No, you may pick up your perk when they become available. Volunteer EDU Badges are available starting on the first day of SXSW EDU. Volunteer Interactive, Film, Music, and Platinum Badges are available starting on the first day of SXSW. Volunteer Central hours will be posted on the news page in Shiftboard closer to the event, along with perk pick-up information. We do have the ability to "turn off" badges and wristbands, so if you "flake" on a shift we can disable your perk, making it invalid.