No, you can pick up your badge as soon as it becomes available. SXSW EDU and SXSW Volunteer Interactive, Film, Music, and Platinum Badges are available starting on the first day of SXSW EDU.
Volunteer Central and badge printing hours will be posted in your online database portal closer to the event, along with badge pickup information. As a reminder, we do have the ability to "turn off" badges for no-shows or other volunteer infractions. If a volunteer badge is turned off, you must visit Volunteer Central to address the issue.