The logo for TedxSanAntonio 2013. Courtesy image.
Jaime Solis

On Oct. 12, about 500 people are expected to attend this year’s TEDx San Antonio at Rackspace’s global headquarters, a.k.a. “The Castle.” Most will have applied for and purchased tickets, at least three will have won them one week after reading this sentence.

The local chapter’s fourth annual, all day event will be made up of 19 presentations (some more like performances) that cover a wide range of topics and aim to inspire, educate, and encourage thought-provoking conversations.

[Read More: “TEDxSanAntonio Salon: Intellectual Stimulus You Don’t Have to Apply For” and “Ideas Worth Spreading: TEDx San Antonio Celebrates Three Years.”]

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This year’s theme is “Minds Wide Open.” Among the 19 speakers set to take the stage are Roman Baca, a former Marine and Iraq War veteran, who will discuss the healing powers of teaching Iraqi children ballet; Nick Longo of Geekdom, who will talk about the development of entrepreneurial ecosystems and the inner-workings of thriving startup communities; and our very own freelance contributor, Brantley Hightower, will address the evolving nature of architecture and “demonstrate how society’s relationships with public buildings and government have changed over the course of the last century.” (See full list and synopsis of speakers below).

The Rivard Report is honored to be a media sponsor for this year’s event and we’ll have an interactive booth set up in the Media Lounge where individuals will be encouraged to pitch story ideas and/or volunteer to write them – a kind of crowdsourced assignment desk, much like how we operate on a daily basis, but you’ll get to see how we operate and join in live and in-person. Participants can choose between a variety of story genres and categories such as “Where I live,” technology, education, music, art, health, policy, history … any and all things that tie into San Antonio’s urban revitalization and progressive economic/cultural development.

Registration for tickets for TEDx San Antonio is now closed, but we have six to give away.

Well, “give away” is a bit too easy, so we’ve come up with a bit of a contest to combine with a randomized drawing.

To Win Two Tickets to TEDx San Antonio:

  • Leave a comment on this story page with the title of your favorite Rivard Report story, include a link to it* and tell us why this story in particular caught your eye  – or rather, your mind.

    *As we continue to optimize our website to better serve our readers, we recognize that the search function of our site … well … leaves much to be desired. If you are unable to find your favorite story through in internal search of our site, we recommend entering key words or authors in addition to “Rivard Report” into a Google search. Usually, this works wonders. Please let me ( know if you’ve any questions.

  • When commenting, include your first and last name along with your email address in the appropriate fields. Your email will not be visible to the public unless you enter it into the comment text field. We advise you to enter it into the provided field so that only our team can see it – it will not be used for any purpose but to contact you in the event that you’ve won.

Out of all submitted comments, as short or as long as you need, 20 of the most thoughtful will be selected. From that list, three names will be randomly selected to win two tickets for themselves and a friend to attend TEDx San Antonio.

If you would like to share your favorite story, but do not want to or cannot attend the TEDx San Antonio event on Oct. 12, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (or already have tickets), you are still welcome to comment. Please note in your comment that you would not like to be entered into the drawing.

The contest will end one week from today at midnight on Tuesday Oct. 1, the winners will be selected and contacted mid-afternoon on Wednesday.

Thanks to our readers, contributors, and sponsors of the Rivard Report. We look forward to hearing from you and hope to see you there!

TEDxSanAntonio 2013 Speakers List

Samuel Ximenes, XArc Exploration Architecture Corporation

The Lunar Ecosystem and Architectural Prototype (LEAP2) program addresses space architecture issues in lunar exploration, economic development, mining, and sustainment for human settlement on the moon.

Roman Baca, U.S. Marine Iraqi war veteran

The healing power of teaching Iraqi children ballet, for both children and Marines suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Liza Long, “I am Adam Lanza’s Mother” blogger

On the stigma associated with mental illness. If she had blogged about her child having cancer, would she have had so much negative feedback?

Nick Longo, Geekdom

Ecosystems, Collaboration & Communities. The natural order of things. How the development of a entrepreneurial ecosystem works from heart-seat to mind-set to build thriving communities.

Cary Clack, Office of U.S. Congressman Joaquin Castro

Embracing nonviolence as a way of life, as well as a tool for social change.

Nelson Guda, Photographer,

“ENEMIES” is an attempt to understand resilience – specifically how people move back into the light from tragically dark places such as war and genocide.

Andres Andujar, HemisFair Park Area Redevelopment Corp.

The soul of a city is found downtown, and soulful cities invariably have urban parks.

Doug Frantz, University of Texas at San Antonio

Stem cells can be the ?cure? or possibly the reason for disease.

Brantley Hightower, Architect

Architectural tastes have changed over time, and demonstrate how society’s relationships with public buildings and government have radically transformed over the course of the last century.

Karl Klose, South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, UTSA

Bacteria have become increasingly resistant to antibiotics such that we are running out of drugs to treat common infections.

Anastasia McKenna, The Twig Book Shop

Live, multi-sensory, and raw story sharing is the essence of human interaction.

Eric Fletcher, Perspective

Legally blind, this speaker brings insight into the human experience when the traditional way we think of vision is turned upside down.

Faith Harper, Sex Therapist

De-shaming sex in order to form meaningful relationships.

Tom Tunstall, UTSA Institute for Economic Development

Pros and cons of Eagle Ford Shale oil and gas work

Ryan Cox, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, San Antonio Division

Prison reform in Texas.

Julia Langenberg, performance artist

Explores the intellectual side of aerial dance and fabric theory.

Myric Polhemus, H-E-B Grocery Company

How leading creative/innovative employees creates a level of vulnerability leaders have to overcome—if they want to attract and retain these types of individuals to solve the complex problems of the future and help companies remain relevant.

Martha Atkins, Atkinsosity, LLC

Visions of the dying vs. hallucinations, and how visions can be an integral part of meaning making/healing for the dying and those they leave behind.

Kristina Durante, UTSA Department of Marketing College of Business

Research about ovulation that makes women a) more likely to compete with other women and b) attracted to bad boys.

Jaime Solis is the Director of Marketing and Development for the Rivard Report, he previously served as a congressional aide to Congressman Ciro Rodriguez and a Legislative Director for State Representative Joe Farias. You can follow him on Twitter at @_JaimeSolis and contact him at

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Jaime Solis

Jaime Solis is the director of development and advertising sales for the Rivard Report. You can contact him at