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Take a look back at 2019 programming per format and stay tuned for 2020 SXSW programming announcements throughout the season.
SXSW Book Readings are hour-long sessions focusing on the launch of a new book, giving the author and audience a chance to explore the themes or motifs present in their work. These are a great way for both first-time and returning authors to showcase their latest title to a diverse audience. SXSW Book Reading sessions are followed by a Book Signing at the SXSW Bookstore.
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.
Focus15s are short solo presentations featuring the wisdom and experience of the SXSW community. Focus15s are linked by a shared theme, topic or trend, with each group of four presentations taking place in a one-hour time block.
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.
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 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.
Mentor Sessions require advance sign-up and access is limited to the badge types listed on the Mentor’s schedule information.
To keep the program valuable for our attendees every year, Mentors are reviewed and selected based on their career accomplishments and areas of expertise. To be considered as a Mentor for SXSW 2020, please complete the application.
Organized in a competitive format, Pitch Events offer companies the opportunity to showcase their cutting-edge product or service to a panel of judges and the SXSW audience. Learn more about SXSW Pitch (formerly SXSW Accelerator).
Podcast sessions highlight established audio series covering all facets of life, including music, film, technology, comedy, and politics. Sessions are recorded live in the intimate setting of the SXSW Podcast Stage.
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 required and access is limited to the primary badge type listed on the schedule information.
Presentations / Panels
The vast majority of our Presentation and Panel programming is sourced through 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. Each of these formats range from one to two hours in length.
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