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 proposals, leave comments, and vote to help shape the March event.
During the open application process from Monday, June 26 through Sunday, July 23 at 11:59pm PT, 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.
Watch the PanelPicker Walkthrough video to gain valuable insight into making the most out of your proposal.
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 Period: Monday, August 7 – Friday, August 25.
Read the 2018 PanelPicker FAQ for important information about SXSW, the PanelPicker submission process, and valuable tips.
Hotel Information for Speakers
If you are selected as SXSW speaker, you have access to a limited number of rooms being protected for participants through SXSW Housing & Travel. Rooms are limited to one per registrant and will sell out fast so be sure to make your hotel reservation as soon as you are registered. Requests can be completed in your Shopping Cart or SXSW Social account. In the meantime, check out SXSW Housing & Travel for more information about our hotel’s, pricing, reservation policies, and travel information.