SXSW PanelPicker Voting Begins August 7
On Monday, August 7, voting on the 4000+ speaking ideas in the 2018 SXSW PanelPicker begins. Anyone with an Internet connection can be part of this process — just log in to your account (or create a new one) and you’ll be good to go. Voting closes at the end of the day on Friday, August 25.
Find the proposals that most interest you by using the “Search” button at the top left corner of the voting interface. This button will help you drill down on specific concepts and keywords and speakers that you most want to see at March Magic in Austin. You can also isolate proposals via Track, Format and Level. Or, if you are feeling even more adventurous, then just browse the thousands of ideas that populate randomly on your screen — this random browsing is a great way to understand the depth and breadth of forward-thinking issues and concepts that the SXSW community is pondering in the summer of 2017.
You are also encouraged to comment on the PanelPicker proposals that you find most insightful and most intriguing. Your comment will likely beget more comments from other users — and the more comments a speaking idea gets, the more buzz that develops around this particular speaking idea.
Finally, remember that public voting is very important, but is only one of the three different scores that each PanelPicker proposal receives. These three scores are added together for a composite score. The two other inputs for each speaking idea come from SXSW Advisory Board grading process and the in-house judging from the SXSW staff.
Need even more information? Learn more about the entire SXSW PanelPicker process by watching this short, three-minute video. Also, buy your badge now to take advantage of early-bird rates and convenient downtown lodging — get registered for the 2018 event by clicking here!
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.