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Takeaways from SXSW Interactive 2014

[accent]sxsw14It took a solid week to unwind from the non-stop action at this year’s SXSW Interactive Festival. With over 30,000 people in attendance, our team had the opportunity to network with some of the brightest minds in interactive and technology space, while trying to soak in everything the conference had to offer.

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The People We Saw

You never know who you’re going to meet just walking around the festival. (Pictured Left) Frank Nicolia had the honor of meeting his hometown Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. (Pictured Right) Four-time NBA Champion, Shaquille O’Neal, says hello to our team on his walk around the convention center.

SXSW Networking

The Chance to Shake Hands

In the recruitment field, so much of our job is done over the phone and electronically that we embrace the opportunity to meet candidates and clients face-to-face.  In the span of five days, we were able to shake hands and have conversations with members from Google, Apple, Zazzle, and (just to name a few). There’s simply no other event on the calendar to meet so many influential leaders of our community in such a short time frame.

Spreading Our Brand Around Town

SXSW is known for its mountains of free stuff, with giveaways ranging from stickers to t-shirts and everything in between. We were happy to say that our glasses were a huge hit with fellow attendees.

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The Networking Parties

Let’s just say that there is no down time at SXSW. The second the exhibit hall closes, the networking happy hours and parties start. Our favorite five for the week were:

  1. General AssemblyMidnight Garden Party (Vine credit to John Brennan)
  2. Digital Ocean – Droplet Like It’s Hot
  3. Chicago Techweek party at The Nook
  4. MRY Revs Up SXSW
  5. Austin Women In Tech Networking Event

Thanks to the groups above and everyone in Austin for being so generous and hospitable!

The City of Austin

What a great place to host such a fantastic event! The city does a great job of accommodating the mass amount of people who invade the area for the two week festival. Despite the mass amount of parties, the city stays clean, fresh and upbeat 24 hours a day. We enjoyed rides around town in petty cabs sponsored by Venmo, and Chevy cars sponsored by Chevrolet. There were food trucks open around the clock, restaurants and bars did their best to keep the waits down and there was ample security in the overcrowded areas. (We once again express our sincerest sympathy to all those affected by the unfortunate, tragic accident that occurred this year.)

We look forward to seeing you again next year Austin!

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