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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I purchase tickets?

Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite. As of early September, we're already nearly 70 percent of the way to our 500-person registration cap, so we recommend registering soon to confirm your spot. 

Will you offer any kind of financial assistance or grants?

We are no longer accepting applications for travel scholarships. If you applied before August 19 and have questions about your scholarship award or application, please reach out to us at contact@sustainabilitysummit.news.

Will you be accepting session proposals? If so, when and how can I submit?

The deadline to submit session pitches was Tuesday, July 12, and all speakers have now been selected and notified.  Here is the full Summit schedule. 

When will programming be announced?
What is the COVID-19 vaccine and masking policy?

Our COVID-19 policy aims to balance the health and well-being of our community with the logistical realities of hosting an in-person conference. Our goal is to be as transparent as possible with attendees about the COVID-related risks associated with attending our conference so each attendee can assess their personal risk tolerance in deciding whether to attend our Summit.

The policies below apply to all conference attendees and we may change these policies to become more stringent (but not less) before the Summit. We’ll make those policy changes primarily based on guidelines of Austin Public Health.

Vaccines and boosters:

  • You must be fully vaccinated to attend. Fully vaccinated means you’ve had the full doses of the vaccine you received (one dose for some vaccines, two doses for others). You do not need to be boosted.
  • That last dose must be administered at least 14 days in advance of your arrival at the conference.
  • Your vaccination status will be checked when you check in for the conference.  We will ask to see proof of vaccination (hard copy or photo) along with photo identification.

Masks:

  • We are strongly encouraging everyone to wear a mask during indoor sessions and other indoor moments where there is a significant crowd of people. Realistically, as we’ve seen played out at other conferences, how each of us feel about unmasking to speak in a session, or to have a conversation with others, will be based on personal comfort and risk level.
  • Ultimately, we plan to create an environment in which all attendees feel comfortable, safe and not judged for choosing to wear or not wear a mask at their discretion. We expect all attendees to take seriously the responsibility of keeping one another safe. 

Testing:

  • We strongly encourage all attendees to self-test at least 24 hours before the first day you plan to attend the conference. If you’re feeling unwell before attending the conference, email contact@sustainabilitysummit.news to receive a full refund.
  • We strongly encourage all attendees to test each morning before attending the conference. Please plan to bring your own tests. If you need a test, we will have a limited number on hand to give out for free.
     

Other information to help inform your decision to attend:

  • We are expecting at least 300 people total to attend the conference across all three days; our maximum number of attendees is 500 across all three days. 
  • We are expecting 200–300 attendees for the LION Awards dinner in a room with a capacity for 500 attendees. We plan to space tables as far apart as the room allows for.
  • Sessions will take place on the entire fifth floor of the hotel, and will largely be an indoor event. (Except for hotel staff, there will not be any other conferences or groups on our event floor). 
  • Each session room will have a capacity for 50–200 people, with our largest banquet room, which will be used for keynotes, with a capacity of 500.
  • Our opening reception will have a large outdoor space.
Does my Summit ticket include a seat at the LION Local Journalism Awards ceremony and dinner?

Entry to the awards ceremony is not included with a Summit ticket. LION Awards tickets cost an additional $35 and can be purchased as an "add-on" through the Summit registration page. The deadline to buy tickets is Friday, October 14. 

The Independent News Sustainability Summit is hosted by LION Publishers, News Revenue Hub and RevLab at The Texas Tribune. Thank you to Knight Foundation for being our presenting sponsor, and to The Lenfest Institute and Google News Initiative for supporting this conference.