Sign Up to Volunteer

Registration Process

  1. Review the Volunteer Types and Requirements page, so that you have a better understanding of the different volunteer opportunities offered.
  2. Visit the SXSW online volunteer database (Shiftboard) beginning in November to create or update your volunteer record. All volunteers, new and returning, must fill out a registration form. The forms will be available here when volunteer sign up is open.
  3. Volunteers need to have their own email address. Please no sharing of email accounts.
  4. Volunteers under the age of 18 years of age will need a parent or legal guardian’s permission. If applicable, SXSW Volunteer Headquarters will provide the consent form after registration.
  5. Once your registration is processed, you will be sent your Shiftboard login information.

Volunteer Schedule

Local volunteers within 70 miles of the Greater Austin area* should attend one of the Volunteer Calls at the Austin Convention Center in January. Many crews will fill up at the first call, so it is advised that volunteers attend at their earliest opportunity. Please note that these are events that volunteers should attend, and not a phone call.

Volunteer Call #1

January 21, 2018
Austin Convention Center, Ballroom ABC
3PM to 5PM

Volunteer Call #2

January 27, 2018
Austin Convention Center, Ballroom ABC
3PM to 5PM

Out of Town (OOT) Volunteers who submit their registrations by the early OOT Deadline, January 5, 2018, will receive crew contact information via email on January 10, 2018 for those crews that accept OOT Volunteers. It is the responsibility of the volunteer to contact crew managers to build a schedule.

OOT Volunteer registrations received after the deadline will be sent available crew information on February 12, 2018.

Volunteer schedules are entered into your record by our volunteer crew managers. Please give our crew managers approximately two weeks to enter your schedule online. Your schedule can be viewed by logging into your volunteer record and clicking the “Calendar” tab.

Volunteer Training

Please check out the Volunteer Training page for more information about the different volunteer training requirements.

*Volunteers who live more than 30 miles from the Austin Convention Center may also choose to sign up as an OOT Volunteer. Visit the OOT Volunteer page for more information.