January 3, 2018
The Austin Forum on Technology & Society is eager to start the new year and share it with you! In the last 11 years, we have hosted more than 130 community events with Austin’s
tech leaders sharing their expertise, experience, and insights. Together, we’ve connected with thousands of Austinites interested in new technologies and their impact on society.
Thanks to friends like you, our small nonprofit has grown into the leading monthly technology outreach and networking event in Austin, and we can’t wait for you to be part of what’s next.
For starters, we’re thrilled to be able to invite you to our new home venue: the new Central Library in downtown Austin. Our new partnership with Austin Public Library gives us access to incredible facilities and services, including a special events center that seats more than 300 people. This means we can continue to grow and reach more Austinites, while guaranteeing a great AV experience for both presenters and attendees.
The beautiful facility has its own parking garage and a bicycle storage room, and is steps from the BCycle station at 3rd Street and West Avenue and is on CapMetro’s route #803. We’re also proud to welcome Fasten as our official ridesharing partner; use the code AFRides for $10 off your first ride, and Fasten will make a $5 donation to the Austin Forum!
Please join us on January 10 for our first event in our new home, Top Tech Trends for 2018 and Beyond, with speakers Jay Williams and Haydn Shaughnessy. We’re delighted that during the networking reception, Haydn will be doing a book signing for his new release, Flow: A Handbook for Change Makers, Mavericks, Innovation Activists and Leaders, co-written with Fin Goulding. We hope you’ll register today and join us as we kick off 2018!
We have a great schedule of big-picture topics for the year, covering the latest developments and Austin opportunities for AI, blockchain, AR/VR/mixed reality, IoT, drones, and more.
We’re also continuing our drive to collect used mobile phones for redeployment by Austin Pathways for community members in need: please bring your devices to any Austin Forum event and we will coordinate delivery.
A new mobile-first web site is launching in February, with a superior layout for showcasing upcoming topics and events, and simplifying access to presentation materials, attendee feedback, and more. It will include this brand-new Austin Forum blog, featuring articles written by our speakers, advisory board members, and Austin Forum participants like you! Watch your email for information about submitting your pieces on the issues of the day.
We are also very excited to launch a new Austin Forum podcast series in 2018. These podcast interviews with Austin leaders and experts will give us the chance to dig into some of today’s most provocative topics, from technology’s impact on genetics to how technology is changing the way we work, think, and interact with others.
Please join us to learn, share, meet new potential collaborators (and friends). We know you’ll leave inspired to contribute to Austin as a tech leader, and to society through technology applications. Happy New Year!
Jay Boisseau, Director
Jennifer “Houli” Houlihan, Managing Director
John Lockman, Technology Director
Janeane Tolomeo, Communications Lead