Convergence: The Interactive, Film and Music Industries at SXSW

2014 Convergence Day Session "Portlandia - Behind the Scenes with the Creators" - Photo by Tammy Perez

One of the core strengths of the SXSW experience is the concentrated intersection of the creative industries, from Music to Film to Interactive and beyond. Our Convergence Programming embodies some of the most unique elements of SXSW, where topics organically envelop more than one featured industry, and thus more than one festival. At SXSW, the word "Convergence" is not just a thematic concept, but also a practical term. Any time you see an event described as Convergence, it means that programming is accessible to more than one type of badge, providing a bonus learning & networking opportunity that you'll only find at SXSW.

In addition to the special events listed in the menu at right, below are a few highlights and particular places where you can interface with other badge types. Like what you see? Make sure to upgrade your badge to experience all that SXSW has to offer.

Interactive + Film + Music

Locations and special programming open to Interactive, Film, Music, Gold & Platinum badges.

Tuesday, March 17 is Conference Convergence Day
We're offering Music, Film and Interactive attendees a taste of the SXSW Platinum conference experience with what we call "Convergence Day." Only on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, Level 4 of the Austin Convention Center will be open to all SXSW badges. With featured Interactive and Film sessions in 18ABCD and Ballroom D, as well as the first day of Music conference programming -- you won't want to miss out on the opportunities.

Interactive + Film

Locations and special programming open to Interactive, Film, Gold & Platinum badges.

Featured Sessions in Ballroom D
Level 4 of the Austin Convention Center is where you can find Ballroom D, host to high-profile talks from Interactive and Film luminaries, including a handful of SXsports sessions. Stay tuned to sxsw.com for news on 2015 Featured Sessions as they are announced!

The Day Stage in Ballroom G
With special programming from both the Film and Interactive conferences, the Day Stage in Ballroom G (on Level 4 of the Austin Convention Center) is the best place to catch enlightening interviews, mind-bending workshops, inspiring book readings and intriguing film trailers all in one location.

Digital Domain
SXSW Film presents the latest web series, interactive documentaries, rich media projects, data visualizations, web-generated content and much more. The Digital Domain runs Saturday, March 14 through Tuesday, March 17, 2015 in the Austin Suite of the Austin Convention Center.

Next Generation Content and Distribution in Room 18ABCD
Running Friday, March 13 through Tuesday, March 17, Room 18ABCD in the Austin Convention Center contains sessions that showcase the ever-increasing convergence between the Film, Interactive and Music industries with a special focus on the latest content and distribution technologies.

SXsports
This sports-focused convergence track takes place Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 15 at The Four Seasons Hotel (with some featured sessions in 18ABCD & Ballroom D of the Austin Convention Center). Incorporating film screenings, panel elements and networking events, SXsports touches on all aspects of sports through the SXSW lens of culture, technology & innovation.

Future of TV
On Monday, March 16 & Tuesday, March 17, the Four Seasons will host the Future of TV track, ground zero for all things related to the evolving nature of Television and serialized content creation, distribution, and audience engagement (with some affiliated sessions in Room 18ABCD & Ballroom D of the Austin Convention Center).

Interactive + Music

Locations and special programming open to Interactive, Music, Gold & Platinum badges.

SXSW Music Startup Village
The SXSW Music Startup Village brings together the startups, entrepreneurs, investors and digital tastemakers within the SXSW Music Conference. Located on Level 4 of the Downtown Austin Hilton, this space showcases the various music-related startup events on Tuesday, March 17.

First Day of Music Conference is on Convergence Day
Music attendees can begin picking up badges on Monday, March 16, and be ready for all the Tuesday convergence. In addition to the amazing Music conference lineup on Tuesday, March 17, Level 4 of the Austin Convention Center will be open to all SXSW badges. With featured Interactive, Film and Music sessions in 18ABCD and Ballroom D, you won't want to miss out on this industry melting pot.

Experience It All at SXSW

These Convergence opportunities are just a taste of the maximum SXSW experience. Make sure to upgrade your badge to access all that SXSW has to offer.