Get Ready for WE17: What to Know Before You Go!

Here are some important links to help you get ready for WE17, navigate the Austin Convention Center and connect with other attendees.
Download the WE17 App

We can't wait for you to join us at WE17, October 26-28, in Austin, TX!

Get the WE17 App

Download the WE17 App on your mobile device through iTunes or Google Play. Navigate the Austin Convention Center and connect with other attendees.

Plan Your Conference Experience

Go to the WE17 Online Conference Planner to create a schedule and make the most of your time.

WE17 Text Alerts

Sign up for WE17 text alerts by texting "SWE WE Conference" to 56512.

Tell us how you’re Always Connecting…Always Engineering at WE17

Use hashtags #WE17 and #AlwaysEngineering on social media. Tag @SWETalk on Twitter and Instagram, and @sweorg on Facebook!

WE17 Social Media Tips


  • Use hashtag #WE17 in all your social media posts!
  • Make sure your content is appropriate for sharing.
  • Check in on Facebook and Geotag yourself throughout the conference.
  • Use Instagram selfie frames. You can find them at the Social Media Lounge and Spark Center.
  • Take as many #SWEselfies as possible. We will be retweeting and featuring them.


  • Use hashtag #SWE17.
  • Misrepresent SWE's mission on social media.

Flying to Austin

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (512-530-2242) is located approximately eight miles southeast of downtown. The one way Capital Metro Airport Flyer runs to downtown approximately every 40 minutes. To get from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to your destination: You can rent a car, take a taxi or limo or ride a bus. Rental car service desks are located in the baggage claim area. All major rental car companies are represented in Austin. Taxis are available outside the baggage claim area. Super Shuttle also has a service desk located in the baggage claim area. Service begins from the lower level outside the baggage claim service.

Taking a Bus

The Greyhound Bus Station (512-458-4463; 916 E Koenig Lane) is located on the north side of town off I-35. To travel downtown, take Metro Bus #7 (Duval). Convenient schedules provide easy access to connecting buses to travel within Austin as well as to other cities in Texas.

The Mega Bus is another great way to travel from surrounding cities such as San Antonio, Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth. Express buses run regularly, 7 days a week. Low-cost fares, comfortable ride, free Wi-Fi and panoramic windows makes this a great option for connecting to major cities across Texas.

Riding a Train

Amtrak Rail offers the Texas Eagle, traveling daily between Chicago and San Antonio, with stops in Austin and Dallas and other major cities.

International Documents

A valid passport is required for travel into the United States from Mexico, Canada and other international destinations.


You must complete customs and immigration formalities at the first point of arrival in the U.S., whether or not it's your final destination.

Visa Waiver Program

Travelers coming to the United States for tourism or business for 90 days or less from qualified countries may be eligible to visit the United States without a visa if they meet the visa waiver program requirements. Thirty-six countries currently participate in the Visa Waiver Program. Visit the Department of State for more information.

Ride-Sharing Services

Uber and Lyft ride-sharing services will be available during WE17. Free mobile apps are available for both services in the iOS App Store and Android Apps on Google Play.


This year, we are expecting record-breaking attendance at the Austin Convention Center, so there will be longer lines than usual at registration, hotel check-in and various events throughout the week. Please be prepared and patient. We also encourage attendees to become familiar with safety and emergency procedures at the Austin Convention Center. WE17 is only a week away and we are looking forward to seeing you there!