How will emerging technologies address our local and global challenges?

 On Monday, March 11, 2019, we hosted a day of conversations and presentations on how emerging technologies are addressing our local and global challenges. We’re doing it again in 2020 so stay tuned for what comes next.

What happened in 2019?

We live in a time of disruption as technology transforms everything in our lives from how we live, to how we work to how we connect with each other. Business models are changing too and of course our communities are at the epicenter of the evolution.  

Flexibility, versatility and productivity will define our era. Those that are ready to adapt to consumer demand will prosper. Those that don’t will soon become a part of the “digital rust belt.”

This one-day event in Austin presented a convergence of the major themes facing our leaders on local and global levels. We showcased emerging technologies (AI, 5G, IoT +) as well as the innovators who are developing new approaches.


Digi.City is a platform designed to inform, inspire and connect leaders as cities advance in the digital age. We convene the public, private and academic sectors, share tools and advocate for policies and programs that create more connected communities. Digi.City Founder: Chelsea Collier.

Vizias designs strategies and solutions that integrate advanced technologies, digital data & analytics, web & mobile interfaces, and cloud computing to address science research, smart city planning, health, and education. We are a small team of experts with a large network of partnerships who all care deeply about making an impact and changing the world. We offer expertise in several areas including HPC Consulting, project management services, communications strategies, web & social media services, and software & app development. Vizias Founder: Jay Boisseau.

2019 Partners



119 Nueces St, Austin, TX 78701


2019 Program

How will emerging technologies address our local and global challenges?

On March 11, 2019, we amassed experts from around the world - from industry, government, startups, NGOS, academia - to answer the big questions. And we had a great time doing it. Here’s what happened…

8:00am Doors Open / Coffee & Breakfast Bites

9:15am Welcome: Chelsea Collier, Digi.City / Jay Boisseau, Vizias

9:30am The Future of Food

10:00am The Future of Cities

11:00am The Future of Energy

11:30am The Future of Education

12:00pm Bloody Mary Brunch hosted by StartCo (sorry, we’re at capacity!)

1:30pm The Future of Mobility

2:00pm The Future of Tech & Social Impact

2:30pm Humanizing Quantum

3:00pm The Future of a Smart, Connected World: Data, AI, 5G, IoT

4:00pm Global Startup Showcase by Reeperbahn Startup Pitch

6:30pm Wrap Up & Thank you: Chelsea Collier / Jay Boisseau

7:00pm Networking Event + Party at Idean Offices (713 E 6th St)



MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2019

Main Event | 8 AM - 6:30 PM

Galvanize: 119 Nueces St, Austin, TX 78701

Networking Event & Party |
7 PM - 10 PM

Idean Offices: 713 E 6th St, Austin (6th & I-35)

2019 Speakers

Want to learn more about these impressive people? Click here for full bios.

2019 Startup founders  

Startup Showcase

Presented by The Reeperbahn Startup Pitch


The Reeperbahn Startup Pitch, the most successful and attention-grabbing event of the startup scene in northern Germany, presented startups from Germany, the Netherlands, and the U.S. on a stage at 2019 ‘The Future Of ____’ Event. Founders presented innovative solutions to real-world challenges while living out their entrepreneurial rock star dreams, gaining access to a challenging panel of international experts.

The Reeperbahn Startup Pitch and the "Hamburg Startups" Delegation was powered by Hamburg Invest, Deutsche Bank, Sutor Bank, Beiersdorf, Lufthansa Industry Solutions, EY and Vast Forward.


We assembled a panel of global experts and investors who provided feedback, questions and guidance to the startup founders after each pitch. This was invaluable advice - so everyone wins! No losers here…