Community Spotlight

UDS Systems :Global March for Elephants & Rhinos ATX

WHAT: Wild Night Out, Innovative Tech Saves Species Fundraiser

WHEN: Sunday, December 2, 2018, 6-10pm

WHERE: Vuka Gather Venue S, 411 W Monroe St Austin, Texas 78704

WHO: Global March ATX Presents TCU Rhino Project and Air Shepherd Program

WHY: Prevent EXTINCTION of Endangered Species

EVENT: Tickets:



PROGRAM: Expert Speakers, VIP Dinner, Exhibitors, Last Tusker Film Intro, Music, Art, Appetizers, Cocktails, Silent Auction, African Wilderness Safari Auction/Raffle, Door Prizes.

New to Austin’s Tech Industry, local wildlife advocates welcome Robert Hannaford, Co-Founder, Director of UDS System LLC and his Partners, Co-Founders, Otto Werdmuller and George Sayegh. Robert is also Technical Director of the award-winning, Air Shepherd, which employs innovative technology to protect elephants and rhinos in poaching hot spots across Africa.

“We use drones that can fly at night and find poachers before they kill. It works. It’s proven. The poaching STOPS.” Event Presenter, Robert Hannaford, of Air Shepherd Air Shepherd / Time Magazine Article “Rhino poaching has increased 9000% in South Africa alone. Across Africa, an elephant is poached every 14 minutes, a rhino every 7 hours. At this rate, both species will be extinct within 10 years.” Event Presenter, Director of the Institute for Environmental Studies at TCU, Dr. Mike Slattery, launched an initiative that would help change the lives of one specific animal: the rhinoceros. “Wrapping protection around the rhinos is first priority. This includes anti-poaching units, dog patrols, 24/7 human protection, dehorning the animals and building game reserves.” “There’s a lot of people around the world that are scrambling to try and figure out how to protect the species,” Slattery said. “They’re figuring out how to stop the poaching, how to reduce the demand and how to move this needle back towards a much more sustainable growth population of the species.” See: TCU’s Rhino Initiative

Learn how new research fueled the idea of harnessing IBM Cloud, the Internet of Things (loT) and predictive analytics technologies to combat the poaching of rhinos: Speaker, IBM Corporate Strategy, Markus van Kempen, will share how this new field strategy can make poaching predictable and therefore nearly impossible – effectively replacing guns with innovative technology.

Check out our Drone displays and learn more about DNA Analysis, Acoustic Traps, Thermal Imaging and other technology designed to stop criminal syndicates in their ongoing attempt to poach animals for the multi-billion dollar illegal wildlife trade. And join with the Austin Tech Community to support this vital work at Tech ATX Fund for Wildlife.

For Interviews and additional information, please contact: Robert Hannaford, Air Shepherd: 512-993-0814 / Dr. Mike Slattery, TCU Initiative: 817.257.7506 / Judy Brey, Global March ATX: 512-696-8656 /

Take the Austin American-Statesman’s 512tech Tech Survey!

Take the 512tech Tech Industry Survey

The Austin American-Statesman’s 512tech website is conducting its second annual survey of Austin’s tech workforce.  Interested in taking the five-minute survey? You have until July 31 to complete it.

You can take the survey by clicking on this link.

Austin’s 120,000+ tech industry workers are major influencers in Central Texas and around the globe, and they bring a vast array of backgrounds and skills. The 512tech survey aims to capture key information about these workers, such as gender, ethnicity, race, and earnings.

The survey should take less than five minutes to complete and is anonymous. The American-Statesman will use this to help develop stories, and will also present some of the data in aggregate on their website.



Community Spotlight: Modis Engineering

Organization Spotlight, Modis Engineering


ATC recently sent out a blogpost (which can be found HERE) asking how your company is benefiting the Central Texas area.

This week we chose Modis Engineering to feature in our Community Spotlight!

Modis Engineering is a premium recruiting brand under the Adecco Group, the world’s largest staffing and recruiting firm. Modis Engineering focuses on contract opportunities and direct placement openings in the Engineering and Technology industries and services only the best companies in our markets. The Austin Modis Engineering office serves the Central Texas area and is active in our community.

Modis Engineering takes giving back to the community very seriously and takes a lot of pride in it. The Austin team recently spent the day volunteering at the Central Texas Food Bank. They worked in the kitchen with the chefs by packaging, sealing, and labeling prepared meals for families in need. The team has also been previously involved with Operation Blue Santa and the Austin Habitat for Humanity.

As employment professionals, they also give back to our community by working with candidates in the job market to help them find rewarding opportunities and kick start their career. While participating in local job fairs and the SXSW Job Market, Modis Engineering performs interview prep, career coaching, job search advice, and provide resume writing help for job seekers.

Click HERE to learn more about Modis Engineering.

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