2013 TEDxSanAntonio audience members. Courtesy photo.
2013 TEDxSanAntonio audience members. Courtesy photo.

TEDxSanAntonio will host their spring 2016 event, with the theme of  “You Think You Know,” on Saturday, March 5 at the Rackspace Global Headquarters, 1 Fanatical Place.

For more event information or to purchase your ticket, click here.

The TED — technology, entertainment, and design — brand has a worldwide presence, providing platforms for movers and shakers in a variety of disciplines to communicate their passions to a live audience. The ‘x’ in TEDx denotes an independently organized TED event.

TEDxSanAntonio events focus on “issues of interest to San Antonio and our surrounding Central Texas region,” according to its website. Participating speakers are instructed to focus their presentations around the given theme, which typically leaves wiggle room for participants to get creative with their interpretations.

This year’s theme is “intentionally open-ended and thought provoking,” said Deborah Martin, member of TEDxSanAntonio communications committee. But the featured speakers are sure to inspire audience members — whether that means debunking theories or shedding light on a subject — with their respective topics of discussion that touch on culinary arts, education, cybersecurity and even marine biology.

“These are always hugely exciting and inspirational events,” Martin said.

The final opportunity to purchase pre-sale tickets for the event, which cost $85, is Monday, Feb. 29. After that, attendees will have to purchase their tickets at the door at a marked up price of $100.

Click here to purchase event tickets. Event registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the first talk of the morning will begin at 10 a.m.

Emceeing the spring 2016 TEDxSanAntonio program is award-winning inspirational speaker, broadcaster and author Sonny Melendrez. The event will feature 17 speakers from all walks of life and areas of expertise including:

W. Scott Allen, architect at Perkins+Will New York;

James Andrews, principal at Overland Partners;

Mark Barnett, STEM and maker education consultant;

Laura G. Cole, BiblioTech administrator;

Dan Cornell, CTO of Denim Group;

Cariño Cortez, Viva Villa Taquería chef/general manager;

Amy Cunningham, CHRISTUS Health talent management consultant;

Wayne Hartman, USAA senior research engineer;

Kate Hayward, Sticky Knowledge provocateur;

Denise Hernández, Maestranza founder, La Con Safos Beca co-founder, and Librotraficante San Antonio rep;

Colin R. Lang, Aerospace studies teacher at Alamo Heights High School;

Angie Mock, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio;

Zhiyuan (Michael) Ning, pianist and student at Rawlinson Middle School;

Victor Pagona, Southwest School of Art chair and professor of photography;

Jason A. Rosenfeld, assistant director for global health at UTHSC-SA;

Joyce D. Slocum, president & CEO of Texas Public Radio;

Greg Stunz, Ph.D., endowed chair and professor of marine biology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

After the program, an after party will take place from 5-7 p.m. and will feature Ranger Creek beer, cocktails by The Esquire, a DJ, and a silent auction.

All speeches at the spring 2016 TEDxSanAntonio program will be live streamed and recorded in order to be posted on the TEDxSanAntonio Youtube channel.


*Top image: 2013 TEDxSanAntonio audience members. Courtesy photo.

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Camille Garcia

Camille Garcia is a journalist born and raised in San Antonio. She formerly worked at the San Antonio Report as assistant editor and reporter. Her email is camillenicgarcia@gmail.com