It looks like Austin is in store for a slightly cooler and far wetter week ahead. So keep an umbrella handy as you get out and about at networking and learning events. We’ve spotted a couple opportunities for Austin’s tech minds to help improve city government and a couple parties.
So pop up your calendar and pencil in a few events. Here are our top picks this week.
Austin is a tech hub, but it doesn’t always feel like that when it comes to infrastructure — the roads, stop lights and sidewalks that connect our town. The Open Gov & Civic Tech meet up group strives to improve those systems using community tech knowledge. This week, they’ll be at the Terrazas Branch Library to hear from Jen Duthie and Itamar Gal, of the UT Center for Transportation Research. They’ll discuss the sensors the city uses to coordinate traffic, what data can be collected and how sensors could be used in the near future. It starts at 7 p.m.
Surely Austin’s tech minds could do a better job of balancing the budget and prioritizing the City of Austin’s spending plan. Well, the best thing to do is analyze it and contact your council member. The next best thing is to head to the Google Fiber space at 201 Colorado and join the Austin Technology Council and Austin Monitor in “Budget Game Night.” They’ve got drinks and snacks covered, and participants have a shot at prizes from Uchi, Gourdoughs and Practice Yoga.
Not in the government mood? Then check out the monthly Austin Music Tech meet up.
Health Tech Austin will be at Capital Factory bright and early at 7:45 a.m. to talk with local experts about how population health will change Austin and why you should care. The panel includes Texas Care Alliance President George Terrazas, Christie Garbe, who is the VP and chief strategy officer at Central Health, and Regina Rogoff, CEO of People’s Community Clinic.
The Austin Chamber of Commerce hosts “The Spirit of Business.” It’s a trade show and speaker series at the Bob Bullock Museum, featuring Tim Angelillo (Sourced Craft Cocktails), Michael Westgate (RealMassive) and Todd Perrine (Belston Technologies).
Or, get a big dose of VR. Josh Rubin of Capital Factory Studios and The Daily Dot will talk about the future of VR in Austin with Owlchemy Labs Founder and CEO Alex Schwartz, SubVRsive CEO and Co-Founder Austin Mace, Mutual Mobile Co-CEO Tarun Nimmagadda, 3D programmer Finn Staber and Britt White of TKM Labs.
Cut out of work a bit early for some networking and ice cream. General Assembly will be chatting folks up about mastering social media and dishing out ice cream at WeWork starting at 3 p.m.
Bust out your hard hat, atx Factory is hosting another Hard Hat Happy Hour from 4-6 p.m. You’ll get loads of networking, a beverage or two and a close look at atx Factory’s progress. They’ll have a hard hat for you, but remember to wear closed toe shoes.
August 20: Party down with the creatures under the Congress Avenue Bridge. Bat Fest is an annual party in which the city closes off the Congress Avenue Bridge to make way for dozens of vendors, two stages of live music and thousands of people who show up to see the bats emerge at dusk and then party down all night.
August 23: The second installment of Austin Inno’s Smart Spaces series gets going with a look at spaces where we live and work in the 300-3,000 square foot range.
September 14: Get ready to party at Austin Fest, a big rooftop party that is accompanied by a competition to see which Austin company is the coolest in town. There’s live music, summer drinks, snacks and more.
September 21-23: It’s the Gigaom Change conference, featuring speakers, happy hours, networking and more.