No, volunteer hours prior to the event are minimal and reserved for returning volunteers only.
Volunteers working toward a SXSWedu Badge must work half their hours during SXSWedu. The volunteer's remaining schedule can be worked during SXSW.
Returning SXSW Volunteers may be able to work a portion of their schedule during SXSWedu while earning a Volunteer Film, Interactive, Music, or Platinum Badge. Crews have limited hours during SXSWedu and cannot guarantee hours for volunteers not earning a SXSWedu Badge.