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Austin has long been known as a forward-thinking hot spot. Our pioneering outlook acts as a natural magnet for tech culture and companies. In recent years, more and more West Coast groups are looking to Austin for their next big tech-focused meeting or event.

Austin Knows Tech Meetings

And for good reason. Austin is home to the internationally known SXSW® Music, Film, and Interactive Conferences and Festivals, renowned for introducing innovative technologies during its 10-days in March. The Austin Convention Center hosts conferences such as DELL World, where visionary IT leaders cover emerging trends like cloud computing, network security, virtualization and more; and the NIWeek conference presented by National Instruments (pictured), at which the brightest minds in engineering and science come together for 220 interactive technical sessions, case study presentations and panel discussions.

"Austin naturally attracts people that are creative risk-takers and can think of out of the box. People who move here are either starting out in their careers, families or sinking their roots in an intelligent and progressive city," says Kwee Lan Teo Yam, Austin Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Talent Development & Acquisition.

Austin's lineup of major employers reads like a who's who list of tech world masterminds and groundbreakers. We're the full-time home to a rich mix of established industry leaders and startups, including Apple, Dell, IBM and Google as well as UT Austin - a top 100 public university with a Dell Medical School opening in 2016. Austin also claims Bazaarvoice, Facebook offices, Samsung and the Social Media Business Council headquarters.

The Austin CVB recently partnered with WayBlazer, an Austin-based company led by Terry Jones, founding CEO of Travelocity and Kayak. The state-of-the-art cognitive computing application will transform the travel industry by providing traveler insights that generate relevant, bookable content.

"The diverse cultural mix and willingness to explore new things and ideas helps lend a hand to companies looking to expand and grow," Teo Yam adds.

Expansions and relocations are on the rise, with companies like Dropbox, Atlassian and Websense setting up camp in Austin, bringing even more jobs and buzz to town. We welcome entrepreneurs with open arms and host hundreds of growing and active tech Meetup groups. You can also find a TechShop here in Austin-Round Rock and approximately 11 investor groups calling Austin home, with Austin Ventures being one of the most active and established.

Check out for more reasons why Austin is the it place for high-tech meetings and conventions.

Past and Upcoming Austin Tech Meetings

2015 HITEC (Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition & Conference)
Attendance: 5,500

2015 Sales Conference and NI (National Instruments) Week
Attendance: 3,000

Dell World 2015
Attendance: 8,000

Super Computing Conference
Attendance: 11,100

Association for Computing Machinery 2016 International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE)
Attendance: 600

Dell World 2016
Attendance: 8,000

Tableau Software 2016 N.A. Customer Conference
Attendance: 10,000