South By Southwest (SXSW) is known for many things: indie music, indie film, lots of sponsored (sometimes exclusive) parties. But for those working in and with social and digital media or communications, SXSW is about much more. SXSWi (Interactive) is the portion of the festival reserved for thought leaders and innovators–and those interested in knowing what’s next in media and communications.
Sounds great, right? But what does SXSWi have to do with HR and recruiting professionals? Apparently something. While the “war for talent” continues to generate a lot of discussion, the war was waged with avid enthusiasm at SXSWi–both from thought leaders on their soapboxes and tech recruiters in the trenches.
Perhaps the most HR/recruiting-centric event was hosted by Craig Fisher and #TalentNet. This year’s great social recruiting summit drew a number of prominent voices in the industry, and as the event was just down the street, I set out with camera in hand to see what all of the commotion was about.
When asked why anyone in recruiting and HR should attend SXSWi next year, the resounding answer was simple: it’s about far more than networking. Conversations at SouthBy are pushing the envelope on how we connect. If you want to know what’s coming next in the way we connect and interact with others, SouthBy is the place to be.