Telling Sports Stories That Impact the World – SXSW 2023 – Photo by Keira Lindgren

Enter Your 2024 SXSW Conference Session Proposal

Apply to SXSW PanelPicker® Through July 23

Don't miss your opportunity to take the SXSW Conference stage this March. 2024 SXSW PanelPicker® applications close on Sunday, July 23. How can you ensure that your session idea stands out? Dive into our tips for constructing the perfect proposal.

Global professionals at every level come together during the SXSW Conference to participate, learn, and network while exploring what’s next in the worlds of tech, entertainment, culture, and beyond.

The SXSW PanelPicker® platform allows the SXSW community to have a significant voice in what creative and thought-provoking programming is selected for SXSW and SXSW EDU. From June 27 through July 23, we encourage the community to enter session ideas for our Conference programming for SXSW 2024.

Be part of leading the conversation along with thousands of other creatives at the SXSW Conference from March 8-15, 2024. Visit to login or create a new profile and then begin your proposal. All ideas received will be posted online for Community Voting from August 8-20, 2023. Selected sessions for SXSW 2024 will be announced later in the Fall.

Before you submit your proposal, explore helpful PanelPicker tips and watch the PanelPicker AMA video featuring SXSW Programmers. Applications close on Sunday, July 23 at 11:59pm PT.

PanelPicker Webinars

Get answers to FAQs from SXSW Programmers during PanelPicker Office Hours throughout July. The final webinar will be held on Thursday, July 20 from 6pm-7pm CT.

What Makes A Good Session Proposal


SXSW PanelPicker session proposals should be specific, well-titled, and illustrative of the impact of your ideas and the depth of research behind them.

Tips for PanelPicker Success

  • Follow the instructions and read the FAQ. Reading the PanelPicker FAQ will give you important information about SXSW and more valuable application tips.

  • Create a future-focused, original proposal that shows what you’re passionate about. Often SXSW previews what you’ll be talking about next year and beyond in tech, culture, music, film and television, and more. Give us your perspective on what lies ahead and why.

  • Depth and specificity. SXSW attendees want advanced, in-depth information, so be sure to delve into the particulars of a topic. The more specific a proposal is, the better. Drill down to what really matters.

  • Your title should reflect your description. Cute titles are fun, but your title is going to be fighting for attention with hundreds of other titles. Direct and explanatory titles work best. The community should be able to understand what the proposal will cover without reading your description. Remember: think simple, accurate, and succinct.

  • Include a neutral moderator. The moderator is a neutral party that helps run the session and leads the panel discussion. Having a neutral moderator will help keep your session focused on the proposed topic and will allow for a more balanced presentation. This is strongly recommended to ensure all points of views on a given panel are equally represented.

  • Include a video with your proposal. Your speaking abilities matter and we’d like to see them. No fancy production required – recording from your webcam or phone works just fine. The supporting material you enter helps viewers to understand your proposal and distinguish it from the competition.

  • Proofread, proofread, proofread. Did we mention proofread? Once you are done with your proposal and click the “Enter My Proposal” button, you will NOT be able to edit your idea. Be sure you have reviewed your proposal carefully.

  • Meet the deadline. The final deadline to enter your application is Sunday, July 23 at 11:59pm PT.

Enter Your Idea

PanelPicker AMA & Tips

SXSW Conference programmers share an overview of the 2024 PanelPicker process, their tips for success, and answer community questions during an Ask Me Anything.

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