What is TEDxABQ?

Created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading,” TEDxABQ’s events are designed to celebrate New Mexico’s communities, organizations, and individuals. Locally organized TED-like experiences provide an opportunity to stimulate dialogue and foster connections between attendees, speakers, partners and volunteers.

On September 12, 2015, TEDxABQ showcased 20 of New Mexico’s most captivating speakers in science, healthcare, policy, technology, art, and the way we see the world. The program included live talks, stirring performances, fascinating audience members, interactive experiences, and short videos.


Max Baptiste
Alex Barr
Jessie Brown
Jessika Brown backup
Steven Brumby preferred
Cazandra Campos-MacDonald preferred
Daniella Carter (1)
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Erica Elliott backup 2
Gary Gonzales backup
Vince Kadlubek
Jodie Martinez backup
Don McIver
Loren Fletcher Nickerson
Divana Olivas
Lauren Poole 2
Dennis Ramirez
Gail Rubin backup
Dora Wang


Chloe Nixon
Handsome Family

New in 2015!

TEDxABQ Adventures | A new program for those who want more than a talk Following today’s event, our team will be offering opportunities for members of the community to connect with the speakers off the stage in fun, hands-on Adventures—all for free.

The TEDxABQ App | Not new—but greatly improved! Check out the event schedule, learn more about the speakers, navigate to engagement partners and food trucks, sign up for upcoming Adventures, and more!

Hero Tickets | Spreading the TED to younger generations Over 20 attendees chose to buy $100 tickets for this event to sponsor 2 young people to attend TEDxYouth@ABQ in November. We salute you, TEDxABQ Heroes!

Artist in Residence Program | A new way to showcase local artists As the first ever TEDxABQ Artist in Residence, local electronic artist Chris Clavio created a large-scale installation for the event’s stage design, developed a TEDx Talk, and will mentor the 2016 Artist in Residence.

Zero Waste Initiative | Minimizing our event’s footprint We partnered with Knowaste to make TEDxABQ 2015 a zero waste event. We also minimized our footprint by encouraging participants to bring reusable water bottles, providing biodegradable nametags, and offering a digital version of the program.

Engagement Partners | Providing opportunities to learn and connect outside the theater Eighteen organizations are joining us as engagement partners this year, providing lots of exciting activities in the lobby and outside of Popejoy. Be sure to check them out during the breaks!

StoryCorps Interview Booth | Recording the stories of New Mexicans StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind and has collected over 50,000 interviews since 2003. All conversations are archived in the Library of Congress. Winner of the TED Prize this year, the StoryCorps app allows everyone to record and publish their own interviews.

Food Trucks | More lunch options from the city’s best From Mesopotamian to Korean fusion to classic sandwiches, 12 food vendors are happy to provide you with more variety at lunch than we’ve ever had before.

1st Annual Video Contest | Highlighting short films by local filmmakers We held our first short video contest this year and are happy to present the 3 top videos during the program.

Performers inside and out | Seven local musicians on the stage and outside We’re proud of New Mexico’s musical talent so we’ve fit as many musicians into the day as we can. From registration to the after party, local musicians will be making this event even better.

Ending with a Laugh | Wrapping up the event with humor Comedian Lauren Poole will bring TEDxABQ 2015 to a close with a humorous look at the day’s events, ideas, and participants.

After party at Tractor Wells Park | More fun to enjoy after the show Great conversation, cold beer, live music, food trucks, and a celebration of an exciting day of local ideas. What’s not to love?