“Tzed-Talks” Highlight JAMen Forum for the Future

“Tzed-Talks” Highlight JAMen Forum for the Future

One of the largest crowds ever to attend the Jewish Austin Men’s Dinner and Speakers Forum gathered Feb. 7 at the JCC for the inaugural JAMen Forum for the Future featuring a series of “Tzed Talks” (Ted-type talks) by three of the Lone Star State’s leading visionary entrepreneurs.

Curated by Brett Hurt, co-founder and CEO of data.world and former CEO of Bazaarvoice, the talks, separately and together, painted a powerful and positive picture of the impact of technology on individuals, the region and the planet.

Hurt focused on “The Linked Future of Data” and how gathering and sharing massive amounts of information enables researchers to analyze trends and solve problems in ways never before possible.

Joshua Baer, founder and executive director of Capital Factory, Austin’s premier startup incubator, addressed “Creating a Powerhouse Connected Tech Corridor in Texas,” through developing and linking similar innovation centers in other Texas cities, beginning with Dallas.

Author and entrepreneur Byron Reese, publisher of “Gigaom,” envisioned “The Future of Artificial Intelligence and Automation,” launching a new and unprecedented global age of human progress and achievement. His latest book, entitled "The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers and the Future of Humanity," due out April 24, expands on the theme. Every JAMen participant received an opportunity to sign up for a free copy.

Hurt, Baer and Reese then joined together to take questions from an audience hungry to learn more following a delicious Asian-themed feast prepared by John Sutton and his team at CAA Kosher Catering.

The exciting final JAMen event of the 2017-18 season on Wednesday, April 25 features “An Evening with Mack Brown,” legendary Texas Longhorn head football coach and ESPN studio analyst.

The JAMen Forum Planning Committee, under the leadership of co-chairs Burt Kunik and Jay Rubin, is already hard at work vetting next season’s outstanding speakers. Committee members include Sandy Dochen, Robert Frachtman, Brett Hurt, David Kessler, Ben Kogut, Sandy Kress, Max Kunik, Elliott Naishtat, Rabbi Daniel Septimus, Gary Susswein and Jim Vertuno. ■

For more information about JAMen, contact Carly Karten at carly.karten@shalomaustin.org or 512-735-8044.

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