Here are our picks for the best networking events, panels and pitch sessions in Austin for the month of December.

The month starts out strong with a pileup of great events and conferences — not to mention the hundreds of company holiday parties going on. Then, as you’d expect, things quite down the week of Christmas through New Year’s Eve.

Friday, Dec. 1

Technology Advisors Group with IBM’s Phil Gilbert: The event features breakfast, networking and a conversation with Phil Gilbert, general manager of IBM Design.

When & where: 7 a.m.; IBM, 11501 Burnet Rd.

How much? $20

Saturday, Dec. 2

Tim Ferriss at Book People: Meet Tim Ferriss, the best-selling author who recently moved to Austin, for a discussion of his book “Tribe of Mentors,” which brings together lessons from 100 experts who talk about how to navigate life’s challenges.

When & where: 7 p.m.; Book People, 603 N. Lamar

How much? Free! (The book is $30)

Monday, Dec. 4

Lunch-and-Learn: Legislative wrap-up with Sen. Kirk Watson: The Austin Tech Alliance hosts Sen. Watson for a conversation about trends and new laws coming out of the recent legislative session as they relate to the Austin tech sector.

When & where: Noon; Capital Factory, 701 Brazos St.

How much? It’s members-only. But you can buy an annual membership and get lunch for $25.

Tuesday, Dec. 5

The Austin Forum Presents Our Annual ‘Tech for Giving and Sharing’: It’s a huge event with a cash bar and an hour of presentations by leaders, including Austin Technology Council CEO Barbary Brunner, Zoe Schlag of Techstars Impact and more.

When & where: 5:45 p.m.; Impact Hub North, 5540 North Lamar

How much? Free! And they’re collecting new, unwrapped toys for Operation Blue Santa.

Wednesday, Dec. 6

Unconscious Biases: The Breaking the Glass organization has several speakers addressing unconscious bias in the workplace. Speakers include Shonte Jovan Taylor, an author and neuroscientist; Kate Wilkinson, who launched Accruent’s diversity program; Ashley Jennings, co-founder of DivInc; and Jenn Lowe, an activist who works with Accruent.

When & where: 5:45 p.m.; Accruent, 11500 Alterra Parkway #110

How much? Free!

Thursday, Dec. 7

Austin Tech Happy Hour: It’s a fun networking event. This is their holiday edition.

When & where: 5:45 p.m.; The Dogwood, 715 W 6th St.

How much? $7.50-$10, includes two drink tickets

Friday, Dec. 8

DivInc Demo Day: See pitches from DivInc’s third cohort, including Gardenio, FuzeU, iuzeit, The Maximus Box, Penguino Travel, Retreat Place, Spot Loc8r and WutzGood Inc.

When & where: 5 p.m.; Google downtown, 500 W. 2nd St. 29th Floor

How much? Free!

Tuesday, Dec. 12

Face 2 Face with Dave Kirchhoff, CEO of iFLY: Hear a conversation with the iFly CEO, who previously led Snap Kitchen, at this Austin Business Journal event.

When & where: 8:30-10 a.m.; Whole Foods HQ, 550 Bowie St.

How much? $40

Wednesday, Dec. 13

Startup Grind 2017 Holiday Party: The holidays are a great excuse to party, and Startup Grind is throwing a bash with free drinks and networking — along with ping-pong and VR stations.

When & where: 7 p.m.; Capital Factory, 701 Brazos St. Suite 150

How much? Free

Thursday, Dec. 14

Artificial Intelligence Conference 2017: See a panel discussion with leading voices in AI. It includes a keynote by Sridhar Sudarsan, chief architect of the Watson Ecosystem, and panel discussions with 12 local tech and AI leaders from companies like Cognitives Scale, Ojo Labs, Chiron Health, Cerebri AI and Bazaarvoice.

When & where: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; Capital Factory, 701 Brazos St. 1st Floor

How much? Free

Tuesday, Dec. 19

The Twelve Clouds of Christmas: Several meetup groups are joining forces on this event, which features a batch of 5-minute talks and demos from CloudAustin members. Speakers include Tristan Slominski, James Wickett, Michael Schwartz, Ian Richardson, Karthik Gaekwad, Michael Cote, Burton Rheutan, Victor Trac, Revanth Anireddy and others.

When & where: 6-8 p.m.; Rackspace, 9001 N. IH 35, Suite 150

How much? Free