  • Center for Applied Rationality
  • GiveDirectly
  • PSI
  • GoodMindHunting
  • IntegralCenter
  • Machine Intelligence Research Institute
  • The High Impact Network
  • FF
  • Future of Life
  • Leverage Research


This year’s Summit will take place at the David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley CA.
The building is one block from Downtown Berkeley BART station, one block from the UC Berkeley campus.


Begin your registration by filling out this form:


How is the event structured?

Due to increased demand, we’ve split this year’s event into two parts: The Effective Altruism Summit and The Effective Altruism Retreat.

The Summit will be a conference-style event held on the weekend of August 2-3. To accommodate our expanding movement and its many new projects, this year’s Summit will be bigger than the last. The Summit will be held in downtown Berkeley at the David Brower Center with a kick-off reception Friday, Aug 1.

The Retreat will occur the week before the Summit, from July 27-August 1. The Retreat will be a much smaller event, providing a more intimate setting for attendees to discuss, to learn, and to form lasting connections with each other and with the community. It will be held just across the Golden Gate Bridge on a residential campus in San Rafael.

If you are interested in attending the Retreat and have not already spoken with an organizer about it, please email us at

What exactly does the Summit registration fee cover?

The cost of the Summit covers the Friday evening reception, access to the event all day Saturday and Sunday, and the closing reception Sunday in San Francisco. It also includes breakfast and lunch on both days. 

The fee for the Summit does not cover lodging. However we have reserved a block of rooms in one of the UC Berkeley residence halls (a 10 minute walk from the venue) at a discounted rate of $50 per night for EA Summit participants. Find out more here.

More questions?

Further inquiries not covered in this FAQ should be directed to We’ll be happy to answer your questions!