PanelPicker® is the official SXSW user-generated session proposal platform. This easy, two-step online process allows the SXSW community to have a voice in what programming is scheduled at SXSW. 2018 PanelPicker Community Voting begins August 7, 2017.


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About PanelPicker


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.

Community Voting

All ideas received during the 2018 PanelPicker entry period will be posted online for the community to vote on from Monday, August 7 – Friday, August 25. It’s as easy as “review, comment, and vote” to help shape SXSW programming.

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.

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Application Process

Entries are now closed for 2018 season.

During the open application process from Monday, June 26 through Sunday, July 23, 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.

Watch the PanelPicker Walkthrough video to gain valuable insight into making the most out of your proposal.


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.

2018 SXSW PanelPicker Walkthrough

PanelPicker is your opportunity to join the conversation and propose programming ideas for the SXSW Conference.
Watch our PanelPicker Walkthrough to gain valuable insight into making the most out of your proposal.

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