ANNOUNCEMENT: Global Austin features scifi writer Yasser Bahjatt

  • 08 Dec 2016
  • 09 Dec 2016
  • 3 sessions
  • 08 Dec 2016, 11:30 AM 1:30 PM
  • 08 Dec 2016, 7:00 PM 8:00 PM
  • 09 Dec 2016, 10:00 AM 12:00 PM
  • The University of Texas Club - Malvern Books - Capital Factory

CTXWFS will not host a meeting in December, but we have been asked to announce three promising events for Global Austin! We wish all our members a peaceful holiday season and look forward to coming back stronger in the new year!

Reimagining possibility: one man’s crusade to bring scifi and inspire scientific and technological innovation in the Arab World

Global Austin is delighted to welcome Yasser Bahjatt to Austin on December 8 and 9.  He will explore the social and creative role of science fiction in the Arab World and its potential to transform at three events.

Legend of the Imaginary:  Science Fiction as the Starting Point for Reality”

            Thursday, December 8, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – The University of Texas Club,

             2108 Robert Dedman Drive – REGISTRATION REQUESTED - This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served.  Parking is available at the Manor Garage, across the street from the UT Club, $3 per hour.  For additional information and to register, go to –

Book Reading from Yasser Bahjatt's  2015  Sci-Fi novel Yaqteenya:  The Old World

Thursday, December 8, 7 – 9 p.m. – Malvern Books,  613 W. 29th Street

Registration requested but not required -This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.  Parking is available in the Malvern Books parking lot or in Breed’s parking lot after 7 p.m.  For additional information and to register, go to

                     A Conversation with Entrepreneurs/Innovators

Friday, December 9, 10 a.m. – noon – Capital Factory, 701 Brazos Street, Suite 1600

Registration is requested but not required – The event is free and open to the public. Coffee and pastries will be served.  For additional information and to register, go to

Yasser Bahjatt is a US-born author, translator, software developer, entrepreneur, and co-founder of Yatakhayaloon: The League of Arabic SciFiers as well as the co-founder of ARIA (Autonomous Roadless Intelligent Array) Logistics. He holds a BA in Computer Engineering, completed Cambridge University’s MOSAIC leadership and management program in the United Kingdom, and was the first Saudi graduate of Singularity University (SU) in Silicon Valley, CA, where he founded Matternet, a project which aims to alleviate poverty and accelerate growth through roadless transportation networks. Bahjatt manages business development at Quad Dimensions Tech, owns and manages E2T (the leading eSports company of Saudi Arabia) and data networking provider Intelligent Networks’ Components (INC, Saudi Arabia’s first local internet gaming service), and promotes innovations in eSports by serving as president of the Electronic Sports International Federation (eSIF). Bahjatt was the first to translate TED talks into Arabic; he translates for TED conferences worldwide. He is the author of Yaqteena: The Old World (2015), the first installment and English translation of his SciFi novel series, which explore an alternate historical timeline in which major historical events left Islamic society untouched. Bahjatt co-authored and translated the Saudi Arabia best-selling novel HWJN.

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