The SXSW Interactive Festival provides an incredible forum for making valuable, one-on-one connections that can take your career to the next level. These connections sometime occur via panels, via networking events and even via chance meetings in the hallways at the Austin Convention Center (or any of the other venues where programming occurs).
Another avenue to make these valuable, one-on-one connections is the SXSW Interactive Mentor Session program, which launched at the 2012 event. These Mentor Sessions enable registrants to participate in a seven minute meeting with an industry veteran / insider. Typically, these short meetings provide a great forum for the mentor to dispense important advice / guidance / counseling / inspiration to the mentee.
Advance online signup for 2014 SXSW Interactive Mentor sessions has now begun! We encourage you to read the biographies of all the participating mentors before signing up for a particular session (in order to find the person whose expertise and experience best matches the kind of knowledge you want to gain at the event).
Mentor slots traditionally fill up very quickly, so we encourage you to sign up soon before all slots for this year's event are full. Mentor Sessions for the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival will take place on the 10th floor of the Hilton Garden Inn (500 North IH-35), which is just a short one-block walk away from the 4th Street entrance of the Austin Convention Center.
2013 SXSW Interactive Mentor Session photos by Vanessa Mejia and Sara Erensoy.