Each year there are two keynote authors as well as a local author panel. Both have opportunities to talk in front of everyone at the conference.
This year's keynote authors were:
This year's author panel consisted of:
My favorite keynote was definitely Eliot's. He showed videos of him visiting an ape sanctuary in Congo (which was super cute) and was really engaging. Kekla's speech didn't interest me as much. Anyways, you probably don't want to read a huge blog post about everything that happened so here are some pictures with captions instead! It was a great day and I highly recommend attending this conference if you can because it is an amazing opportunity.