From Workshops to Panels to Meet Ups, SXSW Conference offers a variety of formats to help registrants learn and connect with one another.

Creative Industries Expo – SXSW 2022 – Photo by Tico Mendoza

Creative Industries Expo – SXSW 2022 – Photo by Tico Mendoza

Conference Formats


The SXSW Conference offers different programming formats that empower attendees to learn, discover, and connect. Make the most of your experience by understanding which of these formats will work best for achieving your creative and career-enhancing goals.

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Keynotes are some of the world’s most inspired thinkers and speakers, covering a wide range of compelling topics.

These powerful presentations by diverse visionaries from the ever-evolving worlds of Interactive, Film & TV, and Music are the center of the SXSW Conference.

Featured Sessions


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

Spanning various trends and Conference Tracks at SXSW, Featured Speakers present a snapshot of the most transformative ideas shaping our future.

Presentations / Panels


The vast majority of our Presentation and Panel programming is sourced through our community via PanelPicker®. These sessions span across multiple Tracks of programming.

Presentations include one to two experts offering deep dives into targeted topics. Panels feature between three and four industry professionals sharing different perspectives and opinions based on a specific subject, making for a lively conversation. These sessions are 60 minutes in length.



Deep dive sessions with more hands-on learning activities and specific takeaways for professional growth and development. Session time ranges from 90-120 minutes.

Advance sign-up is required. Stay tuned for more information coming later in the season.

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Mentor Sessions


Mentor Sessions offer one-on-one coaching by professionals from all areas of the tech, film, and music industries. Within the 75 minute duration of Mentor Sessions, there will be five one-on-one meetings lasting 15 minutes each.

Advance sign-up is required. Stay tuned for more information coming later in the season.

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Meet Ups


With SXSW attracting registrants from all over the world, Meet Ups are a more relaxed way to connect, seek out inspiration, and find collaboration opportunities across a wide range of industries, interests and groups.

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See You at SXSW 2023

Join us for innovative sessions, film & tv screenings, music showcases, and more at SXSW 2023 from March 10-19 in Austin, TX. Registration and housing are now open.

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