In two months time, me and thousands of people from around the world will descend upon Austin, Texas for the annual South By Southwest festival (SXSW 2015). For those who have yet to secure a ticket to the event, it’s not too late as passes are still available to purchase for the event. However if you are interested in attending but can’t afford the price tag then volunteering could be an option. Each year around 4000 volunteers contribute hours of their time to make SXSW possible. This experience is not for the faint of heart as you will be inundated with questions as you will most likely be the first face to greet the attendees of SXSW. Of course being a volunteer can be a rewarding experience for such a big event as it provides a great networking opportunity, where else would you be able to meet and mingle with filmmakers, actors, comedians, songwriters, musicians and innovators of the next generation?
Types of Volunteers:
There are 2 different types of crews: Conference and Production. The crew types are very different, as well as the perks available for each. Prospective volunteers will need to know which type of crew they would like to work on before beginning their registration.
Conference Volunteers can schedule hours anytime throughout the 10 days of the SXSWeek (March 13-22, 2015) on up to 3 crews. When available, returning Conference Volunteer may work some of their hours during SXSWedu (March 9-12). 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 SXSWedu and SXSWeek. Production Volunteers earn their perks based on the number of shifts worked. Click here for more information about working as a Production Volunteer.
A volunteer call will take place on Saturday, January 17, 2015 between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday, January 27, 2015 between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. at the Austin Convention Center. For more information, visit the SXSW volunteer website at volunteer.sxsw.com
13th-22nd March 2015, Austin (Texas)
The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conferences & Festivals offer the unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW is the premier destination for discovery.Year after year, the event is a launching pad for new creative content. New media presentations, music showcases and film screenings provide buzz-generating exposure for creators and compelling entertainment for audiences. Conference panel discussions present a forum for learning, business activity thrives at the SXSW Trade Show: The Exhibition for Creative Industries and global networking opportunities abound. Austin serves as the perfect backdrop for SXSW®, where career development flourishes amid the relaxed atmosphere. Intellectual and creative intermingling among industry leaders continues to spark new ideas and carve the path for the future of each ever-evolving field, long after the events’ conclusion.
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