TEDxBerkeley: Ideas Worth Spreading

posted on: April 4, 2010

Today (Saturday, April 3rd) I attended TEDxBerkeley at Wheeler Auditorium. Before I go any further, this event was amazing in terms of speakers, organization, music performers, inspiration, networking, and I could really go on … (if you have ever been to a TED event, you know what I’m talking about)

TED, an event that brings together students and people from all over who want to make the world a better place (it won’t happen all at once, obviously! That’s what TED’s all about… inspiring others! ), have one overarching theme – “doing the unprecedented”.  If you weren’t at the TEDxBerkeley event it was available to watch live here!

NOW THEN, speakers at TEDxBerkeley were quite thought-provoking in each of their presentations:

Dacher Keltner – Psychologist and UC Berkeley Professor. “Compassion is contagious!”
Rick Smolan – TEDster, Author, Photographer.
Bradley Voytek – Neuroscientist and UC Berkeley Student.
David Ewing Duncan – Director of Center for Life Science Policy at UC Berkeley and TEDster.
UC Men’s Octet – The premier a cappella group at UC Berkeley.
Eric Cheng – Ocean Conservationist, Photographer. 71% of our world is ocean, and 90% from that 71% is unexplored ocean territory.
Eric Lewis – “Piano Iconoclast” and TEDster.
Ross Evans – Inventor, Founder of Xtracycle, and TEDster.
Fred Dust – Designer and Partner at IDEO. We are all designers! How can we reform our environments to make it better?!
Amit Deutsch – Student Activist and UC Berkeley Student.
Daniel Kraft – Scientist and TEDster. Technologies are allowing more much more personalized services, especially in the health care sector – digital medicine, nano medicine, regenerative genes … (scary)
Eric Rodriguez – Founder UC Berkeley Economic Philanthropy Course.
Asma Abbas – Author and Professor.
Drue Kataoka – Artist, Social Entrepreneur
Nanxi Liu – Pianist and Berkeley Student
Robert Strong – Magician

What did other attendees have to say? Discussion about the TEDxB event during and after is here, #TEDxB

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“About TED

TED is an annual event where some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers are invited to share what they are most passionate about. “TED” stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design – three broad subject areas that are, collectively, shaping our future. And in fact, the event is broader still, showcasing ideas that matter in any discipline. Attendees have called it “the ultimate brain spa” and “a four-day journey into the future.” The diverse audience – CEOs, scientists, creatives, philanthropists – is almost as extraordinary as the speakers, who have included Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Frank Gehry, Paul Simon, Sir Richard Branson, Philippe Starck and Bono.”


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  • joobeelicious

    Hi Kai,

    Yes, thanks for organizing. You, Jessica and your team did an awesome job!

  • kai chang

    I am so delighted you came and had such a good time! I am so proud of my staff for all the hard work they’ve put into making today happen and we’re jazzed we’re getting so much positive love in blogs and #TEDxB remarks!

  • Joanna

    This sound amazing. TED seems amazing! Thanks fOr the intro.

  • joobeelicious

    They host TED events all around the world, I’m sure there’s one in your area if not, you could always organize one yourself!

  • Phillip Jeffrey

    I was following TEDxB from Vancouver online. It was unbelievably inspiring and looked very well organised. I wish I had come down for it.

    I definitely want to find a way to attend TED some year.