The Austin Forum on Technology & Society is growing in almost every way: the number of people reached by our programming (most important!), the size of our events audiences, the total number of events and podcasts, the number of partners and supporters, and more! We are especially excited that we kicked off the new year of programming with our largest event attendance possibly ever: our Tech Trends for 2024 (and Beyond!) drew over 350 attendees in person and online, with many more viewing the event recording online afterward! It was a fitting start to what will be our biggest year ever. We are adding workshops to our event types to help teach and sharpen technical skills, starting with workshops on AI and on quantum computing. So, many months will now have four events (presentations, meetups, online book discussions, and workshops). We are also podcasting more frequently, and most months will have 4 podcast episodes. (Please check out our first episode of the 2024, about SXSW 2024’s tech program with Hugh Forrest himself!). There will be some special events as well, so we expect close to 100 total events and podcasts by year covering all of the emerging and high-impact technologies you and your company/organization should know about. We believe we are both the best place to track and learn the diverse set of technologies you need to know and use and the best tech community to be part of to meet new colleagues, partners, and friends. 2024 is going to be a great year for Austin Forum fans!
As we kick this year off, we are excited to welcome a new partner, Civo, to our team and our advisory party. Civo is a cloud provider focused on modern, cost-effective, Kubernetes-based solutions, and they bring a wealth of technical expertise to our advisory board that will help influence our programming. (Also, please check out their awesome Civo Navigate conference on February 20-21 in Austin, and let us know. If you would like a special discount code for Austin Forum community members!) We have three more partners joining soon as well that will further complement and broaden the advisory board’s expertise and perspectives, helping us create the most comprehensive, balanced Austin Forum program event.
We look forward to seeing you in person or online, including our growing national and international audience. Please let us know how we can best help you and others keep up with the latest technologies and their applications and impact, and share your voice and ideas in our Slack workspace in addition to our events. And above all, have a great 2024!
Jay Boisseau, Ph.D.
Executive Director & Founder