Our Convergence Programming exists throughout the event, and embodies some of the most unique elements of SXSW, where topics organically overlap between our core industries of Music, Film & Interactive. The word "Convergence" is not just a thematic concept, but also a practical term. Any time you see an event described as Convergence, that programming is accessible to more than one type of badge. This means you'll be able to mingle directly with badgeholders from other areas of expertise, providing a bonus learning & networking opportunity that you'll only find at SXSW.
Below are a few highlights and locations where you'll have access to Convergence at SXSW. 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.
Next Stage features intriguing conversations and performances that span the Music, Film and Interactive industries. Located inside the SXSW Trade Show, Next Stage events take place Sunday, March 15 to Wednesday, March 18, and will offer expert insights into current industry issues and feature some of the brightest creative, emerging talent at SXSW.
On Tuesday, March 17, Convergence Day, there will be Meet Ups targeted to connect all three festival participants on the 5th floor of the JW Mariott, and Film and Music crossover Meet Ups on Wednesday, March 18 and Thursday, March 19. These Meet Ups highlight intersections of industries and cultures that you can only find at SXSW.
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, Film & Music luminaries, including a handful of SXsports sessions. Stay tuned to sxsw.com for news on 2015 Featured Sessions as they are announced!
Entertainment & Immersion Content 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.
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
The Future of TV track of convergence sessions looks at the changing landscape of Television consumption, from the blossoming creativity of the content to the economic implications of how the content is consumed. What constitutes TV today? How will it continue to evolve? When is something no longer considered TV? Are these changes positive in the long run? All of these questions and more will be looked at in this convergence track of sessions. On Monday, March 16 & Tuesday, March 17, the Four Seasons will host the Future of TV track, with some affiliated sessions in Room 18ABCD & Ballroom D of the Austin Convention Center. (Also open to Music badgeholders)
This track of convergence sessions highlights the projects and people on the boundary-pushing fringe of modern day storytelling. With a focus on experimental projects, the Digital Domain showcases the new but possibly not yet fully realized directions that storytelling can take in the ever-evolving digital age. The Digital Domain runs Saturday, March 14 through Tuesday, March 17, 2015 in the Austin Suite of the Austin Convention Center.
From Saturday, March 14 through Tuesday, March 17, SXSW Comedy will include a handful of Conference sessions each afternoon featured as part of the Convergence programming in Room 18ABCD. Recent SXSW Comedy Conference participants include Seth Meyers, Marc Maron, Doug Benson, Pete Holmes, Jeffrey Tambor, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein. Additionally, each evening will feature a slate of of live comedy showcases, including stand-up, live podcast tapings, improv events and more.
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 not only attend Future of TV programming at the Four Seasons that day, but access all the Tuesday Convergence Day programming. 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.
Film + Music
Locations and special programming open to Film, Music, Gold & Platinum badges.
24 Beats Per Second Film Screenings
Starting on Monday, March 16, SXSW Music badgeholders will have access to all film screenings in the 24 Beats Per Second Film Festival Category. Each year the films in this category showcase the sounds, culture & influence of music & musicians, with an emphasis on documentary filmmaking. More info on these films will be posted here in early February.
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.