Top 5 Tech Events in Austin, week of 8/23-8/29

8/24 Austin Cloud User Group August Meeting
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (CT)
Great start for our group at the July 27 meeting – thanks to everyone who showed interest and participated!  There’s an awful lot of exciting cloud activity underway in Austin and many other folks who are newbies but eager to learn more.

8/25 Build and Launch a Website in 3 Minutes
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM (CT)
You can launch a Web site for your company in about 3½ minutes. Don’t believe it? Let us show you in real-time how you can launch your own site with an integrated content management system, no software licenses and free tools that make your site easy to manage and maintain.

8/27 HelpAttack! Launch Party
Friday, August 27, 2010 from 7:30 PM – 11:55 PM (CT)
ZOMG It’s a launch party! Join us as we celebrate the kickoff of HelpAttack!’s official beta launch.

8/27 Lunch and Learn Brown Bag: Working with Angel Investors
Friday, August 27, 2010 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (CT)
In this session, well-known angel investor, Steve Smaha will be talking to us about “Working with Angel Investors”. It is inevitable for an entrepreneur to consider external financing for their start-up and usually the first recourse is an angel investor.

Blogathon ATX 8/28
Saturday, August 28, 2010 from 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM (CT)
Hey Austin! It’s too hot to be outside, so bring your laptop and creativity as we spend a Saturday kicking out some posts for our personal and business blogs.

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Do you know of other tech related events in the Austin area or its surroundings? let us know about it
or leave a comment below.

What’s new at SXSW Interactive for 2011

The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conferences & Festivals offer the unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW is the premier destination for discovery.


For 2011, SXSW has made some changes to the SXSW Interactive Festival (this is the one about technology). Here is a description from SXSW’s website of what this festival is all about:

SXSW® Interactive Festival challenges you to envision the future of innovative technology. Featuring five days of compelling presentations from the brightest minds in emerging media and scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders, SXSW Interactive offers an unbeatable line up of special programs showcasing the best new websites, digital projects, wireless applications, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer. From hands-on training to big-picture analysis, SXSW Interactive has become the place to preview of what is unfolding in the world of creative technology. Join us March 2011 for the panels, the parties, the 14th Annual Interactive Awards, SXSW ScreenBurn, the SXSW Trade Show, SXSW Accelerator and, of course, the inspirational experience that only SXSW can deliver.

The changes effective in 2011 to the Interactive festival are as follows:

More Daytime Meet-ups
For 2011, will add a significant amount of daytime meet-up networking events to the SXSW Interactive schedule. These daytime meet-ups will take place in “panel-type” rooms and will follow the same timeslot / schedules as daytime programming.

Interactive Awards + Game Awards
For this year, we are looking to make significant changes in two of our mainstay competitions. The Web Awards will change to the SXSW Interactive Awards (and focus on technologies beyond web interfaces). Meanwhile, the Game Design Competition will become the SXSW ScreenBurn Game Awards.

SXSW Interactive awards goes from March 11 – 15. Here are some important dates to remember:

  • August 2010 – Registration opens for 2011
  • August 11th – PanelPicker voting opens [updated]
  • August 27th – PanelPicker voting closes
Are you planning to attend? here are some useful links: