How do Austin tech companies and leaders contribute to the prosperity and achievement of Austinites? Do you have an idea for a social good technology? Want to share your app/organization/idea?
Austin is, by most measures, one of the most successful cities in the country. We have a booming economy, in large part thanks to our vibrant, growing tech sector. We also boast a low unemployment rate, high average education and income levels, and low violent crime statistics, plus a cultural environment that includes great music, food, outdoor activities, and more. These things and more make Austin one of the greatest places to live, and place us consistently at or near the top of many ‘best of’ and ‘fastest growing’ lists.
However, while the success and growth of our tech sector creates jobs and opportunities across sectors, the economic success fueled by tech is not shared by all Austinites. In some cases, this rapid growth and success has even exacerbated civic issues. Austin has the greatest disparity in income by location/neighborhood of any city in the US, and home affordability and mobility are increasing challenges for many residents. Homelessness and unemployment do exist here, and poverty, crime, lack of access to quality healthcare, and other issues present risks to Austinites that we, as a generous, creative, technologically-savvy population, should be finding ways to address… and we are! Come learn how Austin’s tech companies—as engines and beacons of our region’s economic success—are directing their expertise and efforts to make Austin even better. Austin tech companies are developing new technologies to provide many kinds of assistance to underserved and disadvantaged communities and individuals. Tech companies are also developing and offering programs for their employees to give resources and share expertise to help those in need, and to create more opportunities for more people. Austin innovates, Austin creates, and Austin cares. Come learn how the Austin tech community is making Austin an even better place, for more people.
HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE: LEAD BY EXAMPLE
Share how your company/organization is creating or using technology for social good, offering programs for tech employees to give back, and/or working towards creating more opportunities for all. We will showcase 8-10 companies that are an exemplar for the entire Austin community. Apply below to be highlighted at the Forum, and we’ll make sure Austin knows what you’re doing and can learn from it!
HOW YOU CAN HELP: DONATE TO A CHARITY
The Austin Forum *never* charges for attendance so that it can be enjoyed by everyone regardless of income. However, as we enter the holidays, we ask that you please bring a new toy for the Blue Santa toy drive and/or donate to one of our participating charities (to be announced at the event), or give to a local charity of your choice.