Courtney Markgraf was a graphic designer at an ad agency in Tempe, Arizona before she won our SXSW sweepstakes. After a whirlwind week in Austin, she was inspired to move to San Francisco to pursue her dream of working at a startup. Read more about her life-changing experience below.
Join General Assembly live from SXSW Interactive! Over the course of three days join us online for a series of video chat discussions, pitch sessions and Q&A’s with leading influencers and fresh startups right from the floor of the SXSW conference center. Get an inside look at SXSW while also hearing from today’s top digital influencers and getting introduced to new startups on the scene.
We’re heading down to Austin this week—and bringing you along for the ride. Join us for free classes, tech talks, and, of course, a few drinks. Read on to find out where we’ll be getting into trouble, and how you can join in—even from your couch.
Meet Katie Frank, the lucky winner of our SXSW Interactive trip giveaway. Here’s her recap of the exciting long weekend:
My friends and I had an excellent time in Austin. We stayed on a charming ranch complete with bear skin rug and a fridge full of meat and beer. We rode a pedi-cab to the outskirts of town to stuff ourselves with amazing barbeque and walked through a suburban neighborhood observing chickens and cactii. We mingled with interesting people at the events General Assembly graciously invited us to, and attended exciting talks about the future of technology. All in all it was an extremely welcome break from the New York winter, a relaxing vacation, and an invaluable learning experience. Thank you so much General Assembly!
Over the years, the SXSW Interactive festival has earned the reputation as a breeding ground for new ideas and creative technology, and so it only makes sense that we take the journey to participate. Last week, Austin served as the meeting point of four GA campus alumni groups and a weekend focused on community building.
Over an intimate dinner of fajitas and guacamole, we caught up on everyone’s latest endeavors and exciting ideas for the future. A quick shuttle ride took us to the bustling GA, Splash, and Maveron Midnight Garden Party, an event so vibrant we’ll let the photos after the jump speak for themselves..