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Effective Altruism Global, abbreviated EA Global, is a series of philanthropy conferences that focuses on the effective altruism movement. The conferences are run by the Centre for Effective Altruism at Oxford University.Huffington Post editor Nico Pitney described the events as a gathering of "nerd altruists", which was "heavy on people from technology, science, and analytical disciplines".
In 2015, there were three main EA Global events. The largest, with around 400 attendees, was a three-day conference that took place on the Google campus in Mountain View, California. Speakers included electric car and space entrepreneur Elon Musk, as well as the director of Google.org, the charitable arm of Google. The keynote speaker was Oxford philosophy professor William MacAskill, who founded the effective altruist organizations 80,000 Hours and Giving What We Can.
There were also two other conferences, one in Oxford, UK with around 300 attendees, and the other in Melbourne, Australia with around 100. According to MacAskill, holding conferences internationally "helps to ensure that EA is a global unified network".
EA Global 2016 was held on the UC Berkeley campus in August 2016. The conference attracted more than 1000 attendees and 80 speakers. There were also plans for a series of smaller "EAGx Events", similar to the TEDx events, at a number of cities worldwide.
According to an article in the Huffington Post, EA Global 2015 talks included subjects such as "global poverty, animal advocacy, cause prioritization research, and policy change". There were also workshops on choosing careers, Q&A sessions, and panels on running local EA chapters.
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