Festival Spotlight: Recess Music Festival and Networking Event

posted by Ilana Dadras on March 24, 2014

Georgetown University 2013 by JustAwesome Photography via the festival

Two graduates of Indiana State University started Recess just last year, as a way of combining an electronic music festival with a networking, brainstorming, and marketing opportunity for college students across the country. Their goal was to inspire progressive, motivated students to pursue careers that might enable them to make money doing what they love. That's the dream, right?

The nationwide concert tour provides inspiration, resources, and opportunities for students to get motivated and get moving towards internships or jobs that match their skills and interests. 

Recess 2014 kicked off last week (March 21) at the University of the Pacific, with a special performance by Diplo, in addition to speakers like Bob Moczydlowsky, the head of Music at Twitter.

Diplo and Bob Moczydlowsky at University of the Pacific via the festival

The tour is set to hit 6 more schools over the next couple of months, bringing 20 speakers and 40 startups along for the ride.  

Every Recess event is divided into 4 interactive components: The Playground, a networking event; Study Hall, a speaker series; Pitch, an idea pitching competition; and Concert, the end of Day celebration. 

University of San Diego 2013 by Alexander Jacob via the festival

Each event is unique; Indiana University will feature a performance by Paper Diamond, and NYU will be dancing/grooving/fist pumping to the sounds of Robert Delong and Sean Glass

Georgetown 2013 by JustAwesome Photography via the festival

Co-founder Deuce Thevenow has been quoted saying that "networking is the new career fair," and this concert tour provides ample opportunity for students to do just that.  

Some notable speakers include Donnie Dinch, Co-Founder and CEO of WillCall; Avi Spielman, a partner at Summit; Alexis Giles, CO-Founder of Mox; and Brent Freeman, Co-Founder and CEO of Students are invited to take their ideas "from dorm room to board room" through the pitch competition, in which winning teams from each campus win an all-expenses paid trip to Downtown Las Vegas to meet and pitch to mentors, advisors, and investors.  

Registration is free and required for admission to any and all of the components - if your school isn't already hosting one of the 7 shows, students and faculty alike are welcome to submit their schools for consideration. 

Spring Campus Tour Dates

3/21/14: University of the Pacific with Diplo
4/7/14: Indiana University with Paper Diamond
4/9/14: University of Maryland with TBA
4/10/14: New York University with Robert Delong
4/11/14: Cornell University
5/15/14 and 5/16/14: University of California San Diego with TBA

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