Enter Your Session Idea into the 2018 SXSW PanelPicker

Help shape the 2018 SXSW Conference programming – Propose session ideas through PanelPicker® from Monday, June 26 through the Sunday, July 23 weekend extension.

PanelPicker is the official SXSW user-generated session proposal platform developed to encourage the community to pitch their proposals for our daytime conference programming. This easy, two-step online process allows the SXSW community to have a voice in what creative and thought-provoking programming is scheduled at the SXSW Conference, SXSW EDU, and SXSW Gaming.

The SXSW Conference provides an opportunity for global professionals at every level to participate, learn, and network. Explore what’s next in the worlds of entertainment, culture, and technology within 24 tracks of programming plus our new convergence program, Cities Summit.

The Application Process

Upload proposals related to music, film, and digital technologies in variety of session formats including panels, solo presentations, workshops, and more. The application process is simple: visit PanelPicker.sxsw.com, read the FAQ, and complete the online form by Sunday, July 23 at 11:59pm PT. Watch the PanelPicker Walkthrough video to gain valuable insight into making the most out of your proposal.

Go to PanelPicker

All ideas received will be posted online for the PanelPicker Community Voting period. Community votes makeup 30% of the final decision, plus input of the SXSW Staff (30%) and Advisory Board (40%) helps ensure that lesser-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 programming lineup – it’s as easy as “enter, review, comment, and vote” to help shape SXSW programming.

Programming Trends

While PanelPicker contributes to the majority of the 2018 SXSW Conference programming, it also helps us identify industry trends based on each season’s entries. From the ever-emerging technology of artificial intelligence to consumer data protection, and the complexity of the music licensing to the promise of gene editing, SXSW aims to keep the cutting edge in view. Explore 2017 Programming Trends and follow SXSW News for the latest updates in trends that emerge from the 2018 PanelPicker.

PanelPicker Best Practices Meet Ups

Make connections before the March event in a city near you at PanelPicker Best Practices Meet Ups. SXSW is hitting the road to host a series of meet ups where you can meet with SXSW Staff, other members in your community, and talk about all things SXSW – all while having a drink on us. RSVP to pre-event meet ups happening in a city near you – browse full list here.

Enter Your Session Idea for SXSW 2018

Stay tuned for more updates on PanelPicker entry tips, trends, meet ups, and SXSW 2018 information.

Mark your calendars – 2018 registration and housing opens Tuesday, August 1 for the SXSW Conference & Festivals during March 9-18, 2018.

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