Convergence at SXSW

Convergence at SXSW

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.

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.

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

Meet Ups
NEW for 2016: Meet Ups are an essential way to connect with other SXSW attendees, and for the first time all Meet Ups will be open to all badgeholders. Mix and mingle with music, film and tech industry professionals at 100+ Meet Ups during SXSWeek at the JW Marriott and the Austin Suite in the ACC.

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.

SXSW Comedy
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
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. Future of Entertainment sessions are open to Platinum, Gold, Film and Interactive registrants from Friday, March 11 – Sunday, March 13 and will include Music registrants on Monday, March 14.

Next Stage
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™, newly added to Convergence, 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. SouthBites programming and events will take place Saturday, March 12 through Monday, March 14.

VR / AR Track
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. Programming for the VR / AR Track will take place Wednesday, March 16 and Thursday, March 17.

Interactive + Film

Locations and special programming open to Interactive, Film, Gold & Platinum badges.

Featured Sessions
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.