Happy 2018, everybody! Here are our picks for the best tech and startup networking events, panels and pitch sessions in Austin to start off the New Year in January.

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Now, let’s check out this month’s best events.

Thursday, January 4

Austin Open Coffee Downtown: You might bump into your next co-founder or angel investor at this coffee club for entrepreneurs and investors. This is part of a regular series on the first and third Thursdays of the month.

When & Where: 8:30 a.m. at Houndstooth Coffee (downtown, 1st Floor of Frost Tower)

How much? Free

Monday, January 8

Panel Discussion: Why Diverse Teams Improve Performance: This Product League meetup group discusses product management best practices and has hundreds of members.

When & Where: 6:30-9:30 p.m., General Assembly, 600 Congress Ave (14th Floor)

How much? Free

Tuesday, January 9

Austin’s Smart Mobility Roadmap: Hear from Karla Taylor, the City of Austin’s lead author on its Smart Mobility Roadmap, which sets out plans for the city’s transportation future.

When & Where: 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Capital Factory (16th Floor)

How much? Free

Tuesday, January 9

Tech for Good: Tarmac TX Demo Day: Check out Tarmac TX’s latest accelerator cohort, including: Trashbots, Grubtubs, Aquasprouts, Care2Rock, JoeVolunteer, Yan Engines, Coachtube, Showerstream, Think&Zoom and GuideChange.

When & Where: 6-9 p.m. at Google Fiber Space, 201 Colorado Street

How much? Free

Wednesday, January 10

Working with Giants: HealthTech: This is part of an event series by Capital Factory in which startups learn more about partnering with big corporations. This month, you’ll hear from Ryan Joy from Microsoft, Alex Pastuszak from ConsultLink Inc. and Ivor Clarke from SubjectWell.

When & Where: 4:30 p.m. at Capital Factory (16th Floor)

How much? Free

Wednesday, January 10

Top Tech Trends for 2018 and Beyond: Join the Austin Forum on Technology & Society for an annual discussion about the big things coming up in the year ahead. Tech thought leader  and author Haydn Shaughnessy and long-time technology architect and expert Jay Williams will share their insights on 2018 tech trends.

When & Where: 6:15-8:30 p.m. at Austin Central Library, 710 West Cesar Chavez St.

How much? Free

Saturday, January 13

Austin Startup Games: Head down to Fair Market to see 15 startups compete against each other in a sort of Olympic-style office games that includes things like beer pong, Mario Kart and mystery games. Whether you’re in one of the participating companies — or are just there to watch and take notes for next year — it’s a damn good time. Proceeds from the games go to charities. Startup Games is for companies with fewer than 250 employees. On Feb. 3, larger companies will compete in the Level Up games.

When & Where: 12-6 p.m. at Fair Market,

How much? Donatate

January 15-19

Founders Academy Essentials: This is a lunch and learn series that covers idea development, pitches, marketing, funding basics and more. It’s led by Gordon Daugherty, who worked at IBM, Compaq, NetQoS and MediaMind before becoming managing director of Capital Factory’s accelerator.

When & Where: 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m., daily

Where: Capital Factory (or virtual)

How much: $0-$99

Wednesday, January 17

Startups to Watch: You’ve seen our 18 Startups to Watch in 2018. Now, meet some of the founders and innovators from The Zebra, Opcity and other startups planning big moves this year. We’ll also be inviting every company who made the list in the past, resulting in a room full of some of the city’s fastest-growing companies.

When & Where: General Assembly, 600 Congress Ave.

How much? $10

Friday, January 19

The Spectrum of Financing for Technology Companies: This is the latest of TeXchange Austin’s panel discussions. Panelists for the funding discussion include Travis Baldwin, co-founder of Congruent Investment Partners; Aaron Perman, senior associate at S3 Ventures; Kyle Lessing, principal at Strattam Capital; and David McLaughlin, managing director at Square 1 Bank.

When & Where: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Maxwell Locke & Ritter, 401 Congress Ave.

How much? $35 (Free for members)

Thursday, January 25

Austin Tech Happy Hour: A monthly social meet up where the drinks and conversations flow freely. It’s a 21+ event.

When & Where: The Dogwood, 715 W 6th St.

How much? $5

Saturday, January 27

Data Day Texas 2018: As the name implies, this is a big data conference with a powerful lineup of speakers and topics. The keynote this year is from Lukas Biewald, founder and chief data scientist at CrowdFlower.

When & Where: 8 a.m.-8 p.m., AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, 1900 University Ave.

How much? $340-$525