Austin is a great town to live and work, there are many technology companies and organizations which make Austin, TX what it is, a great place for technology startups, companies and people looking to work in this industry.
I prepared a partial list of technology related user groups and organizations to help Austinites and newcomers become familiar with these organizations which can help you find that next great gig, network with people who share the same interest as you do and also help you shape up your skills. Most of this user groups have regular meetings, make sure you visit their site to learn more about them and join them as members and/or volunteers if you do desire to do so.
If you know of a user group or organization that should be in this list, please add the name and a link to their site for everyone to see. Thanks.
Austin .NET User Group
ADNUG brings Austin’s .NET community together with industry experts and guest speakers in a forum to promote an exchange of knowledge and experiences with the .NET platform, application development, tools, and practices.
Austin On Rails
Austin’s Own Ruby On Rails User Group
XML Austin User Group
The XML Austin Users Group promotes sharing of knowledge among local developers who use XML and related technologies. Our focus is on serious technical discussion among peers.
Austin Java Users Group
The Austin Java Users Group brings together Java developers in the Austin area to share ideas, discuss advances in technology and generally promotes the use of Java.
Austin Linux Group
ALG is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing education about the installation, usage, and maintenance of the GNU/Linux operating system.
Austin’s Premier Macintosh User Group
Capitol Macintosh is a nonprofit organization founded in July of 1993 by Austin Macintosh professionals and enthusiasts to help fellow Mac users get more enjoyment and productivity from their Macintosh computers. Put simply, CapMac is friends helping friends learn about Macs.
Austin Common Standards Revision Group
The Austin Common Standards Revision Group (CSRG) is a joint technical working group established to develop and maintain the core open systems interfaces that are the POSIX® 1003.1 (and former 1003.2) standards, ISO/IEC 9945 parts 1 to 4, and the core of the Single UNIX Specification
The Robot Group
They are a very active 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation which holds weekly meetings to discuss projects, show off our work, and meet people like you
Agile Austin’s mission is to promote agile software development concepts such as those set forth in the Agile Manifesto (agilemanifesto.org), to create a public forum for the exchange of practice information, and to create opportunities for the professional development of members.
Bootstrap Austin is a community in the Austin Entrepreneurship Scene (#ATXentScene twitter hashtag and twitter list). In addition to supporting bootstrap entrepreneurs, we arecommitted to stewarding this vibrant scene so entrepreneurs ofall paths can find the resources and support they need to progress through all stages of the journey.
Austin High-Tech Online
door64 is community of thousands of Central Texas high-tech professionals. The goal of this community is to promote peer network growth in Texas technology professionals, enable both start-ups and established companies to amplify their local presence, and help all members to plug in and strengthen our local high-tech scene.
Austin Semiconductor Entrepreneurs Network
The vision of AustinChips is to develop a vibrant and cross-connected community of semiconductor professionals by bringing together entrepreneurs from large and small companies.
Austin Local Internet Society
The purpose of ALIS is to increase and encourage communication between people with interests in computers and technology on a real-time, physical, face to face basis. This includes you: programmers, writers, artists, consultants, cypherpunks, email fanatics, activists, hackers, usenet news readers, frustrated computer users, etc.
Austin Software Process Improvement Network
The Austin SPIN (Software Process Improvement Network) is a forum for the free and open exchange of software process improvement ideas and experiences. The organization serves as a source of educational, scientific, and practical information for its members, other SPIN organizations and the general software community.
Capital Area Central Texas Unix Society
CACTUS is a group of mostly computer professionals and students. The purpose of the group is to educate and connect people interested in Unix and Open Systems related topics
Society for Technical Communication (Austin chapter)
STC is an individual membership organization dedicated to advancing the arts and sciences of technical communication
Technology Innovation Group
TIG creates public-private partnerships to establish technology-based enterprises that are critical for economic growth
User experience, interaction design and other design-related activities
The UX Book Club Austin seeks to enhance the abilities and knowledge of user experience professionals from information architects and interaction designers to visual designers and usability specialists to augment their understanding for excellence in UX practice, ixd design theory while building a passionate local community.