|Students with Conan O'Brien|
This was a special year with the festival celebrating its 60th anniversary. Major themes of the festival included storytelling, mobile and social media, authenticity and transparency. Students attended sessions during the seven-day festival that included over 60 seminars, and a range of master classes, forums, and tech talks.
Exclusive Guest Speakers
This year’s special guests included a star-studded set of exclusive speakers who shared their insights with the students. They included:
- Conan O’Brien, TBS talk show host
- Ellen Mardiks, Golin Harris
- Suzy Deering, Moxie Interactive
- Jack Klues, Vivaki
- David Gallagher, Ketchum Europe
- Kerry Gaffney, MOFILM
- Katherine Ryan, Canadian comedienne/actor
For the fourth year students attended a VIP tour of Microsoft Advertising’s Experience Center, a showcase of the company’s latest consumer technology.
|Students talk with Ellen Mardiks|
Other highlights included yacht parties, an event with P. Diddy, scuba excursions, and day trips to Nice, Antibes, Eze and Monaco. Two student groups won "Canned" lions for their campaigns developed during the program.
Professors Karen King and Bryan Reber also participated in this year’s program. They taught sessions about the advertising and public relations professions, and helped preview the festival for students. UGA Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies Dr. Jeff Springston also was on hand for a guest lecture.
Cannes Lions Study Abroad Program
Although most of the students enrolled in the program were from UGA, this year students from University of Arkansas, Colgate and American University also were enrolled. Students earn six hours of academic credit during the three-week program.
|On the infamous red carpet at Cannes|