TEDxSan Antonio speakers announced

Topics range from humanitarian aid to rockets for March 5 TEDx event


SAN ANTONIO – Local fans of the annual speaking summit known as TED -- “technology, entertainment and design” -- were treated to the list of speakers who will appear at this year’s TEDxSan Antonio conference on Wednesday morning.

This year’s open-ended theme for TEDxSan Antonio is “You Think You Know,” and organizers say the lineup will deliver “decisively balanced diversity of thought and grounded vision.”

TED began in 1984 as a conference in which subjects converged to talk about “ideas worth spreading.” Local TED events are self-organized and are branded TEDx, but are held in the same spirit as their big brother. Local organizers say the event is meant to provide a global perspective with local relevance.

"TEDxSanAntonio is all about sharing world-changing ideas, and showcasing the culture and innovation that makes San Antonio a city on the rise,” TEDxSan Antonio Programming Chair Kelly Strait said. “With topics ranging from education and humanitarian aid to rockets, birds and even sharks, the speaker lineup will inspire audiences to think."

TEDxSan Antonio will be held March 5 at Rackspace global headquarters, at 1 Fanatical Place in Windcrest.
The speakers -- today’s “leading thinkers and doers,” according to TEDx organizers -- get the chance to inspire their audience in talks of 18 minutes or less.

“The TEDx program allows us to showcase the ingenuity and energy of San Antonio, and to explore themes and issues that resonate here, such as arts, education, urban development, technology, environment, health care, military and multiculturalism,” organizers said. “(These are) world-changing conversations about the most innovative, creative, intriguing, and sometimes disruptive, ideas alive in our city on the rise.”

The local license holder for TEDxSan Antonio is Susan Price. But the 501(c)(3) nonprofit program is transitioning to Chris Sandoval.

The speakers who hope to inspire participants to “think and enable you to know” this year include:

W Scott Allen, Architect, Perkins+Will New York

Talk topic: A voyage through an architectural ecosystem of the future

James Andrews, Principal, Overland Partners Architects

Talk topic: The Power of a Mission

Mark Barnett, STEM & Maker Education Consultant

Talk topic: Everyone is a Maker, but not everyone has access

Laura G. Cole, BiblioTech Administrator

Talk topic: The Reimagined Library – Where will it Find You?

Dan Cornell, CTO, Denim Group

Talk topic: Cybersecurity: It’s All About the Coders

Cariño Cortez, Chef/General Manager, Viva Villa Taquería

Talk topic: Connection Through Comida

Amy Cunningham, Talent Management Consultant, CHRISTUS Health

Talk topic: Drowning in Empathy: The Cost of Vicarious Trauma

Wayne Hartman, Senior Research Engineer at USAA

Talk topic: Phone Zombies: Technology for Reconnecting with Nature and Each Other

Kate Hayward, Provocateur, Sticky Knowledge

Talk topic: Draw like a child; see like a master

Denise Hernández, Founder - Maestranza / Co-Founder - La Con Safos Beca / SA Rep – Librotraficante

Talk topic: Dismantle Bias to Build Acceptance

Vanessa Lacoss Hurd, CEO, The DoSeum, San Antonio’s Museum for Kids

Talk topic: Equality in Education

Colin R. Lang, Aerospace Studies Teacher, Alamo Heights High School

Talk topic: Igniting Tomorrow's Innovators and Developing the Most Valued Engineers

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

Talk topic: After 3pm: danger zone or opportunity knocking?

Zhiyuan (Michael) Ning, Pianist

Student, Rawlinson Middle School

Victor Pagona, Chair and Professor of Photography, Southwest School of Art

Talk topic: The viability of community based arts education

Jenna Stewart Parro, Program Director, Texas State University Service-Learning Initiative

Talk topic: Transforming Healthcare Leadership Through Feminism

Jason A. Rosenfeld, Assistant Director for Global Health, UTHSC-SA

Talk topic: Building Common-Unity One Club at a Time

Joyce D. Slocum, President & CEO, Texas Public Radio

Talk topic: You Think You Know – The Secret to Success

Greg Stunz, Ph.D., Endowed Chair and Professor of Marine Biology, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Talk topic: Save the… Sharks!?