SXSW Lounges Are A Great Place to Visit Old Friends and Make New Connections

Career-enhancing connections are one of the main reasons people come to the SXSW Interactive Festival. Often these connections occur before or after a particularly-intriguing panel session. Other times, these connections occur serendipitously when registrants meet by chance in a hallway or at an evening event.

We also understand that providing multiple places for such connections to occur improves the overall attendee experience at SXSW. Hence we have added several themed lounges to the venue structure over the last few years.

Registrants can take a break from programming at any of these strategically-located Interactive lounges. With differently-themed lounges located throughout our many venues, there is always a cool place nearby to grab a cold drink, visit with old friends, make new connections, and talk shop.

Confirmed lounges for the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival include:

3M Idea Exchange
Location: Brush Square Park West
Meet, mingle and see what ideas "pop" at SXSW Interactive. Come to the 3M Idea Exchange to share what's trending at SXSW for the chance to win cash prizes, explore some of 3M's most innovative technologies and enjoy free snacks and drinks.

Visit the 3M Idea Exchange at Brush Square Park West

The Beacon Lounge (with a conscience)
Location: Austin Convention Center, Room 8BC
Play hard, do good. The Beacon Lounge is the hub for cause-loving geekeratti at SXSW Interactive. If you dig comfy beanbags, plentiful power strips, daily snacks (and beer!), live music and a chill do-gooding vibe that’s pure awesome, The Beacon is the only place to be. Follow @beaconfire or visit our event site.

Visit the Beacon Lounge at the Austin Convention Center

The Circus Mashimus Lounge
Location: Austin Convention Center, Room 3
The Circus Mashimus lounge, hosted by Mashery, is the place to recharge your body, your mind and your phone. We have comfy sofas, good music, and a killer t-shirt giveaway. You can also get your geek on and let us show you the latest in data, apps and APIs.

Visit the Circus Mashimus Lounge at the Austin Convention Center

FleishmanHillard black box Lounge
Location: Four Seasons Hotel, Stone's Crossing Room
Stop by the FleishmanHillard black box lounge where you can take all the news, trends and surprises from SXSW with you. See how we're making big data small. Collect, connect, and converse. Follow us @fleishman and #FHblackbox.

Visit the FleishmanHilard black box Lounge at the Four Seasons

Future Futures
Location: Moonshine Restaurant (303 Red River)
Dates: Friday March 7 thru Monday March 10 (11am - 6pm daily)
Science fiction spurs us on to greater ideas and grander possibilities. As we continue to reach and surpass sci-fi's extraordinary speculative technologies, the Media Lab keeps redrawing the map of what’s possible–and how to get there. Join us for workshops, discussions, demos, and more on the future of the future.

Visit the Future Futures Lounge at Moonshine

PayPal Social Media Lounge (hosted by TechSet)
Location: Austin Convention Center, Room 19AB
We have something brand new to share at this year’s SXSW. Come check out the PayPal Social Media lounge (formerly Blogger Lounge). TechSet is thrilled to partner with PayPal to deliver a new look and feel -- and provide even richer experiences -- at SXSW’s most popular gathering spot.

Visit the PaylPal Social Media Lounge at the Austin Convention Center

Is your company interested in hosting a lounge at the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival? If so, then please contact Katie King for availability, pricing and other details. Hurry, lounge opportunities at SXSW tend to sell out very quickly.