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Theme: Engaging the World

This event occurred on
February 19, 2011
2:00am - 8:30am PST
(UTC -8hrs)
Berkeley, CA
United States

TEDxBerkeley 2011 will provide a platform for the Bay Area’s leading visionaries and storytellers to speak to an energised group of thinkers, as well as to the world at large. At this invitation-only event, a curated group of changemakers, innovators, thinkers, creatives, cultural leaders & social pioneers will witness a back-to-back schedule of talks, performances and other multimedia surprises showcasing the theme of Engaging the World: ideas and solutions that will positively impact global communities through innovative technologies, fresh thinking and new ideas.

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.

Chip Conley

Chip Conley is the founder and executive chairman of Joie de Vivre, California’s largest boutique hotel company consisting of over 40 award-winning hotels, spas and restaurants

Jason Atwood

Jason R. Atwood is a Ph.D. student in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley and the director of Ethiopia ConnectED, an education initiative inspired by TEDster Sugata Mitra’s research on self-organized learning environments.

David Rose

David Rose is a product designer, technology visionary, and serial entrepreneur. Currently David is Chief Executive Officer at Vitality, a company reinventing medication packaging with wireless technology.

Marti Spiegelman

Marti Spiegelman, MFA is a training professional, mentor, speaker, and founder and host of Awakening Value™: Shamanic Technologies of Consciousness and Success on the VoiceAmerica™ Web Radio Network.

Erin Ganju

Erin Keown Ganju is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Room to Read, an organization that seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in the developing world by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education.

Bryan Alvarez

Bryan Alvarez is a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, researching brain-based and cognitive mechanisms of a unique form of sensory-blending called synesthesia, which he also experiences.

Lopa Brunjes

Lopa Brunjes is a biochar pioneer, passionate sustainability advocate, and visionary businesswoman. Lopa currently serves as Executive VP of Biochar Engineering Corp, a small Colorado company defining the leading edge of the burgeoning biochar industry.

Walter Hood

Walter Hood is a Professor at the University of California, Berkeley’s Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design Department. His studio, Hood Design, has been engaged in architectural commissions, urban design, art installations, and research since 1992.

Robert Fuller

Robert Fuller, former president of Oberlin College and author of Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank, coined the term “rankism” and is a leader in the worldwide quest for human dignity.

Gopi Kallayil

Gopi Kallayil is a Group Product Marketing Manager at Google supporting the marketing of the Company’s flagship advertising product, AdWords, in the Americas and Asia Pacific. He supports the company’s go-to market strategy and adoption of Google search advertising products.

Shore Slocum

Shore conducts Speakers Boot Camps and has inspired tens of thousands annually with his sincere caring, powerful energy, deep wisdom, and his passion in the belief that we are all meant to create a life of fulfillment and meaning.

David Silverman

David Silverman is an animator and was involved with the animated TV series The Simpsons from the very beginning, where he animated all of the original Simpsons Tracy Ullman shorts and went on to serve as director of animation for several years.

Anat Baniel

Anat Baniel is the founder of the Anat Baniel Method(sm) and the director of the ABM Center in Marin County, California, where she and her colleagues teach professional training programs, workshops and see private clients.

Matt Venuti

Composer, multi-instrumentalist, and TED veteran Matt Venuti opened the 2004 conference in Monterey with a solo, and will perform on the Pan Art Hang at TEDxBerkeley.

Moses Sedler

Moses Sedler is a composer, of music for concert stage, modern dance, and film. He is also a concert cellist, and recording artist.

Sonja Drakulich

Sonja Drakulich is most well known for her work in the internationally acclaimed world music ensemble, Stellamara. As the producer and singer of Stellamara, she has toured throughout the US and Europe and has produced three critically acclaimed CD releases.


Noteworthy is a student-run, student-written, all-male, excessively-hypenated a cappella group on the UC Berkeley campus. Founded in 2000 in the dorms, Noteworthy is unusual in that a large portion of its music was completely writtten by its current and former members.

Brad Kava

Brad Kava is a former news reporter and syndicated media critic for the San Jose Mercury News and has had numerous works published in the New York Times, Kansas City Star, Rolling Stone magazine and others.

Peter Stanley

Peter Stanley is a record producer, songwriter and guitar player extraordinaire. He fronts the blues band Doghouse Riley, which has played the Warfield in San Francisco and the Civic Center in San Jose.

Eoin Harrington

Singer/Songwriter Eoin Harrington is a clasically trained multi instrumentalist, producer and engineer. His album, Story, has been met with critical acclaim in the States and in Europe, a string of sold out shows and front page write ups by newspapers like the SF Chronicle.

Organizing team


Berkeley, CA, United States
  • Renee Blodgett
  • Ross Evans
  • Jennifer Barr
    Director of Marketing and Operations
  • Navi Ganancial
    Director of Logistics
  • Brent Locks
    Director of Sponsorships
  • Massimo Paolini
    Director of Web Strategies
  • Rocky Mullin
    Technical Director
  • David Allen
    Volunteer Manager