Immerse Yourself in Wisdom, Compassion & Connection at TEDxBerkeley on February 28

From Indian & Japanese Performers to Renowned Leaders, Professors & Apple’s Co-Founder Steve Wozniak, Don’t Miss the Live Stream at

BERKELEY, Calif.--()--The sixth annual TEDxBerkeley will focus on Wisdom, Compassion and Connection at Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall on Saturday February 28, 2015, where 57 speakers and performers will share riveting insights on these important and pivotal themes.

This year’s inspiring line-up aims to transform the way we think about ideas that can re-shape the world’s priorities in education, science, the environment, healthcare and beyond, all of which is center to the core of TED.

Apple co-founder and philanthropist Steve Wozniak will close this year’s sold out event. Those interested in hearing the 2015 speakers and performers can tune into the live stream at, starting at 10:00 am on Saturday, February 28, 2015. The team encourages global participation on social media by using hashtag #TEDxBerkeley on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest and other popular social networks around the world.

The complete line-up this year includes the following performers, thought leaders and visionaries, listed under the “theme” they will present.


UC Men’s Octet: UC Berkeley A Cappella Group
Prasad Kaipa: CEO of Kaipa Group, Business and Leadership Coach
Adora Svitak: Activist for Feminism & Youth Causes
Marc Gopin: Director, Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution
Carolyn Gable: CEO and Founder, Expect a Miracle!
Eric Holt-Gimenez: Executive Director, Food First
Dan Garcia: UC Berkeley Computer Science Professor
Valerie Joi: Musical Minister


Cal Raijin Taiko: UC Berkeley Japanese Performance Drum Group
Suzanne Ackerman-Berman: Transformation Director, Pick-N-Pay, South Africa
Dr. Victoria Kisyombe: Innovator in Women Empowerment
Alison Meyer: Leadership Coach, UC Berkeley Assistant Professor
Mike Robbins: Life Coach & Author
Meera Shenoy: Founder, Youth4Jobs
Dan Viederman: CEO of Verite


New Orleans Manifesto: New Orleans Jazz Band
Cal Bhangra: UC Berkeley Punjabi Dance Group
Richmond Sarpong: UC Berkeley Chemistry Professor
Emily Levine: Producer and Comedian
Dr. Eric Rasmussen: CEO of Infinitum Humanitarian Systems
Viviana Guzman: Flutist who has performed in over 100 countries
Steve Wozniak: Apple Computer Co-Founder and Philanthropist

Behind The Scenes:

Curator, Erin Roberts, is a student of Public Health and Global Poverty and Practice; Co-Curator and Cisco Social Media Manager, R. Jennifer Barr, is volunteering for her 10th TEDx event; and Renee Blodgett, Co-Curator and Founder of Magic Sauce Media and We Blog the World, runs a marketing consultancy and online magazine dedicated to transformative travel, culture, food, luxury, and adventure.

Sponsors of this year’s event includes Fetzer Institute, Food Should Taste Good, Positive Energy, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, 18 Rabbits, Victor Hugo Winery, OneSquigglyLine, Noah’s Bagels, Ben & Jerry’s, Livestream, Hootsuite and MailChimp.

About TED and TEDx:

TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, is an annual event where the world’s leading thinkers and doers are invited to share what they are most passionate about across subject areas that are collectively shaping our future. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program, independent from TED, of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience and TEDxBerkeley, a 501c3, is now in its sixth year. For more information, visit: and on Twitter @tedxberkeley.

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