Awesome Austin Tech, June 26–July 2
The strength of the Central Texas technology / startup scene helps SXSW thrive as an epicenter of innovation. Some of the most interesting events in Austin for the week of June 19 through June 25 are as follows:
June 26–28: Smart Cities Connect
The 2017 Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo, co-located with the US Ignite Application Summit, convenes 200+ global city leaders to prospect and partner with innovative technology and service providers. At the Austin Convention Center. Tickets $50-$1195.
Monday, June 26: SXSW 2018 PanelPicker Process Begins (FREE)
If you have got a great idea for a solo presentation or a panel for SXSW 2018, then we want to hear from you. Entry deadline is Friday, July 21.
Monday, June 26: Austin Diversity in Tech Meet Up (FREE)
This time we are doing a fireside chat with folks who are helping close the tech diversity gap here in Austin. At WP Engine at 6:00 pm.
Tuesday, June 27: WeWork Creator Awards (FREE)
Learn new skills at the master classes, shop at the pop-up market, and make new connections at the job fair. This event is 21+. You must RSVP to attend. Tickets will not be available at the door. At ACL Live at 4:00 pm.
Tuesday, June 27: CodeNEXT Game Night (FREE)
Would you like to learn more about CodeNEXT? Are you interested in learning how changes to Austin’s Land Development Code might impact Austin’s ability to manage growth? CodeNEXT Game Night is a great opportunity to learn about how the land development code plays a key role in determining the future of Austin — while also getting to play with Legos. At Capital Factory at 5:30 pm.
Tuesday, June 27: ATI’s Transportation Incubator Takes Off! (FREE)
The Austin Technology Incubator is officially launching its Transporatiaon & Mobility Incubator. Come celebrate with us and meet fellow transporation technology geeks. At Waller Creek Boathouse at 6:30 pm.
Tuesday, June 27: Raising Capital — The Art of the Deal (FREE)
So you’ve proven your business works. It wasn’t easy, but now you are ready to scale. What new challenges await? How should you think about capital as you try to take your business to new heights? Come hear what experienced entrepreneurs wished they had known when they built their business and meet investors who’ve helped entrepreneurs scale their business. At Bank SNB Domain at 6:30 pm.
Wednesday, June 28: Ask Me Anything With Hugh Forrest (FREE)
In addition to answering questions about the 2018 PanelPicker process, we will talk about all other aspects of SXSW. Or, bring your brainstorm about how we can make March Magic in Austin even more compelling. At Capital Factory at 4:00 pm.
Wednesday, June 28: How to Do More With Less (FREE)
Join STOUT Magazine and STRETCH author, Scott Sonenshein, as we learn from local executives and entrepreneurs about the power of doing more with less. At the Graeber House at 6:00 pm
Wednesday: June 28: Human Capital Strategy Series (FREE)
Employees are the highest cost in almost every business. In order to get the most out of this investment, entrepreneurs and managers need to develop a Human Capital Strategy that will engage employees and increase productivity. This is the first of a four-part series that will teach you everything you need to know to make your investment in people a profitable, enjoyable, and continuously-developing relationship. At Galvanize at 6:30 pm.
Wednesday, June 28: Startup Roadblocks (FREE)
Want to jump into a coding career but curious where it can take you? We’ve got a panel of tech veterans that all took different paths within tech to tell you about the path they’ve taken to success in technology and innovation. At SCI-tech Academy at 7:00 pm
Thursday, June 29: DivInc Demo Day Spring 2017! (FREE)
Our cohort has worked very hard over the last 12 weeks and are ready to present their companies to you. Come see their pitches and mingle with some of Austin’s top tech influencers. Light bites and beverages will be provided. At Capital Factory at 5:30 pm.
Thursday, June 29: How to Land a Job in Tech (FREE)
Tech Startups can seem like a very attractive place to work but breaking into one can sometimes feel like learning a new language. Join us for a panel on how to get a job in tech. Hear from recruiters and hiring managers at leading tech companies about what they are looking for in candidates, and how to position yourself when applying for a job. At General Assembly at 6:30 pm.
Thursday, June 29: Capital Factory Summer Job Fair (FREE)
Revamp your resume and join us at Capital Factory’s annual Summer Job Fair. Connect with some of the best hiring companies in Austin’s tech industry. At Capital Factory at 7:00 pm.
Friday, June 30: Kickstarting Social Media Day Austin (FREE)
#SMDAYAUSTIN will celebrate the technological advancements that enable us to connect with real-time information, share ideas, speak and have our voices heard all over the world. At Microsoft Store the Domain at 2:30 pm.
Austin events on the horizon: Neil Gaiman at the Long Center (July 6), July Austin Forum (July 11), ABJ Face 2 Face with Mellie Price (July 11), SXSW Community Meet Up (July 11), SXSW 2018 badge sales begin (August 1), Creatives Meet Business (Sept 14–16), Austin Startup Week (October 9–13), Austin Design Week (November 6–10), SXSW 2018 (March 9–18).
Stay tuned to this space as we review more tech-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 tries to write at least four paragraphs per day on Medium. These posts often (but not always) cover technology-related trends. When not attempting to wordsmith or meditating, he serves as Chief Programming Officer at SXSW in Austin.