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There is an extraordinary line-up of speakers at the inaugural Uncharted ideas festival in Berkeley on Oct. 25-26

In three weeks, on Friday Oct. 25 and Saturday Oct. 26, the Bay Area’s first ever ideas festival, Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas, will throw open its doors in downtown Berkeley. It’s going to be a an extraordinary two days of conversations on food, technology, public policy, wine, innovation, society, environment, politics, and much, much more.

Berkeleyside is producing Uncharted and is committed to having an engaged, active group of participants attend — people like our readers who are curious, opinionated, and hungry for knowledge and new ways of thinking. That is why we are offering a limited number of scholarships to ensure the diversity of the audience.

Scholarships are intended for people who can contribute substantively to the discussions during Uncharted, but would otherwise be unable to attend.

To apply for a scholarship — which will give you a full pass to the festival, including all sessions and the Uncharted party at the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive — complete this simple web form. We just want to know why you’re interested in Uncharted, and your thoughts on what you’ll bring to the conversations. The deadline is Monday Oct. 21.

Other Berkeleysiders who haven’t bought their tickets yet can use the promo code Berkeleyside Friend when they register in order to get a discount.

Here’s a taste of the Uncharted program

  • Innovation guru Vivek Wadhwa in conversation with Grist executive editor Scott Rosenberg on “Everything you know about entrepreneurship is wrong”
  • UC Berkeley’s Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton in conversation with the Center for Investigative Reporting’s Phil Bronstein on “Are we born racist?”
  • Author Chrystia Freeland in conversation with Berkeley political scientist Paul Pierson on “Not one of us: The rise of the plutocracy”
  • editor-in-chief Annalee Newitz in conversation with Lance Knobel on “Can humans survive mass extinction?”
  • Winemaker Randall Grahm talking to Reuters’ Felix Salmon on “Why wine matters”

More details of the program are on the Uncharted website, where you can also see the full roster of speakers.

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Lance Knobel (Berkeleyside co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine...