PanelPicker® is the unique SXSW process used for determining each year’s programming lineup. It serves as a public forum that’s meant to foster creative ideas and diverse conversations both before, during, and after SXSW.


The Future of Inclusivity in Modern Gaming Culture, SXSW Gaming 2017 - Photo by Errich Petersen

About PanelPicker


The vast majority of SXSW Gaming sessions are selected through an interface called the PanelPicker.

The PanelPicker, a two-step online process that takes place each summer, allows the SXSW community to have a significant voice in the programming that’s found during SXSW Gaming, SXSW, and SXSW EDU. With over 4,000 proposals for SXSW 2018, what will see at next year’s event?

Community Voting

Voting is now closed for the 2018 season.

All ideas received during the 2018 PanelPicker entry period were available for the community to vote on from Monday, August 7 – Friday, August 27.

Community votes comprised 30% of the final decision. Additionally, input from the SXSW Staff (30%) and Advisory Board (40%) helped ensure that less well-known voices had as much of a chance of being selected to speak at SXSW as individuals with large online followings. Together these percentages helped determine the final content lineup.

Application Process

Entries are now closed for the 2018 season.

During the open application process from Monday, June 26 through Sunday, July 23, we encouraged the community to upload proposals related to the gaming, education, interactive, music, and film industries in a variety of session formats, which included panels, solo presentations, meet ups, mentor positions, and more.

Curious how to still be involved with SXSW Gaming conference programming? Contact the SXSW Gaming team at


Read the 2018 PanelPicker FAQ for important information about SXSW, the PanelPicker submission process, and valuable tips.

Hotel Information for Speakers

If you are selected as a SXSW speaker, you have access to a limited number of rooms being protected for participants through SXSW Housing & Travel. Rooms are limited to one per registrant and will sell out fast, so be sure to make your hotel reservation as soon as you are registered. Requests can be completed in your Shopping Cart or SXSW Social account. In the meantime, check out SXSW Housing & Travel for more information about our hotel’s, pricing, reservation policies, and travel information.

SXSW Gaming 2018 takes place in the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas from Thursday, March 15 – Saturday, March 17.


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There are a variety of ways to get involved in the 2018 SXSW Gaming Festival, including the Gaming Awards and Pitch Competition. Learn more about all of our upcoming and current application periods today!

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