AFROTECH Conference 2022 is coming to the Austin Convention Center and Hilton Austin this November. It will be the first time the event has taken place outside of the state of California.

Founded in 2016 by Blavity Inc., AFROTECH Conference is the largest multicultural tech gathering in the United States. It convenes engineers, venture capitalists, recruiters, technologists, and culture enthusiasts from all over the world for thought leadership, networking, and community building.
In past years, more than 10,000 programmers, engineers, and entrepreneurs have attended the conference, which features on-site interviews with representatives from companies such as Amazon, Qualcomm, and Bank of America.

The 2022 event will be Blavity’s first in-person event since 2019. Organizers chose Austin in part because it is a “thriving national tech hub and home to tech mammoths such as Dell, Samsung, Google, Oracle, Tesla, Apple, NXP, IBM, Amazon, and Facebook,” says Rodney Gonzales, who oversees economic opportunity and affordability as Austin’s assistant city manager.

Planners looking for a destination with an array of venue types, all catering to small-scaled meetings, and fun after-hours entertainment need look no further than McKinney, located just 30 miles north of Dallas. Whether historic, nature-based, modern, or situated in a Croatian village, McKinney’s venues are designed to meet your needs and exceed your expectations.


Engage with peers and leaders in Plano, Texas, during this learning and networking event.

The Texas Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus has announced the location of its 2023 Winter Conference. Attendees will gather in Plano, Texas, from January 17-20, 2023. The yearly event gives destination marketing organization staff and leadership the opportunity to learn from expert presenters, meet industry mentors, and find camaraderie in an atmosphere of learning and innovation.


Event hosts can choose whether the view rotates or stays put.

The iconic Reunion Tower in downtown Dallas will soon welcome a new restaurant, Crown Block steakhouse. Reunion Tower restaurants have been renown over the years for their slowly rotating view of the city. However, owners and husband-wife business partners Kim Canteenwalla and Elizabeth Blau have chosen to keep the dining area stationary. The previous restaurant, Wolfgang Puck’s Five Sixty, spun 360 degrees, but it closed in 2020 during the pandemic.