Who We Are

Uncharted was founded in 2013 as the Bay Area’s first ideas festival. It brings you together with some of the world’s great thinkers for two thrilling days of discussion, debate, and workshops designed to engage and inspire.

A production of Berkeleyside, Berkeley’s independent news website, Uncharted evolved out of the belief that the most intriguing ideas — and solutions to today’s big challenges — emerge from the collision of different visions and perspectives.  

Uncharted attendees are privy to — and invited to join in — a dynamic exchange of ideas between prominent thinkers representing technology, science, culture, politics, education, food, public policy, business, economics, the environment, and other subjects that dominate our lives.

Uncharted is not a series of lectures. Stimulating conversations and creative exploration — both in the auditorium and in break-out workshops — dominate, and there is ample opportunity to mingle, schmooze, and make new friends.

Hosted in Berkeley’s thriving downtown Arts District, Uncharted also offers a series of pop-up performances as ‘sorbet’ moments between the conversations. They include music, dance, comedy, spoken word, and more.

A key part of the Uncharted festival is its opening night cocktail party, always held in a beautiful venue with live music, delicious food and great drinks.

Uncharted is guaranteed to be stimulating, surprising, and fun. It’s a festival of ideas — offered to you at a fraction of the cost of other “idea conferences.” Join us!

 

Plan Your Visit

Where does Uncharted take place?

In festival spirit, Uncharted meets in a variety of venues in downtown Berkeley. Our main program will be held at Berkeley Repertory Theatre (2025 Addison Street) and at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse (2020 Addison Street) across the street. The program kicks off at 9 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday (registration opens at 8 a.m.).

The Friday night party, with cocktails, wine, food and live music, will be held on the lovely patio and inside Alumni House on the UC Berkeley campus from 5 to 8 p.m.

Registration for both days of the festival — Friday Oct. 14 and Saturday Oct. 15 — is at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704.

Passes for those who have bought tickets can be picked up from 8am-4pm on Friday and from 8am-2pm on Saturday. Tickets also can be bought at the registration desk on both days.

Are the venues accessible to wheelchairs?

Yes, all Uncharted venues are accessible.

Will there be food and drink?

Absolutely. Included in your festival ticket are the Friday night party, serving delicious food, wine and beer. Coffee, tea, soft drinks and snacks are provided each morning and afternoon.

Where is the Friday night party? How do I get there?

The Friday night party takes place at Alumni House on the UC Berkeley campus. We’ll have a walking tour up to the party led by the Berkeley Path Wanderers Association, or you can stroll, bike or drive there yourself. (Parking near Alumni House can be found at the following lots: RSF GarageTelegraph Channing GarageOther UC Berkeley parking lots/garages.)

What’s appropriate dress?

Uncharted is a festival, not a conference. We encourage you to dress casually and comfortably. Berkeley isn’t a suit-and-tie kind of place anyway.

Can you recommend a hotel?

Why, yes! Hotel Shattuck Plaza, a short walk from Uncharted’s venues, is our official hotelHotel Shattuck Plaza is offering a 15% discount on its regular rooms rates to Uncharted attendees until Sept. 30. Use this link to book reservations online (this can also be accessed by entering the passcode UNCHARTED under “promo/corporate rates” on the website), or call 510-845-7300 and ask for the “Uncharted” rate.

Driving Directions

From San Francisco

Take the Bay Bridge, get on I-80 East towards Berkeley/Sacramento. Take the University Avenue exit. Go east, towards the hills, two miles to Shattuck Avenue. Turn right on Shattuck, go one block to Addison Street and turn right again. The Theatre is on your right, the Freight on your left.

From east of Berkeley via Highway 24

From Highway 24, take the Berkeley Exit: Highway 13, Tunnel Road/Ashby Avenue. Drive west on Ashby, two miles to Shattuck Avenue. Turn right on Shattuck Avenue, proceed two miles to Addison Street. Turn left on Addison Street. Go through one traffic light. The Theatre is on your right, the Freight on your left.

From east of Berkeley via Interstate 80

Take I-80 West to the University Avenue exit. Go east, towards the hills, two miles to Shattuck Avenue. Turn right on Shattuck, go one block to Addison Street and turn right again. The Theatre is on your right, the Freight on your left.

From Marin County

Either come through the City (see above) OR take the Richmond–San Rafael Bridge onto 580 to I-80 to the University Avenue exit. Go east, towards the hills, two miles to Shattuck Avenue. Turn right on Shattuck, go one block to Addison Street and turn right. The Theatre is on your right, the Freight on your left.

From the South Bay

Take 880 North to 80 East towards Berkeley. From I-80 take the University Avenue exit. Go east, toward the hills, two miles to Shattuck Avenue. Turn right on Shattuck, go one block to Addison Street and turn right again. The Theatre is on your right, the Freight on your left.

Travel by Mass Transit

Take BART

Uncharted is proud to be a BARTable Event. The Downtown Berkeley station on Shattuck Avenue is around the corner. Take a Richmond-bound train and get off at the Downtown Berkeley station. Or, if you’re coming from Richmond, take a Daly City-bound or Fremont-bound train to the Downtown Berkeley station. On the upper level of the station look for the “Shattuck/Addison West” exit. At the top of the stairs, turn left on Addison Street, and you will see the Theatre on the right, the Freight on the left. Visit bart.gov or call BART at 510 465–2278 for schedules.

Ride a bus

Major AC Transit routes F, 1, 1R, 7, 12, 18, 25, 49, 51B, 52, 65, 67, 88, 604, 605, 800, 851 stop nearby. Call 511 or go to transit.511.org for schedules.

Plan Your Trip by Bike

Check out bicycling.511.org. Free bike parking is available in the Center Street Garage, across the street from the Theatre.

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How’s parking?

There are a variety of nearby parking options detailed on the Berkeley Rep website. Please note that the closure of the Center Street Garage will restrict parking availability. We suggest public transportation or bicycling if possible.

FAQs

Where can I find program details?

The latest program details and speaker updates are posted at www.berkeleyideas.com. You can also follow Uncharted news and notables on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

What’s the cost for attendance?

Visit the Attend section to see your different ticket options.

What if I only can attend one day?

Uncharted is best experienced as a full immersion, where the collective ideas outweigh the sum of their parts. That said, we understand that some people may not be able to attend both days. A one-day pass, valid for either full day of programming plus the Friday night gala, can be yours. Visit the Attend section to see your options.

Is there a discounted rate for groups?

For groups of five or more attendees, discount pricing is available. Email Greg if you’re interested.

Is there a student discount rate?

Uncharted offers a limited number of deeply discounted tickets to full-time students. For details, email Greg.

Will you sell tickets at the door?

That depends. Attendance will be limited to 500 people. If seats are still available, tickets will be sold at the door.

What’s your refund policy?

If you cancel in writing by October 2, we’ll refund your payment minus a $20 processing fee. After October 2, cancellations will receive credit toward Uncharted 2016.

Substitutions, however, can be made at any time without penalty. For all cancellation or substitution requests, email Greg.

Do I need to print and bring a ticket to get in?

You’ll need proof of registration to enter the Festival. This can be a physical printout of your ticket(s) or a digital confirmation on your smartphone.

Are there volunteer opportunities at Uncharted?

Indeed. We will be recruiting an ace team of volunteers. If you’re interested in applying, email Greg.

Who’s the organizer of Uncharted?

Uncharted is produced by Berkeleyside, Berkeley’s independent news site.

Whom can I contact with questions?

Greg Fuson is your man (but not The Man). Email greg@berkeleyideas.com or call 510-516-1866. If you are interested in being an Uncharted Partner or have specific program ideas, contact Lance Knobel, who is curating Uncharted.

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