We are excited to host this year’s conference at the Commons Learning Center. The center has a variety of modern, well-equipped classrooms that will provide excellent spaces for learning. It also has a large central space that will be perfect for meals, vendor exhibitions, and hallway-track discussions.


The Commons Learning Center is located near The Domain, a shopping center in North Austin. The address is:

The J. Neils Thompson Commons Building (TCB), #137
10100 Burnet Road
Austin, TX 78758

* Please note that Google has a different address for the center, but rest assured that it is the same location.


The Commons Learning Center has many useful amenities and features:

  • On-site cafe (Thursday and Friday only)
  • On-site staff
  • Mother’s room
  • Unisex & accessible bathrooms
  • Ample on-site parking (paid for by the conference), including accessible parking spaces
  • ATM
  • Wifi for all attendees


While some nearby hotels are walking distance, and some offer shuttle service, you may need to drive to the venue. The image below shows the best parking lots for accessing the Commons Learning Center.

You will need to print a parking permit before arriving, which we will provide via email shortly before the conference.


There is no official hotel for conference attendees. Please see a list of nearby hotels, including ones with shuttle service to the conference center, at the Commons Learning Center website.

Rideshare + Transit

If you’re flying in, a rideshare trip from the airport to the venue costs about $30, from your choice of Ride Austin, Lyft, or Uber, with Lyft’s shared ride option (Line) available to and from the airport for about 20% less.

The Commons Learning Center has its own CapMetro bus stop, served by MetroRapid route 803. The next stop to the north on the same route is in the northeast part of The Domain. To get to the venue from the airport:

  1. Download the Transit app (Android || iOS) to get real-time route info, and the CapMetro app (Android || iOS) to buy/use your e-ticket.
  2. Buy a $2.50 Local Day Pass. Day passes last 24 hours from activation, which you do post-purchase. CapMetro’s $1.25 single-trip tickets don’t allow transfers.
  3. Walk out of the airport at the Arrivals (lower) level and look for the guitar-shaped bus shelter on the right side of the island; you’ll need to cross one traffic lane to get there.
  4. Activate your day pass, then get on route 100, showing your pass to the bus driver as you enter.
  5. Get off at the 4th and Congress stop.
  6. Cross Congress, then keep walking west ’til you’re at the corner of Guadalupe and 4th. Turn left without crossing, then walk down to the red Republic Square MetroRapid stop.
  7. Take Route 803 to the UT Research Campus stop, which is a couple minutes after the Crossroads stop.The venue be in front of you to the right as you exit the bus.

The reverse route is similar, though the southbound Republic Square station for the 803 is at 4th and Guadalupe, a block further west, and you’ll pick up the 100 at Congress and 3rd, a block further south.

CapMetro is fixing the “you have to walk three blocks to connect between the airport bus and the rest of the system” issue in June of this year. Unfortunately that’s a little late for our conference.