The SXSW PanelPicker Engages the Community

PanelPicker Encourages Community Involvement

PanelPicker is now closed. We will announce the proposals that made it through October 19.

The PanelPicker® is a two-step online process that allows the SXSW community to have a voice in what sessions are scheduled at the SXSW Interactive Festival. First launched in 2007, the PanelPicker allows the community to enter, review, comment and vote on the speaking proposals that they want to see become a part of the event.

1. The SXSW PanelPicker Application Process

During the open application process, we encourage the community to send speaking proposals for Panels, Solos, and Workshops. The application process is simple. Visit the PanelPicker, read the PanelPicker FAQ and fill out the form. On August 10, 2015 all ideas received will be posted online for the community to vote on which proposals they think are the best fit for the 2016 March event.

2. The SXSW PanelPicker Voting Process

During the voting process, we ask the SXSW community to lend us their expertise and weigh in on the proposals we have received for the upcoming season. To do this, go to the PanelPicker to create an account and get ready to vote for the proposals that you want to see at the event in March. Each voter can vote once per proposal – don't forget to leave a constructive comment about what you do or do not like about the proposals you vote on. Have a question for the organizer? This is also a great place to post all of your questions.

The SXSW PanelPicker Decision

Community votes comprise 30% of the final decision, and are not the only factor in the decision making process. The SXSW Programming Committee accounts for 40% of the final decision while the SXSW staff is 30%. Together these percentages help determine the final content lineup. For more information on this breakdown, visit the PanelPicker FAQ.

PanelPicker and Announcement Dates

Be sure to mark your calendar with these dates for the 2016 SXSW selection process.

Monday, June 29, 2015: SXSW 2016 PanelPicker entry opens
Friday, July 24, 2015: SXSW 2015 PanelPicker entry process closes at 11:59 pm CT
Monday, August 10, 2015: SXSW 2015 PanelPicker voting process begins
Friday, September 4, 2015: SXSW 2015 PanelPicker voting process ends at 11:59 pm CT
Monday, October 19, 2015: First programming announcement for the 2016 SXSW Interactive Festival

The PanelPicker process culminates on October 19, 2015 when we make our first and largest programming announcement for the 2016 SXSW Interactive Festival, so stay tuned to our site for all the cool developments.

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