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SXSW PanelPicker Trends: Love Love Love

The Forrest Four-Cast: August 13, 2018

This space will examine some of the most prevalent trends and themes in the PanelPicker through the voting deadline of August 30. We do this trend-spotting by comparing the number of speaking proposals on the given topic in the 2019 interface versus the number of speaking proposals on this topic in the PanelPicker from a year ago.

While we have examined a lot of heavyweight topics over the last week, for August 13 lets examine some concepts that are a little bit softer.

Softer, you ask? How about focusing on the number of sex-related proposals in the PanelPicker. In 2019, there are 87 speaking ideas on this topic. A year ago, this interface contained only 44 sex-centric speaking proposals.

Meanwhile, the word “passion” also sees a big jump this year. For 2019, “passion” is found in 119 proposals (as compared to 57 proposals in 2018).

Sex and passion all adds up to love, which likewise sees an increase in this year’s PanelPicker. For 2019, the word “love” finds its way into 156 total proposals. In 2018. that number was only 66.

Other trends and themes in the PanelPicker interface are easily findable by using the “Search” bar that is located on the left side of the PanelPicker. Or, just visit this post from Medium to read the day-by-day list of ideas that seem to be getting the most traction in this year’s interface.

Around 10–20% of the 5000+ speaking proposals in the PanelPicker will be accepted as sessions for March 2019 in Austin. These accepted sessions will be announced via the SXSW website in mid-October. Register now so that you can be part of all the discovery, brainstorming, creativity, deal-making, and cross-industry networking that is SXSW.

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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