Convergence Tracks Guide to PanelPicker Community Voting

August 16, 2017 Ari Roth

Lend us your expertise and weigh-in on the proposals we have received for the 2018 SXSW season during PanelPicker Community Voting from August 7-25. The SXSW Conference includes 24 programming tracks divided amongst Interactive, Film, Music, and Convergence, presented in a variety of session formats. SXSW Convergence programming features a range of topics that straddle the cultural and technological intersection at the heart of SXSW. See what’s new for SXSW Convergence Tracks below, browse submitted ideas, leave comments, and vote on the programming you would like to see at the 2018 SXSW Conference.

Convergence Tracks

Cities Summit

March 12-13. Learn, strategize, and form partnerships to create more equitable, resilient, and livable cities. The summit features two days of dynamic programming, performance, pop-up exhibits, and events exploring the future of our cities.


March 15-17. Earn continuing legal education credit while attending SXSW.

Experiential Storytelling

March 12-14. New technology has opened up exciting avenues for storytelling and immersive entertainment. Investigate how these experimental strategies are redefining the ways in which audiences experience their world.


March 12-14. The Food track explores ways in which technology and innovation can be leveraged to transform the industry.

News & Journalism

March 10-15. Explore how news, journalism, and analysis is dispersed, how it will be impacted by the future of technology, and how this content will continue to inform and engage.

Social Impact

March 10-14. Dive deep into innovative ideas that contribute to a better and more equitable world.


March 9-11. Tackle the future of sports in all its forms, from a cultural and technological perspective.

Startup & Tech Sectors

March 9–15. These sessions focus on US-based innovation as well as forward-thinking companies and technology ecosystems from around the globe.


March 13-15. Discover new technologies and the ways they enhance how we experience the world.

How to Vote

Each year, SXSW PanelPicker helps shape the majority of the SXSW Conference programming. Visit and login or create an account to participate in the voting process. If you have created a SXSW account in 2013 or later, you will be able to use the same login and password.

Once you are logged in to PanelPicker, you can begin the voting process. Filter through proposals by session format, programming track, and level. You can also search for 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. You can also leave a constructive comment about the proposals you vote on. Have a question for the organizer? This is also a great place to post all of your questions.

During Community Voting, it’s also important for anyone who submitted a proposal to rally online support for your idea and encourage voting through your personal blog or social media channels. We have created handy “Vote For My PanelPicker Idea” graphics for you to use for social media sharing on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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

Cast Your Votes Now

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