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SXSW PanelPicker Tip #16: Include a Video

The Forrest Four-Cast: July 11, 2018

Speaking proposals for SXSW 2019 are now being accepted via the PanelPicker interface. Between now and the July 20 entry deadline, this space will explore 25 tips on how you can have the most success in this process.

Today we remind you to include a creative video with your proposal (you will be asked for this in the “Resources” section on Page 6 of the application). Ideally, this short, two-minute video gives PanelPicker voters more info on your speaking style, which is particularly relevant if you are entering a proposal for a solo slot. But if you are submitting a multi-person panel proposal into the interface, then likely your video come from one of the proposed experts on the session. Whether it is a proposal for a solo session or a panel, the video will be most effective if it gives more context on what exactly the session will cover — and why this session is such an important topic for SXSW 2019.

Click here to read the 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 remember that Wednesday, August 1 marks the opening of badge sales for SXSW 2019. 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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