Any time you see an event described as Convergence, that programming is accessible to more than one type of badge. This means you'll be able to mingle directly with registrants from other areas of expertise, providing a bonus learning & networking opportunity that you'll only find at SXSW.
Below are a few highlights and locations where you'll have access to Convergence at SXSW. Like what you see? Make sure to upgrade your badge to experience all that SXSW has to offer.
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Music + Film + Interactive
Locations and special programming open to Interactive, Film, Music, Gold & Platinum badges.
Tuesday, March 15 is Convergence Day
We're offering Music, Film and Interactive attendees a taste of the SXSW Platinum conference experience with what we call Convergence Day. Only on Tuesday, March 15, Level 4 of the Austin Convention Center will be open to all SXSW badges. Additionally Meet Ups targeted to connect all three festival participants will take place at the JW Marriott.
Music Showcases on Tuesday, March 15
For one night only, on Tuesday, March 15, select SXSW Music Showcases will be open to all SXSW badges, enhancing the SXSW Convergence Day experience. *subject to change
Continuing Legal Education has been an important part of SXSW for many years. Members of the legal profession have priority access to these sessions and gain CLE credit for attendance.
From Saturday, March 12 through Tuesday, March 15, SXSW Comedy will include a handful of Conference sessions each afternoon in the Austin Convention Center as part of the Convergence programming. Recent SXSW Comedy Conference participants include Seth Meyers, Marc Maron, Doug Benson, Pete Holmes, Jeffrey Tambor, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein. Additionally, each evening will feature a slate of live comedy showcases, including stand-up, live podcast tapings, improv events and more.
SXSW Gaming brings together the gaming industry into a chaotically fun experience only SXSW can provide. A unique combination of all things geek, nerd, and gaming that takes place in an environment which bleeds creativity. NEW FOR 2016: SXSW Gaming now occurs Thursday, March 17, through Saturday, March 19, at the Austin Convention Center.
Future of Entertainment
The Future of Entertainment track looks at the changing landscape of entertainment, focusing on areas like TV and episodic content, boundary-pushing digital storytelling, the cord cutting and OTT revolution and the business behind it all.
Next Stage offers expert insights into current industry topics and feature some of the brightest creative, emerging talent at SXSW. Located inside the SXSW Trade Show, Next Stage events take place Sunday, March 13 to Wednesday, March 16.
SouthBites brings together the food communities most inspired speakers, chefs, filmmakers and enthusiasts for three days of panel talks, mixers, films, Meet Ups and more! This comprehensive program showcases a community of innovators through the lens of food. SouthBites conference programming will run Saturday, March 12 through Monday, March 14 at the Driskill Hotel (Featured Sessions will occur at the Austin Convention Center).
Interactive + Film
Locations and special programming open to Interactive, Film, Gold & Platinum badges.
High-profile talks from luminaries throughout the creative and tech industries, including a handful of SXsports sessions, will be located in Ballroom D in the Austin Convention Center.
Incorporating sessions, film screenings and networking events, SXsports touches on all aspects of sports through the SXSW lens of culture, technology & innovation. SXsports sessions take place Friday, March 11 through Sunday, March 13 at the Four Seasons Hotel (Featured Sessions will occur at the Austin Convention Center).
Through programming, networking events, evening gatherings and lounges, SXstyle explores the complex ties between fashion, art, culture and technology. SXstyle sessions will take place Friday, March 11 through Sunday, March 13 at the Westin Hotel and Austin Convention Center.
Interactive + Music
Locations and special programming open to Interactive, Music, Gold & Platinum badges.
SXSW Music Startup Village
The SXSW Music Startup Village brings together the startups, entrepreneurs, investors and digital tastemakers within the SXSW Music Conference. Located in Salon A on Level 4 of the Downtown Austin Hilton, this space showcases the various music-related startup events on Tuesday, March 15.
Music + Film
Locations and special programming open to Film, Music, Gold & Platinum badges.
24 Beats Per Second Film Screenings
Starting Monday, March 14, SXSW Music registrants have access to all film screenings in the 24 Beats Per Second film festival category, which showcase the sounds, culture and influence of music & musicians.
Music Sessions Open to Film Attendees
A selection of Music Conference sessions covering issues pertinent to both film and music industries, like supervision and licensing, as well as cool tie-ins with SXSW Film screenings, will be open to Film badgeholders. These sessions will take place Wednesday, March 16 - Saturday, March 19, at the Austin Convention Center.
Experience It All at SXSW
These Convergence opportunities are just a taste of the maximum SXSW experience. Make sure to upgrade your badge to access all that SXSW has to offer.