Founded in 2009 by Arié Moyal, HugTrain's mission is to offer a different perspective on the world and reduce social isolation by distributing and facilitating the exchange of hugs and peer-to-peer support by using technology to connect with people online and offline. This year, the 7th annual HugTour will crisscross North America from December 13, 2015 to January 7, 2016 raising spirits one hug at a time!

Going to SXSW? Claim your free hug!

Going to SXSW? Claim your free hug!

We’re very happy to announce that we will be in Austin for this year’s SXSW!
We’ll be offering free hugs downtown from Thursday March 12th and Thursday March 19th!

So if you’re a few short of your 8 hugs a day minimum or you’re in a huggy mood, here are a few ways to get (or give) a hug during SXSW:

1) Look for our street team – we’ll be wearing Free Hugs shirts and holding up signs!

2) Send us a tweet on @HugTrainUSA or just use the hashtag #HUGSxSW and we’ll come meet you!

But the very best way?

3) Download the app on Android  or iOS  and send us a message or start your own HugTrain 🙂


See you in Austin!


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