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Guide to the 2019 SXSW Conference

By Melanie Graysmith

SXSW Conference 2019
Austin Convention Center
500 E Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 404-4000

Dates: March 8 - 17, 2019, registration badges, $495- $1450, prices increase January 18, 2019, participation fees extra.

The SXSW Conference 2019 unifies a wide range of networking and learning opportunities by bringing a diverse selection of topics and people together to explore what is up-and-coming in the worlds of culture, film, music, and technology. Connect and join with the world’s largest gathering of creative professionals with a spotlight on creativity and learning at its core. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, the SXSW Conference is known for its festivals that celebrate the merging of interactive film, music, and gaming industries and is a top destination for global professionals. The annual event features screenings, exhibitions, music, and sessions with opportunities for networking with a diverse, collaborative, creative community.


The SXSW Conference Tracks are widely diverse and include topics such as Blockchain & Cryptocurrency, Cannabusiness, Entertainment Influencers, Entrepreneurship & Startups, Film & TV Industry, Food, Health & Medtech, Sports, Tech Industry and more. With 25 tracks of SXSW Conference programming, simply browse the weekly Tracks Timeline to plan your time.


SXSW Festivals cover interactive, film, music, comedy, and gaming and offer distinctive ways to explore each of these creative worlds.


SXSW hosts a variety of world-class exhibitions that are free and open to the public with a SXSW guest pass. Take your exploration and discoveries even further at the SXSW Trade Show, Spotlights, and Gaming Expo. Exhibitions include Flatstock, SXSW Marketplace, Virtual Cinema, SXSW Wellness Expo, and more.


Establishing meaningful connections to meet, mix, and mingle is an important function of the SXSW experience, and the main reason so many creative music, filmmaker, and digital industry members enjoy attending SXSW each year. These connections offer a whole lot of new: new opportunities for partnerships, new rounds of funding, new ideas, new jobs, new friendships, new relationships – the possibilities are, as they say, endless.

SXSW offers several forums for networking opportunities: Lounges to retreat to when you need to relax or get a bit of work done, a variety of parties to attend and enjoy as you unwind after a busy day of SXSW programming, meet ups that focus on specific topics, and online networking tools SXSW Social and SXSW GO mobile app to further enhance the SXSW experience. Any way you choose to go, SXSW Networking offers numerous opportunities to meet, intermix, and interact with other registrants with a spotlight on making the most of merging work and social connections.

You can also apply to participate and market at SXSW; check details here.

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