Austin Technology Council (ATC) today announced it will be hosting its second CEO Summit, after a great debut in May 2011. After being absent from the Austin technology landscape for 10 years, ATC brought back the CEO Summit in 2011, drawing in 100 CEOs from Austin area technology companies. 2012 plans include separate tracks for CFOs and CTOs, and will welcome C-level executives from technology companies statewide. The program, which has been expanded to two days, is now open for registration for qualifying executives, at www.austintechnologycouncil.org.
“Last year’s turnout was indicative of the industry’s intent on making Austin a tier-one market for technology,” said Austin Technology Council president, Julie Huls. “This year’s Summit, like last year, will be focused not just on discussing some of the industry’s challenges, but on what we can do, collectively, to remove those obstacles for faster, more efficient growth.”
Austin Technology Council hosted the 2011 CEO Summit in May 2011, which brought together 100 Austin area CEOs, and featured speakers such as Texas Governor Rick Perry, Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell and Stratfor CEO George Friedman. Dialogue was centered around talent acquisition, specifically the challenge of “recycling” talent amongst recruits that arrived around Austin’s tech boom in the mid- to late-1990s. Sixteen weeks later, the organization led a West Coast recruiting trip where 30 Austin company leaders spent time in Silicon Valley, talking with candidates about Austin.
The 2011 CEO Summit also helped propel ATC forward as a critical nexus for technology leadership in Austin. After the Summit, membership grew 40% with new additions to the ATC board include local high regarded tech visionaries and seasoned tech execs. The organization also signed on industry partners—technology companies focused on regional growth– including AMD, Cyrus One, Google, Homeaway, Microsoft and Samsung.
The 2012 CEO Summit has expanded to two days with sessions added for CFOs and CTOs. ATC is also extending invitations beyond Central Texas C-level executives to welcome leaders from other cities in Texas, including Dallas, Houston and San Antonio.
The two day Summit, Thursday and Friday, May 17 and 18, will be held at the Hilton Austin. Admission is $399 through April 30 and late registration of $599 through May 11. Registration will close at 5 p.m. May 11. Companies that purchase a membership to ATC will receive $100 off of registration. Registration is currently open at www.austintechnologycouncil.org. Information including agenda, speakers, and sponsors will be announced on the ATC website as updates are available.