SXSW 2014 Volunteer registration is CLOSED! Check back in November 2014 for information about SXSW 2015 Volunteer opportunities.


Photo by Debbie Finely


The SXSW Volunteer Program mobilizes an army of global volunteers and resources to drive SXSW, its registrants, staff and the Austin community. Our goal is to enhance the volunteer experience from start to finish, so that we continue to offer the best opportunity to contribute to the fun and success of SXSW Conferences + Festivals.

More than 3000 volunteers contribute hours of their time each year to SXSW. Our Volunteers are the faces of SXSW, working in and around the Austin Convention Center or other SXSW official venues; often the first ones to greet our out-of-town registrants.

If you are interested in signing up, be sure to read through the entire website and then head over to the Register page to get all of the details.


There are three different crew types of crews: Conference, Production and SXSWedu. There is a big difference between the three, 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 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.

SXSWedu Volunteers will work ONLY SXSWedu shifts (March 4-6, 2014) to earn a SXSWedu Badge. Complete information on volunteering for SXSWedu can be found on the SXSWedu Volunteer Website.

A limited number of SXSW crews offer shifts during SXSWedu. Returning SXSW volunteers wishing to work SXSWedu shifts toward their SXSW perk must check with their individual crews for shift availability.

Volunteers wishing to earn both a SXSWedu Badge and a SXSW perk, must earn the required hours/shifts independently of each other. Contact a volunteer coordinator for assistance.

Photo by Debbie Finley