Over spring break, School of Media Arts and Studies Instructor Josh Antonuccio will be leading 26 OU students to Austin, TX for a week-long trip to South by Southwest (SXSW), as a part of the MDIA Global Opportunities program at Ohio University. SXSW offers an unparalleled convergence of the music, interactive, and film industries, providing OU students with both networking and educational opportunities.
“The South by Southwest conference is the preeminent location for networking and sharing new ideas,” said Antonuccio. “Traveling to SXSW gives our students a direct connection to the leaders and entrepreneurs of major entertainment and tech companies and access to mentorship from people in their field. It is an extraordinary experience, one that provides an edge for both educational and employment opportunities. It is also really fun.”
OU students attend panel discussions, keynote addresses, mentor sessions, interviews, and workshops. Some of this year's speakers and panelists include exclusive keynotes from Young Guru, Lyor Cohen, Global Head of Music at YouTube, famed music producer Nile Rodgers, and Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, to name just a few. Along with immersive learning, OU MDIA students are provided with a series of one-on-one mentoring meetings with industry leaders in their field of choice. Networking with employers, colleagues, and potential clients is a major focus of the SXSW experience, resulting in exclusive opportunities for internships and future job positions.
At SXSW, students get to observe firsthand the scope and networks that exist within today’s current music and media industries. As well, attendees will have access to hundreds of showcases for established and upcoming artists in the evenings, getting to experience the best music of the year first hand, as well as the chance to catch a wide variety of film premieres and exclusive comedy showcases. Following the trip, students present about their experience in panel discussions on campus. These presentations will be free and open for OU students wanting to learn about the trip experience, as well as media and music industry trends that were discussed at the conference.
If you want to follow the OU South by Southwest trip, you can following along the OU SXSW Twitter feed on the MDIA website. Antonuccio and his students will be tweeting @OU_MDIA using the #SXSW hashtag so you can follow their excitement through the week.
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