Be a Mentor at SXSW Gaming 2018

Be a Mentor

The SXSW PanelPicker® is open for entries to all Conference tracks, SXSW EDU, and SXSW Gaming from Monday, June 26 – Sunday, July 23.

New for SXSW Gaming 2018 is the highly-successful Mentor format and program. This summer, apply to become a mentor and share your vast pool of knowledge or experience in a way that helps upcoming talent expand their horizons at SXSW Gaming.

What is a Mentor Session?

A mentor session offers succinct one-on-one interactions with professionals from all backgrounds. These quick 15-minute blocks of time offer a great networking opportunity for attendees to directly connect with experts for both professional advice and general feedback across a variety of subject matters.

What are the benefits of being a Mentor?

Being a Mentor qualifies you as an official SXSW Gaming speaker. Not only do you get the benefit of being directly involved in the programming of SXSW, you will also be able to make a profound impact on aspiring professionals who are serious about taking the next step in their careers.

What is a Mentor expected to do?

Mentors are expected to fulfill at least four 15-minute sessions during SXSW Gaming 2018. These sessions are typically blocked together, back-to-back, for an hour in total. Signs ups for each session will be available to attendees prior to the event.

How PanelPicker Works

Application Process

During the open application process, we encourage the community to upload proposals relating to all kinds of gaming and geek culture content for a variety of formats that includes panels, solo presentations, meet ups, and more. With all received ideas being posted online for the community for voting, it’s now as easy as “enter, review, comment, and vote” to help shape next year’s SXSW Gaming programming lineup.

Community Voting

All community votes during the PanelPicker entry period comprise 30% of the final decision for what will be seen at SXSW Gaming 2018. Additionally, input of the SXSW Staff (30%) and Advisory Board (40%) helps to also ensure that less well-known voices have as much of a chance of being selected to speak at SXSW as individuals with large online followings. Together these percentages help determine the final content lineup for each year.

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2017 SXSW Mentor Session – Photo by Danny Matson


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Estevan Aviles

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