Session Formats

From Featured Speakers to Workshops, learn more about the session formats for programming tracks at the SXSW Conference.

Session Formats

"Stream to Ticket: Mapping the Value of Discovery" Music panel from SXSW 2016. Photo by Jon Currie.

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Book Readings

SXSW Book Readings at SXSW Interactive last twenty minutes and showcase the latest, most innovative titles related to all things SXSW Interactive, from Entrepreneurialism to Health and MedTech, and all things in between.

Book Signings

Book Signings at the SX Bookstore provide attendees the opportunity to meet their favorite authors, purchase their latest work, and return home with an autographed copy.

Demo Listening & Pitch Sessions

Demo Listening Sessions provide artists and registrants direct and honest feedback from music professionals like producers, A&R reps, publicists, venue talent buyers, and music supervisors. We will be accepting music submissions via email prior to the 2017 SXSW Music Conference.

Featured Sessions

Structured around the various themes and trends at the SXSW Conference, Featured Sessions present a snapshot of the most transformative ideas shaping our future, while enabling creatives from across industries to achieve their goals.

Featured Speakers

SXSW Conference speakers come from all over the globe. When you attend the many workshops, conversations, and panels at the event, expect to hear from technology industry experts, filmmakers, artists, music supervisors, actors, publicists, legends, journalists, and much, much more.

Looking for mind-expanding presentations by industry leaders? SXSW Conference Featured Speakers bring together some of the biggest and brightest names of our time.


Keynote speakers embody the DIY spirit, ingenuity, and entrepreneurial drive that SXSW uniquely cultivates. These powerful presentations by diverse visionaries from the ever-evolving worlds of Interactive, Film, and Music are the center of the SXSW Conference.

Mentor Sessions

Mentor Sessions offer one-on-one interaction with professionals from all aspects of the music, film, and interactive industries. Advance sign-up is required and access is limited to badge type – stay tuned for more information.

Round Tables

Round Tables bring together three industry experts and SXSW attendees for an informal and enlightening discussion on a specific topic.

Solo / Dual / Panels

The vast majority of our Solo, Dual and Panel programming is sourced through PanelPicker®. Solo and Dual presentations offer a deep dive look into more targeted topics. Panels typically feature one moderator and up to three additional industry experts who represent different perspectives and opinions in a given area, making for a lively discussion. Each of these formats is one hour in length.


Hands-on, in-depth workshops offer advanced level information that revolves around a particular topic or skill and enable SXSW registrants to gain more expertise in their particular area of interest. These sessions vary from two to four hours. Advance sign-up is required and access is limited to badge type.

Browse the complete list of workshops, and be sure to check the specific workshop for details on Primary Access. These sessions will fill up fast, so don’t miss out.

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