The Austin Forum is a monthly community engagement activity bringing together technology leaders, advocates, and the public to learn about important technology topics every month. Technology leaders and experts share information via presentations, interviews, panels, lightning talks, and/or debates.

The Forum is both an outreach event to raise awareness, share information, and even increase advocacy, and an engagement activity designed to form connections, stimulate collaborations, and contribute to technology applications that advance society. 

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ABOUT THE FORUM

MISSION
The Austin Forum engages and informs the Austin community about the importance and impact of technology on society and stimulates discussions, collaborations, and partnerships on new technology opportunities.

COLLABORATIONS
The Austin Forum is designed to bring people together with diverse professions and points-of-view in order to increase the collaboration and the cross-fertilization of perspectives, experiences, and ideas. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and engage with presenters. Immediately following each presentation, everyone has the opportunity to share ideas and explore collaborations, while enjoying light refreshments and drinks.

LEADERSHIP
The Austin Forum is guided by a volunteer advisory board. The operations of the Forum are led by Jay Boisseau, Director, and by Jennifer Houlihan, Managing Director, with the help of many awesome volunteers.

COORDINATING ORGANIZATION
The coordinating organization of The Austin Forum is Vizias, an Austin based technology strategies & solutions company.
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HISTORY
The Austin Forum was launched in September 2006. Since its inception, the series has featured distinguished speakers on topics ranging from the impact of digital media on advanced computing to the politics of climate change to furthering science and math education in the classroom. The Austin Forum was previously coordinated by the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) and was held on the J.J. Pickle Research Campus in North Austin and at the AT&T Conference Center at The University of Texas at Austin. In 2015, Vizias relaunched the speaker series in downtown Austin.

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