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