Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 about Marketing in Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center

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Saturday 10th March 2012

  • Help Wanted: Hunting High & Low for Digital Talent

    by Winston Binch, Barbara Tejada, Ben Fisher, Lionel Carreon and Jami Hoffman

    Everyone is looking for digital talent these days, from established tech firms, startups, advertising agencies to the biggest corporations. The ever-broadening makeup of the attendees of SXSW is a huge indicator of this. There’s a bigger crossover of technology and marketing than ever before. In many ways, we are all looking for the same talent. And it’s not just developers. We look for highly conceptual people who can come up with amazing ideas and inventions. As a result, creative technologists, digital strategists, designers and writers are in high demand. In this panel, recruiters from a variety of firms will discuss who they look for and how they find that talent. How can we improve our pipeline and process? Where are there new places to look? How can the talent make themselves easy to find? Are schools keeping up with the demand? This panel will be for companies and jobseekers alike, a look behind the curtain of how the matchmaking of employer and employee happens.

    At 9:30am to 10:30am, Saturday 10th March

    In Brazos, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center

  • The Freelance Rockstar

    by Josh Knowles and Christin Roman

    Working independently. It's fairly common in the tech world, but there are also many, many misconceptions and stereotypes. Josh has been working independently as a developer for the better part of the past fifteen years and has learned many lessons not only about what it means to work freelance as far as lifestyle goes, but also many practical bits of info about dealing with money, contracts, clients, personal marketing, and how to fix things when it all seems to go wrong. Christin Roman has just made the big jump from working as a full-time user experience designer to working independently. She will speak about the process of making the big leap -- what sort of planning it took, what the dangers were, and how it's turned out so far. And we can both speak to the idea of working freelance as a lifestyle choice -- balancing work and life, etc. We would also like to keep this open to audience discussion about experiences and techniques for living the life of a freelance rockstar!

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

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