We are scanning Badges & Wristbands:
SXSW has been using Radio Frequency Identification (“RFID”) technology in some of our credentials since 2004, including all SXSW badges & wristbands. This means credentials will be authenticated at most SXSW events at time of entry, including panels.
How does SXSW use RFID?
How does SXSW not use RFID?
SXSW does not share RFID information with third-parties for their marketing purposes. No third-parties may use the RFID information for authentication purposes or to register attendance. SXSW does not track RFID tags after SXSW has ended.
Each chip is scanned before you receive it to ensure that it is in good working order. Do not bend or puncture your badge. Because of the RFID chip, the SXSW Badge can be the only laminate worn on your lanyard. Other laminates must be worn on a separate lanyard. SXSW reserves the right to check and scan your RFID tag at anytime.
Please direct any comments or questions you may have to firstname.lastname@example.org.