March 10th 2024 at The Belmont
presented by The Tech We Want
Join us for THE LIGHT HOUSE at The Belmont! This in-person event is a wayfinding point and beacon for those who want to connect about more than what the status quo has to offer to our communities during Austin's most exciting time of the year.Immerse yourself in a day filled with inspiring talks, interactive activations, and intimate screenings in our screening room. Connect with like-minded individuals who share a vision for a more responsible tech future that puts people first as we explore the implications of AI and responsible technology.

What is The Tech We Want?

We are striving for a better future, and that future is here in the company of those working towards it.While we are dedicated to making the world a better place, we also believe in enjoying that place together.We provide an environment that embodies a brighter tech future, filled with individuals who value pro-social technology and collective intelligence, but who also prioritize having fun.

MAIN STAGEThroughout the day (11AM - 6PM), we’ll hear from these exceptional leaders and members of their communities on the Main Stage.Get ready to be inspired and co-envision the tech that will shape our future!


March 10, 2024

11:00am | Doors Open11:30am - 12:00pm | Welcome and Opening
with Aniyia Williams and Jocelyn Macdougall
12:00pm-1:00pm | Oh Hey! Networking LunchMake a new friend! Join us for a free networking lunch with themed tables hosted by our speakers and community partners.1:00-1:30pm | Lightning Talks
Hear 5 minute talks from four different leaders as they drop knowledge about today’s tech issues!
1:30-2:00pm | PANEL: What role can Gen AI play in our future?Join a panel of leaders in conversation about Generative AI and how to create the infrastructure that mitigates risks and expands opportunities in the tech space.2:30-3:00pm | “A People’s History of Technology”Hear the leaders of this newly launched project share lessons about the intersection of tech, collective storytelling, and narrative change. Then add your story to the timeline!3:00-3:30pm | Collective Intelligence: A Group Sensemaking SessionTHE LIGHT HOUSE emcees, Aniyia Williams and Jocelyn Macdougall, will guide the crowd through a fun interactive exercise that demonstrates the power of people and our collective wisdom.3:30-4:00pm | Speed Networking SessionWe're cranking connection all the way up for a lightning fast round of linking up with others in the space and learning more about their work or passions.5:00-6:00pm | PANEL: Funding Responsible InnovationAre you a responsible innovator looking for funding? This panel will give you a peek into the mind of investors and grantmakers, what they care about right now, and the best ways to plug in!

9:00PM-LATE | LIGHTS OUT! Closing PartyJoin us for an electrifying night of fun at The Belmont as we close out our time in Austin this year! We’re gathered in person to catch a vibe - let’s get to know each other on another level beyond the networking and hardworking conference-going versions of ourselves.Connect with those who are actively working on making the world a better place, all while having fun.
You won’t want to miss performances by DJ Kick it, Karaoke, and chats with new and old friends.

Event kicks off at 9pm, daytime programming guests get express entry. More details here.

FESTIVAL GUIDE (PDF Download)We’ve put together a festival guide which includes a few of our recommendations for other events in town to look out for!

The Tech We Want

The Tech We Want empowers a new wave of leaders, companies, and technologies that are built on inclusivity, mutualism, sustainability, accountability, and responsible innovation.Learn more at

A People’s History of Tech

A People's History of Tech is building a more just and representative history of technology, so we can architect a more just, shared future.A People's History of Tech is a project supported by The Tech We Want and was incubated by the Omidyar Network’s Digital Luminary Fellows.Learn more at