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Berkeley 8th graders raise $80K to build their own library

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A Berkeley middle school’s successful campaign to crowd-fund the creation of its first library is one for the books.

Still in its infancy, REALM charter school was lacking a library, so its eighth grade class launched a Kickstarter campaign in March. In one month they raised the nearly $79,000 that will allow them to realize their innovative design for a room full of books and multimedia tools. Quest Foundation, a grant-making organization in Danville, contributed $30,000 in matching funds to the campaign.

The ultramodern library, called “X-Space,” is the product of months of brainstorming and building in teacher Hallie Chen’s design class, Studio H.

“Because we’re a new school, the instinct for students is to look around and say, ‘These are the things we don’t have yet,’” said REALM’s creativity director Emily Pilloton. “My response is always, ‘Okay, well, let’s go build it.’” … Continue reading »

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Uncharted, Berkeley’s first ideas festival is 1 week away!

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The finishing touches are being applied to the program, the speakers, all world experts in their fields, are tweeting about their imminent appearance on stage in Berkeley, and the final decisions on wine pairings, music sets and lighting for the sure-to-be celebratory party at the art museum have been made. This time next week the inaugural Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas will be in full flow.

The program is bursting with entertaining and thought-provoking conversations. Here’s just a taste:

Browse the full program here; learn more about the speakers here.
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Wonky Wednesday: three forums to consider

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Wednesday Oct. 17 is one of the days where there is too much in Berkeley to choose from, particularly tonight. Here is a partial listing of offerings:

Michael Lewis will be interviewed by Linda Schacht Gage at the Central Library tonight. He will talk about Obama’s Way, the article he wrote about President Obama for Vanity Fair. Although tickets sold out fast, there will be some tickets available from no-shows. The waiting line will start at 5 pm. The reception begins at 6 pm and the talk is from 7 pm to 8 pm.

The Berkeley Unified School District will hold a forum for middle and high school parents on alcohol, tobacco, and drugs, its effects on teens, and resources available to address the issue. Teens and experts will discuss the best way to talk to your kids. The forum is at 7 pm at Berkeley Technology Academy, 2701 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way. … Continue reading »

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Autodesk signs up for ‘Startup Berkeley’ Forum

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Berkeleyside is delighted to announce that Autodesk has signed on as a sponsor of the Berkeleyside Local Business Forum 2012: Startup Berkeley, which takes place on Monday March 5th in downtown Berkeley.

“Autodesk is interested in encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship,” said Carl Bass, CEO of Autodesk, and a Berkeley resident. “Berkeley, as a whole, has underperformed in these areas and we would like to help change that. Berkeley has a world-class university and thousands of brilliant, creative and imaginative people and we’re thrilled to see a dialog taking place about shaping the future of the community.”

Autodesk is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, with its headquarters in San Rafael. It has been included in Fast Company’s list of the world’s most innovative companies, and is on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index.

Bass was a speaker at the recent TEDxBerkeley and a featured panelist at Berkeleyside’s inaugural Local Business Forum last year, along with Chris Anderson, Editor in Chief of Wired. … Continue reading »

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Thousands expected at Tedx conference on Saturday

Carl Bass, CEO of Autodesk
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More than 1,500 people are expected to go to Zellerbach Auditorium on the UC campus on Saturday for the third annual Tedx/Berkeley.

“Inspiring innovation,” is the theme for the daylong conference, which is organized independently from the main TED conference (Technology, Entertainment, Design) held every year around the world.

Speakers include Carl Bass, the CEO of Autodesk, Charles Holt, an actor and singer who has appeared in numerous Broadway musicals, Connie K. Duckworth, the founder of ARZU, a nonprofit … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside Local Business Forum: a call to action

Laurie Capitelli, Amanda West, Michael Caplan, Amy Thomas and Richard Fletcher/Photo: Keoki Seu
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Over 300 business leaders, politicians, policymakers and interested Berkeleyans came to the first Berkeleyside Local Business Forum last night. Over the course of two hours, they engaged in a lively, civil discussion on the challenges and opportunities facing business in Berkeley.

The discussion opened with a forward-looking vision for business growth in Berkeley, reflected through the ideas of Chris Anderson, Editor-in-Chief of Wired, and Carl Bass, CEO of Autodesk. They both felt there was tremendous potential in harnessing the energies of the so-called Maker Movement, to generate enterprises in small-scale manufacturing that could grow. Anderson said Berkeley was a “perfect place” for such efforts, because of the concentration of digital know-how and excellent coffee shops. He advocated the creation of a “hacking space”, like Tech Shop in Menlo Park and San Francisco.

Bass said there was a need for “clarity of purpose and intent”. He talked about how his own West Berkeley workshop for his passion for woodworking is surrounded by wine warehouses and a sake maker. Those are the kinds of spaces, he said, where new companies could be thriving.

Anderson asked Mayor Tom Bates, who had welcomed participants to the Forum, what the response in the city would be if he wanted to set up a small manufacturing operation (Anderson’s own start-up, 3D Robotics, manufactures in San Diego and Tijuana). “Go to Emeryville,” Bates responded. But Bates then explained that the new-wave companies being described by Anderson and Bass were exactly what he believed could be part of Berkeley’s future. The debate on the West Berkeley plan, to be introduced in a special session of the City Council tonight at 5:30 p.m., and discussed in the regular agenda starting at 7 p.m., should be the catalyst for a shift in what’s possible in Berkeley, the mayor said. … Continue reading »

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Carl Bass, the vision thing and a Berkeley wood shop

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Five things you didn’t know about Carl Bass, Berkeley resident and chief executive of software giant Autodesk.

About a year after joining Autodesk, he was fired by head honcho Carol Bartz. Five months later she brought him back into the fold. He dropped out of college to build boats in Seattle for five years, then completed his degree. He would like his company’s products to have the slickness of video games. He fashions beds and baseball … Continue reading »

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