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Keep The CU Water Cooler Symposium Weird

Tim McAlpineComment

The CU Water Cooler Symposium is headed to Austin, Texas on September 11 and 12 for our 5th annual event. Austin's unofficial slogan is "Keep Austin Weird" and the offbeat vibe and setting could not be more fitting for the Symposium.

The CU Water Cooler Symposium is weird because it doesn't fit into a nice, tight definition of what a credit union conference is. It's weird because the broad range of topics and speakers aren't all about marketing or all about technology or all about training or all about cooperative philosophy or all about whatever box most events feel they need to fit into. It's weird because it's independent, unsensored and raw.

And you know what's really weird? It's not held in a hotel meeting room or a conference center. 

We've all been to too many conferences in beige hotel conference rooms, sitting on uncomfortable stacking chairs, looking at crappy little screens, listening to awful sound and eating rubber chicken. We feel strongly that where we hold the annual CU Water Cooler Symposium is as important as who's on the agenda—that's why we're super excited to be hosting this year's event at the legendary Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. It's a single-screen movie theater called The Ritz.

The Ritz was built in 1929 and has a long and storied past. It started as a western movie house and, over the years, the Ritz morphed into a punk rock venue featuring the likes of the Dead Kennedys and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Since 2007, it's been home to the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. The Alamo Drafthouse has been hailed as "the best theater ever" by Time Magazine, and "the coolest movie theater in the world" by Wired Magazine.

The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will be the perfect venue for talking about tech, trends and credit unions!

The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will be the perfect venue for talking about tech, trends and credit unions!

And, finally, the CU Water Cooler Symposium is weird because it's extremely affordable. Credit union employees can grab a Super Earlybird ticket for just $229.

I hope you can make it. We'll be filling out our agenda over the coming months. The line-up will include some of our editors plus a number of special guests. I guarantee you'll like what you see. Head over to the Symposium page, learn more about the event and grab your tickets. We're sure to sell out once again.


Tim McAlpine lives in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada. He is the President and Creative Director of Currency Marketing, an integrated marketing agency specializing in helping credit unions attract the next generation of members. Tim is best known as the creator of Young & Free and co-founder of the CU Water Cooler.