SXSW Now Accepting Conference Programming Proposals for 2014

South by Southwest (SXSW) Conferences and Festivals are now accepting programming proposals for the 2014 event with the launch of the popular PanelPicker. The PanelPicker interface is an online tool that allows the SXSW community to have a significant voice in programming Music, Film, Interactive and EDU conference activities through an open proposal and voting process.

SXSW 2014 takes place March 3 – 16, 2014 in Austin, Texas.

PanelPicker is a two-step online system. Step One encourages the community to submit proposals for daytime conference programming at SXSW at  beginning Monday, July 1, 2013 through Friday, July 26, 2013. Step Two allows the community to browse all of these ideas and rate which of these proposals they think are the best fit for the March events. Community voting begins Monday, August 19, 2013 and will continue through Friday, September 6, 2013. Votes from the community, along with feedback from SXSW Advisory Boards and the SXSW staff, will help determine programming for the 2014 event. Additional information including categories, presentation formats, and the user-generated tags feature built in to PanelPicker can be found at The first round of confirmed programming for all three conferences will be released on Monday, October 14, 2013.

“The PanelPicker interface is a natural extension of the creative intermingling that takes place during the festival itself,” says Roland Swenson, SXSW’s Managing Director. “We are excited that we can provide a forum for new ideas to debut and flourish year-round.”

SXSW Interactive (March 7 – 11, 2014) is seeking advanced-level ideas that focus on creativity and innovation across the various new media industries. We will also continue our trend of increasing the number of solo, dual and instructional workshop programming that we accept, in lieu of panel sessions. SXSW Interactive is positioned at the forefront of creativity, so the more inventive the idea, the better. SXSW Interactive celebrates diversity in all its forms, which means diversity of opinions (as well as genders, ethnicities, etc.)

SXSW Music (March 11 – 16, 2014) is interested in the future of the music industry: insight on innovations, trends, well-researched predictions, and thoughtful advice and guidance to further careers. Attendees want to know about expanding the market for musical performance and recordings on an individual and collective level. The best ideas are based on speakers’ direct experience, and showcase their specialties. Proposals for specifically-focused ideas or solo/dual presentation are welcome. For more specific tips, please access our blog post at:

SXSW Film (March 7 – 15, 2014) is interested in developments in storytelling, creativity, distribution and audience building for films in the digital age. Hands-on workshop ideas as well as ideas that shed light on the less well-known, yet highly creative corners of the film industry are also welcome. Entries for the Digital Domain program which addresses new directions in narrative and non-fiction storytelling in web-based environments are also encouraged.

SXSWedu (March 3 – 6, 2014) seeks creative programming content to inform and inspire its diverse community of education innovators. Sessions with multiple voices provide more diversity than solo presentations, though a variety of formats are permitted and encouraged. Fresh ideas, creatively presented, that contribute to more effective learning are welcomed by SXSWedu’s engaged participants.

SXSW offers a unique convergence of original music, independent films, emerging technologies and innovations in education. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW is a launching pad for new creative content. For more information, visit

SXSW 2014 is sponsored by Miller Lite, Monster Energy, Esurance, Chevrolet, AT&T and The Austin Chronicle.


Source: SXSW


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