ATHENS, Ohio— Over spring break, 26 OHIO students attended South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, TX, as a part of the Media Arts & Studies (MDIA) Global Opportunities program led by lecturer Josh Antonuccio.
This year marked the sixth year for the SXSW trip, which has now become one of the most popular domestic trips offered by Ohio University. Last year, more than 60 percent of students landed employment opportunities or internships across the music and media industry as a result of connections they made during the course experience.
SXSW offers an international convergence of the music, interactive, and film industries, providing Ohio University students with unparalleled networking and educational opportunities.
At SXSW, students attend panel discussions, keynote addresses, mentor sessions, interviews, and workshops. Some of this year's speakers and panelists include exclusive keynotes from A$AP Rocky, Elisabeth Moss, Adam Horovitz and Mike Diamond of The Beastie Boys, Daniel Glass of Glassnote Records, Olivia Wilde, and famed music producer Nile Rodgers, to name just a few. Additionally, OHIO students were provided with a series of one-on-one mentoring meetings with industry leaders in their field of choice. Connecting with employers, colleagues, and potential clients is a major focus of the SXSW experience, resulting in significant opportunities for internships and future job positions.
“The South by Southwest conference grants students exclusive networking and exposure to the newest trends and ideas,” said Antonuccio. “Traveling to SXSW gives Ohio University students a direct connection to the leaders and entrepreneurs of the career fields that matter most to them. It is an extraordinary week, one that provides an edge for both educational and employment opportunities. It is also the experience of a lifetime.”
Students who attended SXSW this year will be hosting discussion panels about their trip. These will be held in Schoonover Center Rm 380 on Thursday, April 11, and Tuesday, April 16, from 9 -10 p.m. Both presentations will provide an overview of the trends and ideas that students learned about during the trip, significant connections they made, and pertinent information for students interested in applying for next year’s trip.
For more information, contact Josh Antonuccio.