PanelPicker

Crystal deGregory , Jahliel Thurman , Lauren (Lo) Miller photo by Steve Rogers

PanelPicker will open for SXSWedu 2018 programming submissions in August 2017.

PanelPicker® is a two-step, crowd-sourced platform that enables the community to have a voice in the programming selected for SXSWedu. 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.

How PanelPicker Works

During the month-long submission window, the community is invited to propose innovative session ideas to be considered for the event.

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.

SXSWedu 2017 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 2017 session, HBCU Educators, Advocates & Entrepreneurs, with Crystal deGregory , Jahliel Thurman , Lauren (Lo) Miller. Photo by Steve Rogers.