2016 SXSW Interactive President Barack Obama Keynote Ticket Drawing

SXSW is honored to announce President Barack Obama will appear as part of a Keynote Conversation at SXSW Interactive.

Friday, March 11 at 2:30 PM
Venue: Dell Hall at The Long Center

SXSW will conduct a ticket drawing to determine which SXSW badgeholders will be admitted to the Keynote. Interactive, Gold and Platinum Badgeholders will be eligible. No other credentials are eligible to enter the drawing.

Interactive, Gold and Platinum Badgeholders must log into SXsocial, link their badge if they have not done so already, click the "Ticket Drawings" tab and enter the drawing.

Deadline to enter is 8pm CT on Thursday, March 10.

After the drawing ends, the randomly drawn winners will be sent an email with further instructions the night of March 10th. Winners will be instructed where to obtain their tickets for the Keynote while they last. Entrants who are not selected will also be notified by email at this time.


Please read the FAQ below to answer additional questions.

  1. How do I enter the drawing?
    Interactive, Gold and Platinum Badgeholders can go to their linked SXsocial account, click the “Ticket Drawings” tab and enter the drawing.

  2. Can I enter the drawing if I do not have an Interactive, Gold and Platinum Badge?
    No.

  3. Can I enter the drawing more than once?
    No. You are only allowed to enter once.

  4. Where and when will I be picking up my ticket?
    Randomly drawn winners will be notified by email with information on when and where to claim their tickets the morning of Friday, March 11.

  5. If I win how early do I need to be in line to attend? All ticket holders need to be in line no later than 12:30pm to gain entry or they will lose their seat. Doors will open at 11:00am.

  6. If I win a ticket in the drawing can I bring my plus one?
    No. Tickets will only be assigned to individuals.

  7. I don’t want to go to the Keynote if I can’t bring my plus one. What should I do?
    Please don’t enter the drawings.

  8. What if I win the drawing, but can’t go? Can I give my ticket to my friend?
    No.

  9. Will individual tickets be sold at the door?
    No.

  10. Is there an age restriction?
    No, the venue will admit all ages.

  11. I'm a journalist credentialed through SXSW, who should I contact?
    Please email: presstickets@sxsw.com.

  12. I didn't win / I can't make it. Will this be live-streamed?
    Yes, you can watch at sxsw.com/live, and it will be simulcast throughout our Conference venues including Ballrooms D and EFG, and Room 18ABCD at the Austin Convention Center.

If your question is not answered in the FAQ, please do NOT call the SXSW offices. Instead, email: drawings@sxsw.com