A Place at the Table

DATES TBD (Oct. 2015)

What happens when you invite a business leader, a policy maker, an educator, a non-profit professional, and a youth activist to the table, and ask them to change the world?

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About the Conference

A Place at the Table, 2015 is a conference for innovators, changemakers, and leaders (both current and future).

How does it work?

Step 1: Assembling the Teams 

1 corporate leader, 1 policy maker, 1 educator, 1 non-profit professional, and 4 students make up a team


Step 2: Taking a Place at the Table 

Teams will work collaboratively to develop a tangible and sustainability-oriented solution to a conservation-minded issue of their choosing


Step 3: Developing the Solution

A product, campaign, legislation, event, action…sky’s the limit 


Step 4: Inspire, Empower, & Engage

Keynote speakers will share their inspiration and stories in having made innovative change.  Teams will share their solutions with one another.  Ideas will be spread, adopted, and shared.



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25 teams of 8 makes 200 attendees.

Register for your appropriate field to allow for us to effectively create diverse and complementary teams.

Attendant Categories Ticket Availability Register
Business  Admittance by Application Only Register Now
Policy/Municipal/Utility  4 open spots Register Now
Non-Profit  Admittance by Application Only Register Now
Education 2 open spots Register Now
Youth Activists 8 open spots Register Now

Represented Institutions

Keynote speakers

Our diverse and accomplished speakers will share their story and path to innovative change.

  • Jim Moriarty

    Jim Moriarty’s professional life has been spent seeking new ways to make an impact in the world. The first two decades of his work were focused on technologies and disruptive ideas. In recent years he has focused on helping modernize environmental protection in coastal regions.

    He left the technology world in 2005 to take the helm at Surfrider Foundation and focus on coastal preservation. At Surfrider Jim has helped transform the organization to scale its mission via embracing technology scaling platforms. Today Surfrider is the largest grassroots organization focused on coastal preservation in the world with more than 84 chapters in the United States and international representation has expanded to more than a 20 countries.

    In recent years this global network of individuals and chapters has netted more than 250 coastal preservation victories and engaged hundreds of thousands of people in the mission of protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches.

  • Dr. Burcin Becerik-Gerber

    Office towers and commercial buildings account for nearly one-fifth of all energy consumed in the United States. Burcin Becerik-­Gerber has found a cheap way to cut a building’s energy use by a third by essentially getting buildings to “negotiate” with their occupants, factoring in the perceptions and desires of each.

    The system uses occupants’ smartphones to open up a line of communication. Becerik-­Gerber worked with colleagues in social psychology and computer science to design an app that asks people how satisfied they are with the work environment’s current temperature, lighting, air quality, and even noise level. System software then fashions each user’s consumption patterns and preferences into a virtual “agent” that resides in his or her smartphone.

    The system then works with all the building’s agents to find the most energy-efficient way of adjusting the settings so as to make the greatest number of people happy. To improve the results, it asks those users demanding more energy-­intensive conditions if they’d be willing to compromise a bit, and it tells them what the resulting energy savings would be. The optimized settings are then put in place and monitored automatically.

Conference agenda


May 31, 2014
Registration 9:00 – 9:30 am
Welcome/Intro 9:30 – 10:00 am
Speaker Series 10:00 – 11:30 am
Grouping 11:30 – 12:00 pm
Lunch 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Identifying An Issue 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Multi-Platform Solutions 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Networking Break 3:00 – 3:30 pm
R&D 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Day 1 Wrap 5 – 5:15 pm
Optional Beach Bonfire @ La Jolla Shores 6:00 pm on…


June 1, 2014
Welcome & Agenda 9:00 – 10:00 am
Product Development 10:00 – 12:00 pm
Working Lunch 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Pitch Development 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Pitch Session #1 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Networking Break 3:30 – 3:45 pm
Pitch Session #2 3:45 – 4:45 pm
Selection 4:45 – 5:00 pm
Awards & Wrap 5:00 – 5:30 pm


University of California San Diego

Price Center (Directions)
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, California 92093

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Share this opportunity with active students, progressive corporate entities, conservation-focused non-profits, passionate policy makers, and innovative educators.

A Place at the Table is made possible by the support of our sponsors.

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  • Price: $11.00
    Registration is non-refundable. Wait list tickets which are not awarded will be refunded.