Austin’s colleges are back in session. Everyone is settling in and getting projects accomplished post-summer vacation and the city’s tech events are providing lots of opportunities for people to network, learn something new and have a good time.

Silicon Hills News is hosting two events this month: Healthcare Insurance for Startups and Entrepreneurs on Sept. 20th at Galvanize and ContentATX2 on Sept. 29th at Conde Nast. We hope to see you there or at one of these other fabulous events.

Also, Silicon Hills News is working with Igloo Software, one of Canada’s most innovative companies, to give away 50 free tickets to its digital workplace conference at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa next week. Register by Sept 9th for your chance to receive 1 of 50 ICE’18 Conference Packages (includes conference pass, 2 nights at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort Spa, and more!). Register today.

Events to Attend in Austin in September

WHAT: Austin Tech Happy Hour
WHERE: The Dogwood Downtown
WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 6 – 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
WHY: Bryan Menell has run this High-Tech Happy Hour since 2007. It’s a fun gathering of the tech community in Austin and a great place to network and unwind.
TICKETS: Each month Menell gives away a handful of free tickets. Early bird tickets start at $5 and advance tickets are $7.50. Tickets are available at the door for $10.

WHAT: International Hackathon: Austin-Pune Smart Cities hosted by Blackstone Launchpad at UT Austin
WHERE: UT Blackstone Launchpad, Flawn Academic Center, 2304 Whitis Ave., Austin, Texas
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 8th at 8 a.m.
WHY: “The City of Austin Economic Development Department GBE Division is partnering with UT Blackstone Launchpad, Pune Fashion Week, and Austin Pune Sister City Initiative to host a hackathon centered on Smart City solutions and international cooperation. Pune, India and Austin, TX are both cities striving to overcome unique challenges that can be answered by innovative technology.”
TICKETS: Free, but registration is required.

WHAT: Austin Forum on Cybersecurity: Surviving and Thriving in a Connected World
WHERE: Austin Central Library 710 W. Cesar Chavez
WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 11 – doors open at 5:45 pm. The event runs from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
WHY: The event features Cybersecurity Expert Earl Carter of Cisco Systems who will talk about the principles of cybersecurity, nature of common and notable hacking efforts and security breaches and ways to protect your computer.
TICKETS: The event is free, registration is required.

WHAT: Startup Grind Austin: Never Peak with Investor and Entrepreneur Justin Siegel
WHERE: Capital Factory, 701 Brazos Street
WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 12, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
WHY: Damon Clinkscales, Startup Grind Austin Director, will interview Investor and Entrepreneur Justin Siegel. Siegel is the co-founder and CEO of two successful mobile entertainment companies: JSmart Technologies and JNJ Mobile.
TICKETS: $10 to $15.

WHAT: Innovation for a Better Austin: Ensuring Equity in Tech by Civic Tech for Smarter Cities
WHERE: Capital Factory, 701 Brazos Street
WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 13th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
WHY: Danielle Skidmore, Civil Engineer and Commissioner for District 9, Austin LGBTQ Quality of Life Advisory Commission will moderate a panel discussion on the need for equity in the tech industry.
TICKETS: Free, registration required
WHAT: Bunker Labs Austin: Veterans in Residence Launch Party
WHERE: WeWork Domain, 11801 Domain Blvd. 3rd Floor
WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 13th 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
WHY: It’s time for another Veterans in Residence Cohort. Join Bunker Labs and WeWork to learn more about the program for veterans. Also, guest speakers include Nathan Lenahan and Veterans in Residence participants from VIR Cohort 1 and 11.
TICKETS: Free, but registration is required

WHAT: Fireside Chat with H-E-B’s Chief Digital Officer and CEO of Favor Jag Bath and Dr. Bob Metcalfe, inventor of Ethernet and professor of innovation at UT Austin. (Put on by Genesis)
WHERE: UT Austin (room TBA) 2501 Speedway
WHEN: Monday, Sept. 17th, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
WHY: Bath has helped to scale many companies including Favor, RetailMeNot and others. Metcalfe also scaled 3Com into a multi-billion company after inventing Ethernet.
TICKETS: Free, but registration is required

WHAT: Healthcare Insurance 101 for Startups and Entrepreneurs– hosted by SANA Benefits.
WHERE: Galvanize, 119 Nueces
WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 20th 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
WHY: Will Young, CEO and co-founder of SANA Benefits will talk about what entrepreneurs and startups need to know to pick the right healthcare plan for your employees and business.
TICKETS: $7.50 – only six remain

WHAT: Entrepreneurship Live! With Julia Cheek by TexTalks at the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurs in the McCombs School of Business at UT Austin
WHERE: Rowling Hall Auditorium, RRH 1.400 at the University of Texas at Austin
WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 26th, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
WHY: Julia Cheek, the founder of EverlyWell, landed a $1 million line of credit from Shark Tank Investor Lori Greiner this past April. She’ll talk about her experience in the Shark Tank and how she’s building Everywell, a diagnostic testing startup, in Austin.
TICKETS: Free, registration is required

WHAT: Austin Startup and Tech Networking Mixer powered by Google by weconnect Austin
WHERE: Hotel Indigo Austin Downtown – University 810 Red River Street
WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 27,
WHY: Weconnect is a networking organization that brings together tech professionals and major companies to network.
TICKETS: Start at $5 for early bird tickets to $25 at the door

WHAT: A Hack of the Drones by MD5 and Army’s Future Command
WHERE: Capital Factory, 701 Brazos St.
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 28 to Sunday, Sept. 30th at 3 p.m.
WHY: For developers, designers, and hackers from the academic, military and commercial startup communities to explore ways to counter small unmanned aerial systems.
TICKETS: Free, registration is required

WHAT: ContentATX2 by Silicon Hills News
WHERE: Conde Nast 1645 E 6th St #250
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WHY: ContentATX2 is a second annual conference focused on storytelling. It is geared toward content creators and entrepreneurs and focuses on writing, video, photos, podcasting, blogging, books, social media and other creative ways to tell a story.
TICKETS: $30 – only 10 remain


WHAT: InnoTech Austin
WHERE: Austin Convention Center
WHEN: Tuesday, October 2nd
WHY: The 15th annual InnoTech conference has a variety of tech exhibits and talks of interest to the Austin Technology community. It even hosts a popular Women in Tech conference.
TICKETS: Tickets start at $39 a person