Meeting of the Minds

Revolutionary TED Talk event gives San Antonio's best speakers the spotlight

Revolutionary TED Talk event gives San Antonio speakers the spotlight

Empire Theatre
TEDxSanAntonio is returning to the Alamo City. Majestic & Empire Theatres/Facebook

It's not hyperbolic to say that TED has revolutionized how we communicate ideas. Founded 35 years ago as a technology, entertainment, and design conference (hence the TED), the nonprofit hit the global platform over the past decade with the rise of YouTube and other video platforms.

Today, "TED Talk" has become synonymous with a style of delivery, one where a person, usually an expert or leader in their field, takes to the stage to deliver a monologue on a specific topic. Sometimes there are props and slides, and if it sounds boring, it's because I'm not doing a very good job of explaining it. (As evidence, I've never been asked to give a TED Talk.)

In November, organizers are bringing back a day-long, TED-style event to San Antonio for a night of learning, exploration, and community. TEDxSanAntonio heads to the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre on Saturday, November 9, featuring eight speakers.

The event's theme is "re:frame" and will include conversations about the "arts, education, urban development, technology, environment, healthcare, and multiculturalism that resonate throughout San Antonio," organizers say in a release. TEDx programming like the one in San Antonio have become increasingly popular over the years, and it's important to note that while they use the TED banner and brand, each lineup is independently organized.

Emceed by former Spurs Coyote (and former TEDxSanAntonio speaker) Rob Wicall, TEDxSan Antonio fall 2019 speaker lineup is:

  • Kierra Alderman, author and minister
  • Graham Conway, principal engineer at Southwest Research Institute
  • Dan Cooper, retired from Southwest Research Institute
  • Elizabeth Crawford, CEO of Sendero Wealth Management
  • Hector Garcia, psychologist at UT Health Science Center
  • Jenny Lawson, writer and blogger at The Bloggess
  • John Myers, postdoctoral researcher at Baylor College of Medicine
  • Allison Schrager, economist and journalist at Quartz

“This year’s TEDxSanAntonio event seeks to reframe some of the most important issues, policies, and opinions affecting our San Antonio community today,” says marketing and communications chair Colleen Baker in a release. “Every year, we seek out the most authentic voices in our community and bring those voices to center stage.”

TEDxSanAntonio runs from 1-8 pm on November 9, meaning it will be a full day of those authentic voices. Tickets for the event range from $50-$60 and can be purchased here.