Between BBQ and breakfast tacos, 2018's Spring Break TechTour to Austin had CCTers pitching themselves to companies, nonprofits, and renowned centers of research. At WE Communications and Bumble we learned about integrated storytelling and bringing in core values to shape the user's experience. Boxx and Accenture took us through their approach to connecting client needs to workstation building and consulting solutions, respectively. Nucleus Learning Network cofounder Sarah Morris described linking Austin area education assets. And at UT Austin we were welcomed by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas as they planned for their annual ISOJ conference, then went behind the scenes at the Moody College of Communication from the KUTX studio to the Brain and Behavioral Science Laboratory.
"It was a week of many firsts for me: my first time in Austin, my first time in Texas, and my first time spending spring break on a "tech tour," visiting companies across a city with some of my fellow students. I am very glad I took a chance on all three. It was really great to learn so much about a compelling variety of companies in a relatively short time span. All of them had inviting employees and compelling professional opportunities. I also packed an insane number of amazing cultural outings into my week: from multiple visits to the raging live music scene on 6th street, to a five-hour bike ride in Barton Creek Park up to Sculpture Falls, our time in Texas was eye-opening in more ways than I would have ever anticipated." - Josh Weiner
The Austin Tech Tours provided us with an intimate and informational platform for interacting with professionals across different industries that appeal to CCT students. I was surprised about the number of career paths exist for people with a similar background to mine (CCT) from crisis communications to computer hardware! Plus, Austin was a super cool city to spend a few days exploring. - Carson Collier