Join us for TEDxABQ 2018

Announcing 2018's TWO Day Event


This September, TEDxABQ Main Event returns to Albuquerque with an exploration of emerging ideas from New Mexicans and focused on our community. The event, which will be hosted at the National Hispanic Cultural Center will take place over two days.

This September, TEDxABQ Main Event returns to Albuquerque with an exploration of emerging ideas from New Mexicans and focused on our community. The event, which will be hosted at the National Hispanic Cultural Center will take place over two days.


IMAGINE

ALBUQUERQUE

SEPTEMBER 28

6 Speakers
Performances
VIP Reception

Learn More
Buy Tickets

MAIN

EVENT

SEPTEMBER 29

14 Speakers
Performances
Plaza Engagement

Learn More
Buy Tickets

IMAGINE

ALBUQUERQUE

SEPTEMBER 28

6 Speakers
Performances
VIP Reception


Learn More
Buy Tickets
VIP Tickets

MAIN

EVENT

SEPTEMBER 29

14 Speakers
Performances
Plaza Engagement

Learn More
Buy Tickets
VIP Tickets


IMAGINE ALBUQUERQUE

An evening to explore the boldest ideas for, by and about the city of Albuquerque.

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An evening to explore the boldest ideas for, by and about the city of Albuquerque.


What

6 Inspiring Speakers
3 Performers
2 TED Videos & 2 Films
Audience Engagement & VIP Reception


When

Friday September 28
Registration Starts at 5pm
Speaker Sessions Start at 6pm



Where

National Hispanic Cultural Center
1701 4th St SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Free Parking
Food For Sale



Tickets

$25 Students* (Friday Only)
$35 General (Friday Only)
$105 VIP (Friday Only)
$155 Two Day VIP option
(*Student ID required at registration)



It’s all about Albuquerque.

Day One of our annual TEDxABQ conference is focused on this city. Go deep with us with talks from speakers for, by, and about this beautiful city of Albuquerque. We’ll have insights and ideas from local leaders, performances from local artists, and plenty of ways for you to engage with the program.

Join us for Day Two as we expand the conversation to ideas worth spreading from the whole state of New Mexico.

It’s all about Albuquerque.

Day One of our annual TEDxABQ conference is focused on this city. Go deep with us with talks from speakers for, by, and about this beautiful city of Albuquerque. We’ll have insights and ideas from local leaders, performances from local artists, and plenty of ways for you to engage with the program.

Join us for Day Two as we expand the conversation to ideas worth spreading from the whole state of New Mexico.




Speakers


History Matters: A Case Study on The Santa Fe Fiesta Entrada

Andrew Lovato

Andrew Lovato became the City Historian of Santa Fe in 2018, and has been an Associate Professor of Speech Communication at Santa Fe Community College since 2008. He has authored numerous books and articles, including 2004’s Santa Fe Hispanic Culture: Preserving Identity in a Tourist Town and 2011’s “The Year Zozobra Escaped: Featuring Zozobra’s Great Escape”, exploring New Mexican culture as it takes shape in Santa Fe and what it means for one to be Hispanic in a community becoming increasingly impacted by global and tourist-oriented forces.

How our community can make the police department better.

Chris Sylvan

From the shooting death of James Boyd, to the Black Lives Matter movement, from scathing Department of Justice reports on excessive force, to fears of militarization; whatever your perspectives on law enforcement are, the public perception of police departments has grown far from trusting, and many communities feel unheard.

But what if this communication barrier were torn down? What if grassroot voices and law enforcement officials could recognize their common goal and work together to achieve that goal instead of holding each other back?

Chris Sylvan has spent much of his career as a community organizer in many fields, but not least or last as the Albuquerque Police Department’s Community Outreach Manager. In his current role he is helping to bring stability back to the Community Policing Councils (CPCs) that facilitate communication between the pubic and the police. Albuquerque’s CPCs have become a model that municipalities across the US are trying to emulate, and Sylvan hopes that his leadership and energy will help these CPCs inspire better police-civilian relations.

Albuquerque is a great city and we'll see our greatness when we believe it.

David Campbell

David Campbell believes that Albuquerque is a great city that is only beginning to believe its greatness.

Why does he believe this? First hand experience, of course: Campbell has spent much of his career working with the City of Albuquerque. In addition to serving under the mayoral administrations of Harry Kinney, Louis Saavedra and Richard Berry, he practiced zoning and planning law as a New Mexico Attorney for almost 25 years, and he also served as an Albuquerque City Attorney and Chief Administrative Officer. He even served as a U.S. diplomat in countries and cities such as Mauritius, Ecuador, Seychelles and the District of Columbia. Recently, he was named City Planning Director by Mayor Tim Keller.

It’s okay to be different.

Monique Fragua

From the banks of the Jemez River to the boardroom of a large organization, Monique Fragua is a portrait of Pueblo women’s strength, determination, and love of community. She is the FIRST woman to accept a presidency role at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center(IPCC) and Indian Pueblos Marketing, Inc. (IPMI). As Vice President of Operations, Monique has made it her personal mission to employ people from Native communities and provide them with the training and resources to advance their individual skills, so they impact their communities through enhanced abilities to lead, by speaking up when needed, and making changes to benefit those around them. #CreditHer#WeShallContinue

The IPCC has a very special place in Monique’s heart. “IPCC is my world and means everything to me,” she says. “This is the place where I want to be. This place is truly special in that it directly impacts Pueblo communities in the work we do each day.”

Whether it’s carrying on traditions at Jemez Pueblo or earning her MBA in a single year, Monique always remembers, one more ‘no’ is always closer to a ‘yes.’

Being a citizen means taking ownership of your place through service.

Sofia Michelle Sanchez

What does it mean to be a citizen? For Sofia Michelle Sanchez, being a citizen of Albuquerque means embracing it and serving it. She loves the city in which she was born and raised, and has committed herself to bringing positive momentum into the city and helping the community reach its full potential. In her words, “the people here deserve it.”

Sanchez served as an intern for Lieutenant Governor Diane Denish, a Field Organizer for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, and a Coordinator of Collective Impact for an Americorps VISTA program through the City of Albuquerque Mayor’s Office. She also served as a reporter for UNM’s Daily Lobo, Talk Radio News Service and the New Mexico Broadcasters Association. Today she serves as the Coordinator for ABQ Volunteers in Mayor Keller’s office, and as a participant on the Future Fund Board, where she is helping foster a culture of service, assess community needs, and develop new ideas.

The best entrepreneurs aren't who we think.

T.J. Cook

T.J. Cook has made it his mission to bring companies and communities together, and empower them through leadership, facilitation and management. Cook previously helmed Benefit Corporation, where he brought together an award-winning team of strategists, designers and engineers, launching over 100 digital solutions for companies such as Lego, Singularity U and IDEO. Now he is the Executive Director of ABQid, a startup that helps early-stage companies tap into their high growth potential and deep thinking.


Main Event

Broad in scope and theme, showcasing the best and most diverse ideas and experts across all disciplines.

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Broad in scope and theme, showcasing the best and most diverse ideas and experts across all disciplines.


What

14 Inspiring Speakers
6 Performers
2 TED Videos & 4 Films
Audience Opportunities & VIP Lounge


When

Saturday September 29
Audience Engagement on Plaza 9am-1pm
Registration Starts at Noon
Speaker Sessions start at 1pm



Where

National Hispanic Cultural Center
1701 4th St SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Free Parking



Tickets

$35 Students* (Saturday Only)
$55 General (Saturday Only)
$105 VIP (Saturday Only)
$155 Two Day VIP option
(*Student ID Required At Registration)


Day Two of our Annual TEDxABQ Conference is a full day of engaging and bold ideas.

Immerse yourself in a conference of original thinking across multiple disciplines that will both challenge and inspire. The TEDxABQ main event is a beautiful collage of TEDx talks and performances from Albuquerque and our state.

9am-1pm
Start the day with workshops and directly engage with ideas on the NHCC Plaza.
1pm-6pm
The program begins. Speakers, performances, and short flix.
9am-1pm
Start the day with workshops and directly engage with ideas on the NHCC Plaza.
1pm-6pm
The program begins. Speakers, performances, and short flix.

Day Two of our Annual TEDxABQ Conference is a full day of engaging and bold ideas.

Immerse yourself in a conference of original thinking across multiple disciplines that will both challenge and inspire. The TEDxABQ main event is a beautiful collage of TEDx talks and performances from Albuquerque and our state.

TEDxABQ is an opportunity to directly interact with ideas worth sharing!
Hosted at the National Hispanic Cultural Center

Speakers


Blockchain technology is revolutionizing and revitalizing stagnant industries.

Angel Mondragon

Blockchain technology was originally developed for Bitcoin, the digital currency that has millions of both advocates and skeptics. But even though he works in digital finance, Angel Mondragon believes that blockchain technology can do so much more than just that. As the CEO of a blockchain full service bank, and as a senior crypto advisor for a publicly traded company, Mondragon’s passion for the sciences and his innate curiosity have led him to pioneer in the crypto industry and educate other crypto entrepreneurs and developers. He sees blockchain technology, a form of collaboration that emphasizes decentralization and transparency in shared data, can and is revitalizing industries that have stagnated.

LiFi: the future internet from every light bulb.

Arman Rashidi

Arman Rashidi is a research assistant at the Center for High Technology Materials, and a PhD candidate in the UNM Optical Science & Engineering Program. He has also written several scientific articles and presented at several national conferences about his research, which has led to improvements in LED technology. But if none of that sheds light on how exciting his work can be, then his current research on developing high-speed blue LEDs for future visible-light communication and lighting systems may shed that light. Imagine—a light bulb that can transmit and connect you to the internet!

We as a society must get back outside, grow our own food and return to nature.

Chantelle Wagner

Chantelle Wager earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master’s in Accounting from the University of New Mexico, then becoming a Certified Public Accountant. But after a decade of working in finance, she realized that her calling was not with finance but with the livelihood that her family has had for over a century: farming in Corrales, where she grew up. She had to get back outside, grow her own food and return to nature. So that is exactly what she did. And upon returning home she opened Big Jim Kid’s Farm to share this message with society.

Health care of the future will require both computers and the compassionate care that only humans can bring.

David Rakel

Many people have fears of a future in which artificial intelligence has replaced human labor and rendered us useless. But alongside these fears, many people are also finding ideas and hope for a future in which artificial intelligence helps humans.

David Rakel launched his career in health in Idaho, where he worked in rural private medical practice for five years. After this, he completed a two-year residential fellowship in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona Health Services Center. At the University of Wisconsin he founded and directed the Integrative Medicine Program, and served as a tenured professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the School of Medicine and Public Health. Today, Rakel is the Chair of the UNM School of Medicine’s Department of Family and Community Medicine, as well as the author of The Compassionate Connection. Rakel is passionate about integrative medicine, an approach that focuses on all of the patient’s physical, mental, social, and mental needs, and sees a future in which artificial intelligence allows physicians to spend more time providing compassionate care.

Non-proliferation starts with the commitment of each person to replace violence with compassion.

Devont’e Watson

Devont’e Watson believes that the fight for denuclearization begins where each person has made it their mission to replace acts of violence with acts of compassion and passion, and to create a global community that values community and acceptance over division.

Watson is a graduate from UNM studying international relations and economics, emphasis on national security studies and business management, and holds a strategic analysis certificate. He is the founder of Watson & Associates International, LLC, a firm specializing in economic development and research, and has served as a youth advisor to New Mexican and federal political figures such as Richard Berry, Susana Martinez, Michelle Lujan Grisham and U.S. Surgeon General Benjamin.

Among his numerous other achievements, he has worked in various issues such as education reform, youth civic engagement, racial inequality, working with organizations such as the New Mexico Youth Alliance, the Associated Students of the University of New Mexico, the US Department of Justice, the Democratic National Convention, PBS, and the Cities of Philadelphia and New Orleans. In 2012, he delivered the youth State of the State Address of New Mexico.

Gentle leadership, taught by current learning theory, can bring out the best in pets and their people.

Jeff Nichol

Jeff Nichol, DVM, is a residency trained veterinary behavior specialist, as well as the author of three books, a published researcher in scientific journals and textbooks, and the weekly Pet Care columnist for the Albuquerque Journal. After years of general medicine and surgery, he has specialized in diagnosing and treating neurological disorders that manifest as behavioral symptoms in animals. He believes that even more than genetics, life experiences, or maturity, pets and their people can benefit the most from gentle leadership taught by current learning theory.

We can create prosperity for employees, businesses and our larger community by redefining the employment contract.

Jill Geltmaker

As the non-profit Prosperity Works explains, “Poverty in New Mexico will not be replaced by prosperity without fundamental changes”. We need changes to policy, changes in attitudes towards poverty… perhaps even changes to the definition of the employment contract?

Jill Geltmaker is a former business owner and now Vice President at Prosperity Works. She focuses on reducing barriers that make it difficult for limited-income households to acquire assets such as a home, an education, or a business that will help them enter the economic mainstream. She helps create partnerships and organizational development strategies with financial institutions, business leaders, utility companies, policymakers, families, students, and individuals to promote economic prosperity for all New Mexicans.

Comedy and ketamine ought to be available for every patient with an intractable, incurable pain disorder.

Kaatje Gotcha

Kaatje Gotcha, comedienne, writer, and stuntwoman-turned-Physician Assistant, found salvation in comedy and writing after being diagnosed with Adhesive Arachnoiditis, one of the most painful conditions known to humankind. Two decades prior to her 2015 diagnosis, a disease which has left her bed-bound 22 hours a day, she suffered a spinal cord injury while skydiving. Instead of giving up in the face of seemingly insurmountable tragedy, Kaatje Gotcha seized life. Her indomitable spirit and singular courage have led her to pursue a new career in storytelling through writing and stage performance.

You can find her published essays on Medium, and on September 20th she’ll be releasing her first memoir, “The Queen of Ketamine” on Amazon Kindle, where you may read her gripping tale and message of hope about a treatment that offers great promise to those who suffer from chronic pain. Her compelling message to fellow pain patients (and those who love them) is, at its core, about passion. Passion for self-advocacy, fighting for access to cutting-edge medical treatments, and to never, ever give up!

If humanity is to explore and live on Mars, robots must travel there first to gather resources and pave the way.

Matthew Fricke

Humanity is reaching its hands into the heavens, exploring and discovering new worlds. But those hands will not be the fleshy hands of us humans, but rather the metallic hands of robots.

Matthew Fricke is an Assistant Research Professor in the UNM Department of Computer Sciences. But even more excitingly, he also collaborates with Kennedy Space Center as the technical lead of the UNM-NASA Swarmathon project. His research focuses on solving problems using swarms, whether they be a few robots working together, a super computer with thousands of processors, an ant colony a hundred thousand strong, or the millions of immune cells. Could a swarm of robots be our extraterrestrial ambassadors? Perhaps, so Fricke says.

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), stress, and addiction are linked in many people by variations in how those individuals regulate emotions.

Pilar Sanjuan

Since graduate school, Pilar Sanjuan has been curious about the relationship between Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the use of mind-altering substances. As an Assistant Professor of Research at the Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions and at the UNM Department of Psychology, Sanjuan is conducting research funded by the National Institute of Health, in which she uses neuroimaging and mobile assessment technologies to study various demographic groups such as veterans and pregnant women seeking treatment for opiate addiction. She believes that PTSD, stress, and substance abuse share the same provenance in many people: variations in how the individual regulates emotions. But how can this intersection help us better diagnose, treat and support these groups?

Through Skullsforhope, Robert Arrieta has made it his goal to raise awareness and end the stigma of PTSD in first responders and anyone else suffering.

Robert Arrieta

Many know that veterans can be hit hard by the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Yet a stigma continues to hinder many who live with PTSD, particularly those who are not in the armed forces, and this stigma can leave many living with PTSD feeling as if they are alone.

Robert Arrieta wants these people to know that they are in fact not alone. In addition to being a first responder for the past 17 years, a paramedic for the past 10, and a fellow member of the PTSD community for the past 8, two years ago he founded Skullsforhope, an awareness business that advocates for people living with PTSD and their families. Arrieta wants to raise awareness that PTSD can impact anyone regardless of their walk of life, that they can journey through their experience with PTSD at their own pace, and that a community exists to support and uplift them.

By applying Trauma Informed Practices to all their interactions with children experiencing the negative effects of trauma, adults can support these children in learning to cope with trauma.

Roberta Marquez

Multi-disciplinarity is an idea that has been used in higher education to inspire students to look forward in their career paths. But what if multi-disciplinarity could be used to help youth before their academic and professional careers begin—particularly for students who have already traveled down rocky paths?

Roberta Marquez passionately believes in this power of multidisciplinarity. After earning her Master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law, she became passionate about helping children overcoming the negative effects of trauma, and realized that adults in all disciplines can better support these children in their journey. To this end, as an Assistant Professor at Western New Mexico University, Marquez has developed a multi-disciplinary Trauma Informed Practice (TIP) course, where she teaches hundreds of professionals across the nation how to apply TIPs to all their interactions with children and young adults overcoming trauma.


Partners


$3,000-$7,500 level

AFRL New Mexico

AFRL New Mexico

Andaluz

Andaluz

CNM

CNM

National Hispanic Cultural Center

National Hispanic Cultural Center

One Albuquerque

One Albuquerque

Siarza Social Digital

Siarza Social Digital

UPublic Studios

UPublic Studios

$1,000 Level

Evolv Strong

Evolv Strong

Fractal Foundation

Fractal Foundation

International Balloon Museum

International Balloon Museum

NSA New Mexico

NSA New Mexico

Enthusiasts

  • Tim Price
  • Bruce and Sandy Seligman
  • Rondi and Duane Thornton

Annual Partners

Sparrow Creative Studio

Sparrow Creative Studio

Internet Crossroads

Internet Crossroads

Surefi

Surefi

Verge Building

Verge Building

Strategies 360

Strategies 360

Winston Foto

Winston Foto

The Remedy Day Spa

The Remedy Day Spa

Blue River Productions

Blue River Productions

Alliance AV

Alliance AV

About TEDx

This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.

WHAT IS TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxABQ, where x = independently organized TED event.

At our TEDxABQ event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

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