Here’s what Happened at the Austin Forum in December
Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our event at the Central Austin Library and to our fantastic speakers, the Austin Forum’s own Jay Boisseau and smart cities expert Chelsea Collier with Digi.City.
A very special thanks to BlueCats, Cisco Meraki, Intel, and Soofa for the interactive demos with some of the latest in smart city technology, and giving attendees a sneak peek at Austin CityUP’s Smart Austin Innovation Lab (SAIL) project, launching this spring.
You’ve been so very generous this year – thank you. Our members have collected and donated more than one hundred smartphones, tablets, e-readers and other devices since January to share with the families of the Austin Pathways program and help close our city’s digital divide.
And in one night, we collected more than two dozen toys and $400 in Toy Joy gift cards for Blue Santa! Thank you!
As you consider your year-end charitable giving, we hope you’ll add your favorite nonprofit monthly tech forum to that list. We appreciate every gift, no matter the size, because together, they help us keep the Austin Forum free and open to everyone in our growing city. You can learn more and make a donation.
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Top 5 Takeaways
1. This presentation covered some of the groundbreaking smart cities work happening in San Diego, Kansas City, Singapore, and Stockholm. Check out the slides and the video to see what Austin can learn from and replicate.
2. Austin CityUP, our city’s smart city consortium, is rolling out its first two smart city projects this spring. The first, a searchable open source master inventory of Austin’s affordable housing units, has held a soft launch and will have its public launch in January. The Smart Austin Innovation Lab (SAIL) is a collection of smart kiosks using tech from BlueCats, Cisco Meraki, Intel, and Soofa and others to both collect and deliver data that improve citizen engagement and will be hosting its ribbon-cutting shortly.
3. To learn more about smart cities, we recommend online resources including Digi.City, Smart Cities Connect, and the Smart Austin blog. A great place to start is this article.
4. To get involved in the smart city conversation and new projects locally, consider joining Austin CityUP as an individual or business. Be part of this growing consortium!
5. COMING IN APRIL 2019: Smart Austin Summit, featuring keynotes, interactive learning sessions, an Austin Smart Priorities workshop, a design and technology expo, and much more. Stay tuned for registration details!
Join us on January 8, 2019 for Top Technology Trends for 2019 and Beyond with speakers Jay Boisseau and Jay Williams.
THIS FREE EVENT ALWAYS SELLS OUT, SO REGISTER EARLY!
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Austin Central Library
710 West Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, TX 78701
5:15pm — Check-in and refreshments
5:45 pm – Doors open for seating
6:15 pm – Presentation
7:30 pm – Networking
8:15pm - Post-event networking at Trifecta on 3rd
Technology is now fundamental to most every aspect of society, enabling almost everything we do. It is easy to take for granted how transformative some current technologies were, as we rapidly become used to innovations that seemed almost magical at the outset. Computers, the Internet, the Web, PCs, laptops & WiFi, smartphones, home AI devices, wearable devices, and more have moved from amazing to expected as innovations becomes mainstream.
However, we always desire more: new, better ways to work, learn, be entertained, and to improve our health, safety, and mobility. What’s next? What technologies and innovations are poised to amaze us in 2019, to change our lives and society? Which technologies will then to become mainstream, leading the way to still more new ideas and innovations? In what is becoming a favorite annual Austin Forum tradition, Austin’s leading technology experts, Jay Boisseau and Jay Williams, will share their insights and expectations at Technology Trends for 2019 (and Beyond). Come learn, discuss, debate, and meet a wide range of technology professionals and leaders, innovators and influences, and advocates and enthusiasts!
We welcome your participation! Please send us your questions, answers, and prognostications in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Admission to the Austin Forum is always free.
HELP US CLOSE AUSTIN’S DIGITAL DIVIDE
The Austin Forum accepts donations of used smart phones and tablets at all our events. Donated devices get a factory reset and are set up as new by the team at Austin Pathways’ nationally-recognized “Unlocking the Connection” initiative, which connects every public housing resident with a digital device, digital literacy, and a free or very low-cost internet connection. Your donated smart phone can change lives and help close Austin’s digital divide, thanks to Austin Pathways.