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 submit, review, comment and vote on the speaking proposals that they want to see become a part of the event. For 2014, SXSW Interactive is seeking advanced-level ideas that focus on creativity and innovation across the various new media industries. We will also continue our trend of increasing the number of solo, dual and instructional workshop programming that we accept, in lieu of panel sessions.
The SXSW PanelPicker Application Process
During the open application process, we encouraged the community to upload proposals for panels, solo presentations, workshops, etc. The application process is simple. Visit the PanelPicker, read the PanelPicker FAQ and fill out the form beginning Monday, July 1 through Friday, July 26, 2013. About a month after the application deadline, all ideas received will be posted for the online community to vote on which proposals they think are the best fit for the March event.
The SXSW PanelPicker Voting Process
During the voting process, we ask the SXSW community to weigh in on the proposals we have received for the upcoming season. Go to the PanelPicker, create an account and get ready to vote beginning Monday, August 19 through Friday, September 6, 2013. 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.
The SXSW PanelPicker Decision Process
While voting from the community is important, these totals are not the only factor in deciding SXSW programing. The SXSW Advisory Boards and the SXSW staff also play a large role in the decision-making process is. Each of these three channels informs a percentage in determining the content lineup. For more information on this breakdown, visit the PanelPicker FAQ.
The SXSW Interactive Festival Content Announcement
The PanelPicker process culminates on Monday, October 14, 2013 when we make our first and largest programming announcement for the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival, so stay tuned.