From Featured Speakers to Mentor Sessions, learn more about the formats for programming at the SXSW Conference.

Mentor Session with Joe Swanberg - SXSW 2018. Photo by Nicole Burton

Mentor Session with Joe Swanberg - SXSW 2018. Photo by Nicole Burton

About Conference Formats


2021 Formats

Featured Sessions | Keynotes | Meet Ups | Mentor Sessions |
Round Tables | Presentations/Panels | Professional Development

Conference Keynotes and sessions will remain available to SXSW Online registrants on the event platform and Connected TV apps through April 18. Browse the complete list of post-event on demand content including select Music showcases and Film programming.

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 themes and trends at SXSW, Featured Speakers present a snapshot of the most transformative ideas shaping our future.


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, and Music are the center of the SXSW Conference.

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.

Mentor Sessions

Mentor Sessions offer one-on-one coaching by professionals from all areas of the tech, film, and music industries. Within the 90 minute duration of Mentor Sessions, there will be six one-on-one meetings lasting 15 minutes each.

Advance sign-up is requiredlearn more.

Round Tables

Each Round Table brings three industry experts together with SXSW attendees for an informal and enlightening discussion on a specific topic. Industry insiders will spend 20 minutes at each table before switching.

Advance sign-up is requiredlearn more.

Presentations / Panels

The vast majority of our Presentation and Panel programming is sourced through our community via PanelPicker®.

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. Formats range from 15 minutes to 55 minutes in length.

Explore over 230 sessions by Conference Theme.

Professional Development

The Professional Development section of programming gives you targeted, in-depth training from industry experts in a variety of topics including public speaking tips, content strategizing, app development, and much more. These real-time, hands on sessions have a limited number of spots and require that you RSVP to participate.

Advance sign-up is requiredlearn more.

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