Registration: SXSW Shiftboard
There are three different crew types of crews: Conference, Production and SXSWedu. There is a big difference between the three, as well as the perks available for each. Prospective volunteers will need to know which type of crew they would like to work on before beginning their registration.
Conference Volunteers are eligible to work on up to 3 of the 30+ different Conference Crews, which operate throughout the 10-day event. Description of Conference Crews can be found here. Conference Volunteers are responsible for scheduling their own shifts, and must commit to a minimum of 30 hours in order to volunteer. Perks are earned based on the number of hours worked.
Production Volunteers are eligible to work on only one of the Production Crews, which operate operate throughout the 10-day event. A list of Production Crews can be found here. Most Production Volunteers will work a minimum of 5 shifts during the event to earn perks. Stage, Street Team, Special Venues and Outdoor Stage Crews are required to work a minimum of 3 shifts due to limited shift availability and times. In addition, there are also limits on which perks can be earned on these crews.
SXSWedu Volunteers will work ONLY SXSWedu shifts (March 4-6, 2014) to earn a SXSWedu Badge. Complete information on volunteering for SXSWedu can be found on the SXSWedu Volunteer Website.
A limited number of SXSW crews offer shifts during SXSWedu. Returning SXSW volunteers wishing to work SXSWedu shifts toward their SXSW perk must check with their individual crews for shift availability.
Volunteers wishing to earn both a SXSWedu Badge and a SXSW perk, must earn the required hours/shifts independently of each other. Contact a volunteer coordinator for assistance.
*Platinum Badges are reserved for returning volunteers. Returning volunteers that have never earned a Platinum Badge before and would like to do so in 2013, will need to have a Platinum Badge Nomination Form filled out by their prior year's crew chief during the Volunteer Call. Platinum Badges may also be acquired on specialty crews, which require that volunteers possess a proven skill-set such as photography, videography or other technical skills and have demonstrated, or provided proof of such skill.
** With the exception of the Music Stage, Special Venues Crews, and Street Team, all Production Crews are required to work at least 5 shifts. Music Stage, Special Venues Crews, and Street Team are only required to work a minimum of 3 shifts for a Music Badge due to the limited availability of shifts and flexibility in schedule and are not eligible for Gold Badges. Only returning volunteers are eligible to earn a Platinum Badge on a Production Crew. Platinum Badge requirements vary from crew to crew, so please see the Crew Descriptions Page for each crew's Platinum Badge opportunities.* NOTE: Production Volunteers are not eligible to earn SXSW Music Wristband, Interactive or Film Badges.
Out of Town Volunteer Applications will be accepted starting on November 4, 2013 through January 3, 2014. Priority will be given to those who submit a complete application by the January 3rd deadline. If you submit after the deadline, your application will be processed after the Volunteer Calls on a space available basis.
Applications must contain all required information, including local accommodations with a valid address, contact information and arrival/departure dates for Austin. Information will be verified. Incomplete applications will not be considered. DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR REGISTRATION WITHOUT COMPLETE INFORMATION. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO LOG IN TO MAKE CHANGES ONCE SUBMITTED.
A limited number of special rate hotel rooms are available for volunteers through SXSW Housing. If interested, email email@example.com for more information prior to finishing your registration.
All arrival dates must be on or before March 6, or March 10 if you are working on a Production Crew that operate solely during the music portion of SXSW.
The Conference Crew Walk-thru is optional for OOT Volunteers. Please indicate if you will be attending. The Conference Crew Walk-thru is worth 6 hours of credit toward your Conference perk. The Conference Crew Walk-thru hours DO NOT count toward Production perks.
Once your application has been accepted, you will receive further information regarding crew selection and sign-ups. For more in-depth OOT Volunteer information, visit the volunteer website.
If under the age of 18, you must bring a parent or legal guardian with you to the SXSW Volunteer Call or SXSW Headquarters, to consent to the Volunteer Release and Waiver of Liability.