I am proud to say that, despite the many stresses and challenges we’ve all faced in 2022, the Austin Forum on Technology & Society is growing! We are overjoyed to see our in-person audiences come back, and we continue to evaluate how to maximize the experience for our online friends as well. We have added new monthly events: in addition to the monthly presentation + networking events (16 years and running!), we now also have a monthly online book discussion and a monthly in-person topical meetup. And, we finally have plans to resume the podcast and reboot the blog! (Apologies for the delays, but it was a challenging year for us, too!) Our programming growth accelerated in the second half of 2022, and this positions us for a wonderful 2023!
The Austin Forum has many roles: to introduce people to emerging and pervasive technologies; to help professionals with expertise in one technology area understand how other technologies can augment their jobs and companies/organizations; to connect creators and leaders to other professionals for potential collaborations; and more. We pride ourselves on covering diverse technologies, like our inspiration SXSW Interactive and like TEDx, to increase people’s understanding of these technologies and the potential synergies between them. We accelerate peoples’ awareness, understanding, connections, and collaborations. In short, we are built for speed—the speed to help people catch up and keep up with the exponential growth in human knowledge and technology capabilities. We accelerate peoples’ ability to adopt, create, and collaborate in new technology applications that benefit society.
We’re not quite done for 2022 though! Please join us for a great (and easy) online event on Wednesday, December 14, to hear people share their thoughts on the best books about technology & society of the year—and share your own thoughts, ask questions, etc. You may get some great ideas for holiday reading—or, even better, for what new technologies and applications you or your company/organization should evaluate, adopt, or create in 2023! And then please register to join us for the always-popular January event on technology trends for the year ahead!
Jay Boisseau, Ph.D.
Director, Austin Forum on Technology & Society