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SXSW PanelPicker Tip #22: Healthcare

The Forrest Four-Cast: July 18, 2018

If you have a speaking proposal for SXSW 2019, then you need to get it into the PanelPicker interface before the Friday, July 20 entry deadline. In this space we offer content-related tips (and other relevant advice) to help make your PanelPicker proposal as strong as possible.

Today’s reminder is that health has become an increasingly big component of March Magic in Austin (hence the addition of the “Health & MedTech” track a few years ago). At both SXSW 2017 and SXSW 2018, we noticed that some of the most popular sessions in this track focus on how big picture tech trends are impacting the healthcare tomorrow. For instance, how is blockchain impacting health? Or, how will automated systems change the way healthcare is delivered in the short-term and long-term future? Or what kind of startups will be most successful in this space over the next few years. Given this kind of interest from the SXSW community, perhaps re-focus your speaking proposal such that it addresses how the technology that you are an expert in will potentially impact tomorrow’s health-related ecosystem.

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 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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