The March 5th Austin Forum on Technology + Art is ON, and we want out supporters and friends to know that we are aware about the impact of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) worldwide, and we have been monitoring the situation hourly to ensure we can make effective decisions for your safety.
Fortunately, the impact in Austin has so far been zero--and all of our attendees are generally from Austin. Furthermore, the medical and epidemiological experts are saying that basic precautionary measures such as washing hands regularly (and well!), avoiding people who are coughing (and quarantining yourself if you have symptoms), and others practices can limit the chance of contagion.
Everyone should optimize their nutrients, rest, and others measures to maintain a strong immunity system, and elderly persons with know health conditions should avoid locations of possible contagion- but again, Austin is not one.
The Austin Public Health Department has deemed that the risk in Austin right now is very low, and the Austin Library has ensured that there is plenty of hand sanitizer while ramping up its efforts to keep surfaces clean and disinfected. Our staff will also bring extra hand sanitizer. Thus, our event tonight on March 5 is deemed safe--and we prioritize your safety.
We will share more data, information and precautionary measures at the start of tonight's event, and we will continue to monitor the situation to determine if next month's event should proceed as scheduled. For tonight, we're ON, and we look forward to showcasing some amazing artists and their art created with data, algorithms, and software!
Jay Boisseau, Founder and Executive Director
Jessica Sager, Managing Director