Austin Technology Council Announces Its First Gateway Party, Kick Off to SXSW, March 7

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Gathering Of Austin’s Influential Tech Leaders and Visiting VIPs To Be Held at ACL Live at The Moody Theater

Austin Technology Council (ATC) today announced its first Gateway Party to be held Thursday, March 7, at ACL Live at The Moody Theater. ATC is excited to host the Austin tech community to kick-start SXSW with fellow industry leaders, decision makers, venture capitalists and angel investors from around the world. The invitation-only event will run from 5 to 10 pm and be held on the Music Porch at ACL Live at The Moody Theater.

The Gateway theme of the 2013 event will highlight ATC’s growing role as the gateway for tech in Central Texas. The March 7 event brings together members and partners in appreciation for their support of ATC. The party will showcase Austin’s companies, and local entrepreneurs to out of town influencers here for SXSW.

For more information on the Gateway party and to request an invitation, please watch: The party guest list is limited to an exclusive set of VIP guests from out of town, investors and entrepreneurs, as well as Austin area technology executives and a small number of additional employees of each ATC member companies.

In addition to the kick-off reception, ATC will again extend to its members an exclusive discount on SXSW Interactive badges, at up to 45% off normal prices. Sign up to be reserve your ATC group purchase badge for SXSW Interactive at:

To gain access to these discounted SXSW Interactive passes, an invitation to the March 7 party, and additional ATC benefits at SXSW, you must be a member of ATC. ATC is extending a special temporary membership option, especially for out of town visitors. More information can be found at Companies must join ATC by February 6, 2013 for access to the discounted SXSW badges, and by February 28, 2013 for access to the March 7 party.

SXSW Interactive draws nearly 25,000 official attendees, and Austin is chock full of many more coming in for these 5 days of technology focus. ATC member companies are very involved with SXSW as speakers, hosts of events such as open houses, trainings, and parties, all to take advantage of the influx of tech folks in Austin. ATC is pleased this year to help kick things all off right with an event of its own.
"We thought it was important to create an event that allowed us to simultaneously showcase our local successes and leaders while playing host to out-of-towner influencers and investors," said ATC President Julie Huls. "This Gateway event provides easy access to our area execs while providing an efficient channel for networking for those looking to invest in Austin tech."

ATC continues to evolve and up its game. It just signed a strengthened partnership with the City of Austin end of September with commitment for Technology Education Labs that will be executed by ATC. In April, it received IRS recognition of its 501c3, the ATC Community Foundation, which serves as a non-profit vehicle for ATC membership to invest time and money in the community. ATC gathers 100+ Austin area technology leaders each May for a CEO Summit that is a rare gathering focused on real problem solving and collaboration. The 2013 CEO Summit days will be revealed shortly.

About the Austin Technology Council:
With more than 7,000 members and friends, 1,200 C-level executive members, and 200 member companies, the Austin Technology Council (ATC) has been focused on the growth and success of the Austin tech community since 1994. Members reap the benefits of premier professional development; insight and feedback from peers; the best in industry data to help grow businesses; and opportunities to give back to the Austin community through charitable initiatives. Current ATC board members are leaders at companies or organizations like Austin Technology Incubator, CacheIQ, Gazzang, Homeaway, IBM, PeopleAdmin, Samsung, Spinal Restoration, Spredfast and Vinson & Elkins. More on ATC can be found at: or @ATCouncil on Twitter.

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