PanelPicker® is the official SXSW user-generated session submission platform. This easy, two-step online process allows the SXSW community to have a voice in what programming is scheduled at SXSW. PanelPicker opens in August for the 2018 event.


"The State of Diversity in Independent Film" panel at SXSW 2016. Photo by Errich Petersen

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About PanelPicker


It’s never too early to start thinking about the next SXSW. PanelPicker reopens in August for the 2018 event. Sign up for SXSW Event Updates to receive PanelPicker notifications.

SXSW values community input and involvement, so the two-step online process PanelPicker® was developed to encourage the SXSW community to enter proposals and have a significant voice in daytime conference programming. The SXSW community is then able to browse submitted ideas, leave comments, and vote to help shape the March event.

2017 PanelPicker entry and Community Voting is now closed. Thank you for participating. Stay tuned to SXSW News for the latest programming announcements.

Community Voting

Community votes comprise 30% of the final decision plus input of the SXSW Staff (30%) and Advisory Board (40%) helps ensure that less well-known voices have as much of a chance as being selected to speak at SXSW as individuals with large online followings. Together these percentages help determine the final content lineup. Community Voting is open from August 8 – September 6, 2016.

Application Process

During the open application process, we encourage the community to upload proposals related to interactive, film and, music industries in variety of session formats including panels, solo presentations, workshops, and more.

All ideas received will be posted online for the community for voting. It’s as easy as “enter, review, comment, and vote” to help shape SXSW programming.


Reading the PanelPicker FAQ will give you important information about SXSW and some valuable tips.

Housing Information

Registered speakers for SXSW 2017 will have access to a protected block of rooms through SXSW Housing & Travel. If your proposal is accepted, your session organizer will need to confirm your participation, and register you before you’ll be able to request a hotel room. Rooms protected for speakers are limited in number, and first come, first served. They will sell out fast so be sure to make your request in your SXsocial account as soon as you’ve received your registration confirmation email. In the meantime, check out SXSW Housing & Travel for more information about our hotels, pricing, reservation policies, and travel information.

Introduction to SXSW PanelPicker 2017

PanelPicker is your opportunity to join the conversation and propose programming ideas for SXSW 2017.


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