SXSW PanelPicker® Community Voting Closes August 20

Futuring Food Systems: A Seat at the Chef's Table – SXSW 2023 – Photo by Chelcie Parry

Who knows what you want to see at SXSW better than you? Now's your chance to have a say during SXSW PanelPicker® Community Voting. The polls are still open but not for long! Voting closes on Sunday, August 20 at 11:59pm PT.

All session proposals received during the PanelPicker entry period are eligible for your vote to help shape the 2024 Conference programming for SXSW and SXSW EDU.

How to Vote

Ready, set, vote! To participate in the voting process from August 8-20, visit and sign in or create an account.

Once you are signed in, filter proposals by conference (SXSW or SXSW EDU), format, 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. Have a question for the organizer? The Comments section is a great place to post all of your questions and leave constructive comments about the proposals you vote on.

Cast Your Votes

Inside the PanelPicker Process

Your input is very important in terms of shaping the look and feel of the March event. Community votes make up 30% of the final programming decision. Plus, input from the SXSW Staff (30%) and PanelPicker Evaluators (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.

PanelPicker Evaluators consist of 200+ industry experts from around the globe and make up 40% of the PanelPicker final programming decision. Evaluators provide feedback on all submitted proposals. SXSW Staff input comes in at 30% with a goal to fill any gaps in relevant subject matter, striking a balance between new and veteran speakers. Together these percentages help determine the final Conference lineup announced later in the season.

Pro tip: Subscribe to the Conference Community Newsletter to stay in the SX know.

Promote Your Idea

During Community Voting, it’s important for anyone who submitted a proposal to rally online support for your idea and encourage voting.

For more information about the Community Voting process, read the PanelPicker FAQ and visit the SXSW PanelPicker page.

Get your votes in before the final deadline on August 20 at 11:59pm PT.

Go To PanelPicker

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Photo (top): Futuring Food Systems: A Seat at the Chef's Table – SXSW 2023 – Photo by Chelcie Parry
Teaser photo: Periods on Tiktok: Using Content to Crush Stigmas – SXSW 2023 – Photo by Keira Lindgren

By Jordan Roberts