We're excited to share with those of you who haven't already heard that the fifth annual Texas Tribune Festival will be Oct. 16-18 on the University of Texas at Austin campus — a bit later in the year than normal (thanks, NCAA schedulers of bye football weekends) but right smack in the middle of what will surely be a busy post-session, mid-presidential-campaign season.
Both the 84th Legislature and the 2016 follies will figure heavily in our programming, along with the usual array of policy verticals that have been central to previous festivals: public and higher ed, health care, immigration, energy, transportation, the environment and criminal justice. In 2014, we had nearly 3,000 registrants and more than 200 speakers from around the state and across the country. We mean to exceed the former number in 2015 and, schedules permitting, may well top the latter too.
The layout is going to be the same: Friday night keynote, six Saturday keynotes (or will it be 12?) plus concurrent panel discussions of all types and stripes, and two Sunday morning keynotes — one of which will feature national media bigwigs. You can also bank on plenty of parties and networking opportunities, student-focused activities, the heralded return of food trucks, and much more.
Early-bird tickets will go on sale in May, which is also when we announce an eye-popping initial list of speakers. To sign up for updates, go here. See you at the best fest yet!