The Forrest Four-Cast: August 20, 2017
More than any other mayor in the history of Austin, Steve Adler has courted and created strong ties with the city’s tech and startup community. These ties proved to be an important pillar of his successful election bid in the spring of 2014. These ties have been re-affirmed by his ongoing efforts to bring dozens of big city US mayors to Austin for SXSW.
Learn more about Adler’s vision of Austin’s tech community at the “Tech Town Hall” at 5:30 pm on Thursday, August 24 at Capital Factory. This session will cover the mayor’s approach to tackling the “Downtown Puzzle” made up of homelessness, the Austin Convention Center, Waller Creek Linear Park, downtown mobility, and other community issues. Sponsored by the Austin Tech Alliance and the Downtown Austin Alliance, this August 24 event will also tackle challenges facing the city and how the city’s tech community can best engage on neighborhood and policy issues.
Additionally, attendees at the “Tech Town Hall” will have a chance to ask their own questions to Mayor Adler. Register now to reserve your spot for this event — tickets are free.
Another notable this week is the “Capital Factory Women in Tech Summit 2017” on Wednesday, August 23. Speakers at this day-long event include Dr. Colette Burnette (Huston-Tillottson University), Arian Hamilton (Backstage Capital), Andrea Kalmans (Contra Ventures), Mellie Price (Dell Medical Schoo), Kerry Rupp (True Wealth Partners), Jan Ryan (Women@Austin) and many others. The “Capital Factory Women in Tech Summit 2017” is free to attend — sign up here.
Other events for week of August 21:
August 21: Austin Blockchain for Business Meet Up
August 21: Austin Startup Meet Up
August 21: Blogging 101: How to Create a Successful Blog
August 21: Feminist Hack ATX Power Hour
August 21: Open Gov & Civic Tech Meet Up
August 22: Data Analytics Info Session
August 22: Data Science Meet Up
August 22: How to Navigate the Capital Factory Experience
August 23: Capital Factory Women in Tech Summit
August 23: Ladies Night — Intro to HTML & CSS
August 23: Health Tech Austin Monthly Meeting
August 23: LGBTQ+ in Tech Meet Up
August 23: Conde Nast on Security, Stability and Performance
August 24: Ember Meet Up
August 24: Venture Forth Info Session
August 25: Tech Talk at IBM Design
August 26: User Experience Design Bootcamp
More upcoming events:
September 5: Austin Forum: “Technologies Transforming Manufacturing”
September 8: SXSW Art Program deadline
September 8: SXSW Early Bird Savings Registration Deadline
September 14–16: Creatives Meet Business
September 21–28: Fantastic Fest
October 4: 50 on Fire
October 6–8: ACL Fest, Weekend #1
October 9–13: Austin Startup Week
October 12–12: Star Wars: A New Hope
October 13–15: ACL Fest, Weekend #2
October 16: SXSW 2018 content announcement
October 21: ContentATX
November 6–10: Austin Design Week
November 10: SXSW Accelerator deadline
November 10: SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards deadline
November 10–12: Sound on Sound Fest
March 9–18: SXSW 2018
Stay tuned to this space as we review more creativity-focused events for the coming weeks. If you have an event that you would like considered for listing in this space, contact me at hugh at sxsw dot com.
Hugh Forrest serves as Chief Programming Officer at SXSW, the world’s most unique gathering of creative professionals. He also tries to write at least four paragraphs per day on Medium. These posts often cover tech-related trends; other times they focus on books, pop culture, sports and other current events.
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