SXSW® GO, presented by Showtime, is the official mobile app for getting the most out of attending SXSW 2019. With SXSW GO, you can upload your badge photo, get personalized recommendations, build your schedule, network with other attendees, request SXXpress Passes, see real-time event status and more!

Sign in with your SXSW credentials to unlock these features.


SXSW Recommends – Personalized event and attendee recommendations based on a variety of factors, including favorited events, favorited attendees, time and location.

Abby, the SXSW chatbot– Casual, fun conversational-style user experience and an easy to follow guided menu to help navigate SXSW, find out what’s happening, and get timely answers to FAQs.

SXXpress Pass – Digital pass for SXSW registrants that allows front-of-line access to Music Showcases, Film Screenings, Conference Sessions and select parties. Request SXXpress Passes with the app and learn more at

Event Status – Check the current status of an event’s real-time popularity for conference sessions and festival events. Events will have a Green-Yellow-Red status on the day of the event to help you make any last minute decisions.

Favorited By – See how many people have starred any session, showcase, or screening. Not only will you be able to see how many people favorited an event, you can also see who!

Schedule - Browse the entire SXSW 2019 schedule and plan your week. Watch Film trailers, listen to Artist’s tracks, learn more about Session speakers. Star events as My Favorites and easily sync your favorites between devices.

Networking - Search the directory for other Attendees and quickly send direct messages. Boost your networking with personalized recommendations from SXSW Recommends. Opt in to location services to see who’s around you.

Exhibitors - Browse the Exhibitor directory for all exhibitions, including SXSW Art Program, Gaming Expo, SXSW Marketplace, Virtual Cinema, Flatstock, Startup Spotlight, Trade Show, and Wellness Expo. Use maps to easily navigate the exhibit halls.

SXSW GO 2019 is presented by Showtime and powered by Eventbase.

What’s New

Version 12.2

New for SXSW 2019:
-Abby the SXSW chatbot delivers inline recommendations. Favorite events and build your schedule directly from Abby’s conversational UI.
-The SXSW Recommends algorithm has been optimized for the 2019 event with machine learning! Get personalized recommendations and opt in to notifications for real-time recommendations.
-Bug fixes and UI enhancements

Ratings and Reviews

3.6 out of 5
357 Ratings

357 Ratings

rgunther ,

After all these years

Content organization is still confusing and app is buggy. It isn’t properly syncing my favorites from my tablet—only some of them, so I don’t have a complete schedule with me. The list of events is also unwieldy and difficult to scan six lines at a time—it doesn’t scale for the growth of the content. Then it reloads every time a schedule update completes, losing my place! Links with more info for event descriptions don’t actually like anywhere, and the full-page recommendations cards are slow to load and a pain to scroll through. After all these years, why is this app still so problematic?

Execute ,

Ads compound problem

This app is useful. It’s easier to access than the web schedule.

Although the functionality is limited (hard to scroll, slow response, can’t search by location) it’s actually one of the best conference apps since most conference apps are horrible.

However, the app has many, many ads. Every time you launch, there’s a non -skippable ad. My device is a bit old (6S) and this takes 5 seconds. It’s the same ad for Showtime. I’m already a subscriber. You can’t turn this off. It takes 5 seconds to load and tap “skip ad.”

When you’re browsing the schedule, there’s a non-skippable banner ad with 15-20% of the screen. Again for showtime. With the other navigation wrapper, this means you can only see 3-4 items and scrolling is jerky. This means when you swipe you go past where you want.

This conference is paid. I understand trying to get some ad revenue, but it’s worsening your user experience. Comically, there are dozens of sessions with great designers about design. There’s probably some SXSW employee weeping at having to sacrifice design principles for the release of this app.

I would prefer just a giant pdf and text search (not available).

Oh yeah, the capacity feature is neat, but not very accurate or useful. Although I don’t think this is a flaw in the app. Likely the data capture and estimate.

Developer Response ,

Thank you so much for your detailed feedback. We are always looking for ways to improve our app. I will take this feedback to our mobile dev team. If you have any additional thoughts we would be happy to hear them. Please let us know more at

neps ,

Worst part of SXSW... this App.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s great when it works - up to the minute information about the schedule, suggestions about what conferences to attend, up to the minute line “status”

But it frustrating to use a frustrating amount of the time, specially for a conference that is supposed to be for interactives, I’d expect better execution!

Scrolling the list is constantly wonky, going into a detail page and then back to the list you loose your place, or events show up multiple times - creating an infinite scroll affect.

If you’re playing audio in the app, the layering makes some of it unusable.

When loading detail pages sometimes it crashes out within the app and the detail page goes away and returns me back to the start of the app, loosing my place and forcing me to search again.

The express pass is a nice idea, but I only got it to work once after being there for a week and trying at 9am the day prior as instructed.

Easier filtering would be nice - maybe some way to scan the “hotter” discussions than the weaker ones. You’re often deciding between a dozen sessions at the same time that you want to attend - would be great if there was a way to compare them with some metadata to help aid in decision making


SXSW Media, LLC.
138.5 MB

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
©2018 SXSW, Inc.


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