IOTA expands into Silicon Hills by joining Austin Technology Council


The Austin Technology Council (ATC) welcomes the IOTA Foundation as a new member.
As Mat Yargar revealed, the IOTA Foundation is looking to expand its presence in Austin’s Silicon Hills.

The IOTA Foundation continues to expand its presence in the United States. As announced yesterday, the Austin Technology Council (ATC), a non-profit organization founded back in 1994, is adding the IOTA Foundation to its council. In its announcement via LinkedIn, the ATC wrote:

IOTA Foundation’s IOTA Tangle moves beyond blockchain by providing the world’s first scalable, feeless and fully-decentralized distributed ledger technology. We exuberantly welcome them to the ATC community!

IOTA expands into Silicon Hills

Austin’s Silicon Hills is one of the largest tech hubs in the U.S. and has a reputation similar to Silicon Valley. The ATC describes itself as “the voice of Central Texas’ diverse and thriving tech industries.”

According to the Austin Technology Council, Austin tech companies contribute $21.5 billion annually to the regional economy and support more than one-third of local jobs. The ATC includes 280 companies, 1,600 executives and more than 60,000 employees.

“By convening Austin’s top technology executives, ATC is leading the effort to meet the future needs of the industry through increased access to technical talent, increased access to later-stage capital, the support of a thriving technology ecosystem, and connectivity across the industry and with key stakeholders in Texas and around the world,” according to ATC.

In a post on the IOTA Foundation’s admission to the ATC, the nonprofit praises the IOTA Tangle, which offers “unique technology” to solve three fundamental problems of blockchain technology: high fees, scaling and centralization. Furthermore, the ATC states:

It is an open-source protocol connecting the human economy with the machine economy by facilitating novel Machine-to-Machine (M2M) interactions, including secure data transfer, fee-less micropayments, and secure access control for devices.

The head of mobility and automotive at IOTA Foundation, Mat Yargar, commented on the new partnership via Reddit as follows:

You caught me, lol thanks. We haven’t pushed it out yet, but I can confirm that we have joined in with the leading community organizations here in Austin, like ATC, in an effort to increase our presence and extend what we’re currently working locally.

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