Want to get access to SXSW events for free? Want to meet great folks and make lifelong friends? Consider volunteering for SXSW!
Every year SXSW recruiters a veritable army of volunteers, more than 3000 of them to help setup, run and break down all the events, shows, and parties that comprise the South by Southwest experience.
To meet their goal they hold a Volunteer Call in January each year where you can go and meet the crews, learn more about the responsibilities and time commitments and what perks you can earn.
Volunteer Call Dates and Times
January 18, 2014
3PM to 5PM
Austin Convention Center, Ballroom ABC
January 28, 2014
6PM to 9PM
Austin Convention Center, Ballroom ABC.
There are two main types of volunteers conference and Production. More details from the Volunteer site:
Conference Volunteers can schedule hours anytime throughout the 10 days of the SXSWeek (March 7-16, 2014) on up to three crews. Some crews may have limited hours available on days before and after the event. Conference Volunteers work hours toward a perk of their choice. Click here for more information about working as a Conference Volunteer.
Production Volunteers are restricted to working on only one crew throughout SXSWeek. Production Volunteers earn their perks based on the number of shifts worked. Click here for more information about working as a Production Volunteer.
As a former Volunteer and Crew Chief I can honestly say that volunteering at SXSW has greatly expanded my enjoyment of the event, especially in those first few years of attending, I learned a great deal about how to “do” SXSW from more experienced volunteers.
SXSW also takes Out of town volunteers, so even if you’re not from the area, go check out volunteer.sxsw.com to learn more.