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Get in Tune in Austin for IDEA2021
Over the past few months, we have been keeping you informed about everything IDEA2021, including the excellent education program, the industry experts who will share their knowledge with you and the business partners you can connect with in our sold-out exhibit hall.

But we would be remiss if we didn't tell you a little bit more about our host city.

Austin, TX has long been recognized as the 'live music capital of the world'. But, in the last 20 years, Austin has also emerged as a burgeoning technology hub featuring great food and drink, spacious outdoor venues, amazing sounds and beautiful vistas.
Why You Will Be Batty About Austin
While there are many things to do in Austin, something you will truly not see anywhere else in the world takes place on the Congress Avenue Bridge.

There, you'll witness a staggering 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats fly into the sky from beneath the bridge nightly. It is absolutely something you have to experience while you're there.

And there's so much more. Tour the famous Austin City Limits, enjoy incredible outdoor music, treat your taste buds at a variety of renowned eateries, including Stubb's Bar-B-Q and so much more. Please take a virtual trip to the Visit Austin website now and watch this video to get your in-person itinerary planned now.
We think you'll agree that Austin is the ideal spot to 'get the band back together' for our first in-person Annual Conference in more than 2 years.
Local Leaders with Global Insights
We are honored to have our own "innovation leaders", the University of Texas at Austin and Austin Energy, serve as co-hosts for IDEA2021.

In fact, our first-ever District Energy/CHP Masterclass will be led by Juan Ontiveros, Associate Vice President of Utilities and Energy Management at UT Austin and former IDEA Board Chair. Space is extremely limited, if you are interested in attending this special event, register today.

While the IDEA Exhibit Hall is sold out, there are still sponsorship opportunities available. To reserve one or have your name added to the waiting list for exhibits, please contact Tanya Kozel, Director of Sales at +1-720-541-7913 or
Important Registration Deadline Announcement
To ensure we are able to follow proper safety protocols along with our desire to manage an efficient, safe, and productive conference - registration for IDEA2021 in-person attendance must be completed by Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021 in order to attend the IDEA Annual Conference in Austin, TX.

IDEA will not accept registrations for the in-person event after Sept. 14 and walk-in registration on-site will not be available. 

A reminder that all registrants – in-person and virtual – will have access to the recorded presentations in the virtual conference platform until Monday, December 27, 2021. Virtual Conference registration will remain open until Tuesday, November 30, 2021 for anyone who wants to view session recordings.
Don't Forget to Make Your Hotel Reservation
If you are registered already or are planning to, we encourage you to make your hotel and travel reservations as soon as possible.

IDEA has secured special room rates at The Fairmont Austin and the The Hilton Austin. Both are conveniently connected by walkway to the Convention Center, offer an abundance of hotel amenities and are located right in the middle of the city's ever-expanding downtown. Most important, both are great venues to connect with colleagues after-hours.
We hope to see you in Austin, September 27-29 for IDEA2021.