SXSW® GO, presented by Showtime, is the official mobile app for getting the most out of SXSW 2020. With SXSW GO, you can build your schedule, network with attendees, upload your badge photo, get personalized recommendations, request SXXpress Passes, see real-time event status and more!
Schedule - Browse the entire SXSW 2020 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.
SXSW Recommends – Personalized event and attendee recommendations based on a variety of factors, including favorited events, favorited attendees, time and location.
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 sxsw.com/sxxpress/
RSVP – Secure your seat! Signup for Mentor Sessions, Round Tables, and select Conference Programming Sessions.
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 quick answers to FAQs.
Event Status – Check the current status of an event's real-time popularity for conference sessions and festival events. Before the event use the venue size and # of favorites to plan. Events will have a Green-Yellow-Red status on the day of the event to help you make any last-minute decisions.
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 2020 is presented by Showtime and powered by Eventbase.
Events Nearby: a new feature for SXSW 2020 that uses a registrant’s current location and current Event Status to show a real time list of events happening near the user’s locations with a Green Event Status and within a walkable distance.
Ratings and Reviews
I feel like the scheduling aspect could be a little more intuitive but I used it all day, every day. Better than trying to deal with a brochure. Maybe this isn’t an app issue but I didn’t find the express invites to be easy to understand or use.
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.
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Worst part of SXSW...
...is 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
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