Austin Tech Alliance is working to educate and activate the grassroots of Austin’s tech sector as committed, civically engaged Austinites working to promote opportunities for our entire community. As part of that, we developed a set of core principles to align with these efforts.
ATA acknowledges civic values shared between our city’s leaders and the technology community:
Austin is a vibrant, welcoming city in which we choose to build our businesses, create strong community bonds, and raise our families.
We acknowledge the investments in human, environmental, public, and business infrastructure made to create this city we love calling home.
We seek to participate in and help realize a vision for Austin that creates a positive quality of life for all Austinites.
We believe our time, talents, and treasure can enhance Austin’s future and that entrepreneurship in all forms is an essential part of Austin’s character.
As members of Austin’s tech community, Austin Tech Alliance pledges that:
We will work with elected leaders on what they identify as the biggest challenges in their districts and the city as a whole by helping present tech-enabled solutions to those challenges.
We will push to get Austin’s tech community civically engaged and educated on issues that are important to Austin.
We will work to keep Austin a tech-forward city that attracts the most innovative people in the world.
We will promote efforts to ensure Austin’s tech community is diverse and representative of the greater Austin community.
Elected officials and candidates are asked whether they support the following:
Austin is a city of the future that embraces tech-based solutions to our challenges. Austin is a place to try new things and think outside of the box.
Austin’s tech sector is a vital part of our community’s economy, culture, and success.
Everyone in Austin should benefit from the job creation and educational opportunities brought by the tech sector.
It is important that the Austin tech community provides input to elected officials on relevant issues.
Many tech employees in Texas are young, recently relocated, and not properly registered to vote. In addition, many in the tech sector are not fully informed about items that will appear before them on Election Day, particularly as it relates local- or state-specific issues. This combination contributes to Texas consistently ranking at or near the bottom in the nation in voter turnout.
Tech leaders have a unique opportunity to help address this challenge through TechVotes, a nonpartisan, Austin Tech Alliance initiative aimed at instilling a culture of civic engagement in Austin’s tech sector.
TechVotes is powered by volunteers from the tech community who are working to support the democratic process and increase participation in local, state, and national elections. We work with member companies to register their employees to vote; provide access to nonpartisan voting resources developed by TechVotes and other community partners; and make it as easy as possible for people employed in Austin’s tech sector to have their voice heard at the ballot box.