I think it’s fair to say this is the trip we’ve all been waiting for. After a very early morning flight (which Jake and Amanda boarded in nearly matching outfits), the fellows have arrived in Austin to attend SXSW. We’ll be there for SXSW Interactive—which brings together great minds in tech, design, entrepreneurship, and more. Below, each fellow chimes in with what they’re most excited for (beyond taking photos in the airport with cardboard guitars).
May says: “The lineup for SXSW is amazing. There are so many sessions I am excited to attend. Besides being in the same general vicinity as President Obama, I am really excited about the number of number of panels and mentor sessions filled with lady rockstars (a term coined by this year’s fellows to describe women we meet who are doing amazing things. Examples of other lady rockstars: Sukhinder Cassidy, Michelle Obama, and obviously Beyonce). In general, looking at the line up, I feel like SXSW has done a great job including diversity and culture in their schedule.
Dan: “I’m excited to attend SXSW for the opportunity to meet and learn from many of the top entrepreneurs in healthcare industry. To this point, I am also looking forward to attending the Invest for Health event on Monday and serving as one of the representatives for our augmented reality based concept.”
Amanda says: “I’m most excited that SXSW really values un-siloing the amazing thinking that’s happening across fields right now. This isn’t a conference of suits, poster presentations, and boxed lunches. There will be some of those, sure, but there will also be artists, makers and tinkerers, musicians, social do-gooders, and a whole lot of tacos.”
Jake: “I am most excited to experience the diversity of people who attend the health events at SXSW. Many of the conferences we go to are focused on clinicians, patients, or even C-suite hospital executives. It will be very interesting to see who attends events centered around healthcare topics and to hear some outside opinions and questions on how healthcare should move forward. From drone manufacturers to musicians, there is going to be a lot of diversity this week and it’ll be exciting to hear some new perspectives.”
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