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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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Vivek Wadhwa, Donald MacDonald and Kalimah Priforce to headline at the Bay Area’s first ideas festival, Oct. 25-26

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Tech guru and academic Vivek Wadhwa challenges the common wisdom on innovation, architect Donald MacDonald designed the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge, and social entrepreneur Kalimah Priforce‘s specialty is the power and limits of technology for bringing change to disadvantaged communities. All three will be speaking at Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas, the very first ideas festival to come to the Bay Area.

Wadhwa, Vice President of Innovation and Research at Singularity University and Fellow at the Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University, will explain why “everything you know about entrepreneurship is wrong.”

MacDonald will be in conversation with commentator and journalist Felix Salmon, who, on hearing he would be getting a private tour of the new Bay Bridge prior to Uncharted simply tweeted “Creating Awesome!” They will discuss the symbolism and power of bridges. As well as designing the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge, MacDonald was the first architect to work on the design of the Golden Gate Bridge since its construction in the 1930s.

Meanwhile, Priforce will be talking about the power and limits of technology for bringing change to disadvantaged communities. The provocative subject of Priforce’s presentation? “Would an app have saved Trayvon Martin?” … Continue reading »

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In heart of Berkeley, startups disrupt, strut their stuff

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Last night, Berkeley hosted the inaugural Innovate@Berkeley, possibly the city’s largest entrepreneurship event to date. Held at the Hotel Shattuck in downtown, the gathering attracted hundreds of attendees and included a keynote address by tech entrepreneur and academic Vivek Wadhwa, a startup expo, and a pitch competition. Sylvia Paull has this report:

Berkeley has always been known for its political radicalism, but last night at Innovate@Berkeley, held at the Hotel Shattuck, 26 high-tech startups presented applications and hardware to disrupt everything from commerce to health, social communications, and play.

With the support of the Berkeley Startup Cluster, a coalition including the City of Berkeley and UC Berkeley, as well as Cal’s South Asian professional fraternity Alpha Epsilon Zeta and some local companies, UC Berkeley computer science sophomore Sameen Karim — all of 19 years old and the founder of startup Eventable — put together an impressive event and the first of its kind to take place in Berkeley. … Continue reading »

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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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Five steps to make Berkeley a high-tech mecca

Vivek Wadhwa at the Infusion Lunch/Photo: Lance Knobel
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Vivek Wadhwa, one of the most outspoken academics on innovation and entrepreneurship, spoke today about how Berkeley could position itself to capture a more than fair share of technology start-ups. “It’s surprisingly easy to fix Berkeley,” Wadhwa declared. “Everything is here.”

Wadhwa was speaking at the Infusion Lunch at Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, organized by Sylvia Paull. He spoke to an audience of local business owners, entrepreneurs, students and city officials, including Economic Development Manager Michael Caplan with whom he shared the stage. The lunch was hosted by the Berkeley Startup Cluster.

Wadhwa has academic appointments in the School of Information at UC Berkeley, at Duke University’s engineering school, and at Harvard Law School. He writes for both Bloomberg BusinessWeek and TechCrunch and is a prolific tweeter. … Continue reading »

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