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May 1-2

FUND Conference

When: May 1st and May 2nd

Where: Fairmount Hotel in Downtown Austin

Why: FUND Conference hosts an event in Austin annually to promote connections among entrepreneurs, VCs, angel investors, and industry experts. It features panel discussions on a variety of topics, exhibits, and networking. For more info.

May 2nd

Austin Tech Open Coffee Downtown

When: 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Where: Houndstooth Coffee, 401 Congress Ave, (Frost Bank Tower)

Why: Hosted by Open Austin Coffee, created by Damon Clinkscales and sponsored by Egan Nelson, is an informal gathering of Austin’s tech community to network over coffee. For more info.

UT Austin Longhorn Startup Demo Day

When: Starts at 5 p.m.

Where: Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium, 2313 Red River Street, Austin, TX 78712

Why: This annual event features student-led startups from the Longhorn Entrepreneurship program at UT Austin. It also features a keynote speaker: Nagraj Kashyap, global head of M12, Microsoft’s Venture Fund. For more info.

May 4th

Maker Faire Austin 2019

When: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Where; Palmer Events Center 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX

Why: “Maker Faire Austin is a locally grown celebration of innovation, invention, craft, creativity, science, robotics, technology, homesteading, lego, fire, food, music, performers, and MORE!” For more info.

Latinitas Future Chica Conference

When: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM 

Where: Oracle, 2300 Cloud Way, Austin, TX 78741

Why: Latinitas invites all girls between 9-18 years old to attend Future Chica Conference 2019 on Saturday, May 4th, 2019 at Oracle in Austin. For more info.

May 6th – May 10th

Innovation Week ATX – by PeopleFund

When: Starts May 6th at 9 a.m. and runs daily with featured speakers every hour and concludes May 10th.  

Where: PeopleFund 2921 E. 17th Street Building D Suite

Why: This weeklong series of free events are put on by PeopleFund for entrepreneurs – primarily aimed at small businesses but businesses of any size could benefit from some of these talks. For more info.

May 6th

Austin Impact Accelerator Info Session

When: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Where;  Impact Hub Austin, 5540 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX 78756

Why: “Join us for an information session at Impact Hub Austin’s Lamar’s Inspire Room to learn more about our Austin Impact Accelerator and how your business, venture, or idea can participate.” For more info.

May 7th

Female Founder Roundtable: Smashing Ceilings and Raising the Bar

When: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where:  The Riveter 1145 W 5th St. Austin 

Why: Featuring Austin female entrepreneurs talking about how they are building their companies. For more info.

Philanthropitch Austin

When: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: LBJ Auditorium, 2313 Red River St., Austin, TX 78712

Why: It’s a social impact fast-pitch competition. The organization provides funding to nonprofits. For more info.

Out in Tech ATX: Meet Flatiron School (Info Session)

When: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Where: WeWork Westview, 316 W 12th St 5th Floor, 5th Floor, Austin, Texas 78701

Why: “Join Flatiron School to learn more about our programs, meet our staff and alumni, and network with your future classmates and Out in Tech!” For more info.

May 8th

Startup Grind Welcomes Monica Landers of Storyfit!

When: 6 p.m.

Where: Capital Factory, 701 Brazos, Suite 150

Why:  The event features “Monica Landers, Founder and CEO of StoryFit, a rapid-growth technology company which provides AI analytics for the publishing and entertainment industry.” For more info.

May 9th

Austin Technology Council Roundtable: Women in Tech

When: 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Where: Galvanize 119 Nueces St., Austin

Why: “Roundtable: Women in Tech “Intergenerational Conflict & Mentorship” Let’s have an open discussion about engaging with co-workers of all ages in the workplace and multigenerational mentorship trends.” For more info.

Let’s Talk About Diversity in Tech

When:  11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Where: Rowling Hall at The McCombs School of Business: 300 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Austin, TX 78712

Why: The Texas Tribune is putting on this event, moderated by Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith and featuring Mellie Price, entrepreneur and now executive director of commercialization, health ecosystem for the Dell Medical School, Eugene Sepulveda, CEO of the Entrepreneurs Foundation, and Joah Spearman, founder, and CEO of Localeur. For more info.

May 14th

Austin Technology Council Roundtable: Engineering Leadership

When: 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Where: Galvanize, 119 Nueces Street, Austin, TX

Why: “Monthly breakfasts targeted to specific groups within the Austin technology community to come together in a small group of 25-40. These events include a featured speaker who kicks off open discussion amongst attendees.” For more info.

5G: Ushering in the Fourth Technology Revolution

When: 5:15 p.m. check in

Where: Austin Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez

Why: 5G is the new standard for the communications industry. The event features Fawzi Behmann, TelNet Management, Amber Gunst, Austin Technology Council, and Arun Ghosh, AT&T Labs. For more info.

Don’t mess with Texas! – Fighting insurance fraud using Machine Learning

When: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM 

Where: Walmart Technology, 409 Colorado St, Suite B, Austin, TX 78701

Why: “In our second Data on Tap event, Matthew Tichenor will be talking about fraud in Texas’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) system” For more info.

May 15th

Austin Technology Council: Leadership Dinner

When: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM 

Where: Z’Tejas, 1110 West 6th Street, Austin, TX 78703

Why: A discussion with tech executives about hiring and promoting veterans into leadership roles. For more info.

May 20th

Speed to Capability: Defense Innovation from Research to Tech Transfer

When: 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Where: Capital Factory, 701 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701

Why: “Join TDIF’s growing network of entrepreneurs, small businesses, defense contractors, technology investors, consultants, and science & technology gurus for the next installment in a series of networking and educational events encouraging collaboration among Austin’s Defense Innovation Ecosystem and the broader National Security community.” For more info.

May 21st

Texas Smart Cities Summit

When: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Where: Austin Central Public Library, 710 West Cesar Chavez Street Austin, TX 78701

Why: “The Texas Smart Cities Summit will bring together thought leaders, policy makers, designers and developers to share ideas & experiences, trade lessons learned, and develop plans & priorities for Texas cities. Using urban data, new & emerging technologies, and advanced analytics we aim to accelerate smart city efforts and improve the quality of life in our cities. ” For more info.

Founder Hotseats: The Art of the 60-Second Pitch

When: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Galvanize 119 Nueces St. Austin, TX

Why: “Do you have a startup, or a strong idea for a startup? Could you use blunt, honest feedback on your ideas from experienced entrepreneurs? Then join us for the Founder Hotseat event, from the Founder Institute. During this event, members of the audience will pitch their ideas to a panel of experts, who will then rate each pitch on a score of 1-5 (no 3’s allowed!), and provide helpful feedback.” For more info.

May 22

Construction Technology Forum

When: 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Where: JE Dunn Construction, 2010 South Lamar Boulevard #Suite 201, Austin, TX

Why:  “The forum will include discussions over implementation challenges and ongoing research in the field of Visualization, Information Modeling, and Simulation (VIMS), a demonstration of Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), and the ongoing changes in the construction technology field.” For more info.

Entrepreneur’s Game plan: Addressing Fear, Focus and First Steps to Start or Scale

When: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Where: The Riveter 1145 West 5th Street, Austin, TX 78703

Why: “People say the hardest part of entrepreneurship is starting, but we know the challenge doesn’t stop there. Join Prowess Project’s CEO & Founder Ashley Connell and Chief Mom Officer Leah Steinkirch for an interactive lunch-n-learn where together we’ll walk through a holistic view at taking the next step to start or grow your business.” For more info.

May 23

Austin Chamber of Commerce’s A-List Awards

When: 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Where: ACL Live at the Moody Theater

Why: The A-List awards go to Austin’s most innovative companies in various stages of development. It also added some other awards last year to recognize established companies for culture and leadership. For more information.


When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: MoonShine Grill, 303 Red River, Austin, TX

Why: “Facilitated conversation around what is and what isn’t working in the quest to build exceptional advanced analytics teams.” For more info.

May 29-31

Dig-In: The Future of Digital Insurance

When: May 29-31

Where: Austin Convention Center, 500 East Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX 78701

Why: “Dig|In 2019 offers a glimpse of the industry’s future, as well as presents the current state of disruption within the insurance market.” For more info.