Student Testimonials

Sponsor Testimonials

“I first learned about HBCU@SXSW during Spotify’s 20/20 Shift conference last year. After a rigorous application process that required the submission of several essays, a “shark tank” pitch, recommendation letters, a resume and a video, I was one of 125 students selected from more than 2,000 applicants. This meant so much to me, particularly because I am a non-technical student majoring in strategic communications. I knew my application needed to stand out in order to compete. Plus, I’ve always wanted to attend SXSW and was excited to be going with all expenses paid through the program! ”

Nia Wellman

Junior at Hampton University

“As a participating student, I’m thankful for participating in HBCU@SXSW. If it weren’t for the Opportunity Hub team, I wouldn’t have been able to meet recruiters from top tech companies and explore the open opportunities within the industry! Seeing other black technology professionals was very motivational knowing that I am not the only minority pursuing opportunities in a space that has little diversity. I will definitely encourage my friends to apply for HBCU@SXSW 2019 and look for ways I can be involved as a college graduate.”

Justin Guyton

Graduate of Washington University of St. Louis, Software Engineer at ConsenSys

“I had a very positive experience overall. It was a game changer for me because tech companies are not active recruiters at my university currently. This event gave me the opportunity to interact with recruiters and visualize where I could fit within a tech firm and the type of skills I need to build.”

Meaghan Gamboa

Junior at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

“I had a great learning experience as a participating student. I have been to a few conferences, but I think this cohort is the best place for networking, talking with professionals from various companies individually, listening to other people’s success stories, learning different approaches to crack coding interviews, and exploring my own interest in a particular field. I loved that I had the opportunity to talk with entrepreneurs, university recruiters, and software engineers about my interest and know what they look for in a student while hiring them for job or internships.”

Ananya Gupta

Sophomore at Claflin University

“I thought that the opening ceremony flowed seamlessly, the students were excited, the sponsor presentations were engaging, and the swag was great!”

Cherise Bernard

Talent Acquisition & Diversity , Spotify

“The energy I felt at HBCU@SXSW programs was palpably positive. It was incredible to be in a room of such talented and inspiring students and the entrepreneurs that made the experience possible.”

Leah Reitz

Diversity Program Specialist, Airbnb

“This was a tremendous opportunity for young people to immerse in one of the most influential and important backdrops to technology and entrepreneurship available. Kudos on stewarding such a clear and direct path to success for the students.”

Theia Smith

Founding Executive Director, WEI

“Great group of students, great content and fantastic speakers. Well done!”

Rod Robinson

CEO, ConnXus