8 Awesome Austin Events, July 17–23

The Forrest Four-Cast: July 16, 2017

The strength of the Central Texas technology / startup scene helps SXSW thrive as an epicenter of innovation. Some of the most interesting events in Austin for the week of July 17 through July 23 are as follows:

  1. Monday, July 17: Open Gov & Civic Tech Meet Up (FREE)
    Open Austin hosts a monthly meet up to discuss local open government and civic technology issues. For July 17, speakers include Robert Knight, Tara Vancil and Paul Frazee. At Terrazas Branch Library at 6:45 pm.
  2. Monday, July 17: Austin Blockchain for Business Meet Up (FREE)
    This get-together is focused on business applications for blockchain, distributed ledger and smart contract technologies and approaches. Technical aspects are covered at an architectural level, not a developer one. At Capital Factory at 7:00 pm.
  3. Tuesday, July 18: Austin Music Tech Monthly Meet Up (FREE)
    Hello Austin entrepreneurs, developers, investors, service firms, music industry folks and anyone with a passion for tech and music, come join us for this month’s meet up! Let’s all work together to make Austin music startups better, learn about new technologies affecting music, and start the next great music tech company! At Capital Factory at 7:00 pm.
  4. Wednesday, July 19: Art Break with Tim Levy (FREE)
    Tim Levy, the CEO of a digital strategy studio, developed a program that allows the contemporary art gallery model to speak to a larger audience through his Virtual Reality software. This concept breaks through the limitations of the gallery paradigm while creating a visceral experience and the availability of Fine Art globally. At Capital Factory at 6:00 pm.
  5. Thursday, July 20: House of Genius Austin
    House of Genius brings together entrepreneurs and a diverse mix of collaborators from the community for an evening each month of disruptive thinking, supportive input, and creative new ideas. You?ll find Houses in many cities and countries around the world. House of Genius is continually growing based on grassroots demand. Together, we create Genius. Must apply to attend.
  6. Thursday, July 20: Austin Hardware Startup Meet Up (FREE)
    We’re a group for all things hardware startups. The purpose of this group is to bring together folks interested in building businesses around physical technology products — to grow the Austin hardware community, raise awareness of hardware startups and resources, and learn from each other and those who have done it before. At Capital Factory at 6:30 pm.
  7. Friday, July 21: SXSW PanelPicker Entry Deadline (FREE)
    Get your proposal into this interface by 11:59 pm CDT on Friday, July 21 for the opportunity to speak in front of one of the world’s most forward-thinking communities at SXSW 2018. Learn more about the process by watching this short explanatory video.
  8. Saturday, July 22: VR Workshop with Women Who Code (FREE)
    In this series of workshops and demonstrations, we’ll go over different aspects of VR and AR. Some of these workshops will require installations and a computer, others will not, if you can please bring a laptop. Lunch will be provided. At Dev Bootcamp at 10:00 am.

Other upcoming events of note:

July 25: Podcasting and Radio Meet Up
July 27: Corporate Responsibility Summit
July 28: SXSW Community Awards deadline
August 1: SXSW 2018 badge sales begin
August 8: ABJ Face-to-Face with Mike Maples
September 8: SXSW Art Program deadline
September 14–16: Creatives Meet Business
September 21–28: Fantastic Fest
October 6–8: ACL Fest, Weekend #1
October 9–13: Austin Startup Week
October 12–12: Star Wars: A New Hope
October 13–15: ACL Fest, Weekend #2
October 16: SXSW 2018 content announcement
November 6–10: Austin Design Week
November 10: SXSW Accelerator deadline
November 10: SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards deadline
November 10–12: Sound on Sound Fest
March 9–18: SXSW 2018

Stay tuned to this space as we review more creativity-focused events for the coming weeks. If you have an event that you would like considered for listing in this space, contact me at hugh at sxsw dot com.

Hugh Forrest tries to write at least four paragraphs per day on Medium. These posts often cover tech-related trends; other times they cover specific current events. When not attempting to wordsmith or learning to meditate, he serves as Chief Programming Officer at SXSW in Austin.

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