Convergence Track

Focusing on current capabilities with immersive interfaces, the XR Track explores where these mind-expanding systems are heading.

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Virtual Cinema - Photo by Adam Kissick

Virtual Cinema - Photo by Adam Kissick

About The XR Track


Also referred to as Extended Reality, XR covers virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR). Formerly known as VR/AR/MR, this track complements the Virtual Cinema programming.

Learn more about XR with sessions like Augmented Reality: Amplifying Human Intelligence, Better with Friends: The Social Life of VR, Coming to a Theater Near You: Location-Based VR, and more.

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Have an idea for a session? We want to hear from you! PanelPicker® is the official SXSW user-generated session proposal platform. This easy, two-step online process allows the SXSW community to have a voice in what sessions are programmed at SXSW. Entry Process Period: July 1 – July 19, 2019

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Listen to 2019 SXSW XR Sessions

Art Museums as Spaces of Digital Play

Explore more about digital experiences in the world of art!

Blockchain is Shaping the Future of Content

Learn how blockchain is fitting in to the entertainment industry!

Convergence Keynote: Jessica Brillhart

“If anyone had told me in 2014 that I would be doing a Convergence Keynote at SXSW, I would have laughed…I never expected to be in the immersive space.”

Virtual Cinema


The immersive arts are finding new ways to enhance our ability to perceive the world that surrounds us, and in many instances they are redefining how we experience the world. The projects presented in our Virtual Cinema emphasize storytelling and ingenuity, and also showcase how other industries are embracing this new medium.

Virtual Cinema Submissions

2020 SXSW Film Festival submissions are now open!

To find more information about submitting a VR/AR/MR project, check out the SXSW Film Submissions page.

SXSW Virtual Cinema

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Session Formats

Learn more about the session formats for programming tracks at the SXSW Conference.

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Propose Session Ideas Through PanelPicker®

Make your voice heard by entering your own session idea for SXSW 2020 and take part in the crowd-sourced programming selection process. Entry Period: July 1–19, 2019.

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About the SXSW Conference


SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries.

The SXSW Conference provides an opportunity for global professionals at every level to participate, learn, and network. Featuring a variety of tracks that allow attendees to explore what’s next in the worlds of entertainment, culture, and technology, SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together.

Learn more about Keynotes, Featured Speakers, and Session Formats across the 20 Tracks of programming for the 2020 SXSW Conference.

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