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...