PanelPicker 2017

SXSWedu session photo by Miguel Gonzales SXSWedu session photo by Jack Reed SXSWedu speaker photo by Jessy Ann Huff

PanelPicker® is a two-step, crowd-sourced platform that enables the community to have a voice in the programming selected for SXSWedu 2017. SXSWedu empowers the community to use this platform to submit innovative session ideas by filling out a digital proposal. The public is then given the opportunity to provide feedback and vote on the collected submissions.

PanelPicker 2017 Timeline

June 28, 2016 Entry Process Opens
July 22, 2016 Entry Process Closes
August 8, 2016 Community Voting Opens
September 2, 2016 Community Voting Closes

How PanelPicker Works

The PanelPicker entry process will kick off on June 28 and will remain open through July 22. During this month-long submission window, you are invited to propose your innovative session ideas to be considered for SXSWedu 2017.

PanelPicker will then reopen for public voting, allowing the community to review and vote on the proposals submitted until the end of the voting period. The final decision is derived from Advisory Board evaluation (40%), public voting (30%) and staff analysis (30%).

PanelPicker Vote

The Entry Process

Submitting a PanelPicker proposal is simple. Begin by logging into your SXSW account or by creating a new account if you are a first-time user of SXSW tools. Once logged in, you can fill out the digital proposal form and submit your idea online. The PanelPicker interface allows you to save and continue at any point during the submission process so that you can thoughtfully work though each step, perfecting your proposal before sending it in.

Public Voting Phase

The PanelPicker voting phase is a key aspect of the selection process due to the volume of high-quality entries that are received each year. By providing feedback and voting, the community helps illuminate the best sessions and most compelling topics for the event. Well proofed, deeply-focused ideas that emphasize creativity and innovation will have the best chance of successful elevation in community voting, advisory board input and staff analysis.

Session Starter Kit

The Session Starter Kit is a helpful resource in submitting your ideas for SXSWedu 2017 via PanelPicker. Flip your way through to learn more about your audience, PanelPicker steps and additional ways to participate at the event.

SXSWedu 2016 session photos by Miguel Gonzales, Jessy Ann Huff and Jack Reed.