SXsports: Hitting the Sweet Spot of Interactive & Film

FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver & Grantland's Bill Simmons speak at SXsports 2014, photo by Earl McGehee

SXsports runs March 7-9, 2014

Further evolving its mission to foster the nexus of creative industries, innovation and business, SXSW introduced SXsports in 2014 as a new Convergence track of the annual event. The three-day sports-focused programming is open to all Interactive and Film registrants, and features panel sessions, film screenings and more.

Championing a broader perspective on the world of sports unique to SXSW, SXsports explores cultural impact and the human experience, tackles the future of sport, and embraces entertainment and innovation. Rooted in one of the most influential cultural events in the world, SXsports offers the sports industry singular access to creative leaders, early adopters and die-hard fans from the forward-thinking convergence areas of their respective worlds.

SXsports will run Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 15 as part of the 2015 SXSW Interactive and SXSW Film events in Austin, Texas.

Most conference programming for SXsports will occur at a downtown hotel in Austin (although some Featured Sessions will occur at the Austin Convention Center). Film Screenings will take place at various official SXSW Film venues.

Who Can Attend:
You must have a 2015 SXSW Interactive, Film, Gold or Platinum badge to attend SXsports 2015 conference programming, film screenings and events. Registration for 2015 begins in August 2014 at

How to Submit a SXsports Session or Speaker Proposal:
If you want to speak or have an idea in a topic/group panel you'd like to see at SXsports in 2015, entering your idea in the SXSW PanelPicker is your best opportunity to make it happen.

PanelPicker is our online interface designed to allow the online community to enter, comment on and vote for the session ideas they'’d like to see at the March event. The entry period for the SXSW PanelPicker begins Tuesday, July 1 and runs until Friday, July 25, with the open voting period to follow Monday, August 11 through Friday, September 5.

To enter a speaking proposal in the SXSW PanelPicker, follow these steps: •

  • Sign into PanelPicker •
  • If you do not have a PanelPicker account, sign up for a free account •
  • Once signed in to PanelPicker, create an idea for an Interactive Session
  • Choose "“Sports”" from the Theme drop-down menu to ensure that the SXsports staff sees it

    If you have any questions about the PanelPicker process, be sure to check out the PanelPicker FAQ.

    How to Submit a Sports-Related Film:
    Film submissions for the 2015 event will open on August 4, 2014. Submissions are only accepted online via the official SXSW website and in the following categories: Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Short, Animated Short, Music Video and Title Sequence. Films selected will be screened as a part of the official SXSW Film Festival program, and will be announced in January 2015, along with the complete film lineup. Complete rules and regulations can be found in the Submissions FAQ.

    2014 SXsports Programming included:





    Evening Events/Lounges

    More Information:
    For more information about SXsports 2015, contact us.