Who knows what you want to see at SXSW better than you? During SXSW PanelPicker® Community Voting from August 5-23, browse ideas and vote to help shape the 2020 Conference programming for SXSW and SXSW EDU.
All 2020 ideas received during the PanelPicker entry period will be eligible for your vote. Browse through uploaded proposals related to music, film, and digital technologies in a variety of session formats including panels, solo presentations, podcasts, and more. It’s as easy as “review, comment, and vote” to help select this season’s SXSW programming.
Friday, August 23 at 11:59pm PT is the final deadline – no late polling.
How to Vote
To participate in the voting process, visit panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote and sign in or create an account. If you created a SXSW account in 2013 or later, you will be able to use the same login and password.
Once you are signed in, begin the voting process by filtering proposals by conference (SXSW or SXSW EDU), programming track, format, programming track, and level. You can also search by 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.
Inside the PanelPicker Process
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 Conference programming lineup announced in Fall 2019.
Public Votes: 30%
Who knows what you want to see at SXSW better than you? Your input is very important in terms of shaping the look and feel of the March event.
SXSW Advisory Board: 40%
A group of 200+ industry experts from around the world, the SXSW Advisory Board provides significant feedback on all entries.
SXSW Staff: 30%
With years of experience programming this event, SXSW staffers work to fill any gaps in relevant subject matter, striking a balance between new and veteran speakers.
Promote Your Proposal
During Community Voting, it’s important for anyone who submitted a proposal to rally online support for your idea and encourage voting. Use our handy “Vote For My PanelPicker Idea” graphics for promoting your session on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
Join Us in March 2020
“New Cannabis Consumers” Cannabis Track panel at SXSW 2019 – Photo by Aaron Rogosin
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