SXSW Eco continues the SXSW tradition with exciting films, parties and events designed to connect you to one another.


Welcome Reception

Stop by the Welcome Reception Sunday, October 9 at Alta's Cafe to make new acquaintances and say hello to old friends. Pick up your badge at the Austin Convention Center's Exhibit Hall 1, and then meet up with fellow SXSW Eco participants!

Presidential Debate Watch Party

What better way to kick off SXSW Eco 2016 than with the second Hillary/Drumpf Presidential Debate? Laugh and cry the night away with new and old friends at Liberty Tavern inside the Hilton Hotel.

Welcome Dinner

Join SXSW Eco speakers and attendees for this annual favorite - a specially curated dinner under the stars at the beautiful UMLAUF Sculpture Garden. The Welcome Dinner is a great way to connect with leaders at the conference and make friends in an intimate setting. Please note this event requires a separate ticket. To attend, please contact

SXSW Eco Opening Party

Drawing the full range of the SXSW Eco audience the SXSW Eco Opening Party kicks of the 2016 conference with a bang. Join us for this must-attend event on Monday, October 10 at 800 Congress to relax and connect after a full day of programming.

Debate Night! Smart Cities Are Dumb

This first-ever, Turncoats style debate at SXSW Eco is finally giving designers, architects and technology lovers and haters alike the chance to speak freely and say together, “Smart Cities are Dumb!” Or maybe not. Join us at the Townsend to take a shot, argue your side and witness the great debate in action.

Earth Day Texas Expedition presented by Earth Day Texas

Join Earth Day Texas on a behind-the-scenes field trip to explore innovation in action! The Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, CMPBS, is a global center for sustainability located in Austin. Experience a behind-the-scenes tour of the oldest sustainable architecture firm in the US, led by founding member Pliny Fisk III. Space is Limited! Sign up here.

Solar Power Happy Hour presented by Geostellar

Toast the sunshine at the official SXSW Eco Solar Power Happy Hour and Trivia Contest sponsored by Geostellar, the solar energy marketplace. Libations, foods, friends, tunes & good cheer for all! Join us at Blackheart on Rainey St for a friendly game of trivia at one of Austin’s favorite bars, or grab a drink for a less competitive, equally as entertaining evening with fellow speakers and attendees.

SXSW Eco Awards + Closing Party

Attend the SXSW Eco Awards + Closing Party to discover the winners of our Startup Showcase and Place By Design competitions. This fun, fast-paced show celebrates the entrepreneurs, designers and citizens making a positive impact at SXSW Eco 2016. Following the Awards, enjoy music from Austin's favorite party band Sweet Spirit.

Lunch Clubs

Connect with attendees who share your interests at our daily lunch clubs! These casual networking opportunities are the perfect way for you to enjoy some of Austin's best dining establishments, while continuing your great conversations from the event. See the full lineup of topics and hosts here.

Coffee Breaks

Coffee Breaks take place at 3pm following the afternoon keynote and provide an excellent meeting space for registrants to network while discussing sessions and the newest ideas they've discovered during the event.


The Eco Book Store in Exhibit Hall 1 will host daily book signings from speakers throughout the conference. Check out the full book signing schedule, featuring Keynote Speaker Bill Nye!


Explore art installations and intriguing displays throughout the Austin Convention Center such as Little Sun’s Sunlight Graffiti and much more. Dont miss the Place By Design Outdoor Lounge presented by Southwest Airlines in nearby Brush Square Park, featuring a variety place making installations from PXD finalists and local artists.


SXSW Eco’s film series features poignant narratives and documentaries focusing on all aspects eco. Join us for daily short screenings in the Austin Convention Center and for special full length features, Jumbo Wild presented by Patagonia and The Great Invisible presented by Participant Media at Austin’s notable Alamo Drafthouse Ritz.