SXSW provides a great 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 at the SXSW Interactive Mentor Program, which was launched at the 2012 event. The SXSW Interactive Mentor Program allows 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 the SXSW Interactive Mentor Program will begin in early January 2014. Stay tuned to this website for more details on the signup as well as location of the 2014 Mentor Session program.