Last year’s conference was a huge success, although entirely virtual. In-person deep learning has its benefits, but the ability to engage remotely was a big benefit for attendees who live and work far away.

This year, for 2021, we’re moving to a hybrid in-person and virtual conference to get the best of both worlds, and we couldn’t be more excited, in particular due to the new location. For those who can make it to the conference in person, the Concordia campus will be a real breath of fresh air and well worth the trip.

The campus, originally Schlumberger’s Austin Technology Systems Center, is located on a 389-acre tract in Northwest Austin, most of which is dedicated wildlife nature preserve with lots of trails, flora and fauna.

According to the Concordia website,

“…the campus is a living classroom for the study of responsible urban environmentalism and offers a unique opportunity to investigate and manage endangered species, native plants, hydrology, forestry, geology and archeology in a spectacular setting crafted by God’s divine hand. The Concordia Preserve is part of the regional Balcones Canyonlands Preserve (BCP) created in 1996 to protect eight federally listed endangered species, including two songbirds (Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo, both found on the Concordia preserve) and six invertebrates.”

There will be plenty of opportunities for morning nature walks and self-guided hikes for the adventurous. It’s a great environment for deep learning and enjoying time with other CA 2E / CA Plex professionals, and we are really looking forward to it.

Learn more about the Concordia Campus nature preserve on their website.

To learn more about the many additional things one can do in the Austin, Texas area, take a look at our recent blog post on the topic.