SXSW mentor program gets you unprecedented access
If you’re attending SXSW Interactive this year, make sure to take advantage of one of the newer features of the conference you may be unaware of but can actually make a tremendous impact on your career. Do you want to ask the most successful people in technology, marketing, media and more pointed questions for guidance? Getting in front of the right people is traditionally very costly and time consuming, but at the conference, you can reserve free mentor sessions with top experts.
SXSW describes the mentor sessions as “Offering valuable one-on-one interaction with a range of experts, gain essential insight on burning questions to help you advance your career.” We would add that it’s not just your career, but your business, your direction, heck, your competitors – these experts will have the knowledge to answer your burning questions.
How to reserve your time with a mentor
The greatest part is that you can choose your own mentor and reserve a predetermined block of time with them. SXSW badge holders simply need to visit Mentor.SXSW.com and log in at the top left with your SXSW credentials you used to set up your profile, order tickets, vote on panels, etc.
After you are logged in, find the mentor you are most interested in, click their name, and you’ll see what time slots are available. Select one and complete the process – it’s really easy. The conference can be quite distracting and most of the time, you fly by the seat of your pants, but set a calendar reminder for your mentor session – you don’t want to stand up someone so highly regarded in their industry!
Hand-picked expert mentors to consider
While all of the mentors are upper echelon and very well connected and regarded, here are just a few of our favorites (including the Founder of AG):
- Benn Rosales: Founder, CEO of AGBeat
- Lani Rosales: COO of AGBeat
- Elisa Camahort Page: Cofounder, COO of BlogHer
- Damon Clinkscales: top Ruby on Rails expert
- Brynn Evans: Google+ UX designer
- Ben Brown: CEO of XOXCO
- Jan Triplett: Author, marketing expert
- Mike Rohde: Author, designer
- Nazli Yuzak: Sr. Behavioral Targeting Manager, Dell