Maximize Your SXSW Experience with Convergence Programming

Written by Jordan Roberts | Wednesday, Sep 23, 2015
SXsports session with UFC's Dana White, Ronda Rousey, Jessica Eye & ESPNW's Allison Glock at SXsports 2015 Featured Session "UFC: Women Breaking Ground Inside the Octagon" – Photo by Amy E. Price/Getty Images.

Music, Film and Interactive – with these powers combined* we bring you, Convergence Programming!

SXSW® Conferences and Festivals offer the unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies. The key word here is "convergence." Convergence embodies some of the most unique elements of SXSW, where topics organically envelop more than one featured industry, and thus more than one festival. Any time you see an event described as Convergence, it means that event is accessible to more than one type of badge, providing a bonus learning and networking opportunity that you'll only find at SXSW.

Convergence Tracks include Comedy, CLE, Future of Entertainment, Next Stage, SouthBites, SXgood, SXsports, SXstyle, and the VR/AR Track.

Convergence Tracks

  • SXSW Comedy
    SXSW Comedy showcases the best in up-and-coming and big name stand-up talent and also features a host of popular sessions centered around TV and Film.
  • CLE
    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.
  • 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
    Next Stage offers expert insights into current industry topics and feature some of the brightest creative, emerging talent at SXSW.
  • SouthBites™
    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.
  • SXgood
    SXgood highlights innovative ideas from storytellers, entertainers, nonprofits, charities and digital creatives that are contributing to a better world.
  • SXsports®
    Championing a broader perspective on the world of sports unique to the event, SXsports tackles the future of sport in all its forms.
  • SXstyle
    SXstyle explores the complex ties between fashion, art, culture and technology.
  • VR/AR Track
    These technologies are finding new ways to enhance our ability to perceive the world around us, and in many instances they are redefining how we experience the world.

Jump out of your area of focus, and try out SXSW events across all conferences as well as mix and mingle with music, film and tech industry professionals at 100+ Meet Ups. Look for additional Convergence events, like the SXSW Music Startup Village, Tuesday Music Showcases, 24 Beats Per Second film category and so much more to explore!

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. These Convergence opportunities are just a taste – a programming amuse-bouche – of the maximum SXSW experience. Review our badge types and upgrade your badge to experience all that SXSW has to offer.

Join Us at the Intersection of Music, Film, and Interactive

Benefit from discounted rates and register to attend SXSW 2016 by our next early bird registration deadline on October 23 to save off the walk-up rate! Book your hotels through our Housing Department early to get the best available hotels and rates. As you prepare for March and the programming announcements start rolling in, learn how to talk the SXSW talk – check out the SXSW Glossary for a full list of our terminology.

The countdown continues... 172 days until showtime!

*Think The Planeteers raising their rings to activate the powers of natural elements, "Earth, Wind, Fire, etc." In this case, all the elements of our Convergence Programming. I encourage anyone to shout out "Music! Film! Interactive!" before Convergence programs. Bonus points if you actually summon Captain Planet.

SXsports 2015 Featured Session "UFC: Women Breaking Ground Inside the Octagon" photo by Amy E. Price/Getty Images
SXSW Next Stage (front page) photo by Merrick Ales

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