Meet the Makers: A Killer look into SIC 2014

By October 13, 2014 November 20th, 2019 Killer Visual Strategies News & Updates

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Seattle is a great hub for technology and innovation. With companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, and Adobe calling Seattle home, it is no surprise that there are a few events to celebrate and share Seattle’s thriving tech culture. One event in particular, the Seattle Interactive Conference (or SIC for short) is widely known for bringing together some of the brightest minds in the tech industry for a chance to present, inspire, and network. In the past, SIC has featured many notable luminaries from the likes of Google, Facebook, and even well known, local companies such as MOZ and Razorfish. The theme for this year’s SIC event is focused on spotlighting “makers”, individuals who pave the way for future innovation. Today’s makers can be found just about everywhere, from enterprising startup entrepreneurs to visionary leaders -the list goes on.

As a city known for it’s coffee and rain, Seattle is also quickly becoming a staple name in the tech industry as well. With hundreds of local tech startups already on the rise, it is apparent that this city is ready to be a future leader in the world of tech-based enterprises. Businesses in this area owe it to events like SIC, SMX, and any one of the fantastic events hosted by GeekWire because they continue to foster a passion for growth and business opportunity. This confluence of culture and new ideas presents an incredible source of inspiration unparalleled in the Northwest.

Some notable highlights in this year’s SIC event will feature a great lineup of industry professionals featuring representatives from brands such as Starbucks, AOL and Adobe. In addtion, there will be plenty of local tech business owners who will be covering a wide variety of topics from business development to social media and everything in between. Be sure and make a schedule for yourself because there will be a number of great sessions to attend. Sessions will be sorted under three categories: digital, develop, and (our personal favorite) design. Although there will be many presentations to choose from, here are a few sessions we think are worth checking out: Among the digital sessions, look out for MOZ SEO guru and keynote speaker, Rand Fishkin’s presentation on ways to improve web based marketing. Learn the art of real time storytelling with Dustin Callif of Tool in the develop category. Finally, be sure and get the low down on design with David Schwarz of HUSH on interactive storytelling.

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The Killers are back! Fresh off the plane from Adobe MAX and returning to SIC for the second consecutive year, Co-Founder of Killer Infographics Amy Balliett will host a session on “The Impact of Visual Communication: How to Produce Content That Engages Your Audience & Makes a Difference”. In this presentation, Amy will discuss the power of visual communication and the science and strategy behind marketing visual media and content. Whatever your business, this session will be filled with valuable takeaways, from creating engaging content to learning new strategies to deliver a compelling visual message. A picture says a thousand words. Make your message heard. Session time: Thursday October 16th from 1:30 – 2:20 in room 302.

Get ready to learn. SIC is one of the best opportunities to meet industry leaders and like minded professionals. Most importantly do not limit yourself, try to attend a variety of different sessions if you can. Whether you are a marketer or a designer, it in your best interest to get the most out of this event by attending as many sessions as possible. The Seattle Interactive Conference is a once a year event to experience, learn, and network. The event will take place on October 15th – 16th at the Washington State Convention Center. See you there!

Amy Balliett

Author Amy Balliett

A Cleveland native, Amy Balliett moved to Seattle in 2004 to take in the scenes of the Pacific Northwest for “a few years.” Now with permanent roots in the city, she still prides herself on her Cleveland roots and rustbelt work ethic. She owned her first company, a candy store and ice cream parlor, at the age of 17 before heading off for college. She subsequently built a successful career in SEO and marketing, and has headed up SEO at several companies. In 2009, she partnered with Nick Grant to build lead-gen-based websites, but in the fall of 2010, the business pivoted to an entirely new model: infographic design. In the years since, as CEO of Killer Infographics she has helped the company become an industry leader, driving visual communication campaigns for nonprofits and Fortune500 clients including Microsoft, Boeing, Adobe, Nikon, Starbucks, the National Endowment for the Arts, the United Nations, and more.

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