SXSW 2020: All Eyes on Tues, Oct 22
In early September, the first round of Keynotes and Featured Speakers were announced for SXSW 2020. This announcement included innovators such as Kim Gordon, Chip and Joanna Gaines, Chris Hughes, and Shoshana Zuboff.
The next big milestone comes on Tuesday, October 22, when 500+ confirmed sessions for next March are revealed via the SXSW website. These confirmed sessions come from speaking proposals that were entered via the SXSW PanelPicker interface.
The October 22 announcement is the largest announcement of the 2020 season. This announcement will include sessions from all 22 tracks for next year’s event, including new tracks like “Climate & Social Action,” “Connection & Culture,” “Game Industry,” “Professional Development,” and “Space.”
In addition to Tuesday, October 22, also mark your calendar for Friday, November 15. This day is the entry deadline for SXSW Pitch (which focuses on the world’s top startups) and for the SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards (which focuses on some of the most intriguing new digital projects).
Two other SXSW competitions also have upcoming entry deadlines. The final day to apply for Place by Design is Friday, November 22. The final day to apply for the David Carr Prize is Friday, December 6.
Hugh Forrest serves as Chief Programming Officer at SXSW, the world’s most unique gathering of creative professionals. He also tries to write at least four paragraphs per day on Medium. These posts often cover tech-related trends; other times they focus on books, pop culture, sports and other current events.