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For the second consecutive year, the CIC has six students and two faculty attending the South by Southwest Interactive Festival, part of a massive, 10-day conglomeration of festivals and conferences in Austin, Texas. They will network with industry professionals and learn about emerging technology, film and interactive media. And, of course, they will blog their experience here.

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Last Day

The Last day at the SXSW was incredible!    I am leaving Austin feeling inspired, educated, scared, empowered, overwhelmed, excited, thoughtful, motivated, exhausted, and fulfilled. I am feeling all of the emotions. The last day at SXSW was spent attending… Read More »Last Day

SXSW Day 5!

On our last day here, I felt it was only right to stop by the Trade Expo. And what a decision that was! I met amazing vendors and found even better career opportunities. Plus, I even ran into a USC… Read More »SXSW Day 5!

SXSW Day 4!

I guess I’m moving to Austin! Our tour today of IBM was refreshing and innovating. First, seeing a company as large as IBM manage to successfully implement frameworks such as Agile was breathtaking. It really shows that company-wide change is… Read More »SXSW Day 4!

SXSW Day 3

With another day comes more adventure! It looked like the day would be full of rain, but we were instead greeted with fantastic temperatures and a nice wind chill. This paired perfectly for a day filled with walking. I sat… Read More »SXSW Day 3

Day 2: Saturday

Day Two (Saturday) started with a interesting and very real discussion about tackling the opioid epidemic using blockchain technology. The panel talked about taking back control of our data and using it to OUR benefit and only giving out what… Read More »Day 2: Saturday

SXSW Day 2!

I promise I am not being dramatic when I say that my second day here was life-changing. My morning started out with an amazing session on solving diabetes. As a Type-1 Diabetic, this hit home and opened my eyes to… Read More »SXSW Day 2!

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SXSW Day 1!

What an adventure day one was. For me, it was my first time on a plane and also my first time navigating a city bigger than Columbia. We left Columbia at around 7am and ended up in Austin at around… Read More »SXSW Day 1!

SXSW Day 1!

Welcome to Texas! What an action-packed, BUSY first day. Two flights in the morning, sessions in the afternoon, multiple meals at food trucks, and then a late-night session ending close to midnight. Looking forward to some fantastic sessions on Day… Read More »SXSW Day 1!

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SXSW Friday

What do you mean it has only been one day?? To say SXSW is overwhelming is an understatement! It has already been an insane and mind blowing experience and it has only just begun. One of the sessions I attended… Read More »SXSW Friday

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SXSW 3/8

For our first day at SXSW, we did some exploring around the city. My favorite session of the day was learning how best to tackle this festival, balancing learning with self-care but also fun. What I’m most excited about tomorrow… Read More »SXSW 3/8

SXSW Day 1

Feeling FULL The first day at SXSW was overwhelming to say the least, but also incredibly inspiring! It’s amazing to see this many creative and forward thinking people in one area. The amount of patterned socks I’ve seen is astonishing,… Read More »SXSW Day 1

Kristin Stitzlein Day 1

SXSW Day 1

I came into SXSW most excited for all of the opportunities to learn at the various sessions, but my biggest lesson from today was the power of networking. By the end of my first session today, I had already passed… Read More »SXSW Day 1

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