Any time you see a SXSW 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.
While Convergence programming runs throughout SXSWeek®, it will culminate on Tuesday, March 15, with many events open to all registrants. Be sure to check the schedule as March approaches to see what new and interesting events will be open to your badge type.
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Music + Film + Interactive
Locations and special programming open to Interactive, Film, Music, Gold & Platinum badges.
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 experience. *subject to change
Continuing Legal Education
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. Dates and Location: March 15 – March 19 at Austin Convention Center.
SXSW Comedy will include a handful of Conference sessions each afternoon in the Austin Convention Center. 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. Dates and Location: March 12 – March 15 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. Dates and Locations: March 11 – March 15, with Music access beginning on Monday, March 14, at the Austin Convention Center.
Networking Meet Ups
An environment for SXSW registrants to meet and network with other creative industry professionals who share similar career paths, passions and social interests. Dates and Location: March 11 – March 19 at the JW Marriott and Austin Convention Center.
Next Stage offers expert insights into current industry topics and feature some of the brightest creative, emerging talent at SXSW. Dates and Location: March 13 – March 16 inside the SXSW Trade Show at the Austin Convention Center.
SouthBites brings together the food community's most inspired speakers, chefs, filmmakers and enthusiasts to connect and explore ways in which technology can be leveraged to transform the food industry. The topics covered include but are not limited to, foodtech, food scarcity solutions, agtech, food communities, future of the grocery store, food funding, QSR innovations and more. Dates and Location: March 12 – March 14 at the Driskill Hotel and Austin Convention Center.
SXgood highlights innovative ideas from storytellers, entertainers, nonprofits, charities and digital creatives that are contributing to a better world. Dates: March 11 – March 15.
The VR/AR Track found at SXSW is an opportunity to explore the future of a new revolution in technology – who knows what limits and boundaries we will overcome with these new perspective-breaking technologies. Dates: March 16 – March 17.
Interactive + Film
Locations and special programming open to Interactive, Film, Gold & Platinum badges.
Incorporating sessions, film screenings and networking events, SXsports touches on all aspects of sports through the SXSW lens of culture, technology & innovation. Dates and Location: March 11 – March 13 at the Four Seasons Hotel and Austin Convention Center.
Through programming, networking events, evening gatherings and lounges, SXstyle explores the complex ties between fashion, art, culture and technology. Dates and Location: March 11 – 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. Dates and Location: March 15 in Salon A on Level 4 of the Downtown Austin Hilton.
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. Dates and Location: March 16 – March 19 at the Austin Convention Center.
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