Three years ago, Austin was the site of HostingCon 2010, and this year, for the ninth edition of HostingCon, Austin will once again be playing the role of host. An estimated 1,900 professionals from the hosting services industry will be making their way to Austin for three days this June for HostingCon 2013, and for good reason. Not only is the convention a great way to network with and learn from like-minded professionals in the hosting services industry, but the city itself is a hub for technology and culture unlike any other.
Location, location, location
There couldn’t be a better site for an event as large and technologically geared as HostingCon 2013 than the Austin Convention Center. With its downtown location, the Austin Convention Center is within walking distance of a large number of hotels as well as only fifteen minutes from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, making transportation a breeze.
The Austin Convention Center is also more than capable of handling the obviously immense technological needs of attendees. The center offers complimentary wireless, but even more impressive is the center’s communication infrastructure, which is capable of moving voice, video, and data at one billion bits per second, allowing attendees to access the internet at lightning speeds.
The downtown location of the convention center also makes it easy to explore all of the great culture that Austin has to offer. With the official nickname of “The Live Music Capital of the World,” Austin has almost 200 live music venues, which means you can catch a show any night you’re there. Many of these venues are in the famed Sixth Street, Warehouse, and Red River districts, which are all only a few blocks away from the Austin Convention Center. The restaurants and bars in those districts, as well as the official HostingCon networking events during the conference itself, are also good places to network with HostingCon attendees after the day’s events.
One of America’s “Techiest” Cities
Nicknamed “Silicon Hills” due to the growing number of technology companies that are now calling the city home, Austin is one of the top technology hubs in the country. Dell, Google, and Facebook are among the more than 3,800 technology companies located in Austin, and the city’s annual South By Southwest/SXSW interactive festival has been the launch site for huge interactive products such as Twitter and Foursquare. These factors are among the many that caused Travel + Leisure to rank Austin in the top three on their recent list of “America’s Techiest Cities,” making it the perfect place for one of America’s “techiest” conferences and trade shows. With all this technological background, it’s no wonder why more than 150 exhibitors in the web services and hosting industries will be flocking to Austin this June.
Austin is going to play a key factor in making the 2013 edition of HostingCon the best yet, and you’re not going to want to miss out. If you haven’t already, be sure to register as soon as possible to take advantage of the early bird registration specials.