#HBCUxSXSW18

(SXSW) The South by Southwest Conference & Festivals celebrates the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW® is the premier destination for discovery.

This conference is held in Austin, Texas. The 2018 SXSW dates are March 9-18.

Last year there was a competition entitled ‘Battle of the Brains’ where HBCU students completed a 3-day competition showcasing their talents.

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This year SXSW wants to increase the number of HBCU students with the Opportunity Hub initiative. Opportunity Hub plans to send 500 of the brightest, innovative, and entrepreneurial students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to SXSW to increase opportunities in the tech industry for diverse, high-potential students.

At #HBCUSXSW students will spend a week attending workshops and hearing panels sponsored by partnering tech companies; they will also network and take in curated experiences promoting tech careers, entrepreneurship, and wealth creation. In addition, students will be exposed to respected entrepreneurs, business leaders, technologists of color, and investors from around the world.
“HBCU@SXSW … offers companies authentically committed to recruiting the best and brightest technical and non-technical talent scale in their initiatives to recruit from colleges and universities that are intentional about exposing, educating, and engaging their high potential students with access today to the opportunities of the future,” says Corey Smith, Early Exposure Lead at Opportunity Ecosystem, in a statement. Smith also leads the HBCU@SXSW18 initiative.

Smith told me in an e-mail that students who apply early will benefit the most. “You really want to encourage them to apply now because this year we have year-round opportunities for applicants, for example, most of our sponsors will start hiring and interviewing our students for 2018 jobs and internships.”

If you want to be apart of this amazing opportunity make sure you check out SXSW.com

Applications are due December 1, 2017 – Apply Now

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