Austin Technology Council Announces Third CEO Summit, To Be Held Wednesday May 8, 2013 at ACL Live at The Moody Theater

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2013 Builds on Best of First Two Years; Annual Gathering for Texas Tech Executives to Collaborate, Network, Problem Solve.

Austin Technology Council (ATC) today announced the opening of registration for its annual CEO Summit to be held Wednesday May 8. The third annual ATC CEO Summit will convene at ACL Live at The Moody Theater, gathering Texas technology company leaders for one day of intense executive level discussion and collaboration. The 2013 Summit theme - Setting the Tech Agenda – will focus largely on tech talent discussions and will feature a return of the well-received Startup Showdown fast pitch opportunity. New this year will be a Hall of Fame awards reception the evening before the Summit, Tuesday, May 7.

The 2013 ATC CEO Summit will be held on just one day, Wednesday, May 8 from 8 am to 6 p.m. to take maximum advantage of the time of the attendees. With a theme of Setting the Tech Agenda, many discussions will focus on tech talent, specifically supply and demand, increasing access to investment capital and the importance of STEM education for the next generation workforce.

“This annual gathering of state-wide CEOs of technology companies facilitates critical discussion around the opportunities, and challenges, of taking Texas to the next level,” said Julie Huls, ATC president. “The CEO Summit is a rare opportunity for the industry to collectively create the vision and direct the next phase of growth for the technology industry.”

The CEO Summit will again conclude with a Startup Showdown fast pitch opportunity that debuted at the end of the 2012 Summit. This year, Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN) joins ATC in putting on the Startup Showdown where 6 companies will be selected to present their businesses to a panel of judges who will select a winner. Companies seeking either series A or series B funding are ideal and may submit for consideration at http://austintechnologycouncil.org/2013-ceo-summit/

Last year, the Startup Showdown featured hot Austin companies such as Baytan Labs, Convergence Wireless, MapMyFitness, NeedTo.com, Toopher and Vivogig. Toopher, with its unique authentication security technology created at UT, ultimately won the Showdown, and has gone on quite a tear since, including being invited to speak at SXSW, and at RSA, the most prestigious security event in the world, where Toopher was included among much larger company speakers.

New in 2013 will be the Austin High Tech Hall of Fame awards reception, the night prior, Tuesday 7. Bill Bock, serial entrepreneur and current CFO at Silicon Laboratories, will serve as MC and host of the evening, along with Mark McClain of Sailpoint. Stand outs who have made a significant impact on the Austin technology industry will be recognized.

Registration for the 2013 CEO Summit is open now, and available at http://ceosummit.austintechnologycouncil.org/ . Only members of ATC are allowed to attend. Temporary memberships are available for those outside the Austin area. Early registration for $299 will be available until April 12 at 11:59p.m. Regular registration of $499 will be available from April 13 until Summit. Registration covers all speakers, content, Wifi, breakfast, lunch and evening reception. The fee does not cover parking, nor lodging.

Press are invited to attend the Summit and can contact Laura Beck, laurabeckcahoon(at)gmail(dot)com, to coordinate attendance or with any questions. Please note, the afternoon session will be closed to press, or for any blogging.

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, Gazzang, Homeaway, IBM, PeopleAdmin, Samsung, Spinal Restoration, Spredfast and Vinson & Elkins. More on ATC can be found at: http://www.austintechnologycouncil.org or @ATCouncil on Twitter. For Summit related tweets, please add hashtag #ATCSummit.

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