SXSW PanelPicker Tip #4: Don’t Repeat
The SXSW PanelPicker process allows anyone with an internet connection to apply for a chance to speak at March Magic.
While the process for entering a proposal is relatively easy, the competition for speaking slots is also incredibly intense (with more than 5000 entries competing for about 1000 speaking slots). Between now and the July 20 entry deadline, this space offers daily tips on how to craft the best possible entry.
The tip for today is to avoid putting together a speaking proposal that copies or mimics or replicates what has already been discussed in previous editions of SXSW. Why? Because March in Austin is all about developing creative new approaches for the future (not about rehashing the past). Get more guidance on what happened at this year’s SXSW — and what to avoid repeating in your PanelPicker proposal — by browsing the completed list of session titles from the 2018 online schedule.
Read a running list of all 25 PanelPicker tips (and get a preview of what is to come) by visiting this post. 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, preview everything that you will need for the PanelPicker by clicking here to download PDFs of the application form.
After the Friday, July 20 PanelPicker entry deadline, the next big SXSW-related date to mark on your calendar is Wednesday, August 1 when registration sales begin. Be sure to buy your badge early to ensure the lowest rates on the 2019 event and to take advantage of 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.