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Celebrate, Share, Give Back: Make the Most of Engage New Orleans

Engage 2019, Acquia’s annual conference is just around the corner and we’re ready to bring the top leaders in digital and customer experience together in the vibrant city of New Orleans. It’s all happening this November 11-13 at the Hyatt Regency. While we’ve already covered the many enriching speaker sessions and workshops, Engage offers so many more experiences you won’t find listed on your agenda. Swap best practices with others in your industry, connect with attendees on and offline and celebrate NOLA style. We want you to take advantage of your time both inside and outside the Engage venue, so here are our tips for making the most of your trip. 

Explore the Big Easy 

On top of all the thrilling announcements and activities we have planned during Engage this year, we want attendees to spend time exploring the host city itself. As you unwind and reflect on each day’s agenda, here are some of our recommendations to check out and “Laissez les bon temps rouler.” 

History and Hauntings

The National WWII Museum -  A must-see for any American history buff, this museum features immersive exhibits, multimedia features and a jaw-dropping collection of artifacts and oral histories that take you deep into the story of WWII.

New Orleans Pharmacy Museum - Witness the evolution of modern health care and medicine at this 1823 creole apothecary that once housed America’s first licensed pharmacist, Louis Dufilho, Jr. 

New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum - This museum holds mysteries and secrets around every corner. Learn all about the city folklore of zombies, gris-gris and Voodoo Queens right in the heart of New Orleans French Quarter.

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 -  If these tales of voodoo and mysticism put you in the spooky spirit, take part in one of New Orleans famous cemetery tours.

Eat, Drink and Be Merry 

Variety is the spice of life, and when it comes to the New Orleans food scene there’s an endless amount of delicious Cajun and Creole dishes to taste. No matter if you’re craving heaping bowls of gumbo and jambalaya, savory po’boys or sugar-coated beignets, here are a few of the must-try places to eat. 

K-Paul’s - One of the founding players in the Cajun food revolution, this spot introduced the world to the mouthwatering “blackened” style of cooking and offers some of the city’s best bowls of gumbo. 

Jacques-Imos Cafe - Top of the list for authentic “Nawlins” comfort food, this uptown cafe boasts fried grits, fried green tomatoes and even alligator sausage cheesecake! 

Hotel Monteleone Carousel Bar - Serving the young-at-heart in New Orleans since 1949, The Carousel is a favorite place for tourists on a night out thanks to its rotating carousel design and intricate cocktail menu. 

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New Orleans is bursting with cultural flavor, so make sure you take a big bite! For a more in-depth list of spots to visit during your stay in NOLA, check out our Discover New Orleans Guide.

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Making Memories on Social

Share what you learn during the event and snap that perfect pic, make sure to stop by our Social Corner. Tweet about your favorite keynotes and sessions with the #AcquiaEngage hashtag to take part in the conversation with hundreds of digital leaders and customers. By using our special event hashtags, you’ll get your pick of special swag from our Social Media Vending Machine.

Give Back with Girls Who Code 

Every year as we come together to learn and celebrate success, we also want to give back to those organizations who do so much to support our community. Taking the time to “Give Back More” is a core value of Acquia’s DNA because we recognize and cherish the support of a strong community. In New Orleans, Acquia is once again proud to be partnering with Girls Who Code, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming girls’ lives through coding and giving them the resources and confidence they need to excel in tech fields. We led fundraising efforts for Girls Who Code recently at DrupalCon Amsterdam and will be continuing to support their mission of equality and opportunity in tech at Engage. Attendees will be able to donate through the Engage app and make a real, beneficial impact on the future of the tech landscape. 

Be Festive at the Fillmore

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When the day is done, it’s time to come and paint the town (and all that jazz!) Acquia is hosting an afterparty on November 12 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m in the famous Fillmore music venue! Since 1965, the Fillmore has been an epicenter of the American music scene. It’s hosted shows by musical legends including Aretha Franklin, Grateful Dead, Miles Davis, The Doors, Janis Joplin and many more! 

Get ready to enjoy a musical lineup inspired by Jazz Fest, great food highlighting the best of New Orleans cuisine and interactive games. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Angela Schmidt

VP, Global Field & Events Marketing Acquia

As Acquia's Vice President of Global Field & Events Marketing, Angela Schmidt has responsibility for the strategy and execution of Acquia’s global events, field marketing and vertical marketing programs. She has more than 18 years of experience in global events, field marketing, demand generation, channel marketing and marketing strategy for B2B technology organizations. Angela is both a strategic thinker and tactical planner who takes a customer-centric approach to build programs that deliver measurable revenue growth. Prior to her role at Acquia, she held roles as the Head of Global Events & Marketing Programs for Software AG and webMethods.

Angela has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona and lives with her family in Washington, DC.