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SXSW PanelPicker Tip #15: No TBDs

The Forrest Four-Cast: July 10, 2018

Speaking proposals for SXSW 2019 are being accepted via the PanelPicker interface. Its time to get serious about this process as the Friday, July 20 entry deadline is now just 10 days away. Between now and deadline day, this space will explore 25 tips on how you can have the most success in this process.

Today we remind you to fully answer all the questions in the PanelPicker application. So absolutely avoid using phrases like “To Be Determined.” Why? Because your to-be-determined speaking proposal is competing against hundreds of fully-formed proposals — and there is really no competition here. The fully-formed proposal wins each and every time when it comes to the all-important SXSW staff analysis of all PanelPicker entries. Said another way, PanelPicker applications that include TBAs quickly fall to the bottom of the barrel, because there is simply no way to effectively analyze these proposals.

Click here to read a running list of all 25 PanelPicker tips. For info on what NOT to do when entering a speaking proposal in this interface, read this post from 2015 as well as this post from 2016.

Also, if you want to sketch out your PanelPicker entry offline before your enter it online, then download PDFs of the application form here.

Finally, remember that the registration process for SXSW 2019 opens on Wednesday, August 1. Buy your badge early to ensure the lowest rates and to have the most options on convenient downtown lodging.

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.

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