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Friday 9th March 2012

  • Tech Career Expo

    Land a new (or better) job at SXSW. Chat with over 30 hot companies, from startups to established firms. Openings include development, design, engineering, management, marketing and sales.

    At 11:00am to 5:00pm, Friday 9th March

    In Austin Music Hall

    Coverage link

  • Raise Your Profile Using SXSW

    by Theda Sandiford, Brian Zisk, Hugh Forrest and Evan Cohen

    It takes a lot of money and effort to get to SXSW. Now that you've made it to Austin for the big event, what are the tips, tricks, and best practices you can use to effectively raise your profile?

    At 2:00pm to 3:00pm, Friday 9th March

    In Room 12AB, Austin Convention Center

    Coverage audio clip

  • Enhanced Interrogation: The Modern-Day Interview

    by Beth Davidz and Jayna Wallace

    You've updated LinkedIn. Created your about.me profile. Nailed your elevator pitch. Congratulations! You finally landed that elusive interview. Now what? Demand for talent in the tech industry is supposedly at an all-time high, but actually getting the job isn't as simple as it used to be. Running the interview gauntlet can range from technical questions to absurd mind games. These days it's no surprise to go through multiple phone screenings and Skype video conferences before you ever get to the onsite interview. What are they looking for? What will they ask? Find out how to survive the interview minefield.

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Friday 9th March

    In Citadel, Driskill Hotel

  • The Accidental Creative

    by Todd Henry

    For creatives in today's workplace, it sometimes feels like the mandate is "make it brilliant, or start working on your resume." At the same time, creativity often seems like some mystical, elusive force that sits somewhere between prayer and the US Tax Code on the ambiguity scale - either the creative juices are flowing, or they're not. How can creatives be held responsible for something that often seems beyond their control?

    The good news is that by making small changes in a just few key areas of your life, it's possible to increase your chances of having brilliant ideas when you need them most. By addressing the dynamics of workplace creating, the assassins of creativity, and five key practices for creatives, this session will set you up to be prolific, brilliant and healthy in life and work.

    At 4:00pm to 4:20pm, Friday 9th March

    In Ballroom G, Austin Convention Center

    Coverage audio clip

  • Bootstrapping Meet Up

    by Bijoy Goswami

    Get together with other bootstrap experts for an hour of brainstorming, idea-buidling, networking, friend-making and career-enhancement. Or, attend this Meet Up to learn more about this segment of the industry -- or if you are looking to hire a bootstrap expert for your company.

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Friday 9th March

    In Room 415A, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • Small Business Career Thinking in a Large Company

    by Russell Sinclair and Ryan McMinn

    Applying lessons learned from running a small consulting company to working in a large corporation. We don't all work for small, sexy startups. The majority of us work for large, sometimes soulless corporations that operate on a totally different set of politics and goals. In this session, Russell Sinclair and Ryan McMinn will talk about their experience running a software consulting company and how we have applied that experience to working in a large corporation. Come learn tips, tricks and lessons on how to make your job easier and more fun while still climbing your way up the corporate ladder.

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Friday 9th March

    In Rio Grande Ballroom, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center

  • The Future of Work: Serial Monogamy

    by Dan Finnigan

    There's nothing like the thrill of a new relationship, and a rising generation of star talent likes the rush a new job brings. In today’s workplace everyone is an entrepreneur and employee/employer relationships are switching from everlasting to in-the-moment.

    Employees are hyper connected and always positioning themselves for a potential next big move. But instead of looking back at what once was, they’re embracing this new honest style of employee. Hiring managers have begun to develop new strategies for harnessing that energy for the short term, and crafting recruiting tactics to constantly be in touch with a large pool of talented individuals to easily replenish their ranks or grow. They want to get their hands on the talent while it is up for grabs, and are not married to the idea that it needs to last forever.

    Dan Finnigan, CEO of Jobvite, will present industry statistics which reveal how serial monogamist employees can actually fuel a company’s growth and innovation.

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Friday 9th March

    In Brazos, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center

    Coverage audio clip

Saturday 10th March 2012

  • ePublishing Meet Up

    by Jesse Sublett

    Get together with other ePublishing experts for an hour of brainstorming, idea-building, networking, friend-making and career-enhancement, and learn more about this segment of the industry. As of May 19, 2011, eBooks were outselling print books on Amazon. Apple released iBooks Author January 19, 2012 and 600,000 downloaded the app in the first five days. Share info, concerns and marketing ideas about using Apple iBooks Author to create enhanced iBooks for the iPad; or Kindle, Nook, Smashwords and other ePub programs.

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Big Bend, Hyatt Regency Austin

  • Mentor Session: Charles Yim

    by Charles Yim

    A new addition to SXSW Interactive 2012, Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related council from a more established / more experienced new media professional. Please visit http://sxsw.com/mentors for more information on Mentor Sessions or visit this URL to sign up for this Mentor Session - http://mentor.sxsw.com/events/157

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Lantana B, Holiday Inn Town Lake

  • The Start-Up of YOU: 21st Century Career Strategy

    by Ben Casnocha and Reid Hoffman

    Renowned entrepreneur and investor Reid Hoffman and entrepreneur/author Ben Casnocha present a new blueprint for managing your career. You will learn the best practices of some of the most successful start-ups on the planet (like PayPal and LinkedIn), and how these strategies can be applied to your career -- no matter your industry or job function. You will learn how to launch career plans amid uncertainty; how to change jobs based on what you learn; how to generate breakout opportunities; how to take intelligent risks; how to develop real relationships and build an effective professional network. Most of all, you will learn how to *think* like an entrepreneur when steering the start-up that is your career. Newark mayor Cory Booker called The Start-Up of You "profound." Jack Dorsey said it "distills the key techniques needed to succeed." Come find out how to be the entrepreneur of your own life, and take control of your professional future.

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Exhibit Hall 5, Austin Convention Center

    Coverage sketch note

  • Eat Shit Sleep: Enlightenment Through Unemployment

    by Jordan Burchette

    After being sold a boom-era bill of goods that promised purpose through 9-to-9 editorial employment, my years of responsible labor gradually gave way to workahol abuse and, finally, workaholism. By the time I realized I had a problem, I was being laid off amid the sparsest job market in four generations. My resultant disillusionment touched off a wholly unspiritual journey that took me across China, Australia and Southeast Asia but, most importantly, my couch. It was there where I regained my sense of self, my sense of meaning and my sense of smell. (Unemployment isn’t so conducive to routine hygiene.) I had became a consumer again, making me a daywalker between those who produce content and those who read it. Being a shiftless non-contributor had realigned my perception.

    This is the triumphant story of one man’s search for enlightenment through unemployment that will culminate with this presentation.

    At 12:00pm to 12:15pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Texas Ballroom 4-7, Hyatt Regency Austin

  • Tech Career Expo

    Land a new (or better) job at SXSW. Chat with over 60 hot companies, from startups to established firms. Openings include development, design, engineering, management, marketing and sales. http://TechCareerExpo.com/

    At 12:00pm to 7:30pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Austin Music Hall

  • Accessibility Meet Up

    by Sharron Rush

    Get together with other accessibility professionals for an hour of brainstorming, idea-buidling, networking, friend-making and career-enhancement. Or, attend this Meet Up to learn more about this segment of the industry -- or if you are looking to hire an accessibility expert for your company

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Room 615AB, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • Freelancer F*ck Ups: Don't Make My Mistakes!

    by Matthew Schiffman

    Working as a freelancer is stressful. It can be unreliable, unpredictable…and downright unnerving. Your taxes are higher, your paychecks are sporadic, and your health insurance will double. So why would you dare walk down this career path? In spite of its blemishes, freelancing gives you a great amount of latitude in defining your career trajectory, along with the satisfaction of being held accountable primarily to yourself. Benefits of freelancing include more family time, flexible work hours, no bosses breathing down your neck and the option to work in your skivvies. This session will teach you how to take advantage of the burgeoning freelance-working trend and navigate around the pitfalls you’re most likely to encounter. Journey with me on a freelancer's path, where I'll share my most dreadful mistakes so you can avoid making them.

    At 12:30pm to 12:45pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Texas Ballroom 4-7, Hyatt Regency Austin

  • Hunt or Be Hunted: Get the Design Job You Want

    by Whitney Hess, Jason Putorti, Gina Bianchini and Amy Jackson

    ”Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match, find me a find, catch me a catch…”,lyrics from Fiddler on the Roof about finding a perfect partner. Wouldn’t it be great if you could have someone to guide you towards what is a match for you, advise you in your career life, help you weed through the losers to find the fabulous ‘one’ that will make you whistle on your way to work AND whistle on the way home?
    In Hunt or Be Hunted - How to get the Design Job you Really Want, you will be privy to the insights and success stories of three of the industry’s most respected representatives in their knowledge domains. You will also hear from a leading expert in the placement of designers. Each will relate real-world experience, guiding audience members through the maze of questions a designer has in this frenetic job market.

    Who are you as a designer? What do you want to do, and how do you know it's the right thing.

    What's your story? How to present yourself, your portfolio, and where you want to be.

    Where should you be full time or freelance? What that means to your life, your career and how you are viewed.

    When is it right? To look, to change, to know if this is the one.

    How do you get there? Choosing the right company, assessing/selling to what they need, closing the deal.

    Don’t be left in the dark. Don’t make blind decisions. Be informed, be guided, then be sure. Listen to these respected resources to help yourself to, “…find me the perfect match.”

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Ballroom D, Austin Convention Center

  • I'm A Gamer Meet Up

    by Colin Sexton

    Get together with other gamers for an hour of brainstorming, idea-buidling, networking, friend-making and career-enhancement. Or, attend this Meet Up to learn more about this segment of the industry.

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Big Bend, Hyatt Regency Austin

  • Keeping Kids off the Street: Wall St. vs. Startups

    by Renee DiResta, Chris Wiggins, Zach Sims, Ben Siscovick and Roger Ehrenberg

    New York is now the #2 startup hub in the country and rapidly rising; however, single most consistent reason given for NYC’s failure to nurture a culture of innovation is Wall Street: it sucks engineers in, drains them of their creativity, and stuffs them with so much cash they can never be “lean” again. This panel includes people arguing against Wall Street as a force for good, people arguing for Wall Street as a natural career path to startups, and people working to “keep kids off the Street” (i.e., keep engineering students from joining Wall Street hedge funds and I-banks).

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Salon A, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • Salary Tutor: Become a Salary Negotiation RockStar

    by Jim Hopkinson

    You've networked like a politician, found your dream job, and nailed the interview. It's crunch time, and the Evil HR Lady leans back and asks: "Sooo… what kind of salary were you looking for?" Salary negotiation is a critical skill needed throughout your career, but one that no one ever taught you. Freezing up at this key moment can cost you thousands. You need to become a Salary Negotiation Rock Star. Jim Hopkinson will read from his book “Salary Tutor: Learn The Salary Negotiation Secrets No One Ever Taught You,” which uses storytelling, case studies, illustrations, and just the right touch of humor. Learn what to say and when to say it. Master successful FBI negotiation techniques. Harness your social media network to gather information. Create a one-of-a-kind document to secure the highest salary range. Based on Jim’s real-world experience at Wired, ESPN, and a tech startup, this presentation will help you get paid what you deserve.

    At 12:30pm to 12:50pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Ballroom G, Austin Convention Center

    Coverage audio clip

  • Jim Hopkinson Book Signing

    by Jim Hopkinson

    Jim Hopkinson signs his book ‘Salary Tutor: Learn the Salary Negotiation Secrets No One Ever Taught You’ at the SXSW book store

    At 1:05pm to 1:20pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Ballroom G Foyer, Austin Convention Center

  • LGBT Meet Up

    by Kate X Messer

    Get together with other LGBT professionals in the new media sphere for an hour of brainstorming, idea-buidling, networking, friend-making and career-enhancement.

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Red River, Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown

  • Mentor Session: Barb Dybwad

    by Barb Dybwad

    A new addition to SXSW Interactive 2012, Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related council from a more established / more experienced new media professional. Please visit http://sxsw.com/mentors for more information on Mentor Sessions or visit this URL to sign up for this Mentor Session - http://mentor.sxsw.com/events/182

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Lantana A, Holiday Inn Town Lake

  • Mentor Session: Kevin Nichols

    by Kevin Nichols

    A new addition to SXSW Interactive 2012, Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related council from a more established / more experienced new media professional. Please visit http://sxsw.com/mentors for more information on Mentor Sessions or visit this URL to sign up for this Mentor Session - http://mentor.sxsw.com/events/184

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Lantana A, Holiday Inn Town Lake

  • Mobile Meet Up

    by Nicole Forbes

    Get together with other mobile experts for an hour of brainstorming, idea-buidling, networking, friend-making and career-enhancement. Or, attend this Meet Up to learn more about this segment of the industry.

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Room 615AB, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • Teaching Technology Meet Up

    by Cindy Royal

    Get together with teachers and academics who focus on technology skills and concepts for an hour of brainstorming, idea-building, networking, friend-making and career-enhancement. Teachers, university professors, students and other professionals interested in the ways technology is being integrated into curriculum and research should attend.

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Salon B, AT&T Conference Center

  • Screw the Job Market: Young + Passionate ≠ Broke

    by Molly Mahar and Tara Gentile

    Yes, you are an expert. Yes, you can make money doing your own thing. No, you don’t have to work for the next hot start-up or within the confines of Corporate America to do it. Michelle Ward of When I Grow Up and Molly Mahar of Stratejoy are young, profitable, and passion-fueled full-time entrepreneurs. In this core conversation, we'll all be talking about how we can do we love without living in our parent's basement. Yup - it *is* possible to create a passionate business that actually pays the bills. The job market can suck it. Not to be missed by beginner solopreneurs, recent grads, the laid off (and appreciative!), side hustlers, and those who are currently employed but looking to break free of the golden handcuffs. Come ready to share your wins, struggles and stories in this interactive conversation!

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Rio Grande Ballroom, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center

  • Social Media and Politics Meet Up

    by David Armistead

    Get together with other social media and politics experts for an hour of brainstorming, idea-buidling, networking, friend-making and career-enhancement. Or, attend this Meet Up to learn more about this segment of the industry -- or if you are looking to hire a social media and politics expert for your campaign.

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Salon A, AT&T Conference Center

Sunday 11th March 2012

  • Social CRM Meet Up

    by Rod Favaron

    Get together with other social CRM experts for an hour of brainstorming, idea-buidling, networking, friend-making and career-enhancement. Or, attend this Meet Up to learn more about this segment of the industry -- or if you are looking to hire a social CRM expert for your company.

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Sunday 11th March

    In Boardroom, InterContinental Stephen F. Austin

  • Welcome to the Age of Hyperspecialization

    by Robert Hughes and Christina Hamlin

    The work of the future will be atomized, with many workers doing pieces of what is today a single job. The hyperspecialization of workers may be inevitable given the quality, speed and cost advantages it offers- and the power it gives individuals to devote flexible hours to tasks of their choice. Just like craft workers of the past, knowledge workers, or hyperspecialists, will engage in peripheral activities that could be done better or more cheaply by others. Using real world business examples the panel will explore directed innovation through hyperspecialization.

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Sunday 11th March

    In Rio Grande Ballroom, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center

  • Meryl Cooper Book Signing

    Meryl Cooper signs her book ‘Be Your Own Best Publicist: How to Use PR Techniques to Get Noticed, Hired, and Rewarded at Work’ at the SXSW bookstore.

    At 2:30pm to 2:45pm, Sunday 11th March

    In Austin Convention Center

  • Customer Experience Meet Up

    by Sean McDonald

    Where is the Customer in Customer Experience? With the democratization of the web, customer experience is consistently a top meme. Now that ordinary citizens have a voice with large brands, what does the future hold for Customer Experience? Get together with other customer experience experts for an hour of brainstorming, idea-buidling, networking, friend-making and career-enhancement. Or, attend this Meet Up to learn more about this segment of the industry -- or if you are looking to hire a customer experience expert for your company.

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Sunday 11th March

    In Boardroom, InterContinental Stephen F. Austin

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