TEDxBerkeley 2020: Moonshot

Small Steps to Giant Leaps

The phrase “moonshot” has its origins in the audacious mission to put humans on the moon, a feat that most thought would be impossible. In his famous 1962 speech announcing the start of the American moonshot, President John F. Kennedy famously remarked that “We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” Many doubted that America would be able to achieve such a lofty goal in such a short time frame, but through bold innovations and sheer perseverance in the face of obstacles, we achieved the impossible. Fast forward 50 years. We live in an incredible time — an era of new possibilities in realms that were previously unimaginable.

TEDxBerkeley 2020 hopes to capture the sense of wonder and enthusiasm for discovery that comes with the beginning of a new decade. Today’s issues are not just limited to technological progress and instead cut across all aspects of society. We need moonshots — solutions that aim to address the insurmountable — to solve humanity’s most pressing problems, from climate change to human rights violations. Paving the way forward will not be easy, but the most remarkable challenges are always big and bold. To turn these obstacles into opportunities, it is up to us, as individuals, to hone our unique skills and unite to achieve a purpose greater than just our own. Join us at TEDxBerkeley 2020 to grapple with the greatest challenges of our modern age and launch your own moonshot!


What is TED?

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan, and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at https://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TED.


About TEDx

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized (subject to certain rules and regulations).