Note: This page was last updated in 2019. Our attendee guide will be updated for XOXO 2024 before registration opens.

Pre-Planning in Slack

The XOXO Slack is, without question, the best way to make the most out of your festival experience.

Starting in 2015, the XOXO Slack is filled with thousands of past attendees, speakers, and performers, who have self-organized into hundreds of different channels, from #anxiety to #zines. The majority of our XOXO Social lineup is planned here, as well as countless unofficial gatherings and meetups.

Getting In

You can request an invite to the XOXO Slack by signing into your Account, and looking for the "XOXO Slack" block at the bottom of the Overview page.

Private Channels

To create a safe protected space for marginalized folx, the XOXO Slack has dozens of invitation-only private channels, with protected channels for womxn, trans, people of color, LGBTQIA+, non-binary people, people with disabilities (“spoonies”), and topics related to mental health and well-being. Invitations are managed by our friendly bot, Indie. You can learn more in the #indie channel.

Introducing Yourself

Introduce yourself in the #intro channel! We know that imposter syndrome is common around XOXO, but everyone in this Slack is here for a reason. We'd love to know what you're up to.

Useful Channels

There are a number of channels designed for festival questions and planning.


Have questions about the XOXO festival or logistics? That's what we're here for.


A great place for general questions about the XOXO Slack, or the place to find and suggest a new channel.


Slack can be a bit confusing to newcomers. Here's where to get tips about how to use Slack generally.


The place to find or offer a shared place to stay.

Getting Help from Moderators

Moderators and admins can be identified by the red diamond emoji “♦️” by their names. We can be reached individually by direct message, the #ask-a-moderator channel, or by using our bot Indie's “/mods ” command to privately reach all active moderators. You can also type “@moderators” to bring attention to a particular discussion.