Jorge Amodio is the chief technology evangelist at LJCV Electronics. In the 80s, he was involved in the early stages of Internet in Argentina. Lately, in San Antonio, he’s been working on the R&D side of embedded microcontroller applications. Last year, Jorge attended his first TEDx event ever in San Antonio and he blogs about his meaningful experience here.
A couple of years after I moved to San Antonio, I listened frequently to a radio station that played audio clips of people’s responses to the question: “What do you think when you think of San Antonio?”
One of the responses that always caught my attention was: “Two tacos and a beer.”
No doubt, we have the best tacos. And we always find a good reason to be in a “fiesta” mood. So while that may include a nice cold one, let me tell you: San Antonio is about so much more.
Who would know that among us there is a CNN Hero — Holly Hirshberg — whose non-profit organization has been providing seeds to thousands of families so they can grow their own food?
Or that a fascinating PhD right here in San Antonio — James Bower — had the bright idea of getting rid of school textbooks and moving education into the future? Or that a a former District Attorney — who once prosecuted people — would admit he made a grave error and no longer supports the death penalty?
I can keep going on, but the truth is, I didn’t know … until I participated at the first TEDxSanAntonio in October 2010.
It was a mind-boggling experience that I’ll never forget. I’ve been following the TED talks for years and always dreamed about being able to participate in an event like that.
The start was funny, Vicor Landa, our host did a fantastic job creating a perfect environment and mood for the rest of the day. And I laughed when Victor opened by talking about tacos!
The whole event — not just the speaker content — was a blast. Meeting the participants and organizers felt like a big reunion of open-minded friends sharing experiences and ideas, and not just about technology. There were
touching personal experiences that resonated to the bottom of my heart and seeped into the deep interconnections of my brain.
It was a great opportunity to make new friends, meet very
interesting people, share my thoughts and geeky ideas, and no doubt confirm that San Antonio is way more than just “Two tacos and a beer.”
By the way, in case you wondered, we didn’t have tacos for lunch.
Are you interested in applying to attend the next TEDxSanAntonio on October 15, 2011 at Trinity University? Click here: http://www.tedxsanantonio.com/attendees/tedx-san-antonio-2011-attendee-application/