The entry process for the 2014 SXSW PanelPicker begins Monday, July 1. Based on our numbers from last year, SXSW Interactive expects to receive more than 3000 speaking proposals before this entry process closes at the end of the day on Friday, July 26. So, how to make your idea stand out from the crowd? One important aspect of the PanelPicker process is the video component. In other words, be sure to include a compelling video of the presenter (or, the main speaker) as part of your PanelPicker application. Ideally this video explains the proposal in greater depth and lets viewers understand how great a public speaker you are. Remember that we value passion and energy at SXSW – so make sure these attributes shine through in the video that accompanies your application. For more info on this process, please refer to the PanelPicker FAQ.