Crews

Explore the variety of SXSW Volunteers crews below including Banners, Conference Access, Registration, Stage Crew, and many more.

Information on Volunteer perks can be found here.

All-Conference Crews

Operate March 5 – 18, 2018
Age 16+
Available Perks: T-shirts/SXSW EDU/Interactive/Film/Music/Platinum*

ACCELERATOR
Competition that gives innovative new companies the opportunity to showcase their product or company in front of a panel of professional industry expert judges and a live audience. Volunteers will assist with setup, operations, and breakdown of this event. There will be an in-person training for volunteers on this crew.
ARTIST PARKING OPS
Work in and around the SXSW street closures throughout SXSWeek, March 9-18. Volunteers will assist SXSW permitted participants with loading and unloading in the designated areas, place notices around the downtown area informing the artists, sponsors and the public about street closures and the downtown parking situation.
BANNERS**
Hangs and removes all SXSW banners in panel rooms and official venues throughout the event. Requires stamina, balance and the ability to carry 30+ lbs. Volunteers must be age 18+. This crew requires volunteers to work all their hours on their crew and operates during SXSW EDU as well.
COMEDY CREW**
Admits attendees into comedy venues, and helps clear the venue after performances. Assignments subject to venue age restrictions. Volunteers must be age 18+.
CONFERENCE ACCESS
Stationed at access points around the Austin Convention Center (ACC) to ensure registrants and personnel have the correct credentials for access to areas within the ACC. Volunteers will answer registrant and attendee questions when able, or direct people to the nearest Information booth. Engaged and personable volunteers are a good fit for Conference Access. This crew operates during SXSW EDU as well.
CONFERENCE TECH
Helps panelists with technical setup: connecting to projectors, microphone audio levels, room lighting, and general troubleshooting. This crew operates during SXSW EDU as well. There will be an in-person training for volunteers on this crew.
CONVENTION CENTER STAGE CREW
Stages within the Austin Convention Center host various speakers, panels, music performances, and presentations during the days of the event. This crew maintains the day stage space and helps with set up of the various programming. Some heavy lifting may be required.
CREW MANAGER**
Crew Managers are volunteers with a great amount of responsibility. They work with SXSW for several months prior to the event and wrap up shortly after the event concludes. Crew managers are responsible for assisting with recruiting, scheduling, training, and managing a volunteer crew. Crew managers work closely with SXSW Staff. Crew managers work hard, play hard, and carry a special level of recognition among the volunteer crews. Local volunteers are preferred in the crew manager role. Please fill out the Crew Manager Interest form if you would like more information about this position.
EVENT SIGNAGE
Produces event signage around the Austin Convention Center and official SXSW venues. Using foamcore, paper, laminators, spray-mount adhesive, x-actos and other sign-making tools, the crew makes signs for SXSW EDU and SXSW Music, Film & Interactive. Adobe InDesign skills are a plus, but not a requirement. This crew operates during SXSW EDU as well.
EXHIBITION
Helps direct exhibitors loading in and out of the SXSW EDU Expo, SX Health & Medtech, Marketplace, and Flatstock Exhibitions, checks credentials at entrances, and ensures timely communication between exhibitors and SXSW Staff. This crew operates during SXSW EDU as well.
FILM TRAFFIC
This crew is responsible for tracking all SXSW films. Volunteers will receive films prior to the festival at the Film Tech Center and transport them to the appropriate venues during the SXSW Film Festival. Must be 21+, have a good driving record with valid auto insurance, and pre-event availability.
FILM VENUE STAFF
Admits attendees into film venues, introduces films and filmmakers if necessary, ensures that films start on time, and clears the theater after screenings. This crew requires volunteers to work all their hours on Film Venue Staff. This crew operates during SXSW EDU as well. There will be an in-person training for volunteers on this crew.
GAMING EXPO
The SXSW Gaming Expo focuses on all things gaming and includes stages, panel programming, and exhibtions, March 16-18. Volunteers will monitor the exhibitor setup and the Expo floor during the hours of operation and be able to answer questions.
HOSPITALITY
Manages multiple SXSW staff & volunteer hospitality and vendor areas, while keeping a fun and inviting vibe. Volunteers must be keen to working with logistics and have great customer service. Volunteers will interact with vendors and facilitate the use of QR scanners to track meal redemption. This crew operates during SXSW EDU as well./expand] INFORMATIONProvides an array of information to SXSW registrants and attendees. Volunteers will maintain computer stations where attendees can check e-mail, preview official SXSW films, listen to showcasing artists, and more. Requires adequate knowledge of Austin geography and SXSW events. This crew operates during SXSW EDU as well. There will be an in-person training for volunteers on this crew.
INTERACTIVE INNOVATION AWARDS and GAMING AWARDS
Manages setup, on site logistics, and breakdown of Interactive Innovation Awards and Finalist Showcase, as well as the Gaming Awards.
LOUNGES CREW
Manages areas such as lounges and spaces reserved for official SXSW conference attendees and guests. Volunteers will also support sales and sponsorship activations, and official parties throughout the SXSW EDU and the 10 days of the SXSW. This crew operates during SXSW EDU as well. There will be an in-person training for volunteers on this crew.
MUSIC AWARDS SHOW
Assists with production and operations of the Austin Music Awards.
PANELS
Operating during SXSW EDU and SXSW, this crew supports EDU, Interactive, Film, Music, VR/AR, and Gaming sessions. Volunteers work with panelists, the Conference Tech Crew, and registrants to make sure programming runs smoothly and on schedule. Volunteers will check badges, assist panelists, and provide green room and panel room support. The Panels Crew requires volunteers to work all their hours on their crew. This crew operates during SXSW EDU as well. There will be an in-person training for volunteers on this crew.
PLANNING OPS
Helps to support operations within the Austin Convention Center (ACC). Tasks include distributing magazines, removing unapproved flyers and publications, wrapping and unwrapping poles and trusses, monitoring crowd activity. Volunteers may also assist with conference line management at the ACC and nearby hotels, as well as respond to other requests by SXSW Planning staff. This crew operates during SXSW EDU as well.
PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS
Distributes SXSW Big Bags and additional materials to registrants throughout the festival. This crew operates during some of the SXSW EDU days as well.
PUBLIC RELATIONS (formerly PRESS & PUBLICITY)
Provides appropriate credentials to press registrants and assists with the management of media village . Client management skills preferred.
REGISTRATION
One of the largest and busiest crews, volunteers confirm and distribute credentials to all SXSW registrants. Patience and good humor is a plus. This crew operates during SXSW EDU as well. There will be an in-person training for volunteers on this crew.
RELIEF
Volunteers fill-in wherever extra help is needed. Both daytime and nighttime hours are available. Volunteers must be flexible as you never know where this crew will take you.
RFID
Helps maintain, inventory, and deploy tablet readers used throughout SXSW. Primary crew tasks include configuring tablets, helping other crews to deploy and use the tablets, and checking on their use. While smart-phone familiarity is highly recommended, being a techie is not required. This crew operates during SXSW EDU as well./expand] SOFTBALLManages set-up, player relations, operations and wrap-up of the SXSW softball tournament at Krieg Fields, Sunday, March 19.
SPECIAL EVENTS (Formerly HIGH BEAM EVENTS)**
Assist in verifying official SXSW credentials & greeting guests at SXSW official events and parties. Other duties may include distributing swag, monitoring capacity & light set up. Special Events is active during SXSWedu, Interactive, Film & Music. Volunteers must be 21+.
SPECIAL VENUES CREW (SVC)**
Roaming volunteer teams that assist with lines and crowds outside of official venues. In addition, this crew has a bike team that rides throughout the downtown area assisting with crowd control. Experienced bicycle enthusiasts are encouraged to join this crew. Volunteers must be age 21+.
SXAMBASSADORS
Volunteers ride SXSW Festival Shuttles to help inform and assist registrants utilizing the service. Requires adequate knowledge of Austin geography and SXSW events.
SXSUPPLIES
Monitors and orders supplies for the event production staff and crew. Responsible for the distribution of equipment and supplies to staff and volunteers. This crew operates during SXSW EDU as well.
SXXPRESS
Volunteers will be responsible for issuing express passes for both film and music venues.
SXSW CREATE
Encompasses a hands on exhibit area, day stage, and panel sessions. Volunteers will work in the Palmer Event Center to assist exhibitors as well as direct attendees.
TECH SET-UP/TEARDOWN
Responsible for the set up and teardown of all technical equipment in the ACC before, during and after the conference. This crew operates during SXSW EDU as well.
THEATER MANAGER**
Theater managers are volunteers with a significant amount of responsibility. A theater manager works as a liaison between the SXSW staff, venue, filmmakers, and registrants. They are responsible for the schedule of films and the Film Venue Staff Crew at one of the official SXSW Film Festival venues. The role involves a great deal of pre-event availability for meetings and training, as well as availability throughout the Film Festival. Volunteers must be age 18+, no exceptions. If you are interested in becoming a theater manager please email: sxfilmvenuestaff@gmail.com
TRADE SHOW
Volunteers assist exhibitors loading into and out of the trade show, check credentials at trade show entrances, and help answer exhibitor and trade show attendee questions.
TRANSPORTATION**
Transportation’s primary mission is to pick up and deliver people and things by any means necessary. Most of the time this is done by mini-van, 15-passenger vans, and occasionally by foot when picking up or delivering to a location close to the Austin Convention Center. Volunteers must be age 21+. This crew operates during SXSW EDU as well. There will be an in-person training for volunteers on this crew.
VR/AR
VR/AR volunteers are responsible for assisting with the VR/AR Cinema and Experience Hall including helping exhibitors manage traffic and utilizing onsite tech specialists, assisting with managing safety and access to partner and sponsor displays and exhibits, and helping guests and attendees navigate the space successfully.

*Platinum Badges are reserved for returning volunteers. A Platinum Nomination must be on file for volunteers earning a Volunteer Platinum Badge for the first time. Email volunteer@sxsw.com for more information.

**These crews have minimum age requirements or require special skills.

Music Venue Crews

Operate March 12 – 17, 2018
Age 21+ (Outdoor Stage = 18+)
Available Perks: Music/Platinum*

OUTDOOR STAGE
Outdoor Stage performances take place Thursday-Saturday, March 16-18, at Auditorium Shores. Volunteers will staff the entrance to the park and various access points within it. Daytime availability is required on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Additional set-up/breakdown days will take place on Wednesday, March 15 and Sunday, March 19. This is the only Music Festival Crew that accepts volunteers under the age of 21.
PRODUCTION DELIVERY CREW**
Following a schedule and working as a team, this role involves the delivery and pickup of DJ equipment, power transformers (power conversion) to international artists and occasional technical equipment to sound engineers.

Volunteers will be cover a variety of locations and venues, working around performance schedules and load-in/out times, and will often be on-call for technical assistance with equipment. Shifts begin at 5pm and end quite late during all nights of Music. Volunteers must be 21+ and have some DJ experience with technical knowledge. This role can be physically demanding.
STAGE CREW**
Assist performers loading equipment into venues, and on and off the stage during set changes. Volunteers communicate pertinent information to artists, assist stage managers and staff, as well as survey the venue for potential issues. Stage Crew volunteers may be asked to lift up to 50 pounds and will likely stand for long periods of time.

Stage Crew volunteers are assigned to one of the official SXSW Music Festival venues, and will work in the same venue each night. Every effort is made to assign volunteers based on musical preference. Volunteers must be age 21+.
STAGE CREW RELIEF**
Volunteers will fill-in at various music venues where needed, between the hours of 5:30PM and 2AM. May be asked to perform any of the various tasks that other Stage Crew volunteers perform. Stage Crew volunteers may be asked to lift up to 50 pounds and will likely stand for long periods of time. They must be age 21+.
STAGE MANAGER**
Stage Managers are volunteers with a great amount of responsibility. They work with SXSW for several months prior to the event to communicate with performing artists and ensure that they have everything they need to make their showcases successful. During the Music Festival they are in charge of a specific stage and crew, making sure that bands get loaded in, start and stop their shows on time, and deal with any other issues that may arise. Volunteers must be age 21+. Please fill out the Stage Manager Interest form if you would like more information about this position. There will be an in-person training for volunteers on this crew.

*Platinum Badges are reserved for returning volunteers. A Platinum Nomination must be on file for volunteers earning a Volunteer Platinum Badge for the first time. Email volunteer@sxsw.com for more information.

**These crews have minimum age requirements or require special skills.