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
diverse technology topics and how these technologies are influencing society. These presentations are followed by networking events where attendees meet one another, exchange ideas, and form professional relationships — and which often spill over to a local watering hole, with conversations going into the night.
Over the years, our events have taught thousands of people, from beginners to advanced, about topics from AI and blockchain to drones and 3D printing, from gene editing and wearables to clean energy and smart cities — and much more. And, thanks to our generous sponsors, all our events are always free and open to the public.
We are committed to hosting events where every attendee has the opportunity to learn more, in person and from experts, and to build relationships that can reinforce, extend and/or implement what is learned. Our aim each month is for everyone who attends to learn something new; for many to be motivated to learn more and explore; and for some to be inspired to integrate new expertise and technologies into their own companies, into new collaborations, or into entirely new endeavors.
While our regular Austin Forum events have consistently grown — we now average more than 200 attendees a month — Austin has grown as well. With this population growth come more new neighbors who may wish to attend, but are unable to join us in person due to increasing distances and traffic.
So, while the in-person monthly Austin Forum events remain the foundation of fostering relationships and a more connected and creative tech community in Austin, we are adding a blog series to reach more people, and to enable more people to share. Our focus will remain on content that covers the intersection of diverse technologies and their implications for society, with a goal of not just informing but inspiring. The blog will enable us to have more content, with more points of view, more insights, and more pointers to how to learn more, and do more.