Houston Techfest is a one-day technical event focused on various aspects of professional software development. It is held annually and is organized by various software development groups and volunteers in the Houston area. Venkat Subramaniam, faculty at our department and an award winning author of books in the field of software development will be keynoting at this years event on October 9th. The title of his keynote is "Pointy-haired bosses and pragmatic programmers." For details visit http://www.houstontechfest.com.