Here are our picks for the best networking events, panel discussions, pitch sessions and hackathons in Austin this April.

Also, don’t forget, we’ll be hosting an event focused on attracting and retaining tech talent on May 10. Stay tuned for details.

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Now, let’s check out April 2018’s most interesting events.

Wednesday, April 4

DivInc’s Cohort #4 Meet & Greet: Come out and hang with 11 startup teams founded by diverse entrepreneurs. This is the fourth group of startups to enter DivInc’s accelerator program, which started April 2 and runs through June 22.

When & Where: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Upstairs at Caroline, 621 Congress Ave.

How much? Free

Thursday, April 5

MELD Coworking’s Grand Opening Party: Say hello to Austin’s newest coworking space – MELD. They’ll have professional headshots, live music by Hanna Barakat, drinks and bites on site. You can also plug in earlier in the day for some free coworking.

When & Where: 5-7 p.m. at MELD Coworking, 502 West 30th St.

How much? Free

Tuesday, April 10

Azure Developer Tour Austin: Microsoft has a vested interest in getting you to build apps in the cloud — and the advantages are plentiful. So, now is your chance to learn more about what that really means. So buckle up for live coding demos from Azure’s team of cloud developer experts.

When & Where: 8:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at the ZACH Theater, 202 South Lamar

How much? Free

Wednesday, April 11

Big Ass Social Happy Hour: You wouldn’t want to miss an event called Big Ass Social Happy Hour, would you? We thought not. This is a pure network/hangout event. It’s for virtually anyone — tech startups, bloggers, foodies and so forth. The first 100 though the gates get a free drink ticket from Hangar Lounge.

When & Where: 6-9 p.m. at Hangar Lounge, 318 Colorado St.

How much? Free

Thursday, April 12

Machine Learning & Psychometrics in Retail: The folks at SoftServe are mixing a chat on the personalization of in-store and e-commerce experiences with a bit of networking and craft beer. The talk will be a deep dive into psychometric profiles — and how to adapt to improve the retail experience. It includes a live demo by SoftServe Delivery Director Valentyn Kropov.

When & Where: 5:45 to 8 p.m. at SoftServe, 201 West 5th, Suit 1550

How much? Free

Tuesday, April 17

The CMO’s Evolving Role: Digital Innovation: At this TexChange event, you’ll hear about the latest trends in marketing. WP Engine Director of Brand David Fossas will moderate a panel discussion with RetailMeNot CMO Marissa Tarleton, SolarWinds Chief Communications Officer Tiffany Nels, Zilliant CMO Maria Carballosa and Epicor Software CMO Colleen Langevin.

When & Where: 6-8 p.m. at CBRE, 500 W. 2nd St.

How much? $35 for nonmembers

Friday, April 20

Techstars Austin Community Demo Day: Come check out 10 innovative news startups that have just completed the roughly three-month accelerator program at Techstars Austin. Four are Austin startups — and six came here from the Carolinas to expand their brand. Hear them pitch their latest iterations at the Demo Day event.

When & Where: 5-9 p.m. at Brazos Hall, 204 East 4th St.

How much? Free

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Tuesday, April 24

Think Global, Act Local: Global Goals 101: Help shape Austin’s role in reaching a set of 17 global goals set by world leaders in 2015. You’ll hear discussions about local efforts to improve the world and help build a Austin Social Innovation Ecosystem Map.

When & Where: 6-9 p.m. at Impact Hub Austin, 5540 North Lamar

How much? $5

Wednesday, April 25

How to Use Product Validation by RetailMeNot: Head downtown and hear RetailMeNot Senior Director of Product Management Laura Kelso discuss what products need validation and how to go about it.

When & Where: 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Product School Austin, 701 Brazos

How much? $10

Wednesday, April 25

Working with Giants: EdTech: Small startups can grow quickly with help from big tech companies. That’s why Capital Factory created a series focused on bringing big name tech companies in to talk about how they work with much smaller, yet highly innovative startups. In this case, you’ll hear from Ryan Joy, startup and developer evangelist at Microsoft.

When & Where: 5-7 p.m. at Capital Factory (16th Floor)

How much? Free

Wednesday and Thursday, April 25-26

FUND Conference: As the name implies, this is all about raising capital. This event has been in Chicago the past few years, but it added Austin for Spring 2018. Speakers include Hugh Forrest (SXSW), Sara Brand (True Wealth Ventures), Joshua Baer (Capital Factory), Kelsey August (Central Texas Angel Network), Paul O’Brien (MediaTech Ventures), Bob Metcalfe (University of Texas), Jean Anne Booth (UnaliWear) Chris Shonk (ATX Seed Ventures), Mike Smerklo (Next Coast Ventures), Chalie Plauche (S3 Ventures), Cat Dizon (Active Capital), Oksana Malysheva (SputnikATX) and Colin Pope (Austin Business Journal).

When & Where: All day on both days at Fairmont Austin, 101 Red River St.

How much? $225

Thursday, April 26

weconnect Austin Startup and Tech Networking Mixer: weconnect is looking to bring some of the most successful tech entrepreneurs together for a big networking event that will include folks from Google, Hulu, Apple, Facebook, Sony, YouTube and many other household tech names.

When & Where: 6-9 p.m. Hotel Indigo, 810 Red River St.

How much? $8