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Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, the Austin Forum maintains a long tradition of presenting events that are free and open to all– in the heart of the most creative technology city in the world. Help us continue to connect, collaborate, and contribute on technology issues that matter to every member of our community.

The Austin Forum on Technology & Society is a 501(c)3 organization.

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ATCHLEY & ASSOCIATES, LLP (A&A) is an Austin-based full-service certified public accounting firm, offering services such as attestation, tax, accounting, business consulting, political campaign reporting and litigation support services. We serve clients in both the public and private sectors.
Our commitment is to provide quality services to our existing clients and create opportunities for new clients. To gain a better understanding of the type of firm we are, we invite you to check out our website. You will see that in addition to being a professionally dedicated CPA firm, we also realize the importance of maintaining a balance in our lives.

Austin Energy is the nation’s eighth largest publicly-owned electric utility and a department of the City of Austin. Our mission is to safely deliver clean, affordable, reliable energy and excellent customer service.
Our utility provides electricity to more than 448,000 customers and a population of almost one million in the City of Austin, several neighboring cities, unincorporated areas of Travis County, and a portion of Williamson County. Austin Energy is recognized for achieving some of the highest performance standards in the industry. These standards include aggressive renewable and reliability goals and demonstrated efforts to promote new clean energy technologies and a sustainable environment.
The City of Austin’s goals for use of renewable energy are some of the most aggressive in the United States. We are leading the effort to study the impact of electric vehicles on the electric system while promoting increased market share in the automotive industry.


Business is the art of making decisions from an incomplete data set. Cerebri AITM allows for the greatest amount of data and brings science to your decision making process making decisions faster and more consistent.
Our Cerebri DecisionsTM platform leverages the state-of-the-art artificial intelligence infrastructure from industry leaders IBM Watson, Microsoft, Amazon and Google. Cerebri Decisions incorporates science into your decision making processes without disrupting your current systems, workflows and security protocols. Our team has delivered enterprise software products deployed by the world’s largest companies and organizations over the past 25 years.

We’re an Intellectual Property law studio where ideas are refined and innovations are protected with customized solutions. Our combined legal experience, coupled with our passion and creative approach, distinguishes us as an innovative law firm.
We work together to guide, research, instruct, inform and strategize with our clients to provide a unique experience that is built upon the client’s business plan and goals. We treat our clients, micro, small and large, equally.
We know time is critical, budgets are at stake, and innovation is dependent upon the creative approach we take to secure IP protection. Our personal connection to our clients and their ideas allows us to move innovation forward by informing, elevating, and adding value.
We’re champions of ideas and treat our client’s dollar like our own. For us, it’s a creative approach (like innovation itself) and the ability to shift, strategize and solve problems that distinguishes us from others. We engage our clients with a high level of experience and know-how, which translates to a quality product, no surprises and time savings, all at a known cost before the work is started.

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Dell supports industry, research, government and education with market-ready HPC solutions that enable more innovation and discovery. Our scalable, flexible solutions readily handle compute and data-intensive research workloads, helping drive faster breakthroughs.
Every day, Dell is pairing technology with innovation to make a positive social and environmental impact – building a Legacy of Good. We are committed to putting our technology and expertise to work, where it can do the most good for people and the planet, making possible today what was impossible yesterday.
Every team member at Dell shares this commitment because being a good company is the right thing to do, but it is also right for our business. We’re creating real value for our customers, employees, and partners while driving social and environmental good in the community.

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HubCiti is a newspaper branded mobile solution that helps to capture new readership and increase reader stickiness. It is a platform for generating digital revenue by opening up markets and expanding current advertiser spend. It complements your current print and online strategy, giving you new options for local businesses of all sizes.
HubCiti brings together all locally important information into one easy to use app by connecting residents and visitors with all essential local businesses and services, events, things to do, schools, non-profits and more. In fact, HubCiti is the must-have mobile app for everything in your service area!

The State Theatre, built in 1935, stands next to the Paramount Theatre on Congress Avenue in downtown Austin, Texas. At approximately 300 seats, the State Theatre boasts an intimate and comfortable setting for both film and live performances. Most recently, the venue has hosted diverse events—the SXSW Film Festival, standup comedy, and exhibitions by local nonprofit arts organizations—that reflect the spirit of the Austin community.
In addition to its robust programming, the State Theatre is home to the State Theatre School of Acting in partnership with ACC, Scriptworks, and numerous youth theatre camps and classes.

South By Southwest dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. The event, an essential destination for global professionals, features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities. SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together.

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Trammell Ventures is a boutique business incubation and venture capital investment firm based in amazing Austin, Texas. Our core competencies are in information and cyber security, Bitcoin and blockchain technologies, data analytics-based business models, and incubating innovative tech startups. We invest in strong teams with great ideas and a clear ability to execute.

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Vizias is a technology strategies & solutions company with an intense focus on advancing science and leveraging advanced computing and data techniques and solutions that impact and improve society. Our name comes from the Esperanto word for *envision.* (‘Esperanto’ itself means ‘one who hopes.’) We are a small team of experienced computing and communications experts that are passionately hopeful for a better world. We envision technology strategies & solutions to make it better—and then work with our network of partners and collaborators to design, develop, and deliver these solutions.