Austin, Texas, colorful ATX sign at 5th street, downtown

The new year is off to a great start.

Silicon Hills News held its sixth annual Austin Calendar Party on Jan. 23rd. The Riveter hosted the party. And thank you to our sponsors the Austin Chamber of Commerce, BuildGroupInnoTech AustinKronologicSana BenefitsEgan-Nelson Law FirmSilicon Hills  Active CapitalLumenInsuranceTechnologiesThikenQuesitonProZoho and And In-Kind Sponsors: MassChallenge Texas and Nine Banded Whiskey

This year, Silicon Hills News is following up the calendar party by hosting an event, BigIdeasATX, to dive deeper into the big ideas being generated by some of those featured in the calendar. The first event will be held on Feb. 27th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Galvanize. It will feature Arlo Gilbert, co-founder of Osano, Janice Omadeke, founder of The Mentor Method, Eric Salwan, business development director at Firefly Aerospace and Michelle Breyer, chief operating officer of SKU Accelerator. Join us!

Feb. 4th

Health Tech: How Tech, & Austin, Will Help You Live Longer Lives

When: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Austin Public Library, 701 W Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX

Why: Austin Forum: Join us as two leaders in Austin’s health tech ecosystem—Dr. Jordan Amadio, neurosurgeon and innovator at Ascension and Dell Med, and Scott Collins PhD, biotech entrepreneur and co-founder of BioAustin—share the current state and future possibilities for health technologies and for the Austin opportunities in everything from wearables and diagnostics to robotics and rehabilitation technologies. For more info.

Feb. 5th

Ask Me Anything! With MassChallenge Texas, Tarmac, DivInc

When: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Where: Relay Coworking, 1023 Springdale Rd., Austin, TX 78721

Why: Interested in joining an accelerator? Ask the Alumni’s of MassChallenge Texas + DivInc + Tarmac! Are you an entrepreneur or startup looking for funding, mentorship, office space, or knowledge on how to scale and grow your business? Then swing by for a happy hour at Relay Coworking to learn more about the upcoming 2020 accelerator programs and to ask all your questions from a group of alumni panelists that were part of MassChallenge Texas, DivInc, and Tarmac! Food & Beverages will be provided. For more info.

Feb. 6th

Austin Open Coffee

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

Where: Houndstooth Coffee, 401 Congress Ave

Why: A semi-monthly meetup for entrepreneurs and investors to share their experience, to motivate, and to explore ideas. For more info.

Feb. 6th

The Better Startup Workshop

When: 5:30 p.m.. to 7 p.m.

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

Why:  Are you curious about whether and how Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) can benefit your startup? Do you support D&I, but don’t know where to find talent from diverse backgrounds? Are you looking for ways to make your company a more inclusive and welcoming environment? Regardless of how you feel about D&I, you are invited to attend our Better Startup workshop, where you will learn how D&I can help you grow a happier and more successful company. For more info.

Feb. 6th

Hacking HR

When: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Where: ESO Solutions, 11500 Alterra Parkway ##100, Austin, TX 78758

 Why: 20/20 Vision for the Next Decade – Austin Leaders discuss key strategies/initiatives for 2020 and beyond, that touch on a variety of areas of the employee experience. For more info.

Feb. 6th

Edtech Austin and UT Slow Pitch Think Tank

When: 3 5 p.m.

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

Why: Join an interactive thinktank and pitch session where startups, mentors and the audience will dialogue and hone startups’ products so that they will transform learning and penetrate K-12 school markets. Selected edtech startups will provide demos, evidence of real/potential impact, and marketing/monetization plans prior to SXSWedu. For more info.

Feb. 11th

How to Maximize Your Startup’s Reach at SXSW 2020

When: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Where: Galvanize, 119 Nueces St., Austin, TX

Why: The Annual SXSW Conference & Festival is just around the corner! Join Founder Institute Texas Managing Director, Martin Martinez as we get to know Hugh Forrest, Chief Programming Officer of SXSW, on how you can get the most out of your experience and expand your startup’s presence in March. For more info.

Feb. 19th

Austin Technology Council: Leadership Dinner: Economic Development Within the Tech Community

When: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Max’s Wine Dive, San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, TX

Why: Austin’s economy is experiencing incredible growth and development. This level of prosperity presents a myriad of opportunities for local Austin tech companies looking to expand. Attend our February 19 Leadership Dinner to discuss how to take advantage of the opportunities and navigate the challenges brought about by Austin’s expansion. For more info.

Feb. 19th-20th

IAA: UT Space Traffic Management Conference

When: Wednesday, Feb 19 – Thursday, Feb 20

Where: University of Texas at Austin’s Mulva Conference Center in the EER Building at 2501 Speedway.

Why: How to achieve space safety, security, and sustainability for the growing number of objects in space is the focus of the next annual International Academy of Astronautics UT Space Traffic Management Conference on Feb. 19-20th at the University of Texas at Austin’s Mulva Conference Center in the EER Building at 2501 Speedway. Registration is open now for the conference.

Feb. 20th

Black Tech Happy Hour

When: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: Hanovers 2.0 16912 North Interstate Highway 35, Austin, TX 78728

Why: You are invited to join the Dell Black Networking Alliance at a networking Happy Hour in celebration of Black History Month! Please RSVP here to confirm your attendance. For more info.

Feb. 21st Austin Women in Technology: Journey to Executive Leadership

When: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Google Austin, 500 West 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701

Why: Join us for an exciting afternoon of networking and learning from local Austin Technology executives who will share lessons learned on their journey to executive leadership. This event is the first in a series of events planned to engage and grow our local IT executive membership throughout 2020. The target audience for this event is women in tech with 10 or more years of experience or manager level and above. For more info.

Feb. 25th

Pre-SXSW Startup Showcase

When: 6:30 8:30 p.m.

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

Why: Come check out the startups from our group showcasing their products and wares at their tables. Talk to the founders, discover some exciting startups and support them. For more info.

Feb. 25th

Do Something Big with AI in 2020

When:  6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Hypergiant, 101 W. 6th St. Suite 400, Austin, TX 

Why: The world is changing before our eyes and technology is advancing like never before. Join GA and Hypergiant for a special thought leadership event that brings together business leaders, innovators and product managers for a discussion on today’s most important technology shift towards automated machine learning and how this is changing the way organizations and their data scientists operate. In this discussion, we’ll talk about practical ways to incorporate AI to deliver an explosive impact on any company’s bottom line. For more info.

Feb. 26th

PowerUp:  AI and the New Skilling of Today’s Workforce

When: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Accenture 323 Congress Ave. Austin, TX 78701

Why: Austin Chamber of Commerce: How are AI and other emerging technologies being used to augment jobs? From business to government and academia, how can organizations “new skill” workers for the entirely transformed set of skill required for tomorrow’s workforce? What pathways exist? Join us over drinks and light bites as we explore these topics. For more info.

Feb. 27th

TexChange: Working with Local and National Press: How to Upgrade Your Marketing Effort

When: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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

Why: Join us for a panel discussion of Public Relations and Media experts. We’ll uncover how to think beyond the typical brand marketing avenues and share the story of your organization to new audiences. For more info.

Feb. 27th


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

Where: Galvanize, 119 Nueces St, Austin, TX.

Why: Join Silicon Hills News as we feature some of the innovators in Austin shaking up the city with their big ideas. A series of lightning interviews featuring some of the founders from our 2020 Austin Startup Calendar: Arlo Gilbert, Co-Founder of Osano, Janice Omadeke, Founder and CEO of The Mentor MethodEric Salwan, Director of Business Development, Firefly Aerospace and Michelle Breyer, Chief Operating Officer of SKU. For more info.

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