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Theme: Inspiring Innovation

This event occurred on
February 4, 2012
10:00am - 7:00pm PST
(UTC -8hrs)
Berkeley, CA
United States

TEDxBerkeley 2012 provided a platform for the BayArea’s leading visionaries and storytellers to speak to an energised group of thinkers, as well as to the world at large. At this event, 1000 changemakers, innovators, thinkers, creatives, cultural leaders & social pioneers witnessed a back-to-back schedule of talks, performances and other multimedia surprises showcasing the theme of Inspiring Innovation: pioneering technologies, fresh thinking and new ideas that will foster creativity and action around the world.

Zellerbach Auditorium
101 Zellerbach Hall # 4800
University of California
Berkeley, CA, 94720-4800
United States
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Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.

Carl Bass

Carl Bass is president and chief executive officer of Autodesk, Inc.

Charles Holt

Charles has entertained and enlightened sold-out audiences on some of the country’s most prestigious college and university campuses and top national venues, including The John F. Kennedy Center.

Connie Duckworth

Connie Duckworth founded ARZU, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, in 2004 and serves pro bono as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

David Ewing Duncan

David Ewing Duncan is an award-winning, best-selling author of seven books published in 19 languages; he is a journalist and a television, radio and film producer and correspondent.


UC Berkeley’s DeCadence (pronounced dee-KAY-dence, with a capital ‘C’), is best known around the Bay Area for their one-of-a-kind quirkiness and lovable eccentricity.

Gopi Kallayil

Gopi Kallayil works at Google on the marketing of Google Plus and is based out of the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA.

Jodi Lomask

Jodi Lomask has been commissioned to create original works for NASA, TED, SFO, Computers and Structures, the California Academy of Sciences, and the Salvadorian Olympic Gymnastics Team.

Ken Goldberg

Ken Goldberg is an inventor working at the intersection of art, robotics, and social media. At UC Berkeley, Ken teaches and supervises research in Robotics, Automation, and New Media.

Lindsey Stirling

Lindsey Stirling has been playing the violin for 19 years with a range that extends from classical and to rock and roll.

Maria Fadiman

Dr. Maria Fadiman works with the human/environmental aspect of conservation.

Neha Sangwan

CEO and founder of Intuitive Intelligence, is an Internal Medicine physician and corporate communication strategist empowering healthcare practitioners, organizational leaders and corporate employees in their own self-care.

Nipun Mehta

Nipun Mehta is the founder of ServiceSpace (formerly Charity Focus), an incubator of projects that works at the intersection of volunteerism, technology and gift-economy.

Robert Strong

Robert Strong, The Comedy Magician has been crisscrossing the world since 1985 entertaining audiences large and small, young and old, formal and casual, and everything in between!

Tapan Parikh

Tapan Parikh is an Assistant Professor at the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley.

Tiffany Shlain

Honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century,” Tiffany Shlain is a filmmaker, founder of the Webby Awards, and cofounder of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences.

Organizing team


Berkeley, CA, United States


San Francisco, CA, United States
  • Jennifer Barr
  • Navi Ganacial
    Director of Logistics
  • Rocky Mullin
    Technical Director
  • Eleanor Yang
    Volunteer Coordinator
  • Linda Xu
    Director of Logistics