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SXSW PanelPicker Trends: More Privacy

The Forrest Four-Cast: August 14, 2018

The deadline for voting and commenting is Thursday, August 30. Between now and then, visit this space to learn more about some of the top trends and themes in this year’s PanelPicker interface. 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.

Today’s trend is “privacy,” a concept that is increasingly important in a world where so much of our data is shared (often without our knowledge). You’ll find the word “privacy” in 81 of the speaking proposals in the 2019 interface. This is a 289% increase from the 2018 interface, when “privacy” only appeared in 28 total speaking proposals.

“Security” also sees a fairly dramatic rise in PanelPicker entries. For the 2019 PanelPicker interface, 98 speaking proposals mention this word. A year ago, that number was only 53.

Discover more trends and themes in the PanelPicker interface 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 running list of day-by-day ideas that are 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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