Austin is a metropolitan region of 1.7 million persons that thrives on a balance of technology, business services, education and government. Austin has a highly trained workforce, well-recognized quality of life, moderate
cost environment, and vast experience in manufacturing and research and development. The state capital and home to The University of Texas, Austin supports a politically charged and culturally rich environment. It's hip,
trendy, high-tech, and known as the live music capital of the world. A large creative population-primarily musicians and artists-enhance the city's eclectic nature.
Events & Entertainment
As the live music capital of the world, there are several great websites dedicated to tracking the best of what is happening in Austin.
- High-Tech Mecca. Austin is one of the fastest growing centers of computer development in the country. Companies such as AMD, Dell, IBM, National Instruments, Freescale, Tandem, and Texas Instruments have
been in Austin for years, and companies such as Samsung Semiconductor have expanded to Austin. Austin is home to more than 350 software companies.
- Academic Reputation. From Nobel laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners to National Merit Scholars and gold medal Olympians, faculty and students at The University of Texas at Austin excel in their fields.
The university consistently ranks first or second in the country in the number of National Merit Scholars enrolled. Seven doctoral programs ranked in the top 10 in the nation and 22 departments ranked in the top 25.
The university is the national leader in the number of master's and doctor's degrees awarded. The university ranks among the top 15 public national universities in the United States, and is the 15th-best
university worldwide. In addition, the university is a major site of high-tech research helping to drive the Texas economy by developing, licensing and marketing innovative technologies, and by providing an
ample supply of new software developers and hardware engineers into the marketplace.
- Wireless. Austin is driving the build-out of a wireless future where voice, data and digital media converge on open wireless and computing platforms. Austin's semiconductor, software and wireless
knowledge combined with the city's digital media, music and motion picture industries offers a unique location to take advantage of the wireless revolution.
- Plentiful Entertainment Options. Live music plays at more than 100 venues on any given evening with the largest concentration of music venues found downtown in the Warehouse District and along Sixth
Street; Austin is one of only a few U.S. cities with professional ballet, symphony, opera and theater companies. Austin is home to 20 museums, dozens of art galleries, and as many as 35 theater companies.
- Great Weather. The climate is temperate, with 300 days of sunshine annually. Average temperatures range from 42 to 62 degrees in winter and 75 to 95 degrees in the summer.
- Convenient International Airport. J.D. Power and Associates ranks Austin-Bergstrom International among the "Top 5" airports in the world in terms of overall satisfaction taking into consideration:
baggage claim, terminal facilities, food and beverage, security, getting to and leaving the airport. Only 7.5 miles from downtown Austin.
- Health-Focused. Austin lives for the outdoors as a city nationally known for running, biking and hiking. Austin ranks eighth of "America's Cleanest Cities." Austin is the 10th healthiest city among
the country's 50 largest cities.
Austin has hosted or is on schedule to host the following IEEE conferences:
- 1998 IEEE Computer Society International Conference on Innovation
- 1999 IEEE Computer Society International Conference on Distributed Computing
- 2004 IEEE Computer Society Visualization
- 2005 IEEE International Test Conference
- 2007 IEEE International Engineering Management Conference
- 2007 IEEE Cluster Conference
- 2008 SC08 Conference (co-hosted by IEEE Computer Society & ACM)
- 2009 IEEE EMC International Symposium