The Austin Forum is a monthly community engagement activity bringing together technology leaders, advocates, and the public to share information and stimulate collaborations to promote technology applications that advance society. Forum topics cover technology applications, opportunities, and policies in all aspects of society: health & medicine, business & industry, science & research, education, government, entertainment, and ‘social good.’

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

“Impact Through Innovation: Technologies Developed in Austin to Improve the World”

Lightning Talks by


Suzi Sosa (Moderator)

Maureen Britton
Children’s Optimal Health


Eli Chan


George Luc


Joseph Kopser

Scott McElroy

3da6da0Andy O’Hara
Chiron Health

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Roy Truitt

Stateside Theater, Downtown Austin
5:15 p.m. – Doors and Bar Open
6:00 p.m. – Presentation, Q&A
7:00 p.m. – Reception
Free and open to the public


Registration enables priority seating, a free drink ticket, and eligibility to win one of two SXSWi badges given away at each meeting.
Kindly cancel your registration if you find you cannot attend.

Submit your request for the presenter(s) to address a particular topic or issue in their upcoming presentation.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
“Building Austin’s Biotech Sector”

What it means, what is needed, and how people, companies, and organizations can participate and collaborate.
Panel moderated by Scott Collins (BioAustin)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
“Digital Inclusion and Diversity”

**This event will be held at the Google Fiber downtown venue instead of the Stateside Theater.**
Mark Strama (Google Fiber)

Tuesday, June 7, 2015
“The Impact of Big Data Analytics on Society: Now and in the Future”

Panel moderated by Tony Hamilton (SAS)

Future Topics

  • Cybersecurity, surveillance, and personal privacy
  • Increasing participation of girls & women in technology
  • Planning better cities with data & analytics
  • The maker movement: impacts, opportunities, and how to get started
  • Drone technology: current state, projections, and opportunities

We welcome your suggestions for future topics!

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