We will select participants who have demonstrated some sustained interest in the social problem and, with an eye toward incorporating diverse perspectives, seek people from different regions of the world, backgrounds, and career stages. For example, each track will reserve two spaces for doctoral candidates or recent graduates. We also reserve one space for someone who represents consumers' interests through their work with advocacy groups, government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and/or businesses. They will likely be sought through invitation.
Each track will consist of up to 12 people who must commit to working on the social problem throughout the entire time of the conference. Rather than the traditional conference in which the expertise of a few people is explored, we seek to explore the distributed intelligence across a dozen people who possess a shared interest in the social problem.