PanelPicker Community Voting Deadline Extended Through Sunday, August 27

2017 SXSW Conference panel, Shake Up the Industry by Entertaining with Empathy – Photo by Ann Alva Wieding

The SXSW PanelPicker Community Voting period has been extended through the weekend, so there’s still time to weigh-in on the proposals we have received for the 2018 season before voting closes on Sunday, August 27 at 11:59pm PT.

Take advantage of these extra two days to browse ideas, leave comments, and vote on what programming you would like to see at the 2018 SXSW Conference, SXSW EDU, and SXSW Gaming in March.

How to Vote

To participate in the voting process, visit and login or create an account. If you created a SXSW account in 2013 or later, you will be able to use the same login and password.

Once you are logged in to PanelPicker, you can begin the voting process. Filter through proposals by session format, programming track, and level. You can also search for by title, description, tags, and speakers in the search field.

Each voter can vote once per proposal – selecting “arrow up” for yes or “arrow down” for no. You can also leave a constructive comment about the proposals you vote on. Have a question for the organizer? This is also a great place to post all of your questions.

During Community Voting, it’s also important for anyone who submitted a proposal to rally online support for your idea and encourage voting. Use our handy “Vote For My PanelPicker Idea” graphics for promoting your session on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Inside the PanelPicker Process

Each year, SXSW PanelPicker helps shape the majority of the SXSW Conference programming. Community Voting comprises 30% of the SXSW Conference programming 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 of being selected to speak at SXSW as individuals with large online followings. Together these percentages help determine the final content lineup.

Learn more about the SXSW Conference before you vote. Explore our guides to the 24 programming tracks divided amongst Interactive, Film, Music, and Convergence.

For more information about the Community Voting process, read the PanelPicker FAQ and visit the SXSW PanelPicker page. The final deadline for PanelPicker Community Voting is Sunday, August 27 at 11:59pm PT.

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2017 SXSW Conference panel, Shake Up the Industry by Entertaining with Empathy – Photo by Ann Alva Wieding; Teaser photo by Judy Won



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