In March 2021, South by Southwest (SXSW), the international live festival and conference, announced their 2022 dates after canceling the live events for 2021. As of now, SXSW 2022 is happening from March 11th through the 20th and pre-event planning has already commenced! The SXSW PanelPicker® user-generated session proposal platform that allows the SXSW community to have a voice in what sessions are programmed at SXSW is now open.
The SXSW PanelPicker® Community Voting is available from now till August 26, 2021, here. All session proposals received during the PanelPicker entry period are eligible for your vote to help shape the 2022 Conference programming for SXSW and SXSW EDU. Those interested in voting can browse ideas related to music, film, tech, and more in a variety of session formats across the 2022 Themes and Tracks.
How to Vote
To participate in the voting process from August 10-26, visit panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote 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.
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 lineup announced later in the season. (Pro tip: subscribe to the Conference Community Newsletter to stay in the SX know.)
- Community Voting 30%: 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 proposals.
- 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 Idea
During Community Voting, it’s important for anyone who submitted a proposal to rally online support for your idea and encourage voting. Use the “Vote For My PanelPicker Idea” graphics to promote your proposal across the social verse.