National Instruments is hosting NIWeek 2015 August 3-6 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. This hot spot for creativity embraces its community of musicians, artists, entrepreneurs, and progressive thinkers, so we invite you to take in as much as you can.
In the state capital of Texas, we pride ourselves on being far from ordinary. In fact, we celebrate being “weird.” We’re known for being the Live Music Capital of the World, a title that we take pretty seriously with nearly 200 live music venues. As the gateway to the Texas Hill Country, rolling hills and sparkling waterways abound in Austin. Each night during the summer, people gather to watch over 1 million bats take flight from underneath the Congress Avenue Bridge. Some of the country’s best Tex-Mex and barbecue restaurants can be found here. All this just scratches the surface of what makes Austin like no place else.
The Austin Convention Center is located at 500 E. Cesar Chavez in downtown Austin, Texas. The most convenient entrances to use are located at 4th Street and Trinity or 4th Street and Neches.
When we secure sleeping rooms at hotels for our conferences (commonly referred to as room blocks), we research the properties to make certain that our attendees will be adequately accommodated. The room block is established to ensure that rooms meet our standards and are offered at a discounted price.
We have been informed that registrants are often contacted by fax, e-mail or most often by phone with offers for housing. The intent is to convince you that the offer is made on our behalf, or that the soliciting company is a viable alternative to going through our service provider. This is not true. The Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau through the office of Convention Services is the only official NIWeek housing bureau. All other entities do not have permission to represent National Instruments or the hotels we have contracted with to support our conference.
Room poaching is a practice carried out by third-party companies that act as travel agencies, wholesalers or destination management companies to solicit registrants for room reservations.
The poacher might inform registrants that the hotel room block is “sold out,” and that if you do not book with them immediately, you may not get a room. Additional deceptive tactics include distributing forms or promotional materials that appear to be issued by us.
SuperShuttle of Austin: www.SuperShuttle.com/800 BLUE VAN (258-3826)
Transportation between Austin Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) and the downtown hotels or the Austin Convention Center is available on SuperShuttle for just $18.88 per person one way or $33.04 roundtrip for online reservations, the best pricing can be found online (+$2 for telephone reservation). Depending on the price of fuel, there may be a fuel surcharge added ($1.00 per person at the time this was posted). No reservation is needed. Follow signs from the baggage claim area to the SuperShuttle ticket counter just past baggage carousel 1. You can make your reservation at the airport—service is available 24 hours a day—and you can pay with cash or a credit card. Or, for the best pricing, make your prepaid roundtrip reservation by visiting http://groups.supershuttle.com/niweek2015nisalesconference.html and entering code VKE4K to receive the 10 percent NI discount.
The Austin Convention Center has two parking garages:
2nd Street Garage: 201 East 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701. Entrances on Brazos and San Jacinto streets.
5th Street Garage: 601 East 5th Street, Austin, TX 78701. Entrance on 5th Street, between Red River and Sabine streets.
The Convention Center parking garages accept cash, local checks, and the following credit cards: MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Diners Club, and Discover.
Overnight parking is not available.
2–7 hours $7.00
7–9 hours $9.00
9–12 hours $13.00