An open-invite press conference will be held Monday, July 27th at 10:00AM to announce speakers and kick-off ticket applications.

McAllen, TX: The TEDxMcAllen 2015 event board would like to invite all members of the media and the general public to attend a kickoff press conference event to be held Monday at 10 o’clock AM at the McAllen Convention Center in the lobby of the Butterfly Ballroom. The TEDxMcAllen group will be on-hand to announce the tentative speaker lineup for their inaugural 2015 TEDxMcAllen event as well as answer questions and provide overall information on the event.

In addition to unveiling the speaker selection, this event will kick-off the ticket application opening for those interested in attending TEDxMcAllen, which takes place on Tuesday October 6th at the McAllen Convention Center.

“We are very excited about releasing the speaker list to the public and making it available online. We have spent weeks looking over applications for speaking slots and are now elated to share that with public” said Drew Lentz, Curator and TEDxMcAllen Licensee. “The ideas that we have selected to share represent a dynamic cross-section of the Rio Grande Valley, our culture, our heritage, and our vision of the future. You may or may not recognize some of the names chosen, but we feel the ideas and messages that are represented are amazing, inspiring, and will help change the way we look at the world and the way the world looks at us.”

Over 83 applications were submitted to the TEDxMcAllen team, and a 3 week process began to identify which ideas fit the idea of “Breaking Borders”, the overall theme for the event. While addressing our relation to the physical border shared with Mexico is discussed on a regular basis, a greater metaphoric border that our area, people, and personal relationships are crossing as our region is expanding commercially, technologically and culturally exists. The goal of TEDxMcAllen is to expose those borders and highlight ideas that have helped push past those boundaries.

In the end a total of 17 speakers have been selected, with ideas falling into 4 categories for the event: Where We are, Who We Are, What We’re Doing, Where We’re Going.

In addition to the speaker list, the online ticket applications will be opened for TEDxMcAllen on Monday, July 27th at 10:00 AM.

To apply for a ticket, visit and click on the “Apply for a Ticket” link.

In order to attend TEDxMcAllen on October 6th, you must fill out an application and be selected to obtain a ticket. “We see TEDxMcAllen as a two-part process: Part one is being selected to attend, part two is doing something with what you have learned” explains the website at and continues, “We are striving to provide some of the absolute best stories, ideas, and thoughts worth sharing in our community. We want you to use that to change our community. Because of this we are being very selective of our audience. We understand this may ruffle some feathers, however if you believe enough in yourself to impact those around you, a simple application process won’t stand in your way.”

TEDxMcAllen is an organization that seeks to provide a number of opportunities in McAllen and the Rio Grande Valley for people to share ideas, learn about our local innovators, and help figure out how to transform our community into the best that it can be. We were created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading.” Our events are planned and coordinated by a team of volunteers with support from individuals and organizations from across the Rio Grande Valley.

Since our first event in 2014, we have been striving to find the most captivating stories, ideas, and inspiration in our area. Through our events we hope to share those stories with you to ignite change at every level and give you an outlet to take your thoughts and turn them into transformative actions in our communities.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized (subject to certain rules and regulations.)

TEDxMcAllen is set to take place Tuesday, October 6th. For updated and current venue and ticket information, please visit or email


About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED’s media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
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