Announcing Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas

uncharted-tagline-2ft Berkeleyside is thrilled to announce Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas.

Uncharted is a two-day festival, on October 25-26, that will be filled with thought-provoking conversations, challenging ideas, and engaging experiences. It promises to be the most stimulating, provocative event to come to downtown Berkeley in many years.

What is Berkeley? It’s a city and a name with resonance worldwide. It’s pushing boundaries, challenging conventions, innovating, not being afraid to question the status quo.

It’s a storied past but it’s also very much about the present: engaged, intellectually curious people continue to make Berkeley and the Bay Area their home.

Many Bay Area residents enjoyed a taste of ‘Berkeleyside live’ with The Three Michaels last December — a hugely entertaining conversation on the Berkeley Rep stage between three prominent Berkeley authors: Michael Pollan, Michael Lewis and Michael Chabon.

With Uncharted we are taking it to the next level.

Expect two days of conversations with some of the world’s leading thinkers diving into discussions on politics, food, environment, science and technology, public policy. Confirmed speakers include Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics and founder of DIY Drones, author Mollie Katzen, Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas, Marina Gorbis, head of the Institute of the Future, and Paul Pierson, political science professor at UC Berkeley. The speaker line-up is far from final: more speakers are being confirmed every day. Check the current speakers list for updates.

At the midpoint of the festival, participants will get to enjoy each other’s company as well as great food, drink and live music at the Uncharted PartyThe party takes place at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, a masterpiece of Brutalist architecture.

The hope is Uncharted becomes an annual event that bolsters the city of Berkeley’s position as a place for great ideas.

UC Berkeley, Panoramic Interests, and Autodesk are founding sponsors of Uncharted. (More sponsorship opportunities are available. Email

Tickets to Uncharted on Oct. 25-26 are on sale from today, Thursday July 25. Numbers are limited. Berkeleyside Members will receive an email today with a special offer on tickets. For non-members, we’re offering a discounted early-bird price on tickets. Purchase your tickets here.

Come be part of conversations with provocative thinkers, come help shape the future.

Visit the Uncharted website
Get an overview of the Uncharted program
See our initial group of confirmed speakers
Follow Uncharted on Twitter and on Facebook
Buy tickets to Uncharted

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  • Charles_Siegel

    I see you have Michael Shellenberger as one of the speakers. I don’t know if you realize how controversial he is. Here is starter, from the San Francisco Chronicle:

    [T]he arguments of Nordhaus and Shellenberger attain an intellectual pretense that could almost pass for brilliant if their urgings weren’t so patently empty. The closing chapter calls for “greatness,” but, like the rest of the book, it offers little in the way of substantive proposals to back up its rhetorical thunder.

    Perhaps that’s for their next book. Or perhaps real solutions, rather than pretentious sniping, are not the authors’ purpose. Nordhaus and Shellenberger, like Lomborg, will get plenty of attention in Washington from those who want to preserve the status quo. But for those who recognize the urgent need to transform the national and world economies and save the planet as we know it, they are ultimately irrelevant.

  • We know he has a clear side in the climate discussion (although he’s very remote from global warming deniers who we wouldn’t give any space to). Shellenberger won’t go unchallenged at Uncharted, but I’m sure he thinks he’ll make people think and perhaps change some minds.

  • guest

    I am excited about the event — but surprised at the lack of gender diversity in the line up. Cmon guys! Lean In!

  • We’re absolutely committed to diversity of all kinds in our speaker lineup for Uncharted. Watch this space and judge us on the final list of speakers. Lots more names to come.

  • lkjfsfas

    Why am I not surprised that in a city that glorifies itself as the so-called birthplace of free speech, routinely and smugly denies those with opposing viewpoints the right, ability, or venue to express those viewpoints no matter how reprehensible to the prevailing paradigm. Oh yes, I forgot, ‘climate change’ deniers are engaging in
    ‘hate speech.’ Guess I need to be sent to a reeducation camp.