Dear Austin Forum on Technology & Society Community,
As we collectively wrap up both this year and this decade, it is natural to reflect on how far we have come, what we have accomplished, and what potential there is for the future. When Jay Boisseau started the Austin Forum on Technology & Society in 2006, he had no idea that the small monthly get-together would grow to become Austin’s largest free monthly tech meet up, with 200-300+ people gathering every month to learn about new technologies from an impressive range of leaders, entrepreneurs, policy makers, and experts in their fields.
Even more important are the stories we hear every month from Austin Forum participants about the connections and collaborations they make while attending our events. The Austin Forum on Technology & Society exists exactly for that reason: to help people connect, collaborate, and contribute, through attending these events.
As a new member of the Austin Forum team and Managing Director, I have been inspired by the passion of the participants like yourself, the wisdom and expertise of our speakers, and the potential to do even more together in 2020 and beyond. Over 2,800 people attended Austin Forum events in just the past year alone, joining the more than 28,000 people who have attended Austin Forum events since we began 14 years ago.
Looking forward to the next year, we will continue our commitment to providing excellent programming and events on cutting edge technologies and innovations. Additionally, we are excited about new opportunities to grow and engage the Austin Forum community and deepen and expand our impact.
We will be sending out a survey at the beginning of January, and as always, invite you to share any feedback and ideas you may have.
Thank you for being a part of the Austin Forum community.
Here’s to 2020 being the best year yet.
Friends of the Austin Forum:
We’ve had a great year of presentations, conversations, education, networking, and more. As we enter the 2019 holiday season and approach the end of the year, we are extremely grateful for the support and success we’ve enjoyed, which is entirely due to the people who make the Austin Forum a community. We are thankful for every presenter, every attendee, every sponsor, every volunteer and team member who has helped make this year the best year ever for the Austin Forum. Our growth and impact have entrenched the Austin Forum as the biggest tech series in Austin and a pillar in the Austin tech community. Thank you!
We have two important events coming up to close out the year, and each of them reminds us of the good fortune we experience, the connectedness we enjoy, and the potential for technology to change the world. On November 12, Rhonda Dirvin of Arm and Jason Shepherd of Dell Technologies will present “The Internet of Things (IoT): How Connected Devices Everywhere Will Change Everything.” While artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing, smartphones, blockchain, augmented reality, and 5G dominate tech headlines and are transforming society, the promise of edge computing and IoT--the connectedness of pervasive computing devices, sensors, smartphones, instruments, and more--will bring all of these capabilities together in new ways that make our homes, schools, workplaces, factories, roads, and communities and cities safer, healthier, more resilient, more sustainable, and more enriching. There are still challenges and opportunities ahead, but the Internet of Things will connect us and our environments in powerful, even revolutionary, ways. Please join us for this event that brings many important ideas together. Related, we remind you that we collect used devices--smartphones, tablets, and computers--at every event so that Austin Pathways can enable individuals and families in need of devices to be part of the connectedness and enjoy the benefits. Please consider bringing and donating any devices that you’re not using anymore, and Austin Pathways will make sure someone else’s life is empowered by it (and give you a tax deduction receipt!).
Our final event of the year on December 3 is very special to our staff and advisory board: “Technology for Social Good: How Tech Professionals & Companies Can Support Social Impact.” We are excited to have Chelsea Collier of Digi.city as a co-presenter for this special event along with our own Jessica Sager. Chelsea and Jessica will share many ways that both tech professionals (individuals) and tech companies can support social impact.You and your companies can help make the world better while also providing for yourself and your family. Come hear from Chelsea, Jessica, and some remarkable guest speakers and be inspired to help change the world. Please make plans to attend this special event, and bring your friends and colleagues. And, in addition to collecting used devices for persons in need, this month we will also collect new toys for our Blue Santa toy drive. There is no obligation to donate and the Austin Forum events never require a contribution of any type, but if you have the means then please help us create even more joy for Austin children this holiday season. We have collected a delivered a few hundred new toys over the years, and everyone makes a difference.
Again, thank you for your support of the Austin Forum. We look forward to seeing you at one or both of the big events this holiday season. We are programming an amazing year of events (and podcasts and blog posts) for 2020, but first we look forward to celebrating the holiday season with you and to inspiring ideas and creating collaborations that make our world better for everyone.
Jay Boisseau, Ph.D. - Executive Director and Founder
Austin Forum on Technology & Society
p.s. I hope you’ll also mark down the evening of January 7, 2020, as we start the year off with our traditional “Tech Trends for 2020 (& Beyond)” event with me and my good friend (and technology guru) Jay Williams as the presenters, and possibly a surprise guest...
Here’s what Happened at the Austin Forum in May
Thank you to everyone who attended our event at the Central Austin Library and to our speakers Fawzi Behmann, Arun Ghosh, and Amber Gunst for sharing their insights and views on the 5G revolution.
Enjoy an infographic of the history of the Austin Forum... so far. We have plans and more interesting and exciting things to come!
Austin Forum on Technology & Society 2019 Attendee Survey Results: Thanks for Your Support and Ideas!
For more than 12 years, the Austin Forum’s mission has been to inform and educate Austinites about the nature and importance of technologies in shaping society and to inspire connections and collaborations that advance the applications of technologies in society.
Here’s what Happened at the Austin Forum in April
Thank you to everyone who attended our event at the Central Austin Library and to our speakers Gordon Daugherty, Kirk Cesari, Harold Ingersoll, Mitch Jacobson, Jill Murphy, and Nicolia Wiles for sharing their immense expertise on the joys and pitfalls of starting a tech business.
Here’s what Happened at the Austin Forum in March
Thank you to everyone who attended our event at the Central Austin Library and to our speaker Amber Allen of Double A Labs for sharing her thoughts and expertise on designing experiences for long-lasting engagement in a digital barrage of information.
Here’s what Happened at the Austin Forum in February
Thank you to everyone who attended our event at the Central Austin Library and to our speaker Robyn Metcalfe for educating our crowd about food technology advances and how they impact health, privacy, and personal habits.
As we ramp into 2019, we at the Austin Forum on Technology & Society are especially excited about the content and programming we have in store for you this year. As the founder and executive director, I wanted to take this opportunity to briefly recap 2018, give a preview of what will be an amazing 2019, and share some exciting news about our team.
Here’s what Happened at the Austin Forum in January
Thank you to everyone who attended our event at the Central Austin Library and to our terrific speakers, Jay WIlliams and our very own Jay Boisseau.
And thank you to Houli for her leadership and expertise in the past year and a half as the managing director of the Austin Forum! We wish you good luck in your new endeavors!
Here’s what Happened at the Austin Forum in November
Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our event at the Central Austin Library and to moderator Karla Taylor, City of Austin Transportation Department and her panel of experts:
October 31, 2018
The in-person monthly Austin Forum events are the foundation of our programming, and are how we foster relationships and connect our creative professionals in Austin. However, we have one of the most creative, innovative, energetic, passionate tech communities--and cities--in the world, so there are far more people in Austin with expertise, experience, and insights to share than we can fit into 12 in-person events. There are also many more fascinating topics to cover than months in year (and those topics change rapidly!).
Additionally, we recognize that while in-person learning is optimal and in-person events enable networking and relationship-building, not everyone can make every event, some cannot make any,
October 31, 2018
The Austin Forum on Technology & Society has reached new levels of attendance, influence and impact in 2018. Our monthly events now average 200 attendees, and the majority of our attendees have attended previous events. People come--and return--to continue expanding their understanding and expertise, and to forge new relationship that can lead to collaborations.
This year, the Austin Forum has covered many of the key technologies that are
The Austin Forum on Technology & Society is Austin’s largest monthly tech education and networking event series. For more than a dozen years, the Austin Forum has offered monthly public presentations from technology experts — including multiple Nobel prize winners, CEOs and founders, thought leaders, technology professionals, government leaders, and more — on
Here’s what Happened at the Austin Forum in October
Thank you to everyone who attended our rescheduled event at the Central Austin Library and thanks to our terrific speaker, Karl Popham from Austin Energy!
Here’s what Happened at the Austin Forum in September
Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our rescheduled event at the Central Austin Library and to our terrific speaker, threat researcher Earl Carter from Cisco!
Here’s what Happened at the Austin Forum in August
Thank you to everyone who attended our event at the Central Austin Library and to our terrific speakers, Drs. Ilya Finkelstein and Sahotra Sarkar!
Congrats to Jeff Zavala for the question that won him a SXSW Interactive 2019 badge: “How do we as a community hold gene editing accountable to the public good?”
It's goin down, Galvanize style. HOT TOPICS, COLD BEER.
Join Galvanize Austin for the SECOND in a series of events that will put our communities' experts on two sides of an issue facing the tech community in head to head debate-style showdown. This is the only live debate in town where the audience decides who wins.
That's right... YOU decide who wins the gShowdown Belt at the end of the debate.
Here’s what Happened at the Austin Forum in June
Thank you to everyone who attended our event at the Central Austin Library, to our main speaker, Rhonda Dirvin from Arm, and all of our special guests - Chris Blanding, Cisco; Guarav Chawla, Dell EMC; Xiaoping Chen, IBM Watson; and Dr. Ted Lehr, City of Austin.
Here’s what Happened at the Austin Forum in May
Thank you to everyone who attended our event at the Central Austin Library, and to our moderator Sherri Greenberg, LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin, and our terrific panel - Amy Atchley, Electric Vehicles &